Queering the Lodge
(w/ Mary Tremonte)
vinyl, screenprinting on wall, taxidermy, black light
"Queering the Lodge" took place at in 2010 at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA during the annual 8 Hour Projects exhibition, curated by Darren Miller. Rather than approach the opportunity with a full thesis, Mary Tremonte and I worked playfully and loosely with imagery from American game-hunting culture and themes of predator/prey relationships in North America. Combining Mary's drawings, rendered in repetitive vinyl decals, with tessellations screenprinted directly on the gallery walls, we brought "queer ideas, aesthetics, and possibilities into (a) typically macho, male-dominated space". Key to our approach was the sole use of blacklight bulbs to light the gallery, which highlighted the fluorescent inks and vinyl.
One of the purposes of 8 Hour Projects is to facilitate interaction with students throughout the process of installing the work, so during the course of the day people came in, chatted with us, asked questions, and occasionally helped us print.