Resistance Movement: Kellie O'Dempsey and Jennifer Wroblewski

Performance stills: O’Dempsey and Wroblewski, Resistance Movement
Kentler InternationaDrawing Space, January 15, 2017
Photo credit: Silvia Forni; Musicians: Ben Gerstein, Mike Pride, Jonathan Moritz

Resistance Movement
January 15 – February 19, 2017
First Performance & Opening Reception: Sunday, January 15, 4-7pmwith musical guests Ben Gerstein (trombone), Mike Pride  (percussion) & Jonathan Moritz (saxophone)

Final Performance & Artists’ Talk: Saturday, January 28, 4pmwith musical guest M.A.N.I.A.C. Empire Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday12 – 5pm
Kentler International Drawing Space is pleased to present Resistance Movement, a collaborative exhibition by Kellie O’Dempsey and Jennifer Wroblewski.
Resistance Movement is a performance-based drawing installation by artists whose partnership spans two continents (Wroblewski is based in the U.S. and O’Dempsey in Australia). Large-scale drawings, projected onto paper, tulle, and the gallery walls, will document two performances scheduled throughout the duration of the exhibition. The artists will respond to one another’s movements, the music of live performers, and the audience with multi-disciplinary tools including pencils, brushes, animation, digital devices, sound and light design. The changing images on view will convey and build upon the dynamism of the performances.
Originally conceived as dance-based project called Discotheque, the work assumed a more political tone in response to the recent U.S. presidential election. The current iteration, Resistance Movement, explores themes of communication, transcendence, alliance and solidarity. The title refers not only to group protest, but to the mechanics of drawing itself. Here O’Dempsey and Wroblewski use the immediacy of drawing and performance to mediate the intimate and shared experiences of time and place.
A brochure with an essay by Charlotta Kotik accompanies the exhibition. Kentler International Drawing Space is located at 353 Van Brunt Street (between Dikeman & Wolcott Streets) in Red Hook, Brooklyn. For more information, contact Executive Director Florence Neal, 718.875.2098 or visit Founded by two artists in 1990, Kentler International Drawing Space Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization presenting contemporary exhibitions of drawings and works on paper by emerging and under- recognized local, national and international artists as part of the cultural fabric of the community. Kentler’s Programs: Exhibitions and Events, The Kentler Flatfiles and K.I.D.S. Art Education. The gallery is open free to the public Thursday - Sunday12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Board of Directors Matt Lewis Danielle McConnell Florence Neal
Pat Weber Sones Heather Strelecki
Advisory Board
Mariella Bisson
Rafael Bueno
Beth Caspar
Karni Dorell
Gail Flanery
Robin Holder
Susan Newmark Fleminger Nene Humphrey
Charlotta Kotik Nancy Manter Meridith McNeal Rachel Nackman Mercedes Vicente
Executive Director Florence Neal

For more on Kellie Dempsey's and  Jennifer Wroblewski's work, visit their respective websites at and