Hard-On My Sleeve: Absurdist-Prosthetic Cabaret

homs2By Olivia Warner and Collaborators
Date: Friday, December 16
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $5
Presented by the Hollow Earth Society

A loose collective of Brooklyn artists, musicians and deviants present to you “Hard-On My Sleeve,” a show featuring bizarre, esoteric, and outlandish strap-on harnesses. The show is arranged in a few short vignettes, each scene depicting a painstakingly crafted harness in a cabaret of prosthesis. The vignettes take from myth, the bible, plant biology, ritual, and art history. The departure of utility from fantasy is pervasive through out these pieces, as the harnesses become detached from their original purpose. This show explores the play between body part and body fiction, and the shifts in role and representation.

The costumes are designed and executed by Olivia Warner. Olivia graduated from University of California Santa Cruz in Literature, and has very, very little formal training in sewing and design. She has worked with many theaters companies, circuses and performance artists from the tide pools of California to cesspools of New York City. You can view some of her previous shows at http://hovensaoil.wordpress.com/

A Voyage to the Arctic

dsc_0028-copyAn artist’s talk with writer and artist James Walsh
Date: Tuesday, January 18
Time: 8:00
Admission: $5

Artist and writer James Walsh will talk about the making of his current installation, The Arctic Plants of New York City, and its place in his larger project of discovering the surprising number of plants that are common to both New York City and the arctic. As an introduction to the project and a demonstration of how it evolved, Walsh will read selections from a series of letters he wrote to friend while his plans for the project were just beginning to form. After that, he will speak a little about how the plants, texts, and images he collected were distilled down into the present installation.