Udita Upadhyaya_Jerry Bleem performance_0315_by Esther Espino

This photo is a medium-long shot, looking down toward several people sitting in a corner of the gallery. Jerry Bleem smiles while crocheting a large blue, grey, and tan piece. Udita holds the other end of it and smiles. In the foreground, a person sits holding an electric guitar, drum stick, and metal lid, with amplifiers and a keyboard nearby. Other people sit around and seem to speak to each other. Behind them are white walls and a white door onto which black vinyl letters are directly installed, in the form of words and phrases in English and Hindi. Text appears in different sizes and spatial orientations (e.g., right-side up, upside-down, diagonal, vertical, and organic shapes), with some words/phrases expanded in space, condensed, or intersecting with other text. A gestural drawing — also made of black vinyl — is shown near the center of the image.

Image: Still of performance by Jerry Bleem (at center, crocheting), in response to one of Udita’s performance scores, “Dear Jerry and Nick: Hold (a hand a spine a heart a whole self).” Photo by Esther Espino.