“Being taken seriously means missing out on the chance to be frivolous, promiscuous, and irrelevant. The desire to be taken seriously is precisely what compels people to follow the tried and true paths of knowledge production around which I would like to map a few detours.”
-Jack Halberstam, The Queer Art of Failure
There is a truth that any post-2007 Britney Spears fan understands: that what’s at stake is not a matter of perfection or consistency. It’s not about talent that you’re born with or skill that you cultivate. It’s about managing a premanufactured identity that you sometimes choose, sometimes push against, and sometimes can’t maintain—like not being able to keep up with your own lip sync. What keeps us engaged is the threat of an ugly reality seeping through the cracks of a beautiful fantasy. It’s an ecstasy only made possible with the threat of annihilation.
O-Space is a solo exhibition by artist Austyn de Lugo, who embraces the iconic, the tawdry, the flamboyant, and the dismissible as he considers the role of the image in identity formation, media narrative, and historical record.
On view at the Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, on March 9th, 2017, 7pm-12am. One Night Only!!
March 10, 2017