My friend Austin Young just shot my new author photo last week. We had a fantastic morning in his beautiful garden. Because I “had” to get the photos done, I was spared the guilt of blowing off a morning, hanging out with a friend, drinking tea, gossiping and talking about art. I felt almost human by the time I left. I should probably try to do that once in a while even when I don’t have a work-related excuse.
We talked about his upcoming gallery show and I wanted to share it with you because I think the concept is brilliant and it could be even better- you could be in it! I already reserved a spot in the show for Tariku. Here’s the info from Austin’s press release. Come see T and me at the opening on the 29th…
YOUR FACE HERE
by Austin Young
January 29th – March 5th, 2011
opening reception: January 29th, 7-10p
closing reception: March 5th
Pop tART Gallery
3023 W. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Los Angeles, CA – National news-making curator Lenora Claire and popular
drag performer Phyliss Navidad are proud to present both the launch of
their new gallery Pop tART, as well as a solo exhibition – part
portrait, part participatory, part performative – by Los Angeles based
artist, Austin Young.
YOUR FACE HERE is a solo exhibition by artist Austin Young that
challenges the normative conditions in which portraits are produced and
exhibited. Young, for over 25 years, has been a celebrated portrait
photographer and artist, whose works blurs the lines, and transcends the
distinctions, between fashion, portraiture, and gender. This exhibition
marks a rare and glamorous moment when Young will generously open his lens onto the public.
For the duration of the exhibition, Young will establish his art studio
for a 5 week residency at Pop tART Gallery. The artist will be present
during gallery hours for portrait sittings, which will eventually fill the
walls of the gallery. The public is invited to participate as the subject
of the exhibition through the purchase of the pop cultural real estate
of the gallery walls. Participation extends beyond simply sitting for a
portrait – it will be a collaborative process where the participants
determine the portrait’s size and placement. Following the legacy of
Warhol’s Factory, Young will transform each participant into an art
celebrity. Or, just impress your high school chums by having the man who
just broke attendance records at LACMA with his co-collaborator’s of
Fallen Fruit take your Facebook profile pic. Bring your face!
Opening reception will be on January 29th, from 7-10pm. Celebrity
make-up artists will be on site for beautification as well as a fabulous
performance by Killsonic, a 50 piece ensemble band. Floral arrangements
and landscaping on patio by Tenley Young, 1st place winner of “The
Arrangement” on LOGO. Makeup provided by Urban Decay. Accessories by
Skingraft. Refreshments by Customized Celebrations. The closing reception
will be your reception! Come see you face in lights.
Contact Lenora Claire at Pop tART Gallery for more details and to reserve
your portrait. Lenora@LenoraClaire.com or firstname.lastname@example.org