Billie Grace Lynn as Mad Cow: initial performance for a Feminine Version of Easy Rider
ALUNA ART FOUNDATION presents Billie Grace Lynn in Mad Cow, a performance created for a radical transformation, which inaugurates its experimental Project Room giving the name to this space. This Saturday August 25th, at 9pm, begins the artist´s ritual to become “Mad Cow” through a series of gestures of despoiling, such as to let the public shave her hair. A symbolic initiation for her projected journey in South Florida driving a sculpture that gives title to the performance: a diesel motorcycle unified with the skeleton of a cow.
This feminine version of Easy Rider, which is part of a whole project of artistic life, contains other journeys that changed her life. At age 24, Billie traveled by road from Louisiana to the Art Institute of San Francisco to do her master in art. It was 6 years after the death of his mother, who died at age 50 without having fulfilled her desire to be an artist. Determined to complete this truncated destiny, drove to the San Francisco Art Institute with no other possession that a group of cow skeletons that a farmer neighbor had accumulated in a shaped mound, and whose vision she has seen as a potential –and rare- sculpture, that moved her.
In the following decades, she did nothing with these bones. Yet, in a mysterious way, they were linking her to the existence of these creatures on earth. The kind of deep reflection of "the other" that arises from some form of identification, led her to discover the consequences of abuse in their consumption, not only for the animal species, but for the ecological balance. It was not until now –at the age of 50- Billie Grace Lynn is prepared to use them in a new journey: among her chopped hair and the bones of cows, there is a link, a narrative that sources images of violence and voracity depleting the earth.
ALUNA ART FOUNDATION |Concerning The Spiritual in Art | From August 25 to September 29, 2012
September 6, 2012: Reception and Performance by Billie Grace Lynn
Concerning the Spiritual in Art | Curated by Aluna Curatorial Collective (Adriana Herrera and Willy Castellanos)
The Sons of the Island | A Photographic Essay (selection) by Cristobal Herrera-Ulashkevich
MAD COW PROJECT ROOM
Billie Grace Lynn | September 6, 2012 | Performance at 7:00pm
Aluna Art Foundation
172 West Flagler, Miami FL 33130 | Ph.: 305-305-6471