Cutting-edge New York performance artist Yanira Castro, Tennessee abstract artist Kit Reuther make for intriguing times at Sarratt Gallery 

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Sarratt Gallery director Bridgette Kohnhorst and her team of Vandy arts programmers are taking an intriguing excursion outside the box with a special event conjoining the work of Tennessee abstract painter/sculptor Kit Reuther with a performance-art piece conceived by Puerto Rican-born, New York-based media and environmental artist Yanira Castro, who performs under the name "a canary torsi." (Get out your anagram solvers.) According to the press release, Reuther's new paintings and sculptures are "an ongoing exploration of a primitive vocabulary seduced by raw materials where mark-making and images rendered become the subjects, and the context of those subjects remains nondescript."

Meanwhile, Castro's Wilderness — which recently had its world premiere at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, N.Y. — explores environments utilizing the audience's unconscious behavior, with inspiration derived in part from the work of filmmakers Akira Kurosawa, Luchino Visconti and Carlos Reygadas. A "site-adaptable performance installation" in which the audience and performers occupy a field of black rubber mulch containing all elements of the piece — seating, piano, crew — Wilderness encompasses abstract, technical movement for four dancers, while the audience provides the structure for the choreography and sound. The composer/sound designer is Stephan Moore.

Reuther's works are at Sarratt through Nov. 1; Wilderness will be performed at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym, Studio C, at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 and at 12:30 and 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Tickets for Wilderness are available through Ticketmaster or the Sarratt Box Office or by calling 343-3361.

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