Math Bass and Travis Boyer
Hosted by The Shandaken Project
Shandaken, NY

Sunday September 2, 2012 7pm

The Center for Experimental Lectures invites you to join us upstate over Labor Day weekend for a special out-of- town presentation of new lecture-performances by Math Bass and Travis Boyer hosted by The Shandaken Project. Guests are welcome any time in the afternoon and to stay on after the lectures into the night or overnight for eating, drinking, and camping.

New York Based artist Travis Boyer will present a slide lecture that connects Russian painting and Tex-Mex cocktail culture entitled “Any Three Ingredients Makes a Margarita, Or, Margaritas, Avant-garde for the Proletariat.” Boyer will discuss the work of Russian Avant-garde painter Alexander Deineka’s figurative paintings, which portray an image of sensuality and body liberation that eroticizes the work and leisure activities of a new proletariat class. Deineka’s work aims to create an avant-garde art for the proletariat, achieved through images of sexy bodies, beaches, bike rides and nice haircuts. Parallel to the creation of Socialist Realist paintings in Russia is the emergence of certain post-war leisure aesthetics and culture production in the US and Mexico. Specifically, Boyer is interested in the invention of the Margarita. Along with Bermuda shorts, Acapulco chairs, and jacquard-loomed beach towels; the margarita is a mystical and sexually available art object expressing a tropical bohemian ethos that has retained popular appeal. Through a process of historical compression and productive misreading Boyer proposes a unique lens on the evolution of the margarita as an example of polymorphous socio-kinetic sculpture with populist appeal.

Math Bass’ lecture, tentatively titled “Who Say You Have To Be a Dead Dog” will be developed during her residency at The Shandaken Project in late August, and will likely take a wandering narrative form that lands on the following: loss, direction, alchemy, in-between spaces, psychic/sonic/liminal territories, dead dogs, recognition, magical thinking, and seeing the future.

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