What opportunities come from participating in a giant uncurated 24-hour exhibition? Probably not a lot past light networking, but that’s not the point. Shows such as BYOA, The X-Initiative’s closing exhibition for their one year non-profit program, are about building community. I saw a lot of that at Tuesday’s closing, which is great considering I’d expected a shit-show with a few good bands. I’m pleased to report that with the exception of one lost sculpted penis, the event seemed exceptionally good willed. The professionals in attendance were friendly and sociable, and generally quite giving with their time and energy. A testament to this is the following BLNK essay generously donated to the blog by photographer Conrad Ventur. Photos after the jump.
*We’re short on captioning information for a lot of the work in this essay. If you know the artists work in this essay let us know in the comments.
Audience members watch the band XOX perform
New York Magazine critic Jerry Saltz doing his thing.
T-shirts and translation by Raul Martinez
friend and Cecilia Alemani
Baby Skin Glove