Blue Star Contemporary Closed For Installation


Blue Star Contemporary is currently closed for the installation of the new exhibitions coming on February 1st. Wondering what to expect? “Effort Economy” is making it’s way to the space, featuring the works of 5 artists: Julie Favreau, Raul Gonzalez, R. Eric McMaster, Ronny Quevedo, and Anne Wallace.


“Reflecting on dancer and theorist Rudolf Laban’s ideas related to effort and movement the exhibition features artists whose work utilizes choreography in some form. Movement and the body are essential to the works in the exhibition, with artists considering the design and sequencing of movement as it relates to dance, sports, daily life, eroticism, and more. Other ideas presented through this exhibition include internal rhythm and time as forces we connect our bodies to, and our drive for interconnectivity to one another in both the material and immaterial world.



Laban introduced the term “effort” in the context of modern dance theory as a mental impulse where movement originates. He designated four factors of motion— space, weight, time and flow— that embody effort. The combination of these factors generates the dynamic of movement. Laban also defined basic actions relating to effort: to press, to flick, to wring, to dab, to slash, to glide, to punch and to float.



Using Laban’s theories as a foundation, this exhibition also considers the varied definitions of the terms effort and economy in combination with one another. We look at different contexts where our movements are calculated, sometimes the parameters fabricated or designed by the artists. Artists consider how the expenditure of energy can be optimized, futile, emotional, healing, sensual, mundane, and create new aesthetic languages. The works generate questions around the values we assign to the exerting effort, whether this be monetary, economic, social, or moral.”


This exhibition will be on display until May 5th, giving you plenty of time to experience it for yourself! If you’re not already a member of Blue Star Contemporary, click here to become one. Membership benefits start at just $60 yr (only $5 a month!!!) for two people, and include:

  • Free admission
  • Special early bird invitations to all of BSC’s programs
  • Invitations to BSC Members only events, such as Drink and Draw
  • Access to the First Friday Members Only Bar
  • 10% discount on merchandise (exhibition books and catalogs)
  • Recognition listing in Annual Report