Public Arts & Curatorial Projects

postcard-RFD1RFD: Qweer Arts Issue: “Representing Fey Dexterity” Summer 2013 issue #154

Issue #154 editor + curator

RFD Magazine Launch/Qweer Arts Issue
Leslie Lohman Museum Project Space
127b Prince Street, Soho, NYC
12-14 July 2013

from the invitation:

As we enter the high season of Summer, with its PRIDE commemorations, we in the RFD Collective wanted to celebrate the many amazing artists in our community. We are proud to publish a select group of qweer talent with a Magazine Launch/Art Show in collaboration with the Leslie-Lohman Museum. RFD is the oldest reader-contributed gay quarterly in the USA and Leslie-Lohman is the oldest Gay Art Museum in the world; together we are joining forces to celebrate the Summer issue “Representing Fey Dexterity.”

While showing an array of beautiful works from qweer artists in the USA and beyond, we asked the contributors to comment on how being qweer influenced their art production and how being an artist influenced their notions of gayness. This led to a beautiful interplay of images and words in this Summer issue. The magazine launch/art show will feature artists works in this issue, a few local NYC artists, issues for sale as well as subscription specials. The opening will be hosted by the ever-FAB NYC (dis)Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. We hope to see you there!

Let’s celebrate Summer & our rich artistic heritage!

Artists: Ericc Cram, Krys Fox, Vincent Webster, Arthur Durkee, John Butler, Keith Gemerek, Lawrence Brose, Steed Taylor, Paul Wirhun, Max Carlos Martinez, Ves Pitts, Artboy Dancing, Quito Ziegler

THE CONCESSION STAND

In September 2012, I participated in a public art project entitled “10 Days that Shook the World” which celebrated the 50 year old bath house and concession stand structures that were to be demolished due to beach erosion at Herring Cove Beach within the Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown, MA. This arts festival was curated by Jay Critchley and Ewa Nogiec. I was given the Concession Stand as a canvas on which to create a mural. I created my mural through a process akin to batik on eggshells, except I used painters’ tape as the resist and spray paint as the coloring agent. This allowed me to created sharp, angled features, as well as toned colors; and the effect proved popular.

concession stand

Design Statement

Merriam-Webster tells us that a ‘concession’ is something that is granted (conceded), an admission, that it notes in definition 2.b. “…is done or agreed to usually grudgingly in order to reach an agreement or improve a situation.” It notes in 2.c(1) that a concession is also “a grant of land or property especially by a government in return for services or for a particular use…” In light of the proposed demolition of the Herring Cove Bathhouse, “Concession Stand” is an installation designed to acknowledge how these two definitions are operating simultaneously within the “10DaysOfART” exhibit.
Conceding that the forces of nature are too much to withstand, the National Seashore has planned the destruction of buildings that are beloved to many, even in their derelict state. Conceding this fact, we take a stand and celebrate this inevitable loss with a torn tape painting will wrap the exterior of the Concession Stand to commemorate the happy memories that its use brought so many in the Summer. The torn tape imagery will act as a resist against the application of another color, as we resist the loss of memories contained in the buildings slated for demolition. The process mimics the process of wax design in batik, as the image is created with drawn wax (torn tape in this case), which is removed after color is applied. Loss is inherent in the process of the art-making, reflecting how the loss of beach to erosion is inherent in the cycles of nature.
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northside
NOTES on PROCESS

The taping of the design took three days. The first two days were calm + sunny = beautiful autumnal weather. On the third (and fourth) day(s), an approaching weather front created strong southeasterly winds off the water. Spray painting in the strong, relentless wind caused me to hold the nozzle as close to the surface of windward facing walls as possible, otherwise I was losing the paint to the air. What was conceived as a slow gradation of colors (as in Ukioye prints) became tight lines of contrasting shades.
spraying
A MOMENT of MAGIC

On the fourth and final day of the installation, the local elementary students were hanging out on the beach (a bit bored) after hanging mobiles they had created for an installation outside the bathhouse. Seeing their boredom, I invited them to tear off the tape – figuring it’d be an act of destruction they might enjoy. After getting approval from their teachers, they went at it with spirit & enthusiasm = tearing off all the tape in 15 minutes that had taken me 3 days to apply. They enjoyed every moment of it! The teachers were thrilled to give them a task they enjoyed so thoroughly, and I was grateful for a ton of work done by a simple invitation. A moment of magic and a win/win situation for all!
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back standing pull
tape ball

MORE IMAGES of completed piece by Thom Lussier
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final image by yours truly as I left installation
NE corner

 
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THE SALACIOUS SALON, curator

Pool Art Fair

The House of Delicious
an evolution in extraordinary good taste, presents

The Salacious Salon!
serious sensuous works by
Walt Cessna & Scooter LaForge & Charles Lum
Dick Mitchell & Michael Mitchell
Chris Pennock & Ves Pitts & Will Spangenberg
Steed Taylor & Paul Wirhun

Pool Art Fair
The Gerschwin Hotel
7 East 27th St., NYC

5 – 7 March 2010
3 – 10 p.m. each day

saturday SALON: 7-10 by Rosie Delicious, Inbred Hybrid Collective, Walt Cessna; performance by Gio Black Peter; screening of Reno Dakota’s “American fabulous” and Charles Lum’s “Indelible”

from the press release:
The House of Delicious believes that Sexuality is a window into Consciousness, for Art & Sex & Spirit are One! Living on the edge of the Salacious, we find that All Fashion is Drag and Capitalism constrains Creativity! A real political revolution cannot happen until all are sexually liberated!

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