Opening Reception: Friday, January 13 from 6pm to 9pm
Performance event: Wednesday, January 18 from 7pm to 9pm
CulturalDC presents Perversion Therapy by Eames Armstrong and John Moletress from January 14 through February 4 at Flashpoint Gallery. Opening a week before the presidential inauguration, the exhibition Perversion Therapy points to the anti-LGBTQ history of the president elect and members of his chosen cabinet through a celebration of queer bliss and domestic deviance.
The exhibition features paintings, performance objects, and multimedia installations. It will also include a live performance at the opening reception on Friday the Thirteenth, and a second performance the following week on Wednesday, January 18. The performances will be outrageous – not to be missed. The artists will subvert the practice of conversion therapy—an abusive tactic of brainwashing meant to “correct” queer and gender nonconforming people. Instead, Perversion Therapy affirms queerness, along with transgression, filth, eroticism, noise, happiness, and friendship.
About the Artists
Eames Armstrong (they/she) works in performance, noise, language, and time. Eames has performed at the Fringe platform at the Venice International Performance Art Week (Italy), Houston International Performance Art Biennale (Texas), High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music (Baltimore, MD), Mobius, Inc. (Cambridge, MA), Rats9 (Montreal, Quebec), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (Chicago, IL), Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial (Washington, DC) and Capital Fringe Festival (Washington, DC). In 2016, Eames was selected for the Emerging Curator Program at VisArts in Rockville, MD, as well as the S&R Foundation studio program in Washington, DC They curated the 2013 Supernova Performance Art Festival (Rosslyn, VA), programmed a monthly performance series Soapbox at Hillyer Art Space (Washington, DC), co-curated events at Panoply Performance Lab (Brooklyn, NY) and Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston, MA), and have organized exhibitions at numerous alternative spaces in the Washington, DC. area. Eames received a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2010, and an MFA in studio art with an unofficial minor in dance from The George Washington University in 2016. Eames is interested in conflict and difficulty, complicated gestures, and the ritual celebration of confusion and illegibility. eamesarmstrong.com
John Moletress is a multi-disciplined artist, educator, and Founding Director of force/collision, an interdisciplinary performance ensemble. With force/collision, they have co-created and directed The Nautical Yards with Erica Rebollar/Rebollar Dance, Shape (text by Erik Ehn), Trust me (text by Falk Richter) and Jarman (all this maddening beauty) with Caridad Svich (International/US). Their work has been seen within the US at The Kennedy Center, Abrons Art Center, La MaMa ETC, Highways Performance Space, Intersections Festival, Fusebox Festival, Arena Stage, New Dramatists, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, FUNDarte/Out In The Tropics, OUTsider Festival, The George Washington University, and EMP Collective, to name a few. Internationally, their work has been seen at King’s College London, Homotopia/unity theatre (UK), Warehouse 9 (DK), The Gulbenkian (UK) and The House at Plymouth University (UK). Previously, they were awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre for co-founding Factory 449, they received multiple funding awards from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and they were a finalist for the prestigious DC 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence. They have directed premieres by playwrights Erik Ehn, Caridad Svich, and Craig Wright. Publications include Innovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Theatre and Performance (ed. Caridad Svich; Theatre Communications Group), Wendell. (Playwright; NoPassport Press), Jarman (all this maddening beauty) and Other Texts (Intellect Books UK) and Imaging Home: Practice, Performance, Place (Forthcoming, Intellect Books UK). JohnMoletress.com
- Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm to 6pm
- or by appointment
Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G Street NW. For more information visit www.culturaldc.org.