“The Book of Spells” October 6-November 3, 2017

Anthony Hawley & The Afield present a month-long evolving show and performance series.

From October 6-November 10 Anthony Hawley and The Afield (violinist Rebecca Fischer and Anthony Hawley's performance duo) will occupy Fiendish Plots, transforming the space into a series of shifting installations and environments with scheduled performances throughout. Hawley and Fischer have conceived of "The Book of Spells" as a kind of ever-changing book in space; one with different chapters, recipes, footnotes, appendices, illustrations, instructions, pop-ups, histories, scribbles in the margins and more. Unlike ordinary books, " The Book of Spells " is not meant to be read from beginning to end, but backwards, forwards, across and through. In an age where a new kind of premium is being placed on being "rock solid," on not "flip-flopping", and on defining oneself against instead of alongside difference, why not create a space that grows, sheds, and breathes. “The Book of Spells” does just that, rising out of a need to interrupt the present with an alternative set of actions, guides, and incantations.

Each week, Hawley will add to and subtract from the gallery. While certain core works will always be present, minor adjustments will be made as the gallery becomes a kind of living organism.

Throughout the month, The Afield and special guests will activate the changing space with performances in locations across the space. To be “afield” means to be “away from home, abroad; at a distance” or “outside one’s field of knowledge.” With this in mind, Hawley and Fischer’s performance collaboration, The Afield, straddles various artistic activities, combining new and original compositions for violin, voice, and electronics with video and other media. The Afield believes that “being further afield lets us be closer together. The farther we go, the more stories and voices we hear.”

Performance and Reception Dates:

Friday October 6 7-10p: Opening Reception
Tuesday October 10 at 7-9pm, Performance: “Spells for Color and Water”
Tuesday October 17 at 7-9pm, Performance: “Spells for Dictators and Borders”
(with mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer)
Friday November 3 7-10 pm, Performance, Closing Reception: “Spam spells”
(with artist Nat Castañeda)

Anthony Hawley is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. He has been the recipient of fellowships and awards in sculpture and installation from the Nebraska Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, VCCA, The Hermitage Artist Retreat and elsewhere. He has exhibited and performed solo projects in venues nationally and internationally including Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO; The Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska; Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, Malta; Central Features, Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM; and Arte Studio Ginistrelle, Assisi, Itally. In April 2016, “Fault Diagnosis,”—a five-day multimedia even centering around a 1985 Nissan Pulsar NX—was produced by CounterCurrent, the Menil Collection, and Aurora Picture Show in Houston, TX. He is the author of two collections of poetry, and his poems and essays on art have appeared in numerous publications including The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, Modern Painters, The Paris Review, Denver Quarterly, Verse, and Colorado Review. Born in 1977, Anthony Hawley grew up on Massachusetts and was educated at Columbia University and the MFA Art Practice Program at the School of Visual Arts.

Rebecca Fischer, violinist in the Chiara Quartet, tours regularly in North America, Europe and Asia. With the Chiara Quartet, Ms. Fischer has won top prizes in the Fischoff National Chamber Music competition, the Paolo Borciani Competition in Italy, the Astral Artistic Services audition, and was awarded the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Praised for her “beautiful tone and nuanced phrasing (Boston Musical Intelligencer),” she has recorded for Azica Records and New Amsterdam Records. Ms. Fischer holds degrees from Columbia University and The Juilliard School, and her mentors include violinists Kathleen Winkler, Joel Smirnoff, Masao Kawasaki, and members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Concord and Takacs Quartets.

The Afield is a multidisciplinary collaboration between artist Anthony Hawley and violinist Rebecca Fischer. The Afield has commissioned works by composers including Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, Lisa Bielawa, Augusta Read Thomas and others, and has premiered work at National Sawdust in New York, the HIFA Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine. Upcoming performances include Boston University, the North Dakota Museum of Art, Kaneko in Omaha, Harvester Arts in Wichita, and PS 321 in Brooklyn. In 2018 The Afield have plans to found The Afield School, an organization pioneering interdisciplinary art-making and performance. The school will have a central hub as well as mobile, pop-up locations around the world.

For more information about The Afield, please visit

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Fiendish Plots
2130 Magnum Circle
Lincoln, NE 68522
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