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 the Los Angeles LGBT Center. 7-9PM
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 struggles and resistance, along with the current challenges faced by this community. 49 years after Stonewall Riots, younger generations are invited to learn about the time when it was illegal to be open about one’s sexual orientation or gender, while understanding that the struggle still persists and needs to be connected with its history. In order to understand our position in this current political and social climate, and to imagine the possibilities of what queer resistance could look like, it is crucial to hear and archive the stories of older generations who dealt with the stigmas of illness, perversion, and policing 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: Independent Research Perspectives in the Field 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.
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 13-16, 2018 2-4PM, Writing/Zine Workshop in collaboration with My Friend’s Place.
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, directed by Jacinto Astiazarán.
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.
Jacinto Astiazarán (Tijuana, Mexico, 1982) was awarded the USC International Artist Fellowship and received an MFA in Fine Art from USC in 2015. Recent exhibitions include Fantasies and Fallacies for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Exhibition catalogs include the 18th Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo and Fragment, UCLA’s Southern California MFA Theme Exhibition. Astiazarán was a visiting artist at SVA’s MFA Fine Arts in Spring 2017. Selected works are archived at Associação Cultural Videobrasil, Sao Paulo and UCLA Film and Television Archive’s Legacy Project, Los Angeles.
Kim Ye (b. 1984, Beijing, China) is a Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist whose work incorporates performance, installation, video, and sculpture. She received her MFA from UCLA (2012) and her BA from Pomona College (2007). Her work traces the circulation of power by exploring concepts of labor, intimacy, and the exchange between an artist and their audience. She has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally at The Hammer Museum, Getty Center, Morán Morán, Material Art Fair, Human Resources, Machine Project, California Institute of the Arts, Pomona College Museum of Art, ACRE, Satellite Art Fair, and Visitor Welcome Center among others. She has been invited as a visiting artist and given talks at institutions such as Virginia Commonwealth University, Pomona College, University of California Los Angeles, and Loyola Marymount University.
Marvin Astorga (b. 1982, El Paso, TX) is an LA-based artist and musician. Marvin is one half of the electronic dance/noise duo Xina Xurner, and a member of Mutant Salon. Marvin explores queerness, Xicanismo, and transformation through sound and electronics.
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.
Alli Miller is a Los Angeles-based artist, designer, and serial collaborator. Imagining artistic practice as a sedimentary process of material and social transformation (akin to a trash heap or scrap yard), Miller works in installation, performance, image-making, and visual research to rummage in the aesthetics of precarity, collapse, and by extension, the vast formlessness of the Earth’s ocean gyres. This approach formalizes a desire for multiplicity: to inhabit interstitial spaces as survival strategy, as means to assess current realities of representation and waste, and as catalyst to emancipatory weirdness and joy. In both solo and collaborative formations, Miller has exhibited and performed works at Spike Gallery (Berlin); Produce Model (Chicago); The Hammer (LA); neon>campobase (Milan); May Gallery (New Orleans); Beverly’s; SOHO20 (NYC); Southern Exposure (SF); and the 2016 Material Art Fair (Mexico City). Miller received a BFA from Cooper Union, and an MFA from USC in 2015.
Roxy Morataya is an ever curious Latinx Zinester and Artist from Santa Monica, CA. Inspired by American cartoons from the 1990s, street fashion and the Fat Acceptance movement, Roxy uses “Full-Figure” drawings and Zines as tools to dismantle stigmas against mental health, true body diversity (that is disabled, fat, all skin tone inclusive), LGBTQIA+ and Genderqueer representation. With the Zine Library included in CAVERNOUS, Roxy wanted a unique selection of work beautifully made by Artists who also use their talents and knowledge to empower themselves and others. Zinesters included in this selection include Sarah Gail Armstrong, Dove Ayinde, Paradise Khamalek, Myriad Slits, and Vëma Spencer.