The Terrain Biennial is an international exhibition of site-specific art made for front yards, balconies, and porches. The Terrain Biennial Los Angeles will open on Sunday, October 1st, at 3651 Mimosa Dr., Los Angeles, 90065, and feature the work of Tawny Featherston.
Continuing a massive expansion that began with the second Terrain Biennial, Terrain has reached out to sites all across the country as well as internationally. In 2015, 75 artists and three collectives created site interventions at over 60 locations around the United States, and in other countries.
Sponsored by the Association of Hysteric Curators, an artists collective dedicated to advancing the lives of feminist artists, The Terrain Biennial Los Angeles will feature artist Tawny Featherston in October. The focus of the installations and performances in November will be inspired by the late artist Ana Mendieta.
Tawny Featherston is an artist, curator, designer, and permanent Angelino transplant from Seattle, Washington. Her piece, “ReCover,” will occupy the facade of the house at 3651 Mimosa Drive, for the month of October, from the 1st to the 26th, with an opening reception on Sunday, October 1st, from 1-5 p.m. “ReCover” is an assemblage inspired by, and a reaction to, recent disabling work injuries. Featherston is questioning how to celebrate despite pain, find moments of beauty in trauma, and adjust to limitations brought on by injury, entropy, and age.
Featherston's practice includes collage, assemblage, heavily adorned one-off fashions, and unique, embellished accessories. Featherston, and partner Jerry McKenna, opened the Pikme-up espresso bar in 1987, creating an instant community. The Pikme-up was a haven and nexus for fashion, art, performance, music, and AIDS activism, and quickly became a Los Angeles institution. It operated as a strong, social magnet and salon for the counterculture and misfits of all ages. Featherston curated new art shows at the Pikme-up every six to eight weeks, showing emerging artists including Bill Barminski, Mark Dutcher, Jim Reva, and Bill Rangel.
The documentary, “The Pikme-up,” 2006, will run during the opening for viewers interested in finding out more about Featherston's complex contributions to the art scene in Los Angeles. Written and directed by Andrew Crane, Scott Hessels, and James Keitel, "The Pikme-Up" features artists and other Los Angeles art-world luminaries including Ezrha Jean Black, Exene Cervenka, Viggo Mortensen, Michelle Carr, and Phranc.
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