Monday, May 18, 2009

Mondo Politico organizers find new ways to celebrate visual art

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click to enlarge FEATHER WEIGHT: "Blue Bird" by Aubrey Longley-Cook
  • FEATHER WEIGHT: "Blue Bird" by Aubrey Longley-Cook

When the Mondo Politico art show opens at Eyedrum Thursday, May 21, it'll probably be easy to miss Aubrey Longley-Cook's "Blue Bird." It's a blue-on-blue, hand-embroidered image of a fingerprint stretched 5 1/2 inches across a delicate wooden embroidery hoop. The swirling lines have the appearance of a rooster, too, with a cascade of feathers flowing down the left side. So precious, so sweet. But the inside joke here, according to the artist's blog Spool Spectrum, is that this sweet little morsel is in fact a portrait of the artist's right middle finger. It's an irreverent "Fuck off" written in the saccharine language of prim domesticity.

Longley-Cook's obscene gesture is a fitting symbol for Mondo Politico, the out 'n' proud visual art component of the equally out 'n' proud MondoHomo cultural festival. Although the festival is more widely known for its dizzying array of performance acts — which this year includes relentless rockers GSX and queer hip-hop legend Deadlee — Mondo Politico organizers are finding new ways to weave photography, painting, sculpture and other visual forms into the festival's tapestry of raucous queer voices.

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(Photo courtesy Donnie Reider)

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