Opening Reception: Saturday, June 2 from 6pm to 8pm
Gallery 102 is pleased to present the first 2018 summer solo show, Stephanie Mercedes: The Ring of Freedom. Through transforming weapons of violence into musical installations, Stephanie Mercedes subverts lethal materials into peaceful spaces of mourning that highlight the correlation between queer communities, trauma, and gun control. The exhibition presents two memorials that reflect on past and future gun violence. The artist melted down a SIG SAUER MCX rifle – the exact model used by the Orlando Pulse Club shooter – to make 49 liberty bells for the 49 victims. The liberty bell is also the symbol of the NRA. 121 bullet chimes hang for the expected 121 queer bodies to die from mass gun shootings in 2018.
Programs & Events
- Saturday, June 2, 6:00-8:00 pm: Opening Reception of Stephanie Mercedes: The Ring of Freedom. The reception is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.
- Tuesday, June 12, 6:00-8:00 pm: Orlando Pulse Club Anniversary, a participatory large scale poetry reading that will be held for the exact length as the original shooting to honor the victims. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.
- Sunday June 24, 3:00-5:00 pm: Harmonizing Freedom, a large scale performance in which queer dancers and singers harmonize and react to the sound of the installations, functioning as a visual score. The performance connects statistic and live queer bodies. The event is free and open to the public. The performance is programmed in conjunction with Halcyon Houses’s By The People Art Festival. To RSVP, click here.
Stephanie Mercedes is a Argentinian/American queer artist who works between performance, installation and using law as form. Mercedes manipulates legal structure to reveal socio-political power disparities in society and create sustainable conversations between under-represented artists and institutions. All of her work is inspired by personal experiences. Mercedes was a 2016 Art and Law Fellow, a 2017 Artist in Residence at the Bronx Museum (AIM) and is currently a artist in residence at Halcyon Arts Lab and VisArts. Mercedes won the Light Work Grant in 2017 and the Open Society Grant for documentary images. Classes Mercedes has taught include: “How to Use Art as a Political Tool” and “Law as Form (and Why it Should be Female).” Mercedes has exhibited and performed at the Bronx Museum of Art, Flux Factory, Paco das Artes and many spaces across the Americas.
- Monday through Friday: 9am to 5pm
Gallery 102 is located at 801 22nd St. NW.