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While in Washington for AIDS 2012 we got a chance to see Brooklyn based artist L.J. Roberts’ work at the Renwick’s 40 Under 40: Craft Futures exhibition. It is a huge and soft work that absorbs the eye and draws you in. As one of the organizers of last winter’s NOT OVER: You, Me, Us and AIDS, which Visual AIDS supported, Roberts is part of a growing movement of young artists, activists, academics, and involved citizens that braid both HIV/AIDS history and urgency into their work. Currently Roberts is working on a large piece inspired by Ira Sach’s short film Last Address. Below is Robert’s statement about the work at the Renwick.
The Queer Houses of Brooklyn In The Three Towns of Breukelen, Boswyck, and Midwout During the 41st Year of the Stonewall Era is documentation of a contemporary moment of a thriving, activist, political, and creative community that practices resilience and resistance through collaboration and cooperative co-existence, kinship, and love.
Based on the drawing by Daniel Rosza Lang/Levitsky, and with illustrations by Buzz Slutzky, the knitted, quilted and stitched map of these queer collective houses, each with their own characteristic name and symbol, references and subverts the iconography of coats-of-arms and heraldic devices usually associated with royalty, corporations and the state. The work honors queer, feminist, and trans histories such as the Stonewall Riots, activist movements such as ACT UP and Queer Nation, the potent imagery of the artist collective Gran Fury, and the collective grief and perseverance of the AIDS Quilt, which included thousands of participants from across the world. In a way that is meant to evoke both the formal and radical, this work celebrates the existence of chosen and deliberate queer families built on a fierce spirit of love, sex, collective liberation, and gender, sexual, and self-determination.
The map is a living and active archival memento of radical Do-It-Yourself/Do-It-Together/Punk Craft practice and spirit that includes one-inch pins printed with the name of each house and its representative illustration, free for any viewer to take.
For more information on Roberts visit: L.J. Roberts