You recently curated an exhibit called “Hey, I like you.” I noticed that at one point you had the models walk in a circle holding hands. What was your inspiration behind this concept?
Yeah, so for the show, the third installment of my work “Hey, I like you,” I designed 30 looks, worked with Free Aktion on a soundtrack, presented a new series of silk flags, a video and song, and directed the runway presentation. The idea for the circle with everyone holding hands was to create a sense of joy and a point of attainability and beauty. One of the driving forces behind why I wanted to do a runway show at all was to create something really special in San Diego, for people here to get something that doesn’t exist in a meaningful way here.I tried to translate what I think about runway shows, and my experience, into one that would make sense here. So for the finale, after the seriousness of each model walking their figure eight, I thought it would be just a really nice way to break the mood—to remind everyone that this is something fun, that joy is important, and you need to laugh too.
I guess the main thing was just that to me that experience, that symbol, holding hands and running with no other aim but to play, is a really good reminder and sort of universal experience. Like it’s something anyone can do, something I think most people I know have done at some point in their childhood, and something that points really directly to connection, you know? That’s what it’s all about.
I was watching the third installment of JOURNEYMEN that you were featured in. You say “The highest form of art transports you to someplace else, where you essentially fall in love someplace else.” Whose art has made you feel that way?
I mean, that’s been my experience thus far, I’m not sure if everyone else feels that way though. Thanks so much for watching it, though! I think Patti Smith’s writing does that for me. Gilbert and George have this piece called “To Be with Art is All We Ask” that does that to me. The film Sans Soliel. My friend Jane Matchak’s writing. Philip Glass’ music.