Daniel Albrigo / Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Exhibition
This Sunday, January 31st, is the opening of Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is... A LOVE STORY: a most exciting artistic collaboration in NYC, one that pairs an excellent tattoo artist and painter with an visionary artist in so many mediums that a blog post could never do the work justice.
Tattooist Daniel Albrigo, of NY & Brooklyn Adorned studios, has created a split exhibition with Genesis P-Orridge, most known for his music/performance in Throbbing Gristle (I still have them on vinyl) and Psychic TV, Thee temple ov psychick youth collective, numerous art exhibitions worldwide, and most recently, his body modification experiment in Pandrogeny.
Pandrogeny is a component of this exhibit so let me first offer a brief and simplified note on it: Genesis and h/er late wife and other half, Lady Jaye Breyer, began a project in 1993 to transcend "body-based genders- and socially imposed identities," thereby creating Breyer P-Orridge. Maxwell G. Graham sums it in the exhibition's release: "...their two identities were merged through plastic surgery, hormone therapy, cross dressing and altered behavior in an effort to deconstruct the fiction of the self, each moving to resemble the other. Breyer P-Orridge, the cross-pollinated name of this endeavor, has continued even after Lady Jaye's untimely death in 2007."
In tribute to Lady Jaye, Daniel and Genesis join to tell a love story in painting, sculpture, photo-works, assemblage and jewelry. I spoke with Daniel, and here's what he says of the collaboration:
"The show revolves around the set solid gold of teeth that Genesis has in he/r mouth. [P- Orridge has had all of h/er teeth removed, then cast in gold and installed in place of the originals.] My paintings are documenting the process materials, molds and castings for these gold teeth, along with a couple portraits of Genesis. Genesis will be contributing new sculptural objects, assemblages, photo-works and jewelry (edition of 23 silver rings with a gold molar in replace of a gem).
For more on Daniel's tattoo work, check his portfolio online or stop by Brooklyn Adorned Wednesday through Saturday where he's been tattooing for over a year now.
And for more on Daniel's fine art, you can buy his book Life, Death, Letters, and Numbers, a collection of his ink and oil paintings, as well as tattoo flash, heavily influenced by Astrology and the Constellations.
Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is... A LOVE STORY runs until February 22, 2010 at the Renwick Gallery in SoHo, NYC.