Opening Reception: Friday, August 29th, 6-9 pm.
During the reception there will be an outdoor interactive body art performance by Runn Shayo exploring gender, endurance, intimate proximity and permission.
Gold Mesh Cross-Body Bag
Gold Mesh Cross-Body Bag is a presentation of watercolors, photographs and installation details by Justin Vivian Bond inspired by v's obsessional relationship with the model Karen Graham who was signed to an exclusive contract as the face of Estée Lauder between the years 1973 and 1985 when she retired from modeling to become a fly-fishing instructor. Estée Lauder (born 1906 as Esther Mentzer, Corona, Queens, New York) is credited with creating the "Free Gift With Purchase" marketing strategy which propelled her company to the top of the cosmetics industry. Karen Graham (born 1945, Gulfport, Mississippi), the face of Estee Lauder, was the epitome of the aspirational white woman of elegance.
Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a transgender writer, singer, painter, and performance artist. Mx Bond is the author of the Lambda Literary Award winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, published by The Feminist Press, and Susie Says… a collaboration with Gina Garan (Powerhouse Books, 2012). V’s debut CD DENDRPOPHILE was self-released on WhimsyMusic in 2011 and was followed by SILVER WELLS in 2012. In 2011 Justin Vivian’s art exhibition The Fall of the House of Whimsy was presented at Participant Inc. in New York City. Mx Bond was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadway in 2007. Other notable theatrical endeavors include starring as Warhol Superstar Jackie Curtis in Scott Wittman’s production of Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis as part of La Mama E.T.C.’s 50 Anniversary Season, originating the role of Herculine Barbin in Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking play Hidden: A Gender, touring with the performance troupe The Big Art Group and appearing in John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus. Other films include Sunset Stories (2012), Imaginary Heroes (2004), and Fanci’s Persuasion (1995). Mx Bond is a recipient of The Ethyl Eichelberger Award, The Peter Reed Foundation Grant, and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award for Performance Art/Theater, an Obie and a Bessie. Please visit the website to download and enjoy v's music and blog, Justin Vivian Bond is Living!
Sitting Room (Featuring a furniture collaboration with Harry Allen)
"As an artist/designer who emerged from fashion and textiles, I follow inquiries that surface from my maker self -- material investigations, labor, manufacturing, movement, endurance, and scale. I create textiles, clothing, and installations, often with a performance component, and a range of other 2D and 3D work.
In my cross-disciplinary creative practice, I’m in a rapidly evolving, shape-shifting phase. My relationship to the body as a site has shifted into a more significant engagement with physical space, particularly architectural space, as an active dialogue between my body, material, color, and mass, in relation to air and light.
Graphic, abstract, and ordered geometries with the potential for both chaos and calm are manifesting in both small and very large pieces, mined from my emotional landscape and external sources. Explosions, vibrations, and optical phenomena materialize in line and shape, shatter and fracture in dramatic ways, and then align themselves with precision and balance through a concurrent process of renewal and decay.
Process and material-driven, I’ve ventured past my longtime use of knitting machines into additional work with paint, rulers, tape, paper, exacto knives, and any other tools that can create hard lines, graphic images, and vibrating fields and explosions of line and color."
Liz Collins is a New York City-based artist and designer, recognized internationally for her use of machine knitting to create ground-breaking clothing, textiles, performances and installations. She has exhibited widely, with solo shows at the Knoxville Museum of Art in TN, AS220 in Providence, RI and Out North Gallery in Anchorage, AK and in group shows at the RISD Museum in Providence and the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, amongst many others. After receiving an MFA at RISD in 1999, she launched her own fashion label, and for 5 years showed during Fashion Week in NYC and sold to stores such as Barneys and Kirna Zabete. Collins then segued into full time teaching at RISD and spent 10 years there developing a knitwear and fashion textiles program for the Textiles Department. She has done many guest lectures, workshops and critiques at schools such as SAIC, SVA, MICA, VCFA, Haystack, and the Centre for Contemporary Textiles in Montreal, Canada.
In 2005, Collins began her ongoing, large scale, site-specific installation/performance project KNITTING NATION as a response to working in the textiles and fashion industries. KNITTING NATION, which involves a small army of uniformed knitters and manually operated knitting machines, has been featured at the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston, the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, NY, Occidental College in LA, Jedintsvo, Zagreb, Croatia, and at MoMA in NYC. Collins was a United States Artist Target Fellow in Crafts and Traditional Arts (2006), a MacColl Johnson Fellow (2011), and has received several other awards and fellowships. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Modern Painters and Textile Forum. Website.
Born in New Jersey in 1964, Harry Allen received a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. In 1993, he established Harry Allen Design, and since then, he has designed furniture, lighting, products and interiors for a wide variety of international clients. Harry’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn, Denver and Philadelphia Museums of Art. His awards include the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s Modernism/Young Designer Award and two Industrial Design Society of America IDEA Awards. Harry’s interest in art and innovation has led to some of the most intelligent products and interiors in the world today. Website.
People Are Tired of Being Human
This series, People Are Tired of Being Human, is about fractured identities and digitally driven society. It’s about how self-appointed experts irresponsibly scramble for half-baked knowledge, arbitrarily certify, purchase confidence and prioritize immediacy over accuracy or effect. It’s about marveling at the speed with which science is turning fantasy into reality and poking sympathetic fun at the layperson’s naïve interpretation of this process. It’s about the ominous technological threat that a human’s brain could eventually outlive its body and understanding how wealth plays a factor in who gets to play/stay alive. It’s about mental over-stimulation, physical exhaustion and mulling over the idea of being forced to grant one’s self the permission to die.
Jill Pangallo is an artist best known for her funny and disturbing multimedia works that deal with identity and mass culture. She has performed and shown internationally in, at and on a multitude of galleries, theaters, clubs and screens. Born in Baltimore and raised in Southern California, Pangallo received a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design and a BA in Psychology from Eugene Lang College. In the years following, she spent her nights performing on the downtown alt-cabaret circuit. In the fall of 2005, Pangallo relocated to Austin to pursue an MFA in studio art at the University of Texas, which she received in May of 2008. She performs and shows internationally as the collaborative duo, SKOTE, which she co-directs with Alex P. White. As one-half of the performance duo, the HoHos (with Cathy Cervenka), she performs with long running NYC show, Losers Lounge, as well as at the annual Stevie Nicks tribute event, Night of 1,000 Stevies. She is a repeat cast member in the acclaimed, episodic Mad Men spoof The Mad World of Miss Hathaway. Additionally, she is a founding member of the Austin Video Bee, a multimedia video collective that seeks to promote experimental and innovative work by underrepresented artists. Pangallo has received numerous awards and accolades including grants from the University of Texas, The Idea Fund, City of Austin’s Art in Public Places and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2010 she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency program. She will be performing her newest solo show, Hope Is Expensive as part of the Afterglow Festival, here in Provincetown. She lives and works in New York City. Website.