Gretchen Vitamvas /
As city dwellers, we develop strategies to protect ourselves from the abrasive qualities of urban life. We put on our game face, our city walk, develop a thick skin. Even following a daily routine is one technique — tracing the same steps every day creates a comfortable buffer of familiarity. In Automaton the artist wears a literal thick skin — a suit of armor constructed from vinyl advertisements. The armored performer will go through the motions of daily tasks, each day walking the same route in robotic repetition: getting coffee, taking the subway, and going shopping.
October 1-9. Monday through Friday from 4:30-5:30pm. Saturday and Sunday from 3-4pm.
Performances will start and end at Union Square.
Gretchen Vitamvas is a Brooklyn-based artist and camoufleur. Recent shows include Vested Interest at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI and Pathogeographies (Or Other Peoples Baggage) at Gallery 440, UIC, Chicago.