|Houston International Performance Art Biennale: The Lone Star Explosion, based in Houston, Texas, is a four day festival that provides performance, lecture and workshop opportunities for performance artists from around the world. We are a product of HIVE and a 501(c)(3) non-profit as umbrellad by them. In 2012 the Biennale brought in over twenty artists from South Korea, Estonia, Ireland, Berlin, France, Canada and Venezuala. The 2014 Biennale will take place February 19 thru 23rd in three of Houston’s venerated performance art venues, as well as online and in public space.The Lone Star Explosion, seeks to showcase performance art that challenges artists and other participants in new ways, especially performance art that questions fundamental assumptions about the way we experience time, space, relationships, the self, society, and sexuality.2014 Directors are Kelly Alison, Jonatan Lopez and Julia Claire Wallace. Biennale Founders are Nestor Topchy, Mariana Lemesoff and Myk HenryHow did this event come about? by Myk Henry (2012 Creative Director and International Curator)
Nestor Topchy was on a trip to New York in October 2011. He ran into Myk Henry at a Grace Exhibition Space performance event in Bushwick, Brooklyn. They began talking about the art scene in Houston and Nestor told Myk about the Notsuoh space, describing it as:“ Possibly one of THE most interesting enclosed urban spaces Texas”. He described the space as being a huge old storefront/warehouse with high ceilings, still housing some of the old dust covered merchandise.
Myk, having been a key organizer of the Williamsburg (Brooklyn) warehouse (immersionist) scene 1989-1992 was intrigued by Nestor’s description of the space. He suggested doing a live art event at notsuoH and Nestor thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to kick off Houston’s first performance art biennale.
Upon returning to Houston, Nestor spoke with Jim Pirtle about using the notsuoH space to provide a platform for showcasing “Lone Star Performance Explosion” and the organization was established as a 501(c)(3) under the HIVE Houston umbrella.
Since then this event has been gathering steam and the organizational team has expanded to include Kelly Alison, Julia Claire Wallace, Jonatan Lopez, Jack Massing (The Art Guys) and Sixto Wagan (Diverse Works), and many more volunteers who are all working hard to bring this exciting international event to fruition.