Friday, November 04, 2005

"Wear Me Out" opening Saturday Nov. 5th

A friend of mine is part of this group show...

WEAR ME OUT: Queering Fashion, Art and Design - an exhibit honoring what we've fought to wear
Opening reception 7pm

November 5, 2005 to January 29, 2006
at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
909 West Adams Blvd. at the corner of Scarff between Hoover and Figueroa

with DJ Emancipation and members of the Black Artists Collective

"WEAR ME OUT: Honoring what we've fought to wear" puts textiles and clothing at the forefront of an exhibit on the subject of "reading fashion." Bringing together 30 queer visual artists and fashion designers, curator Tania Hammidi aims to "take the shame out of fashion and situate how aesthetics, gay/lesbian/trans memory, and utility have historically converged on our bodies."

"The ONE Archives is proud to premiere Wear Me Out, an amazing exhibit honoring our rich queer fashion history," said ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives board member Rita Gonzales. "Tania has brought together an eclectic mix of visual artists and fashion designers to showcase our history and deep cultural expressionism."

The show busts seams in its exploration of aesthetics, narrative, and cultural memory wedded to olfactory perception and tactile exchange. Emily Roysdon explores gesture in her "Gay Power" jumpsuit installation while Heather Cox brings out gestural and patterned repetition in "Shirt Quilt." Privacy and monumentality meet in a dynamic series of bronze panties, "Porn Stars and Academics," by Elizabeth Stephens. And while "Visible Difference" by Lenore Chinn appears aesthetically balanced, its message is much bolder. New work from Emile Devereaux, "Wormhole #3," provides a sonic interactive piece on recognition while Mitzy Velez explores the artist's own emergence as a lipstick-donning gay woman confronting normative standards of beauty.

Worn by Le Tigre's JD Samson is "Totally Soft" a t-shirt articulating a vocabulary of sentiment, bravery, and comfort through physical we