Artist uses Unnecessary ‘Clinton Success’ confetti for Artwork

Women “gloomy” over presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s failure last November can see  “inspirational artwork” to bolster their deflated spirits. Public Radio arts reporter Willis Ryder Arnold of St. Louis, Missouri (KWMU-FM) interviewed the  artist of this undertaking, with all tax payer-funded air time to advertise the  display. The job is called “And Still I Rise,” made  to empower girls in the Trump era. Arnold was encouraging a revealing for a artist, Bunny Burson and Clinton devotee. Burson created a display That’s a “metaphor for the future” that might happen to be, creating artwork with all the iridescent confetti that would have fallen in New York’s Javits Center

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Denver Artist Genevieve Waller on Queer Art Kansas, and Essential Love Art Collective

Genevieve Waller wearing one of her sponge rug sculptures, 2016.

Genevieve Waller sporting among her carpets sculptures, 2016.

Photo from Katy Zimmerman

Westword: What (or who) is the creative muse?

Genevieve Waller: I’m imagining some gorgeous man who smiles at me and plies me with chocolate croissants. Until this occurs, I would say that because I’m a bit of a culture vulture, my “muse” is constantly changing, and I’m constantly adding to my list of most muses. For a while, it had been Marc Bolan of this band T. Rex. His wild legends, music, fashion, and especially his gender-bending (he wore eyeliner like Elvis) intrigued me. I made installation and a movie from homage to him and read his biography. A few years ago, I became a devotee of this writer Willa Cather as a woman who loved women and because of her novels about European immigrants living in the American Great Plains (the narrative of my own ancestors, essentially). Learning about her motivated me to begin compiling a record of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. One of my interests is that the band — a group formed by three African American brothers at Detroit in the early 1970s whose amazing music was a precursor to punk. I’m still figuring out a job in their honor!

Some obsessions to my art training generally are abstraction and geometric, the legacy of surrealism and attitudes rooted in gay culture, the sphere of objects, and camp aesthetics.

Which three individuals, dead or alive, do you prefer to invite to your next celebration, and the reason why?

I would love to throw a party for the grandmother Imogene. She had been an remarkable acrobat (she can do backbends down flights of stairs!) And loved dance, but growing up in a little city in Kansas from the 1930s and 1940s, she had hardly any opportunities to pursue the things she loved (dance wasn’t considered satisfactory for a “lady”). I would invite Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly into the celebration (and possibly Merle Oberon– among my grandmother’s favourite actors). When they would take a rest from dance, I would ask Fred Astaire to sing “Dancing in the Dark.”

Genevieve Waller, “Faux Bois Polygons,” silver-gelatin photograms of faux bois contact paper, 2016.EXPAND

Genevieve Waller, “Faux Bois Polygons,” silver-gelatin photograms of artificial bois contact newspaper, 2016.

Courtesy of the artist

What’s the best thing about the neighborhood creative community in your area — and the worst?

I moved to Colorado in 2013 because I had been so impressed with the size and diversity of this visual-arts community at Denver (and I also needed to be closer to my mother at Kansas). Because I make photograms from the darkroom, I’m really spent in analog pictures, and I’m thankful that the Colorado Photographic Arts Center exists in Denver and supports a variety of photographic artists and practices here. My primary complaint is that I can’t let it find the exhibitions I want to see each month all — there is so much good work and so many galleries in Denver!

Are trends worth pursuing? What’s 1 trend you adore and one which you hate?

Well, clothing selections and my aesthetic are stuck therefore I’m no authority, but I love fashion and art history, therefore I try to pay attention to items that were creative that were present. I’m a big fan of the way the Extra Vitamins musicians, Julia Belamarich and Kyle Warfield, consciously reference the Memphis Group’s layouts from the 1980s and the Situationists’ idea of the dérive. I would love to see more artists in the region mine art history and approach their job with the devotion. When it comes to fashion, I’m prepared to see motorcyclists at Colorado wear helmets eternally and constantly. Brain injuries aren’t sexy.

Gilbert Baker buttons, 1 inch each, 2016.

Gilbert Baker buttons, 1 inch each, 2016.

Courtesy of the artist

You have come this far in life. What’s still in your bucket list?

I think a great deal. I’m hopeful that my research and writing job on LGBT Kansas history will become a book and will help Kansans understand and observe queer figures such as Gilbert Baker– that the inventor of the rainbow flag, born and raised in Kansas. I want to return to another prospective publication I started from 2006: some history of photography, after I finish the Kansas job. Most books follow the progression of the camera and also graphics, but there is an alternate history of individuals making pictures with materials and objects which runs parallel, beginning at the 1830s.

