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Friday, June 1, 2001 at 9 pm

$20 at the door / $15 general admission advance sale / $10 Hallwalls members in advance

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ARTISTS AND MODELS AFFAIR: THE FAUX SHOW

Presented at:
Buffalo Convention Center

ARTISTS AND MODELS AFFAIR: THE FAUX SHOW
ARTISTS AND MODELS AFFAIR: THE FAUX SHOW
ARTISTS AND MODELS AFFAIR: THE FAUX SHOW

For The Faux Show—the 18th edition of Hallwalls’ annual Artists & Models fundraising event—30 artists from Buffalo, Western New York and beyond responded to the call with a panoply of work that toys with notions of trade shows, consumerism, suburbia, and sundry other permutations of "faux."

Unofficial mac daddy of this year’s event would have to be Buffalo artist David Butler, who will be participating in his 14th Artists & Models. This year, Butler and associates will man a demonstration booth for "Sticks & Stones Unlimited," where the uses of these basic yet functional tools will be explained in a friendly infomercial setting—complete with audience participation, recipe sampling, and more. As Butler explains, "There’s nothing like freshly-bashed potatoes and parsley beaten with a stick or smashed strawberries with a stick-whipped topping. Come on, how could you resist?"

Back from Lubbock, Texas, FAL-CON International (Will Cannings and William R. Howe) is a company that preserves and explores car culture. For discerning customers, they will be showcasing items from their two main product lines. Their "Travels in North America Series" offers consumers the packaged residue of a recent road trip while "Dream Car Series 1964SW" features packaged components from a 1964 Ford Falcon Station Wagon. FAL-CON will promote, describe, and hawk these products in person and through visual displays, and promises to attract prospective clientele with an assortment of free, tertiary merchandise.

For the more domestically-inclined, John Dillemuth offers up a bath showroom with a variety of handmade gadgets (of whittled wood and household paraphernalia) to aid with the cleansing process. Cartoon faucets, makeshift sinks and circulating bath fluids will be in evidence in a showroom that Dillemuth describes as "a place the whole family, but especially the mother and child, will find delightful."

Ingrid Gitnick’s "Faux Body Bags" showcases various styles of body baggage for those wishing to carry more than clothing, while Julia Dzwonkoski and J.T. Rinker will present "It’s A Miracle," a combination store/museum displaying their line of invisible products and a didactic display illustrating and explaining the history of their product line. With no actual product to hawk, Tammy McGovern will offer a user-controlled installation of multi-media collages centered around the theme of obsessive consumerism.

Choosing the emphasize environment over product, Dylan Peet and Marisa Sage will present a work of suburbanite proportions in a recreation of Sage’s Long Island backyard. Sage will be dressed to the tee in full character as her over-zealous neighbor Mildred, while Peet will be the crossdressed paragon of a 1950s housewife, vacuuming the Astroturf and Faux Show passersby. Peet and Sage have offered to instruct the masses on good manners, good bad taste, and proper yenting.

For those needing a brief respite from the evening’s raucous and varied entertainments, The Faux Show offers two sedentary pit stops. Mark Lavatelli and Courtney Grim offer up the "Faux-Rest," a virtual approximation of serene woodland scenery, a contemplative bit of faked parkette in the heart of the convention center. Alternately, visitors may also choose to refuel in Michael Buckland’s "Chill Out Chamber and Spiritual Rejuvenation Room," an enclosed cardboard room with throw pillows and soft lighting. Buckland, the genial host, will serve tea and chocolate to visitors and read teenage girls’ poetry downloaded off the internet.

Unemployed? You may wish to drop by Marc Moscato’s "Purgatory Job Fair" to discuss potential career placements.

Pining to get in on the art action? Jamie Moses and the ARTVOICE crew will have their own viewer-participatory painting installation/activity center.

Pining to get in on the music action? Jamie Kubala will offer up the fifth edition of his viewer participatory "Room of Mythical Rhythm" where the masses are invited to sit down, pick up sticks, and a drum bucket and contribute to the tribal zeitgeist and keep the beat going.

Projected at one end of the installation space will be voyeuristic views through home windows by Gayle Gorman, a faux "Monument Valley" landscape by Jennifer McMackon, and a revolving image of car malaise by Lee Goreas.

Sculptural car malaise will be produced by Jeff Williams, with his 1985 Volvo station wagon, filled with expandable foam and revealing a single right arm smashed against the back right hatchback window.

