Hiya folks! Last weekend, I got to show a couple of pieces from Persepolis, Texas (debuting this July 15th, 16th and 17th at CounterPULSE!). This happened at The Garage, as part of Like This: Works Queerly Made, curated by Jesse Hewit, presented by Joe Landini, and alongside Peter Max Lawrence and the Minna Harri Experience Set. I was honored to be among a couple of such rigorous and delightful artists.
I had a lot of constructive feedback, and I am SO relieved that at least a few chunks of the show are in shape to be shown to an audience of fierce folks who know art (they must know, if they’re clued into The Garage, right?). The stakes are always high in a certain way, and in another way I think all work is always “in progress.” I find my responsibility is to honor (and hopefully challenge) the stage, my communities/histories and my truth. That said, we don’t always have the chance to have a work-in-progress with a formal talk back. I’m glad I showed what I did as a work in progress, although I was ambivalent about having done so. So here’s my question: how many of you like seeing work that is rough around the edges? Have you ever been offended by seeing what seems to be un-cooked or raw performance/performed art?