Lonely Boys are Daphne Ahlers and Rosa Rendl – an artist collective which has performed together since 2010. The duo has stated “Lonely Boys hopes to explore new ways of creating music which is embedded in contemporary culture and resists trite modes of representations.” The artpop-duo is known for their soft synthetic sound concoctions; Lonely Boys‘ new E.P. “Shadow of the World” is out now on Itunes.
Revolving around the promotion of sexual health, wellbeing, and ecosexuality, the sex-positive fundraiser for Judson’s renovation fund offered booths with services such as mini sex coaching sessions by Pleasure Mechanics, sexual astrology readings, aromatherapy sessions by Gayle Damiano, and even one inviting attendees to create their own edible sculptures. Including fundraising efforts such as a silent auction and a raffle for sex toys and vintage porn, the crew from Gavin Brown’s Enterprise sold apparel, books and art donated from friends and family, featuring sports bras from our Software line designed by Lena Henke and Jacolby Satterwhite. Also on the table were textured ceramic hearts by Ser Serpas and free kinky cookies. The adjacent booth sold Stormy Daniels’ gender-neutral perfume Truth, which was also part of the raffle as a possible prize.
Themes of care-taking and community were made apparent via a continuous sound bath by Constellation Chor positioned in front of the altar, chanting and promoting a peaceful energy exchange. Beneath the soundbath site was a bed set up for free seven-minute cuddle sessions with Barbikat, whose sign read “join me for a few minutes of connecting, calming, loving.”
At the closing of the silent auction, the attention moved to the front of the room to announce raffle winners and introduce Linda Montano, or rather, Bob Dylan by Linda Montano. The artist, with a drawn pencil mustache, circular sunglasses and a red scarf tied around her neck, sang a love song to the pancreas, ovaries and testes while backup dancers swayed beside her. Stating that she would accept $1 for a dance, several event-goers took up her offer as she held them tenderly. It was difficult to distinguish between who was a guest and who was a close friend, creating an inherently inclusive experience.
As the event drew towards an end, Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens screened their film Water Makes Us Wet, an exploration of the ecosexuality of water, its politics, and why we must always stay wet to survive. What was meant to be a Sunday afternoon fundraiser ended up feeling like an all-encompassing sexual happening for a righteous cause.
The audience is perched on a bench between two walls, liminally: one a sturdy, utilitarian concrete brick wall, the other a thread-bare fourth wall, framed within an open garage door in a nondescript alley in a residential area of downtown Toronto, Canada. We watch as a woman standing within an elaborately-curtained makeshift bedroom — an image halfway between a Deana Lawson photo and an Isa Genzken mannequin — is getting dressed and taking photos of herself in the mirror. But where is she going? Nowhere. In this contemporary age, with our little contemporary mobile machines, none of us really ever leaves our rooms. We can all relate to that need to experiment with our bodies from the comfort of home, adding and subtracting.
Best-known as @eclectic.hoe via her presence on Instagram, Natalissa is an influencer, stylist, alchemist, artist, and activist. Yet these titles feel too structurally charged to describe her adequately. With a chosen medium comprised primarily of tactile, maneuverable objects, her practice begins at the fabric store, the hardware store, and the thrift store, where she finds everyday objects and fabrics which she repurposes into an art practice.
Some call it fashion but it’s more complex. Recently, two used lube packages were chosen by the artist as earring charms, sponsored-content at its most humbling, openly acknowledging their sexual utility. “The omGSPOT stim serum has me seeing stars???” she captioned. While she makes no claims to be a community leader, her willingness to speak so openly about her own sexuality (as well her past traumas and insecurities) her performance work rides the line of activism and art without a contrarian undertone. Confidently striving to communicate honestly, with adjustment as her primary subject matter, this aim gives the work a sensitivity rarely seen in performance.
This first performance, curated by Becca Flemming entitled An Evening with Eclectic Hoe dealt with issues of adjustment, of the natural flux of time and space, and how fixed ideas have caused problems throughout history. As Natalissa moved, poked, prodded, cut, and paste, the audience’s role shifted quickly from peeper to active viewer to participant. While watching Natalissa dress, we first became silent voyeurs. When a look was finished, she would turn to activate her audience, encouraging us to take photos. When she struggled to get into a piece of footwear, an audience member lent a hand. Natalissa laughed unperturbed remarking, “These are ski boots. They’re meant for skiing,” breaking the fourth wall.
In The Road Less Traveled (1978) by M. Scott Peck, a book that Eclectic Hoe says changed her life, the author describes that “our growth as human beings is being assisted by a force other than our conscious will.” It’s almost as if bringing the surreal parts of one’s brain to the forefront actually makes you more real.
315 Gallery invited artist Cecilia Salama to curate the little baby show, a group exhibition exploring “contemporary motherhood in regards to possession, religion, domination, and cuteness.” The objects and wall works in the space mimic a child’s nursery. Pastels are an obvious yet potent color scheme throughout the show introducing a proverbial playfulness.
