David Page: Security Theatre

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David Page: Security Theatre

On view: Oct 15 – Nov 29, 2016 Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat, 11am-7pm
Event Type: Exhibitions

On view:Oct 15 – Nov 26, 2016
Opening reception: Sat, Oct 15th, 6 – 8pm
Security Theatreperformance: Sat, Nov 12th, 7pm sharp

On Saturday, October 15th Creative Alliance will present a new and visionary solo exhibition by David Page, renowned artist and educator at American University, winner of the Trawick Prize, Sondheim Prize finalist, designer of props and costumes for director Ridley Scott’s film Hannibal, and professor of Sculpture at American University. Page’s Security Theatre investigates the dissonant and seemingly inverse relationship between perceived threat and measurable risk by looking at the artifacts of security and the aesthetics of punishment. 

Security Theatre is a full-gallery summation of Page’s multiple bodies of work, including “Care & Punishment,” which combines handmade, full-body restraining harnesses attached to bellows-driven breathing devices.  During the opening reception, and on Saturday, November 12th, live performers will inhabit the suits while visitors will pump the bellows that enable the performers to breathe inside  handmade restraining suits.  The reciprocal behavior between performer and viewer echoes the lack of culpability the public has with its governing bodies concerning the care and treatment of prisoners that they would never interact with directly. Other bodies of work, such as “Protective Services,” deal with the United States’ pervasive climate of caution, including the padding that’s been created for common infrastructure, such as building corners or railings. These installations speak to a nation that worries, pads, and buffers itself against the tiniest potential threat while ignoring actual danger, which is evident in the proliferation of oversized SUVs, airbags, side-impact air curtains, car seats for nine-year-olds, and warning tags and labels on everything. Through its installations and performances, Security Theatre boldly addresses the atmosphere of fear and false security in economically developed nations.


Born in Cape Town, South Africa, David Page earned a National Diploma in Fine Arts from the Cape Tecnikon in 1986 and received an MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2002. Recent solo shows include God and Lunchmeat at Old Dominion University and “Staan Nader, Staan Terug!” (come closer, get away!) at Stevenson University. Group shows include “Simultaneous Presence, Sculpture at Evergreen 6,” Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, Evergreen Museum & Library, Baltimore, MD, and “Bad Ideas Dead Ends and Guilty Pleasures” at the Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington DC. Awards include the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award in 1996, 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2014, the Trawick Prize in 2004. He was also the recipient of University of Maryland’s Art for Peace Award in 2001, which included the commission of a small sculptural object that was presented to Nelson Mandela upon his visit to the university. Mr. Page teaches at American University and the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, and lives in Baltimore with his wife and jewelry designer Lauren Schott, and their pit-bulls, Voltaire and Hank.

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