Monday, December 17, 2007

Tony Labat @ Queens Nails Annex

6pm - 12am, Thursdays - Saturdays
Oct 19 - Dec 22, 2007

You might have walked into this gallery one evening expecting a party or walled and framed up art pieces...but you were confused, might have been too early for the rest of the crowd, and trying to act like you knew what you were doing promptly thanked the gal/guy behind the bar and walked out. Well, you totally missed the incredibleness of Tony Labat.

What is it all about:
An interactive installation, a make believe replica of a typical daily environment, and a stage for your next social experience. It shows, that the essence of a room depends on the people present and the energy they bring. So, if you walk in and think, "uhhhh what is this?" At that moment you are creating your own experience and where it goes from there is your choice.

From his bio page:

Tony Labat was born in Cuba and came to the United Stated at the age of 15 in 1966. He received his BFA (1978) and his MFA (1980) from the San Francisco Art Institute where he’s being teaching since 1985 and is currently Chair of the New Genres Department. He has exhibited internationally over the last 25 years. Mr. Labat has received numerous awards and grants and his work is in many private and public collections. Labat has developed a body of work in Performance, Video, Sculpture and Installation. His work has dealt with and continues his investigations with the body, popular culture, identity, urban relations, politics, and the media. In 2005 Labat had a survey exhibition of his work in conjunction with the publication of "Trust Me."

Fortunately this exhibit has been extended until December 22, 2007. Check Queens Nails Annex' site to see what the next event is...will be sure to rock your socks!

1 comment:

Carin said...

This experience did rock my socks, as I was fortunate enough to accompany Libby on her adventure to QNA. Not only were we met with the warmest of welcomes, but we were escorted to artists' studios. We were mesmerized, basking in the aura of Tony Labat spinning 33's from 1960 and beyond...what a magnificent place!