Thursday
May042017

Uterine Cul de Sac at Informality NYFA Gallery opening

NYFA Gallery opens Informality

Thursday, May 4 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

NYFA’s newest exhibition, Informality, will be on view in NYFA Gallery starting Thursday, May 4, and will showcase works by 2016 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Finalists. The exhibition is curated by David C. Terry, director and curator, Grants and Exhibitions. The opening coincides with DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk, a monthly neighborhood event where galleries are open from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM with special events and receptions.

Informality
Opening Reception & First Thursday Gallery Walk: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
Exhibition Dates: May 4 - September 1, 2017
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM; First Thursdays of every month (except January and July), 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
Location: NYFA Gallery, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Opening reception is free and open to the public.

Exhibiting artists include: 

Coralina Rodriguez Meyer (Finalist in Architecture/Environmental Structures '17)

Jennie Allen (Finalist in Playwriting/Screenwriting ‘16) 

Walter Dundervill (Finalist is Choreography '16) 

Alex Escalante (Finalist is Choreography '16) 

Anthony Gatto (Finalist in Music/Sound '13, Fellow in Music/Sound '16) 

Koosil-ja (Finalist is Choreography '16) 

Jennifer Williams (Finalist in Photography '16) 

Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong (Finalist in Architecture/Environmental Structures '16)

 

Uterine Cul de Sac (Manifest Destiny for the City of Today for Feminine Urbanism)
Vintage suitcase, plastic mannequin, astroturf flocking, sandpaper, dish sponge, acrylic paint, gel medium, cardboard, plastic model houses and figurines 
2013
8"x26"x52"
Uterine Cul de Sac is a suburban development resembling 19th c. ship-in-a-bottle souvenirs crafted during colonial manifest destiny. A female mannequin is stuffed into traveling salesman vintage suitcases. At closer inspection, welcoming organs form miniature houses with fallopian tube swimming pools.

 

 

 

Thursday
May042017

Q2 StitchnBitch Underwear Audit & Tax March #CuntQuilt

Thanks to the generous underwear donations, marches, strikes and secrets revealed by women internationally,the Q2 Stitch n Bitch created a new Cunt Quilt for the Tax March in Philadelphia. Carried during the protest on April 15th, 2017, the Cunt Quilt Liberty Bell met it's match in front of Independence Hall. Hundreds of protesters gathered in solidarity for economic justice and democratic transparency while most Americans filed their tax returns. The Cunt Quilt is accounting for our bodies, and holding our governing bodies accountable!
Sunday 4/9/17, the Q2 Stitch n Bitch gathered a group of Women for Self-Carefree Solidarity Sunday in Greenpoint, BK from 11am-4pm. In preparation for the Tax March in the City of Brotherly Love, we sewed a new #CuntQuilt during a brunch in my salon. In cozy clothes, we boozed, snacked, face-masked and pinned-down the next pattern for a protest flag in the form of the Liberty Bell. We'll continue fighting for the same basic, human rights our grandmothers fought for! Collecting our loincloths reveal secrets, shared shame, and stories of self-reliance.
Saturday 4/15/17 the Cunt Quilt visited the Betsy Ross house in Philadelphia, after the Tax March. Flapping in front of it's origin story, the new flag drew onlookers questioning it's significance and the meaning of the Betsy Ross flag. After being dragged through a loincloth washing demo performed by a Ross house slave, the Cunt Quilt was quickly dismounted from it's spot beneath the star-spangled banner when a museum docent evacuated us from the premises. 
Sunday
Apr022017

Cunt Quilt at a Day Without a Woman Strike

A wind-whipped Wednesday afternoon, several thousand women and I marched through Manhattan towards Trump tower after a stirring speech from WMW leaders at a Central Park South rally. As a contract laborer, I balanced the day without pay against larger political intents to send a symbol to my employers, and the media about women's sacrifice. While many women didn't have the luxury to protest, we bore their message on our backs with the Cunt Quilt meat sheets flapping in the wind during the march. Jezebel's Ellie Shechet observed the airing of grievances at the rally on March 8th- International Women's Day- in NYC:

"As the speeches ended and the crowd began to lurch westward toward Trump International Hotel, the artist Lambastic, dressed in a red suit and a Peruvian waq’ollo mask, kneeled next to a sheet plastered with dirty women’s underwear. “It’s part of a national underwear audit,” she said, explaining that the Cunt Quilt project solicits underwear to sew into anti-Trump protest banners. “It’s basically a call for women to give me your poor, your tired, your huddled drawers yearning to breathe free.”

We're Not Gonna Sit Down Jezebel March 9, 2017 Ellie Shechet 

Thursday
Jan262017

Cunt Quilt Stitch n Bitch

The Old Glory Underwear Audit lead to an Inaugural Stitch n Bitch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. A gathering of ladies pinning discarded drawers onto a used bedsheet creeped into the night of January 18, 2017. Late Friday night I finished stitching the sullied skivvies and shoved the Inaugural Cunt Quilt into a carry on suitcase. The Cunt Quilt burden was carried by three friends and I, for the Women's March on Washington (Cunt Congress) on January 21, 2017 for 8 hours. The Old Glory Underwear Audit, Stitch n Bitch, Cunt Quilt and Cunt Congress will continue until there is a woman president. 

"An Artist Seeks Women's Used Underwear for Sewing into Quilts"

Published on 1/18/2017 in Hyperallergic by Sarah Rose Sharp

"This Artist is Turning Your Dirty Underwear into an Anti-Trump Quilt"

Published on 1/19/2017 in Paper Magazine by Kristen Stegemoeller

"This Artist Wants to Turn Your Worn Underwear into a Protest"

Published on 1/21/2017 in the UK Metro by Ellen Scott

 

Friday
Dec162016

Old Glory Underwear Audit

 

Tattered by a binary year in politics and relationships, I'll be making new work; not only as a means of survival, but to engage others to share their personal experiences as acts of freedom. 


From American history's skidmarks, I'll uncover the porous lessons of matriarchs like Betsy Ross, who supposedly sewed the first American flag; but whose conflicting values on the color line- revealed holes in patriotism's story. Slogans like "Don't Tread on Me" and the moralistic paintings of early American portraiture to Modernism's AbEx paintings of freedom are the theatre sets of war for the American Dream. Nation-building relies on the discharge of truth in favor of a more dramatic, graphic, and seductive idealized public memory. Visual slogans are fetish objects, bandied about by media as a way to navigate identity, nationhood, and citizenship. Stitching and bitching my way through explorations of citizenship, I'll be reshaping symbols of feminine consumption and navigational tools of representation as part of the Refuge/Refuse series from The City of Today for Feminine Urbanism.

Until there is a woman president, I'll be conducting a National Underwear Audit to start a series of Cunt Quilts: one of which I hope to fly at the Women's March on Washington in January. A constellation of shared stories and worn out women's underwear, the quilt will be a shameless anecdotal patchwork of the soft, digital self, and the stern, body product.  Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled drawers, yearning to breathe free! No matter the condition- they'll be a revelation of the shameful, the sanitized, the washed-up, the worn, the probed, the holy, the scarlet, the loosened, the exonerated, the secret, and the secreted. 

Please send refused panties to the address below my signature, and post your stories of redemption, disuse, shame and spectacle to  https://www.facebook.com/groups/underwearaudit/

Thank you,
Coralina Meyer
Lambastic
PO box 220417
66 Meserole Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222-9997