On September 6, 2019, LA Weekly included Love +/or Fear in their event picks, where I will be showing portraits of dolls from the (In)/Animate Objects collection.

For the event, I will reclaim the fence at 6551 Hollywood Blvd for an installation of doll prints from the (In)/Animate Objects collection. Located on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the installation functions as a subvertisment for decay and the contagion of identity – a repetition of a repetition for which there is no original.

The one night public display features 9 20″x26″ prints created in collaboration with Track 16 gallery from the J series of the (In)/Animate Objects collection.

As part of the collection, I hand-stitched over a thousand rag dolls that embodied the obsessions of a doll-hoarding grandmother. (In)/Animate Objects formed the second half of a diptych with its companion performance, Object of Her Affection, centered on a woman who in her search for true love who develops intimate relationships with inanimate objects.

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Saturday night the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard where LACE and the WUHO Gallery are located turns into an activated cultural site as Freewaves and Dis…Miss present LOVE &/OR FEAR: A Celebration of Genders — gathering together more than 35 artists and groups in a micro-festival of engaging performance and visual art, installations and participations, advocacy and community-building.

Performers and postcard artists include some of L.A.’s most prolific and progressive voices, including Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Thinh Nguyen, Jennifer Moon, Kristina Wong, Christy Roberts Berkowitz, Austin Young — who will be taking gender-fluid street portraits all evening at the corner of Hollywood & Hudson — plus Yozmit, Dakota Noot, Cassils, April Bey, boychild, Alexandra Grant, Micol Hebron, Shizu Saldamando, Julio Salgado, #SNATCHPOWER, Marsian De Lellis, and Yarn Bombing L.A., along with orgs like Peace Over Violence and Black Lives Matter.

(The sidewalk out front of) LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) 6522 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Sat., Sept. 7, 8-11 p.m.; free.

Austin Young
Christy Roberts Berkowitz
Marsian De Lellis (Photo William Short)
Dakota Noot