Science fairs, as well as trade shows, endure some faux spoofing at the hands of Julian Montague and Suzanne Proulx. Montague’s light boxes depict butterflies in their pupal stage of development and give viewers the opportunity to consider the alien/abject nature of this innocuous insect in the "faceless-limbless-mouthless-orificeless-passive-defenseless-shapeshifting-pod that is the pupal state." Proulx alludes to the burgeoning field of genetic engineering and organ transplantation with her series of hybrids comprised of sewn-together combinations of citrus and other fruit skins in combination with human hair and suture-like threads.

As is typical with trade shows, opportunities for shameless self-promotion abound. Greg Sterlace, Claudia Torres, and Beth Kennedy will offer "Meet Claudia Torres," a faux autograph signing starring faux model/movie star/tv personality Beth Kennedy while local video artist Jody Lafond promises nothing less than a booth of "Total Self Promotion—All Jody, All The Time."

FLASH! THIS JUST IN: Hallwalls has just confirmed that the new millennium’s hottest boy band A.S.H. (Art School Heartthrobs) will be in attendance at this year’s event, brought to you courtesy of Mark Stockton and Cindy Moore. Repeat: A.S.H. will be at The Faux Show. Mark that on your calendar. Bring the kids. Tell your friends. Mark, Jeremy, Edgar, J.J., and Bill will be there in their bodacious flesh, signing autographs, screening their latest video, and promoting their new CD "As ________ As You Want Us To Be" and their new hit single "Olé."

An opportunity to commemmorate your evening will be available courtesy of photographer Nancy J. Parisi’s interactive photo booth. Souvenir photo documentation will be available for sale or comparable trade.

Additional installations in various media will be presented by Michael Baumann & Koji Tambata, Michael J. Benner & Richard Cherry Jr., Sandra Boero-Imwinkelried, Centerpoint Art Collective, John Cycyk, Connlith Keogh, Siew-wai Kok & Tracey McGuirl, Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, and Suzanne Proulx.

And in the event that it’s all just too much and you find yourself standing stock still in the middle of the general cacophony, fear not: some of the art will find its way to you. Ric Royer and members from Buffluxus and Rant will be wandering around performing roaming acts of nonsense. And apropos of the event, models will also roam the premises, wearing outfits by local designer Diane Cook.

The fabulous live band stage will feature a smoking hot line-up of contemporary music, beginning with Buffalo’s own treelinedhighway warming up the stage at 9:00 pm. Following at 10:15, the incomparable Chevon Davis & Friends’ Drag Queen show will strut out for their own set. (Chevon Davis will emcee the band stage throughout the evening.) At 11:00 pm, Minneapolis-based techno-punk band Manplanet will further whip up the froth with their costumed, pyrotechnic stage show. At 12:30, the hottest new Righteous Babe Records label artists Drums & Tuba will play their post-rock-New-Orleans-Sci-Fi-Funk-Punk-Electronica into the early morning hours. On the lower level dancefloor, the nonstop groove will once more be provided by Knowmatic Tribe, featuring XOTEX, DJ Marcus, Godmorgen, and Christ Sinister.
Where ELSE are you possibly going to be on Friday, June 1? At home watching Millionaire?  

CALL FOR WORK: For the 18th edition of its annual Artists & Models Affair, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center has booked a site very different from either the last two years’ Broadway Market or the abandoned factories, warehouses, auto showrooms, roller rinks, deserted downtown malls and department stores of the past two decades. This year’s event will take place at none other than the Buffalo Convention Center, still very much in the mega-event business (although some may think of it as a future abandoned building). And Hallwalls is asking installation artists ("exhibitors" in the parlance of the trade show trade) to consider as their conceptual theme the types of shows that normally take place in this or any convention center, but giving their "exhibits" that perverse Artists & Models twist (in addition to having to set them up and take them down with greater than usual dispatch). Some artists may do the Home and Garden Show thing: the dysfunctional home show, perhaps, or the garden show of earthly delights? Some may do the trade show (rough trade?) or auto show (auto erotica?) or boat show (rocking the boat in every sense of "rocking") or dog show. Some artists may choose to riff off conventions (political, fraternal or Trekkie) or subvert social conventionality in all its myriad forms. Or explore the idea of faux: fakeness, simulation, virtuality, artifice (artificial intelligence, virtual reality, send in the clones). And besides all of these different kinds of faux convention center displays all mixed up on one night, there’ll be live bands (to be announced) and the world’s-largest-disco-playing-music-of-the-21st-century (not to be confused with the other retro one). There will also be the usual (higher ticket) "Pre-Party" for the downtown aprés-work crowd (6-9 pm) and, for the after-hours folk who haven’t had enough partying, participating downtown bars will provide a free drink between 2 am and closing with your Artists & Models ticket stub or i.d. bracelet.


Some publications related to this event:
May, 2001. - 2001
June and July, 2001 - 2001

 
 
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