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A New Art Collective Flexes Its Muscles
by Danielle Georgiou 2 Mar 2012

Guest blogger Danielle Georgiou introduces to a new arts collective in town that’s reviving some old ideas.

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Guest blogger Danielle Marie Georgiou is the artistic director and choreographer of DGDG: Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the UT Arlington’s Dance Ensemble.

First there was 14+1, now there is In Cooperation With Muscle Nation. Seven of the members of 14+1 have come together and committed themselves to pursuing the intriguing, possible and impossible within the arts broadly conceived.

Here’s a little primer on the group:

Who is Muscle Nation?

It’s Andy Amato, Willie Baronet, Sandi Edgar, Danielle Georgiou, Hillary Holsonback, Emily Loving and Robin Myrick.

And what do they like to do?

Work together to release the latest currents of thought and inspiration through the ever evolving creation of dance, digital, painting, sculpture, photography, writing, drawing and so on. This collective seeks to catalyze discussion and extend your mental problematic.

So, what does that mean?

Members of Muscle Nation likes to clench their teeth and flex their art. Basically, they want to perform for you and with you.

Andy Amato’s “board” (2011)

They want to continue the work of their Fluxus predecessors. In the 1960s, we had the Fluxus — minimal performances highlighting the connections between everyday objects and art. We had events, happenings, moments that existed entirely “in the moment.” The collective artists of In Cooperation With Muscle Nation want to bring back that attitude, to see what happens when media intersect – from live performance mixed with video and photography, from combining found objects into sculptures covered in paint, and from bringing the outside in. They want to FLEX-US.

Jordan Roth of Ro2 is very excited to join forces with In Cooperation With Muscle Nation. “The artists of [Muscle Nation] have shown such an inspiring amount of energy and poise in putting together Flex-Us,” Roth said.  “This exhibition compliments our programming so well – Ro2 Art’s mission to provide a venue for progressive art in all media, collaborating with emerging artists from the North Texas region cannot be realized without groups like [Muscle Nation].”

The show is Saturday from 7-10 p.m. at Ro2 Downtown.

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