What’s your favorite or best achievement as an artist?

I have wanted to be an artist because I was four, so the fact that I’m still making things and getting displays makes me feel as if I’m being true to myself. Going to art grad school was a significant achievement for me, too (going to school was not a tradition in my working family). When I consider more particular things, I might say being a part of an exhibition at the Wichita Art Museum a couple of years ago (a hometown achievement!) Or being invited to be part of this New York Times Photography Portfolio Review at 2015. But what really springs to mind is that the year I lived in Berlin as a Fulbright student, once I deejayed at a solidarity celebration for an alternate housing community there referred to as XB-Liebig, ” (a feminist community for ladies, such as trans ladies, that does good things). The way people left and entered the celebration was climbing through a window (clearly an entry no-no), and the entire evening was such a warm and joyous experience. It finished needing to leave because the guys in the house across the street began a bonfire in the middle of the road, which naturally captured the attention of the police.

“Write Your Name In Cursive,” banner made with the Secret Love art collective, vintage sheet and fleece letters, 2017.

“Write Your Name Cursive,” banner created with the Secret Love art collective, vintage sheet and fleece letters, 2017.

Photo from Katy Zimmerman

Denver, enjoy it or abandon it? What keeps you here — or makes you wish to leave?

I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and we drove for my mum’s favourite holiday place in Snowmass Village on the way through Denver, every summer. Now that I reside in Denver (although it feels like I could hardly afford it!) And understand it better, there are plenty of things that I really like. Here is my top ten list: 1). Thompson’s Arts & Crafts (a vintage craft paradise!) 2. Cheesman Park (it reminds me about being in Paris!) 3. The Downtown Denver YMCA women’s locker room (it is like a spa!) 3) Radio 1190 (and also each of the amazing community DJs and shows in Boulder and Denver!) 4. Zoe Ma Ma, adjacent to Union Station (the best decor, and they pay their workers a living wage) 5. The goth room at Milk Bar 6. Line-dancing courses at Charlie’s 7. Lakeside Amusement Park (a gem!) 8. Aguas frescas at Tarasco’s 9. The Denver Public Library and its own “floating” collection 10. Leon Gallery (they allow artists to totally alter their distance, which can be uncommon in the gallery planet).

Who is your favourite Colorado Creative?

I have so many! My studiomate and collaborator for the Diorama of this Cosmos exhibition, Katy Zimmerman, is an endlessly imaginative power, and I feel so blessed to know her. In addition, I adore the musicians Esther Hernandez, Frankie Toan  and Steven Frost. Aesthetics their materials and involvement with community inspire me, and I want to be as trendy as they are. Outside of this visual-art kingdom, I’m a big fan of this musician Kate Warner, from the band Mirror Fears, the choreographer and singer Kate Speer, and the poet Mathias Svalina– I subscribed to his Fantasy Delivery Service recently, and it had been the highlight of the summer!

Genevieve Waller as her drag persona, "The Dark Manner," 2015.EXPAND

Genevieve Waller because her drag character, “The Dark fashion,” 2015.

Photos by Minsook Park

What’s on your agenda in the coming year?

I’m working with a zine called 6 LGBTQ Kansans You Need To Know, that will be out in November, and then in January I will have a solo exhibition titled Rainbow in Reverse: Kansas Queer History at Newman University in Wichita. Next April the Secret Love collective will mount an art display at the LGBT Community Center of Colorado which will be devoted to transgender activists Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, their involvement from the Stonewall Riots, and the trans experience now (we are just beginning the study for this and other 2018 jobs). I’m excited about all of these items, as well as beginning a set of photograms and doing more the way, as my drag character.

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Who do you think will get noticed at the regional arts community in the coming year?

What I would like to see are performers of colour and much more artists in the spotlight in Denver, and I would love to see a art space.

There’s also an artist named Camila Friedman-Gerlicz, whom I expect to see much more of from the Denver art scene. She’s presently a ceramics grad student at CU Boulder, and her job is both mathematical and playful, occasionally involving creating low-tech molds out of pink insulation foam (intriguing in themselves) to throw 3-D graph sculptures and mid-century-modern furniture. I seen her studio at the spring and then fell in love with her process and her job.

Diorama of this Cosmos, Genevieve Waller and Katy Zimmerman’s collaborative installation reimagining the solar system in uncharted areasand runs through December 21 at Fiske AuditoriumGenevieve Waller and her perform on the web.