The press release is a poem by Isadora Reisner titled “august 1939.” The poem begins with a sing-song sweetness with the speaker claiming that though they are not the mother of the baby, they will continue to dote and care. A growing sense of uneasiness emerges, however, raising themes of possession and co-dependence. This complexity parallels that of the show’s baby theme and activist aims — a portion of sales go to the Trust Women Foundation a pro-choice clinic in Wichita, Kansas.
The show features works by Jillian Mayer, Rachel Rossin, Flannery Silva, Cristine Brache, Loney Abrams + Johnny Stanish, Brian Kokoska, Heather Leigh McPherson, Marlene Frontera, and Aria McManus + Raine Trainor.
The works in the little baby show each have their own take on reproduction and together deliver a fantastical and coherent show with the ability to relate to everyone because, well, everyone at one point was a little baby.
the little baby show
June 1 to July 1, 2018
312 Livingston Street,
Brooklyn, NY, 11217
Juliana Huxtable and Carolyn Lazard’s exhibition epigenetic at Shoot the Lobster in New York invites visitors through its soft purple lighting and erotic atmosphere. The press release utilizes the script from Carolyn Lazard’s Consensual Healing (2018) video featured in the show, and is partly inspired by Octavia Butler’s science fiction short story Bloodchild. Lazard said “[b]ig themes from the story make their way into the show– we [Huxtable and Lazard] were interested in exploring trauma, survival, and the weird and complicated decisions people make to survive.”
Transporting the viewer across alien temporalities and geographies with its transcendence of both gender and humanity, Juliana Huxtable’s Untitled (2018) nudes depict an animalized human with multiple genitalia and a tail. This sexualized depiction as a call to queer reproduction/futurity complicates and replicates questions of how anxieties around difference are formed.
epigenetic is on view until June 17. Carolyn Lazard is currently featured in Post Institutional Stress Disorder, a group exhibition at Kunsthal Aarhus in Denmark, on view until January 6, 2019.
We were recently covered in Broadly. The feature by UK editor Zing Tsjeng touched on our origins, particularly in response to the hegemonic narrative that women and gender non-conforming artists do not sell as well, or make art worthy enough of being seen. She also noted our contribution to the #NOTSURPRISED open letter which called for a no tolerance policy in response to Knight Landesman’s sexual misconduct; Tsjeng honed in on how we are venturing to reclaim and redefine the rigid art historical canon to propel us forward into a more inclusive future.
Tsjeng writes: “Topical Cream is a ‘concerted effort to change the narrative,’ [Editor Whitney] Mallett explains, adding, “I hope it gives people a space—whether that’s a space to write, a space to perform, a space to be acknowledged, or a space to just read ideas.”
On Monday, May 14th, Topical Cream presented AFTERCARE with ICP and Eyebeam at Eyebeam’s new flagship location, 199 Cook Street in Brooklyn. The art party celebrated the conclusion of ICP and Eyebeam’s symposium “VISION AND TECHNOLOGY: toward a more just future.”
The event featured performances by Sophia Young Park and RAFiA SANTANA, a multimedia installation by Molly Soda, videos by FlucT x Minnie Bennett and Jacolby Satterwhite, and DJ sets by HD, Marie Karlberg, and SANTANA. The function was co-hosted by RAGGA NYC and featured lots to eat and drink including a White Label yerba maté situation.
Wide Rainbow is non-profit contemporary art after school program. They connect artists with the community of underserved neighborhoods throughout New York, focusing on hands-on workshops led by the artists, as well as artist and curator-led exhibition walkthroughs of galleries and museums.
Next Monday, May 14th, Wide Rainbow will be celebrating its third year and honoring the 85+ artists who have been part of the program. This fundraiser gala will be their first ever, along with a host of friends and family, at 99 Scott Ave. in Brooklyn.
Tickets for the event start at $250 a seat which includes a menu by Chef Dria Atencio along with a mixology menu by the one and only Arley Marks. Dev Hynes of Blood Orange is slated to give a private performance for gala attendees as well. The gala is hosted by Maia Ruth Lee, Lola Kramer, Elizabeth Jaeger, Diamond Stingily, Eliza Ryan, Morgan Connellee, Ashley Gail Harris, Bevin Butler.
Artist Dawn Kasper during a workshop with students from Girls Prep Middle School of LES?
Wide Rainbow Fundraiser Gala
Monday, May 14th
99 Scott Ave Brooklyn, Ny 11237
7pm Cocktails, 8pm Seated dinner
Please join Topical Cream, ICP, and Eyebeam on Monday, May 14th in celebration of ICP and Eyebeam’s “VISION AND TECHNOLOGY: toward a more just future.”
This post-event function titled “AFTERCARE” features an installation by Molly Soda as well as a hydro performance on the roof at sunset by Sophia Young Park. Vibes provided by power player DJs HD, Marie Karlberg, and RAFiA Santana. This Topical function is free and open to the public with open bar, lite fare, and healing vibes all being served.
We hope to see you there!
Eyebeam Assembly: AFTERCARE
Topical Cream X ICP
Monday, May 14th
199 Cook Street