Residency Period: April 2013
Asher Hartman is an interdisciplinary artist, independent curator, and psychic based in Los Angeles. His practice centers on the exploration of the self in relation to Western histories and ideologies. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Beijing Open Performance Festival, Beijing; Hayward Gallery, London; Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila; Recontres International, Paris and Berlin; Torrance Art Museum, CA; MIX, New York; London Underground Film Fest and Images, UK; and in a number of Los Angeles venues including Machine Project, LACE, Sea and Space Exhibitions, Monte Vista Projects, Human Resources, and The Hammer Museum.
Hartman’s curatorial projects include Defense at the Sweeney Art Gallery in Riverside;Until We Come to One that Reminds Us, (with Amy Green), Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles; Instruments of Risk (with Carol McDowell), Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles; and A Little Louder: Performance in Conversation, Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles. As a member of the psychic duo Krystal Krunch (with Haruko Tanaka), Hartman has presented and performed at Machine Project, Los Angeles; Southern Exposure, San Francisco; Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Apiary Studios, London; Spaces, Cleveland; and California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, among other venues. Hartman received his BA from University of California, Los Angeles, and his MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia.
The Florida Room
Written and directed by Asher Hartman
For his project in Miami, Asher Hartman writes and directs a new play titled The Florida Room. This two-hour live, public performance will take place at two private residences in the MiMo district of Miami and feature actors Franc Baliton, Rochelle Fabb, Michael Morrissey, Paul Outlaw, and Joe Seely. The play’s narrative follows a man who has becomes so alienated from himself at mid-life that he is split into beings, gradually becoming a deity whose creative and destructive impulses have a profound effect on his closest friends who’ve come to help him in the home he’s house sitting. Beneath the mythically charged plot is a terse exploration of psychological violence, debt, friendship, and the American quest for security. Audiences watch as the play unfolds around them. Musical, nastily funny, and haunting, The Florida Room makes us think about the deep emotional attachment we have to the material world.
To watch the video of The Florida Room, click here. Contains adult content.