DATE: “Friday, September 14, 2012 – 5-7PM”
LOCATION: “Polish Triangle”
PERFORMANCE: “Six Corners”

DivaDivo_BathroomSinger-290x290Bathroom Singer” explores publicly how private recollections and performances speak individually, but also as byproducts of popular culture and theatrical archetypes. DIVA / DIVO is the collaboration of installation and performance artists Stafford Hartman, Stephen Michael Dunstan Richardson, Cruz Nowell, and Zhu XiaoruiDiva/ Divo make art based on a self-conscious relationship to past and present ways of communicating identity. Using a variety of media, the work addresses the afterlife of certain archetypes and how they have been distributed into mainstream or subcultures. All members of Diva/Divo are conservatory trained and professional working musicians, as well as combining individual specialties in other disciplines. Through delineated social observation and historical research, the works address and unpack the distribution methods of contemporary and canonical sociological infrastructures by re-framing images that are already firmly rooted in society.

Stafford Hartman is a soprano and video artist born in Lexington, KY.  She recently completed her two year Artist-in-Residency as a soprano with Opera Memphis. She recently earned an Artist Diploma in voice at the university of Memphis, where she sang the roles of Abigail in The Crucible, Marianne in Tartuffe, Ilia in Idomeneo, as well as the role of Sophie in the world premier chamber version of Rafael Lucas’ Confession, a one-act prequel to Suor Angelica.

Composer and vocalist Stephen Michael Dunstan Richardson – recently completed is Master’s in Voice and Opera Theater at Northwestern University. As well as teaching pedagogical voice instructor at Northwestern, he was the production manager/engineer at Stonecutter Records in Chicago, Illinois.

(Emily) Cruz Nowell is a performance/ installation artist and musician. She received her Performance Studies diploma at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has performed principal roles with the Oberlin Opera Theater. Nowell will receive BFA (2012) in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Xiaorui Zhu is an installation/ sculpture/ video/ performance artist and curator born in shanghai, China. She is currently studying at School of art Institute of Chicago for her BFA degree. Her practice focus on politics, class, eastern-western culture intersections, consumer culture and art institutional system.

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