Multidisciplinary Artist 2Fik Gets Expressive With Creative Performance and Gallery Opening

Published: October 21, 2015

Multidisciplinary Artist 2Fik Gets Expressive With Creative Performance and Gallery Opening

Stateless. Lost in translation. A multitude of characters. These are the ways that Montréal-based, multidisciplinary artist 2Fik describes himself and his photography exhibit. 2Fik spent the better part of a week at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in preparation for his artist lecture, live performance and “Mix & Match” gallery opening.

Minutes before the October 8 gallery opening, 2Fik and volunteers put on a performance called “High He/High Heels.” For approximately 15 minutes, a group of 14 male volunteers in high heels marched up and down the concrete in front of Bay Hall, following 2Fik’s verbal commands. The performance had been choreographed the night before.

“Many of my performances are about gender, and how people tend to judge someone by how they look instead of who they are,” said 2Fik. “The performance I did with these men was amazing. We put the choreography together in one night, and I’m over the moon with how it turned out.”

The A&M-Corpus Christi Department of Art extended an invite to 2Fik to visit campus back in 2013. His appearance was the culmination of two years of collaboration and discussion between the artist and the University.

“2Fik’s body of work, centered in notions of shifting identities and with a mandate of inclusion, was not only a great way to challenge stereotypes and embrace the difference among us, it helped to form a bridge between the Department of Art and the wider campus and Corpus Christi communities,” said Dr. Laura Petican, Assistant Professor of Art History and University Galleries Director.

“Mix & Match,” which is a collection of photos featuring 2Fik as the central figure, is on display through Friday, Dec. 4, in the Weil Gallery, on the first floor of the Center of the arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public and available for viewing during normal gallery hours of Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To view more pictures from 2Fik’s artist lecture, live performance and gallery opening, click here.