Coming up August 9th, 10th, 11th,and 12th I’ll be doing a performance at Eyelevel Gallery. I’ve never attempted anything like this before but my bee project has made me brave since a big part of it was and is about reaching out to people and making work based on that interaction.This performance will take the form of an information booth inside of Eyelevel gallery and short walking tours of the neighborhood surrounding it. I’ve made tiny (2cm x 2cm) warning signs printed on yellow paper very much like the one shown above. These are mounted on toothpicks and will be given to members of the walking tours. We will decide as a group which areas we encounter on our walk that pose a hazard to bees and place bee sized warning signs in these areas. In the event that we find a dead bee, we will collect it for my taxidermy workshop but will leave a tiny memorial (2cm x 2cm) like the one shown above in its place. The locations of the signs will then be carefully recorded on a map that will be mounted to the wall behind the information booth indicating the bee warning and memorializing initiatives taken on by the neighborhood. The tours happen between 2:00 pm and 4:00pm on each of those days and leave on the half hour (2:30, 3:00, 3:30). When not on a tour I will be in the booth handing out bee kits and answering questions.
The circular image above is of the buttons that everyone who comes along for the walk will receive for participating. “Head, Heart, Thorax and Abdomen” is the official motto of “May I have your bees Please?”
Everyone is invited so please tell your friends!