Born in Dublin Ireland; moved to New York 1984 and worked as the fastest blackjack dealer in the underground casino scene. Henry became a pioneer of the Williamsburg bohemian “immersionist” movement. His art investigates the audience’s sense of self awareness through using his mind and body in a way which engages them in a transformative process. His work is provocative, edgy and slams the viewer into the center of political issues, social conditioning and human taboos.
March 7, 2pm Contemporary Art Museum, Houston TX
The panel of speakers is an eclectic group of artists from around the world including: Julia Wallace (Houston), Rodney Dickson (Nth Ireland), Al Paldrok (Estonia), 1KA (France), Myk Henry (Ireland/USA), Nestor Topchy (USA), Orion Maxted (England),Jim Pirtle (USA).
The aim of this symposium is to open a dialogue in relation to the power of the human body in space. Certain questions will be raised about how performance can influence the mind in a potent manner and help cultivate awareness and bring about a change of consciousness.
Each artist, will use video clips and images to explain their work and why they have chosen performance over other more conservative forms of creative expression. At the end of the symposium audience members will get the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session.
Mediums such as new media installation, sound sculpture, video and performance are used by Henry to engage the public and bring them to a heightened level of awareness about their own personal values and viewpoints. Provocation is used as a tool to jolt the spectator out of their normal comfort zone which creates an arena where various political issues, social stigmas, and stereotypes are questioned.
His performance work often requires the participation of the public. Henry believes that it is important for both the artist and spectator to be directly involved in the questioning process. He is especially interested in the thin divide between public and private space and through his artwork investigates the gauge of this boundary.