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If You Will Suck My Soul I Will Lick Your Funky Emotions, 2011
On Sunday, November 11, 2011 as a part of Performa 11 New York choreographer Trajal Harrell’s Antigone jr., joined by performer Thibault Lac as Ismene, Antigone’s sister, preformed a piece that eventually morphed into a much larger work entitled, Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (L). The performance is part of an ongoing series of the same title. Each is presented as a discreet work in a different ‘size’ – Extra Small (XS), Small (S), Medium also entitled Mimosa, and the upcoming Large (L) and Extra Large (XL)- plus this irregular junior ‘size’. Each piece takes on the proposition: “What would have happened in 1963 if someone from the Voguing dance tradition in Harlem had come downtown to Judson Church in Greenwich Village to perform alongside the early postmoderns?” Rather than illustrating a historical fiction, Harrell uses this proposition as a point of departure to reconsider our contemporary context. As a result we are presented with Harrell’s interpretation, one that is reflective of the here and now and that would not have been possible at the Voguing balls nor at Judson Church. This jr. represents a potential uni-size in the series, both unique and unisex.
Adel Abdessemed Je suis innocent, 2012
Framed: 94 1/8 x 73 inches
239 x 185.5 cm
Image: 90 1/2 x 69 3/4 inches (230 x 177 cm)
The Long Jump by Carl Lewis. 2010
Acrylic on canvas. 87 1/2 x 77 inches (165.1 x 172.7 cm). Courtesy the artist and Untitled, New York. © 2011 Henry Taylor.
Rock Box Version Four, 2006
rhinestones, plastic, speaker, amplifier, digital music
15 x 15 x 6 inches
The Amazing Adventures of Tar Baby Mama, Stacy Lynn Waddell, 2011
cleave #4, 2012
Wood lath, reclaimed board, tree trunk sections, steel, mixed media 32 x 32 x 6 in
Lamont, ca. 2004, 20 × 24 inches.
Gelatin silver print.
Deconstruction with Braids, ca. 2002
20 × 24 inches, Gelatin silver print
BROOKLYN IS MASQUERADING AS THE WORLD
Help the Pirate, 2013
Oil on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches/ ~22 x 28cm