Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ira Sachs and Pilobolus co-executive director Lily Binns, Queer/Art/Mentorship, the multidisciplinary, intergenerational arts program that pairs emerging and established queer artists in New York City and supports mentorship, has quickly established itself as a nexus of development for queer artists. Now the group has announced its third round of Queer/Art/Mentorship fellowship recipients, a lineup that offers a glimpse at the next generation of out queer artists.
Each fellow accepted has been paired with an established New York-based artist within their field for a yearlong mentorship. The relationship that develops aims to support the artistic and professional practice of the fellow as well as to develop community-wide conversations about what it means to generate and curate queer work in New York City and America.
Here's why you should know this year's fellows:
Colin Self & Lain Kay
Colin Self composes and choreographs new trajectories for global queer consciousness. His performances explore aesthetic temperament between vocality, violence, popular culture, and sincerity. Spanning a transdisciplinary lifestyle, Colin seeks to embellish diverse cultures with queer presence and develop a highly stylized language of transnational communication. Through his performance work, community organization, and personal life, Colin exhibits the power and beauty of feminized identities as a constant praxis of collective resistance.
Lain Kay is a cross-disciplinary artist focused in the mystique of identity branding. A graduate of California College of the Arts with a BFA in painting and drawing, he did a senior work portraying multiples of himself acting out appropriated clichés within art history and nationalistic propaganda. Indicative of a tongue-in-cheek punk attitude, these aesthetics inform and modify more recent performance works. Through mostly collaborative, music-driven projects, Lain Kay positions himself as faux pop star with a tabloid tragicality. This playful hypocrisy of ethics invites commodification but intends to perform a mockery of class values in our culture and emphasize the timelessness of power and spectacle.
Self and Kay will be working as a collaborative pair on a multimedia installation and performance on gendered pop culture and consumerism with their mentor, Big Art Group founder Caden Manson.