Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2012-13

(New York, NY)Susan Ensley


LAUGHING 1976/REPRISE 2013 revives Susan Ensley’s subversive 1976 “Laughing Piece,” a large-scale audio work comprised of tape loops of laughter installed anonymously at the Rene Block Gallery, Gordon Matta-Clark’s loft, and at a third non-disclosed location by arrangement of the John Gibson Gallery, and amplified on to the streets of the Soho gallery district (from Houston Street to Grand Street along West Broadway & several blocks east & west) on a Saturday afternoon at 3pm. REPRISE 2013 features the same renegade social commentary in the form of enigmatic street performance, as performers walk or wander through the streets and in and out of venues, alone and in groups, each performer’s laughter emanating from hand-held audio devices magnifying its sound.


Susan Ensley has been active in the New York art scene since the 1970s as creative force in performance, photography, film, and video. Her solo performances include Home Run – Run Home at MOMA, Look Out at the Kitchen, and Laughing, a large-scale audio work installed in Soho in 1976, which she will be updating and revising in Reprise 2013 with the support of Franklin Furnace. She has also worked collaboratively with artists, musicians, and filmmakers including Glenn Branca, Dan Graham, Jim Jarmusch, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Betsy Sussler. Her work has been supported by grants from NEA, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Penland School of Crafts.