The MFA gallery at FSU (Working Method Contemporary) is located in a place called Railroad Square Art Park. Every month, on the first Friday of the month, RR2 has a sort of festival called First Friday. Every First Friday there is an opening at WMC by a group of the MFA students. Well, March First Friday was my turn, along with three of my friends.
We decided to have a little bit of fun…which turned into a LOT of fun, and a GIANT mess, but it was totally worth it in the end.
We had been talking about how we are required to take ourselves so seriously, and that we can never just do something to do something. There always has to be an underlying reason, with back up research, and yadda yadda yadda. We just wanted to have some fun. Enter a reading that we had done for a class last fall. It was a Dave Hickey writing, from Frivolity and Unction…
“So, I’ll tell you what I would like. I would like some bad-acting and wrong thinking. I would like to see some art that is courageously silly and frivolous, that cannot be construed as anything else. I would like a bunch of twenty-three-year-old troublemakers to become so enthusiastic, so noisy, and so involved in some stupid, seductive, destructive brand of visual culture that I would feel called upon to rise up in righteous indignation, spewing vitriol, to bemoan the arrogance and self-indulgence of the younger generation and all of its artifacts… And it is going to happen, is already beginning to happen. The question is whether or not we will recognize it when it catches our eye..”
An extremely long story short, we decided to be stupid, destructive and enthusiastic. We painted the quote on the wall, built forts, we each picked a color of paint, and essentially had a paint war with Mr. Dave Hickey. We engaged the audience by leaving out piles of candy taped to a card in each of our respective colors. The card had a copy of the quote printed on it, and as each person walked up to take the card and candy, that person ran out of their fort and attacked the wall. It pretty much turned into a free for all at one point, but oh what an amazing free for all it was! By the end of the night, nearly the entire gallery space was covered in a mix of blue, green, purple, and orange tempra paint, my friend Sam had chipped her tooth, and we were all painted from head to toe.
Now for some pictures!
AAAAAAAAnnnd…a brief video clip to illustrate the insanity.
As always, full disclosure:
The promo flyer was designed by Samantha Burns, AKA It’s not Easy Being Green. The images of the installation were done by me, and then the group shot and image of Sam with her busted teeth were taken by Cynthia Hollis. The video was shot by the most amazing Mr. Jay Corrales.