The first museum commission of work by NYC-based Rebecca Patek, You and I of the Storm walks a line between comedy and contemporary dance. A further development in the singular work of this emerging new talent, You and I of the Storm uses a combination of caricature, fictionalization of the author, and satire within the formal structure of stand-up as a vehicle to create a critical discourse.
Commenting on the art world's clichés, power structures within society, unexamined social mores, and the underlying psychological pathologies of American culture, You and I of the Storm utilizes physical vulnerability to reveal the absurdity of a logic derived from sickness. Patek stretches the latitude of acceptability within performative art, asking us to consider the origin of our aesthetic values through the lens of moral judgment. The work seeks to create a theatrical context for reevaluating our assumptions about identity, our ideas of right and wrong, good and bad, and the ethics of creative endeavor.