“Body As Commodity” // Performance + Installation


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IMG_20141202_184813“Body As Commodity”
Performance + Installation
Body as RealDoll(tm), batteries, usb>usb cables

VECTOR Gallery
Select Art Fair
Booth C4
Art Basel Miami 2014
Group Show
12/ 2/3 5-7pm
12/ 6 1-2pm
12/ 7 4-6pm

Past performance //
VECTOR Gallery
154 E Broadway
nyc, ny
Gallery Opening
(group art show)

Lena Marquise (LenaMarquise.com) is a performance artist who focuses on art direction, and works within installations, adding an element of static sculpture – she conveys tension with her choice of position and blocking, as well as the placement of the audience. In concept as well as in practice, Marquise focuses on the duality of creating works as the voyeur, as well as the exhibitionist.

“Body As Commodity” forces the active audience to consider whether using a doll for sexual pleasure commodifies sex more or less immorally than using a real body for amenities that can be monetarily quantified, such as energy; the charging of a mobile phone.

This performance piece uses the exchange of literal energy (battery life) for figurative energy (use of a body) at a monetary expense to exemplify the exchange of simulated sexuality for monetary gain.

Inserting sexually explicit construct into a socially acceptable context, the audience participant is liberated from societal ethics in order to better assess their personal moral stance on the use of a body for personal gain.

The aim of this exchange is to challenge the audience, asking them to question how the social presentation of sexuality may be affecting their seemingly inherent moral standing.

The participant is also forced to reflect on the ability of their desire to become a need, how great their need for energy can become at times of impending technological dissonance (such as a dying mobile phone), and how it can eclipse the social ethics instilled in them.



The LaBiancas – Live // CMJ 2012


Show info // Friday, October 19th, 2012 // 9:30PM

@ Demi Monde, 90 Broad St. [entrance on Stone St.] NY, NY

About the band //

“NY-based Charles Manson concept band The LaBiancas have declared the advent of a new world order, a post-apocalyptic 1960s for a post-apocalyptic generation.  This is the sonic equivalent of a collaborative effort by The Beach Boys and Simian Mobile Disco, circa 2042.  Their debut album is set for a November 20th release date, and we just know they have all sorts of witchy surprises in store for us.  Oh good!” –Asthma Magazine

Listen // soundcloud.com/TheLaBiancas

Visit // http://www.thelabiancasband.tumblr.com

Write // TheLaBiancasBand [at] gmail [dot] com

“[Look but dont touch.] Touch but dont feel” Performance // Installation by Lena Marquise



photo by Andreas Hofweber


iphoto by Thera Marshall


Installation :: 7pm-3am
Performance :: 8-9pm

essential [erotica] // group art show
Jinn Gallery
623 Broadway nyc, ny

Lena Marquise is a performance artist who focuses on art direction, and works within installations, adding an element of static sculpture – she conveys static tension with her choice of position and blocking, as well as the position the audience is placed within; despite being outside of the conventional context of the installation. In concept as well as in practice, Marquise focuses on the duality of creating works as the voyeur, as well as the exhibitionist.

In “Touch but dont feel.” Marquise invites the audience to be present as voyeurs, and invites them to mentally enter the scene as spectators who fill the empty chair before her.
The rope she is bound by and pulling against shows constant restraint, gag, conveying censorship and constriction of verbally expressing emotions and sexuality. The chair, ever present in the artists work, now takes on an aggressive role, as not only her absent keeper, but also as an introspective on the recent trend to use chairs in sculptural works, as prevalent at the Armory Show 2012. It is the belief of the artist and her contemporaries that emerging trends stifle the artist.

A tangible portion of the installation is the illuminated words cut into a sheet of  black plexiglass “LOOK BUT DONT TOUCH // Touch but dont feel.”, which conveys the artist’s implicit and explicit relationships, those between physicality of emotion, and how the latter applies to the former. The graphics which are attached to the title as a means of solidifying intellectual property, calls to mind the stern warning of a mother to “Look with your eyes, not with your hands!”, in contrast to the following which may have been the wispy words in a faint memory of a whore you loved in Amsterdam, whispering with stale cigarette breath, into your ear.

Open Studio // Saturday, June 4th 2011 // 2-7pm

False Gallery
Open Studio

June 4th 2011 // 2-7pm

BOS 2011 will be the first time False Gallery is open to the public.
Curator Ms. Marquise works with local, American and international artists. Having curated two
group shows, one solo show and numerous performance art events, she decided to present
all previous works, ongoing projects and works in progress in a per-appointment gallery
in the style of a showroom. Current works exhibited include artists Jorden Haley and David

False Gallery is located at a production space called hausNY, within a historically landmarked
building whose grounds and interior are sensitive to overcrowding. The
curators asks you to be courteous to others who reside in the building on your way up and down
the stairs, and please RSVP for groups of 8+ guests.

// hausNY
// 670 bushwick ave.
// brooklyn, ny 11221


photo :: Axel Dupeux

model & installation :: LenaMarquise

price :: $1,000USD


Bushwick Daily X Curbs&Stoops

pre‐sale // June 3, 7pm‐10pm
reception // June 4, 7pm‐10pm

BushwickDaily.com is an online publication featuring photographically enhanced
articles about the borough of Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY.  This BOS ’11 BushwickDaily.com
is presenting its first group art show, based at Curbs & Stoops for which
the writers and editors of BushwickDaily.com have paired up the subjects of the weekly
feature articles, assigning them the task of creating, in the medium of their choice, pieces
about one another. Co-curated by Katarina Hybenova Lena Marquise of False Gallery.

Artist list ::
Andrew Birk, Axel Dupeux, Katelan Foisy, Ryan Ford, Rafael Fuchs, Richard Haines,
Mary Judge, James Marshall, Lena Marquise, Alicia Papanek, Frank Rathbone, Tescia
Seufferlein, Allison Somers, Jackie Summers, Ari Sneider, Linda Thach, Veng RWK,
Jason Zucker

Beverage Sponsor :: DogfishHead Craft Ales

// Curbs & Stoops Active Space
// 566 Johnson Ave.
// Brooklyn, NY

Tacos before Burlesque // Sunday 7pm

Because we love :: Projekt nyc

join us…



Future Shorts ONE, the monthly global event, in conjunction with prō jekt′ : nycreturns to New York this March to launch a new partnership withTacombi (the infamous vintage taco van) and its downtown home, Fonda Nolita (267 Elizabeth Street) to bring you a night of tacos, beer and movies!

Future Shorts ONE connects audiences around the world with the best in short film and creative culture with events taking place anywhere from local bars to film studios sound stages, as well as new events taking place every month across 16 countries.

The official Future Shorts selection for March takes us across the globe, including clever stop-frame trickery on the streets of New York in Dosh’s Airlift, how one boy deals with growing up in suburban Rio De Janeiro in A Distacao de Ivan and navigating Kabul via skateboard in Skateistan. They join Minim’s orchestral, experimental take on everyday life, a nostalgic family portrait in Cousin, and much more…

Tickets are $25 and includes 5 mini tacos, mexicanmovie snacks and home brewed drinks
Sunday 13th March / event opens 7pm / films start 7:30pm