US English

To Move Into Position: A Performative Lecture with US English
Curated by Bergman & Salinas
INCA: 2 West Roy St. Seattle, WA, 98110
12 April 2016
7:30 – 9:00pm


What is criticism in crisis? What is it after crisis, post-protest? What is it to be contemporary when contemporaneity is crisis?

On April 12th, US English will present a performative lecture exploring the boundaries and potentials of criticism as it intersects with social action. The lecture will be accompanied by artist-created fragrances, sound, objects and readings that together considers criticism’s means and modes of protest – both its possibility for tactical acts as well as the poetics of transformation and mourning.

pdf transcript of the performative lecture can be downloaded here

Following the lecture will be an informal, open discussion about independent arts publishing led by James McAnally, executive editor and co-founder of Temporary Art Review.


US English is the collaborative project of Brea and James McAnally. US English explores collective identity, spatial politics, and forms of protest through a diverse collection of text, sound, objects and interventions, often initiating large-scale projects in public space. US English acts as both a pseudonym and a form of speaking, seeking to create a space of expanded authorship and exchange, considering the role of the artist within a broader landscape of production, conception, and consumption.

In addition to their work as US English, Brea and James are the founders of The Luminary, an artist-run space based in St. Louis, MO. James, along with Sarrita Hunn is also a  co-founder of Temporary Art Review, a platform for contemporary art criticism that focuses on alternative spaces and critical exchange among disparate art communities.

US English has presented exhibitions, talks and lectures in various forms at venues such as the Walker Art Center, Queens Museum, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation with Ballroom Marfa, Vox Populi, Cannonball, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Transformer, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Corniolo Art Platform Carnegie Mellon University, (e)merge art fair, Moore College of Art and Design and more.