Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo, is pleased to announce its participation in the 2015 edition of NADA New York, taking place May 14-17, at Basketball City, located at 299 South Street on the East River. This is the gallery’s third participation in a NADA fair (New York, 2014; Miami Beach, 2014).
Rod Bianco Gallery is presenting Berlin based artist Vaginal Davis’ solo exhibition “Flirtation Walk (The Ho Stroll).” Vaginal Davis is the internationally revered intersexed doyenne of intermedia arts and sciences.
Born and braised in the poorest sections of Los Angeles California, Ms. Davis has been living in Berlin for over a decade where she curates and hosts the monthly performative film screening mega event "Rising Stars, Falling Stars" at Arsenal Institut für Film und Videokunst. Along with Susanne Sachsse, Marcuse Siegelstein and Daniel Hendrickson she has been a part of the Berlin based art kollectiv CHEAP since 2001.
Ms Davis has taught seminars as a guest professor of her spiky brand of performance and live art at The Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard University, New York University, Malmö Art Academy-Lund University, Goethe Universität-Frankfurt am Main and The Institut of Applied Theatre Sciences Justus Liebig Universität Giessen. Her experimental films, videos, collages, paintings, performances and installations have been presented at The Tate Modern-London, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary-Vienna, Getty Art Center- Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art-New York and the Palais de Tokyo-Paris. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Ethyl Eichelberger/Gesso Foundation Art Prize. Davis’ last exhibited in New York at her 2012 solo exhibition at Participant Inc. Gallery entitled "HAG: small, contemporary, haggard."
Coming from a long line of Louisiana Black Creole sex workers, courtesans, concubines, temple prostitutes, voodoo priestesses, shamans, and witchy women the lure and lore of this form of renumeration has long held me in fascinating rhythm. For many years in my hometown of Los Angeles, California I worked as a drag dominatrix calling myself Mistress Veronica V’Interest at the infamous House of Domination in Hollywood of the famous German American Mistress Ilsa Strix who is now married to the A-list transgendered film director Lana Wachowski of the Matrix franchise. For three years in the Russian Quarter of West Hollywood (2002-2005) I curated a weekly salon/performance space and speakeasy called Bricktops at the Parlour Club that was housed in a building that in the 1920s had been a bordello. I feel that the time is ripe to mount an installation or cubby hole featuring small intimate portraits in my iconic make-up style of famous female courtesans and concubines from the Belle Epoch to Hollywood’s Golden Era plus tiny sculptural art objects similar to my votive bread effigies of well endowed male hustlers, rent boys which of course will include some well known names of mainstream he-man box office stars and classic tinsel town matinee idols. In the immortal words of Kembra Pfhaler of the legendary art rock band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, “We all monkey down the street.”