Madd Pain

Madd Pain is a photographic installation by New York City-based photographer Carol Dragon presented in conjunction with FLEXN Evolution from May 18 through 21 in the Armory’s Colonels Room.

After first encountering FLEXN at the Armory in 2015, Dragon began documenting the flex community and its dancers in her studio, on the street, at dance battles, and in their homes. Capturing the explosive energy, constant motion, and ephemeral grace specific to flex, her portraits offer audiences a unique perspective on each participating dancer’s style and movement. Dragon was awarded a 2017 Creative Engagement grant by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to develop this immersive, multi-layered work, which is being presented for the first time at the Armory.

About Carol Dragon
Dragon holds a BFA and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she first began her career as a painter. Since 1990, Dragon has worked solely with photography, but the influence of the painter’s eye still informs her practice. Her work has been exhibited in multiple solo shows in New York City, as well as in group shows throughout the United States including Photo Lucida in Portland, Oregon. Her images have been featured in The Photo Review, Shots Magazine, The Culture Trip,
and Synergy Magazine. Dragon was showcased in the book, 100 New York Photographers.

Madd Pain is supported in part by Caryl Englander and Sharon Brewster. Special thanks to Natalia Vergara, Anja Kern, Betsy Weis, Rosalie Rowey and Peter Krask.

Photo by Carol Dragon

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May 18–21

The installation is open for approximately one hour before and after each performance

Colonels Room
Free for FLEXN Evolution ticket holders

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