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Blithe Riley and Mary Coble collaborate on performance-based videos that explore the tensions between site-specificity, gesture, narrative, and endurance.  After first collaborating at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2009, their collaboration has been framed around travel, and the negotiation involved in making art in unfamiliar contexts. In 2010 they did a residency at the Market Estate Project, where they lived and worked on a 1960’s housing project that was about to be demolished. Most recently they were invited on an IASPIS residency in Umeå, Sweden where they made work on the frozen sea.

Coble/Riley Projects is represented by Conner Contemporary Art in Washington DC.

Mary Coble is a performance artist and photographer. She often uses her body as a metaphor and site for questions that involve, as well as move beyond, corporeal matters. Through these performances Coble challenges herself and others to critically consider their reactions and interactions with social issues of injustices. She strives to confront violence, bigotry and poverty that she sees a as threat to society both physically and mentally.

She has had her work exhibited and performed nationally as part of Performa 05 in New York City, Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. Her work has been included in international exhibitions at the Nikolaj Center of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, Anaid Gallery in Bucharest, Romania and Galerie Nina Menocal in Mexico City, New Mexico. Coble resides in Washington, DC.

Blithe Riley works in video, performance & installation. Her practice investigates systems that regulate human behavior, including self-induced structures as well as those inflicted from external sources. Riley received a BFA from Alfred School of Art and Design in 1999, and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 where she taught courses in video and performance. Her work has screened nationally & internationally at venues such as the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Kitchen, Roulette, Broadway 1602 Gallery and Monkeytown in New York City, The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and The European Media Arts Festival in Germany. She works and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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