You are invited to the upcoming show on October 26th, 2019, at The Hive art space. The Hive is a living space where artists and community co-create, communicate, and inhabit it, located at 1218 Prospect Ave. Apartment # 2D.
The show, titled the "Spaghetti-O Incident", considers the prescribed gender roles and the body in relation to domesticity, the utilitarian, and food. Inspired by Martha Rosler’s "Semiotics of the Kitchen", we celebrate its witty, performative critique on the role of the kitchen, and embody its spirit by updating it to reflect an array of artists with contemporary interdisciplinary approaches. In borrowing the title of the exhibition from Guns N’ Roses "The Spaghetti Incident?" (which references a food fight between between Axl Rose and Steven Adler that further reveals the code word ‘Spaghetti’ for Adler’s drugs that he stored in a fridge), we explore how the band’s swagger, grandiosity and macho behaviors constituted millennial stereotypes, which were already present long before Guns N’ Roses existed. We question how certain aspects of these stereotypes evolved to reflect on their mystique. In doing so, we further Martha Rosler’s "Semiotics of the Kitchen", a significant investigation of gender and heteronormativity, into an updated dialogue that takes the viewer/participant on a journey, beginning in the 1970’s, (the era of Rosler's dynamic performance) through the 1990’s (the peak of G'n'R), and into the present day. Guns ‘n Roses itself implies specified gender roles (macho rocker dudes and the sexy women that the songs are about and whom appear in their art...not to mention those allegations against Axl Rose of spousal abuse, self-indulgence, alpha machismo and control issues...In addition to the artwork on view in the space, we are curating a performative element that coincides with the exploration of the domestic space through performances, and an avant-garde buffet at the opening, in which each artist is asked to bring a food reflective of their identity, practice, or persona. Creative ingredients constructed into assemblage forms are encouraged but regular ingredients are also appreciated. In dissecting, cooking, and consuming together, we create bonds and experiences that bring us closer together as artists in a space that is nurturing and serves as a hub of incubation and experimentation.
Curated by Aneta Wegrzyn, Kathie Halfin and Yasmeen Abdallah, the exhibition proudly includes works and performances by talented artists Julia Blume, Victoria Calabro, Kat Cope, Pei-Ling Ho, Sarah Dineen, Vyczie Dorado, Ariel Kleinberg, Alison Owen, Muhajir Subuur Lesure, Jean Carla Rodea, Jordan Segal and Yasmeen Abdallah.