During May and part of June, 2012, CHERYL will be an artist in residence at Salford, England's Islington Mill.
CHERYL is a four-member, semi-anonymous, often cat-masked artist collective based in Brooklyn, New York, known for its video art, museum installations, performances and dance parties. CHERYL explores the themes of mortality, mania, the feline-human connection, the limits of shoulders, the flammability of dollar-store hair extensions, and the staining power of fake blood.
Through themes ranging from topical to bizarre, CHERYL revels in the joyous power of dance-induced psychosis/euphoria. CHERYL has been bringing its particular brand of FRESHMAGICK™ to New York City and Europe since 2008, and has since acquired a dedicated cult following and media attention for over-the-top happenings involving outrageous costumes, exuberant dance moves, and participatory dance floor suicide. Since 2008, CHERYL has produced a thematic video every four to eight weeks.
CHERYL’s video and performance work has been featured through various installations and events with the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The Jewish Museum, the Bruce High Quality Foundation and Eyebeam Art and Technology Center.
About Islington Mill:
Islington Mill is a former cotton spinning mill in Salford, very close to Manchester’s city centre. Unlike much of Manchester's industrial heritage which has been converted into loft apartments, Islington Mill is now home to over 50 artists studios, two art galleries a recording studio and club space. It’s one of the few creative spaces in Salford, and has evolved over ten years to become the cultural haven that it is now.
more info on Islington Mill can be found at their official website:
About our residency:
Whether it takes the form of thematic costuming, compulsive eating, or dance-floor group choreography, RITUAL is an ongoing motif of CHERYL's work. During CHERYL's month-long residency at Islington Mill, these four cat-people will be using the Royal Family's age-old traditions as inspiration for exploring new possibilities of ritual and ceremony. The first floor gallery will be transformed into an immersive environment throughout the residency; visitors will be engaged through participatory performances, video shoots and other interactive events.
CHERYL will hold special events open to the public on three Wednesdays: 9 May, 16 May, and 30 May. These events will explore the themes of transformation, ritual, and general insanity. CHERYL will hold their culminating event in conjunction with the Royal Highness' Diamond Jubilee on Sunday 3 June, wherein they will take over the entire mill and create an explosion of glitter nonsense the likes of which will be previously unseen or imagined.