Friday, June 15, 2007

Festival of Political Emotion: Tomorrow!

Some additional events to be aware of for tomorrow's Festival of Political Emotion.

- Theaster Gates begins singing at 1 pm, but don't be surprised if the pottery-making part of the performance begins earlier!

- Carole Lung will demonstrate her Mobile Textile Reconstruction Unit and invite you to give it a try, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm

- Interested in wearing camouflage ElWear on the El? A group will meet at 4:30 pm at Left Luggage to try on the suits and take them out for a ride on the Blue Line. Suits are women's M and M/L, men's S/M and M/L and are designed to be worn over your clothing. Depending on numbers, there may be several different outings.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Now in the gallery, part 4

Members of Drawn Lots hang their work, Jerome Grand touches up a wall in the background, and paint dries on pedestals for Lydia Panas installation "Immanent Fear"

Now in the gallery, part 3

Institute for Infinitely Small Things Unmarked Packages; Lavie Raven's (and U of Chicago students') graffiti boards; and space where Raw Material will be

Now in the gallery, part 2

Left Luggage in progress

Now in the gallery

Laurie Palmer works on installing Cloud Cover while Rebecca takes a break from trying to get Katina Papson's (Father's Letters) package open

opening weekend (& note on s*m*a*s*h)

Pathogeographies opens this Friday!

Weekend events include "I Want To Know The Habits Of Other Girls," a queer opera by Dewayne Slightweight, at 7pm on Friday (during the opening, which is 5-8pm); the Festival of Political Emotion, with participatory events happening all afternoon Saturday (12-6); and Microcinema #1 Saturday evening at 7:30. All at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria.

PLEASE NOTE - because of lingering insurance issues, the s*m*a*s*h date has been changed from June 17 to JULY 8, but should still be happening then.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Re-Dressing NOLA - Customer

Following the first week of failed attempts to engage participants in the Gentilly neighborhood, who needed garments re-constructed, I began the second week of the project setting up shops, in unoccupied commercial real estate. During these production performances I constructed TARP-WARE Domestic Linens, which consist of a set of 6 FEMA tarp/fabric place mattes and coordinating napkins. These NEW ORLEANS PROUD TO BE HOME items were then randomly left at FEMA trailers in Gentilly.

I have continued setting up shop for two weeks; the locations consisted of a Po-Boy shop, a restaurant, a gas station, a Billiard house and a boy’s home, where Louis Armstrong learned how to play the trumpet.

Friday June 8, I had my first customer! She needed to have two pieces of fabric sewn together to use as a throw to recover her couch and chair. When she stopped three other people stopped and each had a different story of seeing “the sewing lady” around the neighborhood, and each also had something for me to do. Looks like I’m going to be busy until Wednesday when I head back up to Chicago. I feel like I’m running out of time, and the project is just getting off the ground. Which means I will have to come back to New Orleans.

The polaroid image was taken by one of the visitors.