Chicago

Nancy Forest Brown

N.A.M.E. Gallery

In her performances, Nancy Forest Brown assumes any one of a number of fictional personae, developed to such a degree that they seem to have been granted autonomous existence. But Brown always goes farther than the simple presentation of these characters, framed by the artificial limits of the stage. She always constructs a larger context that includes the audience and that often forces that audience into a confrontation with the character. In the past, Brown’s performances took place in unlikely locations, both public and private, often without warning (although rumor continues to play an important role in Brown’s publicity). Ili Snap threw a party in an abandoned building; Bobbi Berwyn made an unannounced appearance at a crowded museum opening; and the Dermoid—a latex-masked, semiformed, nonverbal creature—arrived instead of the artist to participate in a panel discussion. More recently,

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