CAVERNOUS (Section 1: Young Joon Kwak & Living Queer Archive)
*Installation views include Young Joon Kwak’s “Living Queer Archive,” including works by laub, Johanna Went, unclassified objects from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, and wigs styled by Rosario Ribera from “Hollywood Wigs.”
all photos by Christopher Wormald unless otherwise stated.
LACE’s Summer Residency presentsCAVERNOUS by artist Young Joon Kwak and Mutant Salon, a collective of queer-trans-femme-POC artists and performers and a platform for community collaborations. CAVERNOUS is a kaleidoscopic environment that queers the last bastion of manhood in the domestic space—the man cave. CAVERNOUS fractures the patriarchal myth of male privilege, and provides an access point for an ongoing critical deconstruction of how we view our bodies, and reimagines alternative forms of existence and desire.
Welcoming viewers at the entrance of CAVERNOUS, Young Joon Kwak presents new sculptures and a living queer archive that reclaims erased narratives and traces a lineage of radical present-future queer arts communities in Los Angeles. Kwak’s archive features a selection of unclassified objects by unknown artists from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, as well as custom wigs by stylists from historic Hollywood retailers displayed on ceramic wig stands designed by Kwak as a tribute to the artistry of these under-recognized wig stylists. The archive also includes a screening of video works and documentation by historically radical local performance artist Johanna Went, connecting the community of Mutant Salon with LACE’s 40 year history of supporting queer and feminist performance art.
LED neon sign on the marquee of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). Permanent public artwork viewable on Hollywood Blvd’s Walk of Fame.
Ceiling Vaginis Light Drip
LED neon rope, paint.
CAVERNOUS (installation view)
including (from left to right): “Vaginis Wig Head II” by Young Joon Kwak; unknown objects from the ONE Archives; “Vaginis Chair,” “Ceiling Vaginis Light Drip,” and “Surveillance Mirror Vaginis” by Young Joon Kwak; “The King Chair,” by laub; video by Joanna Went; and sculpture by Jacinto Astiazaran