CAVERNOUS: Young Joon Kwak & Mutant Salon
Curated by Daniela Lieja Quintanar
Exhibition Dates: July 12-August 26, 2018
LACE’s Summer Residency presents CAVERNOUS by artist Young Joon Kwak and Mutant Salon, a collective of queer-trans-femme-POC artists and performers and a platform for community collaborations. CAVERNOUS is a kaleidoscopic environment that queers the last bastion of manhood in the domestic space—the man cave. CAVERNOUS fractures the patriarchal myth of male privilege, and provides an access point for an ongoing critical deconstruction of how we view our bodies, and reimagines alternative forms of existence and desire.
Welcoming viewers at the entrance of CAVERNOUS, Young Joon Kwak presents new sculptures and a living queer archive that reclaims erased narratives and traces a lineage of radical present-future queer arts communities in Los Angeles. Kwak’s archive features a selection of unclassified objects by unknown artists from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, as well as custom wigs by stylists from historic Hollywood retailers displayed on ceramic wig stands designed by Kwak as a tribute to the artistry of these under-recognized wig stylists. The archive also includes a screening of video works and documentation by historically radical local performance artist Johanna Went, connecting the community of Mutant Salon with LACE’s 40 year history of supporting queer and feminist performance art.
Deeper in CAVERNOUS, Mutant Salon creates a temporary autonomous zone that fosters community-building and celebrates the bonds of critical resistance and togetherness in the act of self-care. Mutant Salon features sculptures, videos, interactive installations, lounging spaces, a zine library, a spring, and other surprises, which will transform throughout the duration of the exhibition. The opening of CAVERNOUS will feature several spectacular performances by members of Mutant Salon.
The LACE Summer Residency program has a commitment to reconnect with Hollywood surrounding communities. For this summer, CAVERNOUS, members of Mutant Salon host a workshop of radical writing and zine production for the youth community of My Friend’s Place. Programming also includes activities for the senior community at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, including a conversation on oral histories of queer resistance presented in collaboration with Dirty Looks On Location.
With their outdoor neon signage, Mutant Salon has designated LACE as femme, trans, gender non-binary, and inclusive. All gender expressions welcome.
Mutant Salon: Marvin Astorga, Jacinto Astiazarán, Dove Ayinde, Corazon Del Sol, Sarah Gail, Juan Gudiño, laub, Long Long (Thinh Nguyen), Alli Miller, Roxy Morataya, Anna Luisa Petrisko, Project Rage Queen (Alice Cunt, Dalton Chase Goulette, and TravisD), Matt Savitsky, and Kim Ye.
JEEP JEEP video game-presented by Anna Luisa Petrisko, Tonia B., Bela Messex and David Lyons.
July 20, 2018, Oral Histories of Queer Resistance in collaboration with Dirty Looks On Location and LGBT Center. 7-10PM
As an effort to create a living archive of queer resistance and community in LA, Mutant Salon and Young Joon Kwak invite seniors in the LGBT community to share stories of past struggle and resistance, along with the current challenges faced by this community. Forty nine years after the Stonewall Riots, younger generations can’t imagine what it was like to live at a time when it was illegal to be open about one’s sexual orientation and gender identity. In order to understand our position in the current political and social climate and to imagine the possibilities for what queer resistance could look like in the future, it is important for us to hear and archive the stories of how older generations dealt with stigmas of illness, perversion, and policing of bodies.
July 28, 2018, Ain’t I A Womxn? In collaboration with LA Freewaves, Xina Xurner performs at LA State Historical Park. 8PM-11PM
August 11, 2018, Black TED organized by Mutant Salon members Sarah Gail and Dove Ayinde. 7 PM
Black Ted is a collaborative think tank erected in 2017 by Dove Ayinde and Sarah Gail Armstrong. Black Ted focuses on Black consciousness, thought, and the exploration of such in a satirical manner in order to encourage greater accountability and action from an ever increasing apathetic and withdrawn society.August 2018 Writing/Zine Workshop in collaboration with My Friend’s Place.
Featuring talks by Sarah Gail Armstrong, Dove Avinde, Brandon Drew Holmes, Micah James, and Elliot Reed.
This lecture coincides with the performances by Adee Roberson and Anna Luisa Petrisko that pertain to the Emory Douglas: Bold Visual Language exhibition.
August 26, 2018 3-6PM, Closing reception with musical performances by San Cha, Xina Xurner and Project Rage Queen. Djs La Disco es Qultura. Debut screening of new music video Inténtame by Xina Xurner featuring San Cha.
Dove Ayinde is a musician/artist in the Los Angeles,CA.
Themes of Black consciousness, social justice, and identity can be found throughout her work in zines, live performances, and in her collage art. Amongst various projects, she currently performs in post-garage band, Hausa.
Juan Manuel Gudiño is a Mexican artist that resides in Los Angeles who highlights strong traits in abstraction with painting, sculpture and installation. Gudiño has been in past collaboration with Los Angeles Chicano artist such as Maricon Collective and participated at Rafa Esparza Con/Safos at The Bowtie Project.