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October 7 to October 29, 2017
2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago,
In the name of the " Global War on Terror," the U.S. has initiated and sustained military action in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond. After sixteen years of armed conflict, war has become normalized in the U.S., constant but distant. Now with the nation’s focus on the increasingly possible failure of the U.S. government, these conflicts have become even more invisible.
At the Comfort Station during October, 2010, Lucky Pierre will present A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present). The project will feature an extensive timeline citing historical, political, and social events occurring during the U.S. led war on terror, including the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The focus will be on the human body and its destruction and exploitation during the time of these conflicts (the collective body, individual soldiers, civilian casualties and, enemy combatants held against international law). The timeline acts as a visual marker and memorial to the many bodies now disappeared due to these ongoing conflicts.
A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present) contrasts the disappearance of those bodies in the collective consciousness with the cultural saturation of the idealized bodies of popular films that act as a distraction. These movies, corresponding to the 16 years of war, will act as source material for the opening event “lectures,” and re-edited versions screened for final event. By using the highest-grossing domestic films from the war years, we will explore the interconnectedness of American values, cultural production, national/military policy, as well as official and alternative methods of historicizing.
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Final Meals is a community-based performance/video installation. Each final meal as published by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice since 1982 is prepared, consumed, and filmed. Lucky Pierre and volunteers from the community cook recreations of the final meals requested by Texas death row inmates. A volunteer is then videotaped eating the meal—a solitary performance of one. The recorded video is a single 22-minute overhead black and white shot. The food is the focus of the video, what is prepared, what is consumed—a final gesture towards bodily maintenance and comfort.
Final Meals has been filmed and presented at: Gallery 400, Hull House Museum, Uri-Eichen Gallery, St. Francis House (Chicago), Entretempo Gallery (Berlin), Grand Arts (Kansas City), Luminary (St. Louis), Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis), Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), CUE Foundation (New York), Kunsthaus Graz (Graz), Detroit Contemporary (Detroit), c3:initiative & Open Engagement (Portland), testsite (Austin), UPCOMING AT: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Goethe Foundation New York.
A Thing of Great Power and Size Has Gone Missing
Lucky Pierre is a collaborative group working in writing, performance, education, activism, events and visual forms. We work to create structures for engagement with various publics to explore issues and ideas (political, social, aesthetic) in ways that accommodate a wide range of experience, styles and approaches. The open structure allows collaborators and viewers to define their own participation; helping to create meaning and change that determine the final form and outcomes of the work.
Written and directed by Michael Thomas. Performed by Michael Thomas and Alex Stein
American Slut is an evening-length performance loosely based on the Chris Kyle autobiography and Clint Eastwood film "American Sniper." Performed at and on a table that seats 24, the piece charts the path of carnage and culture from the beginning of the AIDS epidemic through the U.S. led war in Iraq. Madonna and Nancy Reagan and gay porn and Michael's educational/sex life are invoked. The sniper scores another kill, and then another....
American Slut - Michael Thomas
American Slut - Alex Stein
Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
August 25, 2018-January 6, 2019
Documentation of the 15-year Final Meals project will be shown as part of Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System curated by Risa Puleo.
Walls Turned Sideways features work by artists from across the nation that addresses the criminal justice system, mass incarceration, and the prison-industrial complex. Representing the full range of contemporary art production made in the studio and the social realm, the exhibition includes artworks that take social justice issues as a subject matter; and position the prison and court systems as structures for dismantling through institutional critique.