Art

Eye Mask: Fight Night with Dana Hoey

Kat Herriman

Photography by Dana Hoey

Main Event Winner Ann Friedman by Pari Aryfar
Main Event Winner Ann Friedman by Pari Aryfar.

“Is this a performance?” someone asks. A stretcher suggests otherwise as does the crowd which streamed down 18th Street on a hot Friday evening. Inside, the crowd was thick, gathered in the furtherest corner of Petzel gallery with the space’s inaugural fight night featuring amateur female muay thai matches. The evening stemmed from artist Dana Hoey’s current exhibition, “Dana Hoey Presents.”

A fight enthusiast and an amateur practitioner, Hoey bears down on the choreography of movement and how it can be captured in a static image. This materializes as a series of portraits shot mostly in the artist’s studio with hanging metal sculptures (which now occupy Petzel’s windows). These floating bodies and their flashing panels echoed the evening’s cadence with its acts of flurried limbs and cheers syncopated by moments of quivering stillness. Here the evening’s festivities captured by Hoey and her team.

Gurney by Oliver
Gurney by Oliver
Bridget on fight day in my show by Oliver
Bridget on fight day in my show by Oliver
Cela by her sculpture
Cela by her sculpture
Cloe Fan Kicking Erika Hirano
Cloe Fan Kicking Erika Hirano
Main Event 2 After by Pari Aryfar
Main Event 2 After by Pari Aryfar
Main Event clinch by Pari Aryfar
Main Event clinch by Pari Aryfar
Pink Skirt
Pink Skirt
Ricky and my sculpture
Ricky and my sculpture
Ring Empty
Ring Empty
Ring Guy Boaz Gregory
Ring Guy Boaz Gregory
The Crowd
The Crowd
Trusha Patel - pre-fight
Trusha Patel - pre-fight
Trusha Patel and Molly Silbernagel in the Clinch
Trusha Patel and Molly Silbernagel in the Clinch
Trusha Patel kneeing Molly Silbernagel
Trusha Patel kneeing Molly Silbernagel