Tony Brown
 Carol Es
 Mark Steven Greenfield
 Elizabeth Hoffman
 Steve Irvin
 Michele Jaquis
 Midge Lynn
 Mary Milelczik
 Ali Smith
 Suzan Woodruff

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Highways Performance Space and Gallery presents:


Ten artists react to the concept of labels, branding, pigeonholes, and self-identity. Tony Brown, Carol Es, Mark Steven Greenfield, Elizabeth Hoffman, Midge Lynn, Mary Milelczik, Suzan Woodruff, and photographer Ali Smith, author of "Laws of the Bandit Queens." With an installation by Michele Jaquis in Gallery 2, and a performance by Steve Irvin.

April 1 through April 25, 2004
Opening reception:
THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2004 @ 7:PM
Performance by Steve Irvin begins at 8:00 PM

Identification, synonymous with self-identity and being classified correctly, or incorrectly, can act as judgments that conveniently place us into categories. Since first impressions can often force some of us into undesired pigeonholes, we go through life defending these false perceptions and/or negative stereotypes in an effort to impress a correct and individualistic view of ourselves onto others. We seem to have the need to "ID" ourselves, as if wearing invisible name badges. These identities are etched onto our circuit boards, hard-wired in from our parents' generation - who were victims of the same contagion.

Included in the exhibit are critically acclaimed artists like Mark Steven Greenfield, known for his controversial prints that blend historical photographs of minstrel performers and eye charts with messages you probably won't see during your next exam. Mark exhibited last year at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and has a recent solo show at Steve Turner Gallery in Beverly Hills. Suzan Woodruff's beautifully meditative paintings recently displayed at William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica, as well as George Bills in NY, and New York photographer Ali Smith is also the author of a best-selling book entitled, "Laws of the Bandit Queens: Words to Live by from 35 of Today's Most Revolutionary Women" (signed copies will be available at the reception). Performance artist, Steve Irvin, will be tying the event together with a one-man show during the opening reception.

A night not to miss! We hope to see you there.

Highways Performance Space and Gallery
1651 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA. 90404

Contact: Carol Es or Mary Milelzcik: (310) 453-1755
Gallery hours: 6:30-8:30 PM before weekend performances and during the week by appointment.

Directions from the east: Exit Santa Monica (10) Freeway at Cloverfield, NORTH two blocks to Olympic, WEST seven blocks to 18th Street, NORTH on 18th Street.

From the west: Exit Santa Monica (10) Freeway at 20th Street, NORTH two blocks to Olympic, WEST two blocks to 18th Street, NORTH on 18th Street.

(There is a parking lot and street parking available.)