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Assembly: On Madness and Feminine Identity with Baby Oil

October 10, 2013, 12 – 1 pm
Contemporary Art Gallery
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Photography by Baby Oil

Part of Locally Made’s One Room.

In Assembly, gather for casual meetings of the minds and unexpected happenings curated by local artists and designers. Congregate for poetry readings, sonic performances, movement, projection, and more.

Kristen Minsky curates On Madness and Feminine Identity, from 10/8-10/13.
There are so many complex layers, ideas, and intentions present when it comes to femininity. These layers become our makeup as we perform through our day-to-day moments, behind closed doors or cameras, or in nightlife arenas. As an artist and curator with a vaudevillian spirit, I am ever intrigued by imagining and examining, through satirical performance, that which makes me female. On Madness and Feminine Identity is about this inquisitive process as we negotiate our feminine selves on a daily basis. Each participant will exhibit publicly, a transformation in a way that echos their greater work as creators, whether through visual arts performance, dance, or music.Kristen Minsky

10/10: Baby Oil
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Kristen Rhea van Liew is an interdisciplinary performance artist who describes ideas about femininity through multiple mediums, most recently stop motion animations, installations and dance. For the past several years she has also enmeshed herself into the vintage culture movement and considers herself a neo vaudevillian, performing within a tradition of female variety entertainers. Within this arena, she both performs and curates shows as Kristen Minsky.

Baby Oil is an intergalactic explosion of queer sex and sequins that will transport you to the days of French-rolled acid washed denim and Aqua Net. Baby Oil performs all original Disco, New Wave dance music with a revolving cast of supporting dancers, performance artists and backup singers. Baby Oil brings Blue humor to the dance floor with influences such as Erasure, Giorgio Moroder, Yaz and a silver spoonful of Freddie Mercury’s theatrics. Baby Oil will shock you, get you laughing and make you shake your platypus at us. B * A * B * Y O * I * L YELL!

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