This was a big opening thanks to Spaceworks and all the fine people who supported me through the whole process. Models in the paintings and the ones who stood still the whole opening night. Below is the statement, videos of interviews, the show opening, and some of the documented artwork that all went into this beautiful presentation.
Sexism has been witnessed and conditioned through culture, by parents, religion, science, and our failing bureaucracy government. It is hard to point the finger and be able to say if the church or the state is more to blame for cultural defects and bad habits. My goal with the art presented for this #SEXUNTOLD is to bring solidarity and an opportunity for us as a community and sapiens to lift one another up and help clarify some misguided conformities.
What inspired me to make this series was the finger pointing to a fault. You can hashtag your hearts out, but the hypocrisy is completely out of hand from all genders. I never interacted with many women growing up a (tomboy). To my knowledge and experiences there are “triggered” people on the prowl, who regardless of their PTSD or background wait eagerly with their pointing fingers, waiting to place blame and to say someone hurt their feelings or announce who is worse.
The epidemic of suffering is spiraling. Most victims place it upon themselves as disguised innocent martyrs who end up ignorantly or purposely stirring the stigma, craving a reaction from other’s expense. #metoo was meant for women to be able to discuss being open about sexual assault, and gradually morphed into sexual harassment as well. In most of my experience women or females have been guilty of accusing men who are put to blame without enough story to make it actual sexism. I have noticed males, and those who present or prefer to be male, being accosted by females for even having an opinion or having a first hand experience for being treated differently because of their gender.
This is looking at the big picture. I feel all humans are at fault for what has happened to our social culture and now developed PATRIARCHY. When I first began researching for this project in January of 2017, some people began to call me a Men's Rights Activist (MRA). After reading my statement I am curious to hear from you if that is what I am. I was labeled and compartmentalized as an MRA because I have only interviewed men. Men born with a penis or during development decided they want to present as a male, trans, non-binary, etc.
I am still trying to learn about all the diversity of gender and sexualities which exist. However as a person who has some aversion to authority, I do not enjoy being categorized. Being the defiant soul I am, I also do not want to segregate other humans. The separation of humans has been enforced by those with agendas and by sheep. Which begins with an ultrasound, a baby shower, and hospital blankets.
#SEXUNTOLD is a combination of various art forms and performance. Paintings with compositions specific to the subject matter, Poems, sculptures, and a video will be displayed in the gallery. Opening night’s performance is a homage to Marina Abramovic.
This project has been somewhat socially dangerous for me and those who have been involved. I have kept all the interviews anonymous to protect those who were generous, trusting, honest, and vulnerable. Not everyone I asked wanted to be involved because of fear that their own words and experience would be used against them. Also for fear that I would manipulate or bias what has been sent to me.
This is #SEXUNTOLD. A movement for the people. I hope this show can shine a light on those who have been forgotten, misunderstood, abandoned and betrayed.
Is this an art show?
A social experiment?
Are we all living art?
I cannot thank my support system enough.