Stuck Together: Simone Gad, Marsian De Lellis, + Debra Broz opens at Track 16 on Saturday, May 16th from 7-10PM. The exhibition features oozing dolls from my (In) Animate Objects collection, ceramic bunnies with unusual appendages assembled by Debra Broz, and cute animals drawn and painted over vintage porn by Simone Gad.
On August 19th, 2017, there was a book launch for COLA 20, featuring DJ Daedalus at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles. COLA 20, a hardbound edition, that tells the story of the Los Angeles art scene and the impact of the Department of Cultural Affairs through its 20 year history of the COLA Individual Artist Fellowship Initiative. I was awarded a COLA Fellowship in 2016, which enabled me to create the installation (In)/Animate Objects at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. (In)/Animate Objects explored the excesses of a doll hoarding grandmother and featured 1,261 handmade, distressed rag dolls. Continue reading “COLA20 (book launch)”→
From August 18th-31st, 2017, Dave Made A Maze, an independent film I assisted Christine Papalexis with puppeteering and fabrication, went into limited release throughout the US and became available on demand after premiering at Slamdance. In Dave Made a Maze, a frustrated artist must be rescued by his friends from a bloodthirsty Minotaur in a supernatural world of the cardboard fort he built in his living room. This oddball comedy horror is full of fun, low-tech special effects. Continue reading “Dave Made A Maze (film, puppeteer)”→
From to June 3rd-10th, 2017, video documentation from my performance, Raggedy Ann to Real Doll was on display at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions as part of Irrational Exhibits 10th Anniversary: Mapping the Divide, curated and produced by Deborah Oliver. In Raggedy Ann to Real Doll, I constructed a storefront operating theater at LACE as one of America’s most beloved dolls went under the knife. I examined how we negotiate our idea of personal identity in an ever-shifting landscape of technologies that can drastically alter and re-map the body. Projected video and the remote voyeurism from a live stream provided multiple onsite and virtual opportunities for spectatorship.
On October 8, 2016, Gender is a Construct, Do-Si-Do, a Funny or Die video I was an associate producer and puppeteer on was released. In Gender is a Construct, Do-Si-Do, which was awarded Funny or Die’s “immortal” status, the caller of a puppet square dance struggles with the modern politics of gender and sexual identity
On September 2nd, 2016, I finished my tenure at the Puppet Slam Network (PSN), which I co-founded in 2005 with Heather Henson and through support from her production company, Ibex Puppetry. As PSN coordinator for just over a decade, my work focused on cataloguing, connecting, supporting, and generating awareness for evenings of short-form puppetry for adults.