Artist Statement: Just Dance is a call and response reaction to Lady Gaga's song "Just Dance." First an abstract object was made to "dance" and then the artist mimicked the object’s movements. The whole act seems part puppeteer, part Jazzercise, part youtube spectacle. Gaga's original command to "Just Dance" becomes more abstracted as the video progresses calling into question other ambiguities in the video such as the gender and intention of the artist. The lines between joke and a sincere commitment to the call are continually coming in and out of focus as the artists body cycles through an awkward and tender negotiation with fatigue, boredom, and authenticity.
Artist Bio: J.R. Uretsky has exhibited her work throughout California including venues such as The Grand Central Art Center, The National Steinbeck Center and Azusa Pacific University. Uretsky received her BFA at BIOLA University in Los Angeles and is currently working on her Master's of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut.