Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Toxic Titties is a collaborative of feminist artists working with performance, video, and film, bringing a subcultural phenomenon into the frame of conceptual art. Using pleasure and play, the group mutates with each performance to include a multiplicity of participants and embody queer perversions of cultural ideals. Through failure and excess, Toxic Titties simultaneously invokes and destabilizes collective identity formations. The TTs have appeared as camp counselors (Camp TT), police officers (LATT), a feminist militia (Toxic Troopers), blushing brides (Toxic Union), members of a lost art movement (The Mamaists), high society art patrons (Be My Patron), and B-Movie lesb-sploitation starlets hell bent on world domination (Invasion of the Toxic Titties).


DRAW A LINE AND FOLLOW IT
Exhibition opens Wednesday 21 June 2006 from 7 - 9 pm
Exhibition runs Thursday 22 June - Sunday 20 August 2006
Titled after LaMonte Young's "Composition 1960 No. 10," a performance score consisting of the instruction 'Draw a straight line and follow it,' this exhibition traces connections from George Brecht, Jackson Mac low, Yoko Ono, Mieko Shiomi, Robert Watts and others to a contemporary generation of artists that share an interest in the Fluxus practices of the 1960's and 70's. These LA-based artists were invited to explore Fluxus objects in the Jean Brown Collection at the Getty Research Institute. Each picked a score to instigate a new work - producing drawings, installations and performances (planned and spontaneous) throughout the summer at LACE.
Young's score was dedicated to the artist Robert Morris, and it has been interpreted by a number of artists over the years, including composer David Tudor and artist Nam June Paik. Thus a piece that was composed by one artist and dedicated to another has served as inspiration for additional artists to create unique works of art based on a simple instruction. In keeping with this tradition, LACE asked an initial group of four artists not only make a new piece for the exhibition, but also to each invite another artist to participate. Each new artist was then invited to add another artist until a total of 16 were chosen. Three bonus participants, Peter Frank, Ben Patterson and the LA Art Girls, have also joined the project.
ARTISTS IN THREAD ORDER
Alexandra Grant → Steve Roden → Jacob Melchi → Ethan Ayer
Darin Klein → Enrique Castrejon → Ming-Yuen S. Ma → Rheim Alkadhi
Mercedes Teixido → Tran T. Kim-Trang → Carole Kim → Angie Bray
Martin Venezky → Gail Swanlund → John Sueda → Brian Roettinger
Peter Frank + LA Art Girls + Ben Patterson

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