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QUEER AS IN WEIRD

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GARDEN PARTY/ARTS PRESENTS: QUEER AS IN WEIRD
September 8, 2012 // 147 Halsey Street, Brooklyn, NY // 6-9pm

7:30pm - Vanessa Gully-Santiago
8:00pm - Erin Markey
8:30pm - Elizabeth Orr

For the fourth installment of GARDEN PARTY/ARTS, we’re pleased to present the video works of three very different artists: Vanessa Gully-Santiago, Erin Markey, and Elizabeth Orr. QUEER AS IN WEIRD is a proposition as much as an exhibition. For the artists’ text-based contribution, we’ve asked them to consider the following:


What is the role of weirdness in your work?
Is there radical potential in embracing weirdness?
Can weirdness be used as a feminist strategy to subvert the violence of normativity?


As its usage becomes more pervasive and accepted, “queer” identity has started to feel increasingly PC. And like any other fixed identification (like gay or straight), “queerness” seems to suggest a fundamental, constant self. Its appeal as an inclusive “umbrella term” is clear, but it still leaves someone out in the rain since it’s defined as anything-but-(straight, hetero, normative).

What is weirdness? The word implies subversion of what is expected or accepted, while also remaining intangible. Does weirdness rather than queerness intimate a more temporal and relative way of being? Can weirdness or strangeness offer us something as we strive forget norms, rather than oppose them? Instead of naturalizing queerness, can we understand it to mean, simply, “weird”?

-E.E. Ikeler


Vanessa Gully Santiago holds a B.F.A. from The Cooper Union and is currently an M.F.A. candidate at Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University. She lives and works in New Brunswick, NJ.

Erin Markey is a Brooklyn-based writer/performer, actress and singer. She was named “Most Convincing Jock” onstage for 2011 by the New York Times.

Elizabeth Orr is a Brooklyn-based artist and current MFA candidate at Bard College.


The screen installed in the garden.

Still from Vanessa Gully-Santiago’s “Toast”

Still from Vanessa Gully-Santiago’s “I Heart Disco”

Still from Vanessa Gully-Santiago’s “Frying an Egg”

Still from Vanessa Gully-Santiago’s “Homebody”

Still from Erin Markey’s “Just a Little Something” opening sequence

Still from Erin Markey’s “Just a Little Something: The Cellar 2” 

Still from Erin Markey’s “Just a Little Something: The Cellar 2” 

Still from Erin Markey’s “Just a Little Something: With Child” 

Still from Elizabeth Orr

Still from Elizabeth Orr

Still from Elizabeth Orr

Still from Elizabeth Orr

The reception

The reception

The reception