DUSTY CONTESSA FINDS A HOMESTEAD

Raque Ford / Gunnar Tchida / Dena Yago / Suzanna Zak
6/4/16-7/3/16
PRESS RELEASE

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Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016 Installation view
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016
Installation view
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016 Installation view
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016
Installation view
Suzanna Zak No Song No Supper No Bees No Honey No Work No Money, 2016 C-print, sticker, artist’s frame
Suzanna Zak
No Song No Supper No Bees No Honey No Work No Money, 2016
C-print, sticker, artist’s frame
Suzanna Zak Now Let Us Gather Some Desert Peaches, 2016 C-print, sticker, artist’s frame
Suzanna Zak
Now Let Us Gather Some Desert Peaches, 2016
C-print, sticker, artist’s frame
Suzanna Zak Now Let Us Gather Some Desert Peaches (Alternate view), 2016 C-print, sticker, artist’s frame
Suzanna Zak
Now Let Us Gather Some Desert Peaches (Alternate view), 2016
C-print, sticker, artist’s frame
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016 Installation view
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016
Installation view
Gunnar Tchida Untitled, 2016 Rawhide, copper, sausage-casing ring, clover earring
Gunnar Tchida
Untitled, 2016
Rawhide, copper, sausage-casing ring, clover earring
Suzanna Zak First Things First, I Would Like To Quench My Thirst, 2016 C-print, sticker, artist’s frame
Suzanna Zak
First Things First, I Would Like To Quench My Thirst, 2016
C-print, sticker, artist’s frame
Gunnar Tchida Untitled, 2016 Horse muzzle, pocket knife, belt buckle, snaffle bit, snakeskin, elk hide, Eurasian Collared Dove feather, bailing twine, Leatherman case
Gunnar Tchida
Untitled, 2016
Horse muzzle, pocket knife, belt buckle, snaffle bit, snakeskin, elk hide, Eurasian Collared Dove feather, bailing twine, Leatherman case
Gunnar Tchida Untitled, 2016 Horse muzzle, pocket knife, belt buckle, snaffle bit, snakeskin, elk hide, Eurasian Collared Dove feather, bailing twine, Leatherman case
Gunnar Tchida
Untitled, 2016
Horse muzzle, pocket knife, belt buckle, snaffle bit, snakeskin, elk hide, Eurasian Collared Dove feather, bailing twine, Leatherman case
Raque Ford Dear Devil, Love Georgia (Detail), 2016 Acrylic, epoxy clay, rope, chain
Raque Ford
Dear Devil, Love Georgia (Detail), 2016
Acrylic, epoxy clay, rope, chain
Gunnar Tchida Untitled, 2016 Bedazzled sweatshirt
Gunnar Tchida
Untitled, 2016
Bedazzled sweatshirt
Gunnar Tchida Untitled (Detail), 2016 Bedazzled sweatshirt
Gunnar Tchida
Untitled (Detail), 2016
Bedazzled sweatshirt
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016 Installation view
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016
Installation view
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016 Installation view
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016
Installation view
Gunnar Tchida Untitled, 2016 Cowgirl hat, paper towels, poetry by ranch women, photographic print, snakeskin, snake skeleton
Gunnar Tchida
Untitled, 2016
Cowgirl hat, paper towels, poetry by ranch women, photographic print, snakeskin, snake skeleton
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016 Installation view
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016
Installation view
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016 Installation view
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016
Installation view
Suzanna Zak Baby’s First Ride (Sophia), Indian Street Off Ramp, Alcoa Rear Wheel Axel Cover, Butterfly Stickers, Grease, 2015 Stickers, found object
Suzanna Zak
Baby’s First Ride (Sophia), Indian Street Off Ramp, Alcoa Rear Wheel Axel Cover, Butterfly Stickers, Grease, 2015
Stickers, found object
Raque Ford Dear Devil, Love Georgia, 2016 Acrylic, epoxy clay, rope, chain
Raque Ford
Dear Devil, Love Georgia, 2016
Acrylic, epoxy clay, rope, chain
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016 Installation view
Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead, 2016
Installation view
Dena Yago In a Future April, 2016 Digital C-print mounted on aluminum Edition of 3
Dena Yago
In a Future April, 2016
Digital C-print mounted on aluminum
Edition of 3
Dena Yago In a Future April (Side view), 2016 Digital C-print mounted on aluminum Edition of 3
Dena Yago
In a Future April (Side view), 2016
Digital C-print mounted on aluminum
Edition of 3
Gunnar Tchida Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, 2016 Graphite on paper
Gunnar Tchida
Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, 2016
Graphite on paper
Suzanna Zak Easy Does It Fruit Street, Fresno County Gas Station, Lid, Sticker, Lemon, 2016 Sticker, found objects
Suzanna Zak
Easy Does It Fruit Street, Fresno County Gas Station, Lid, Sticker, Lemon, 2016
Sticker, found objects

 

Dusty Contessa Finds A Homestead

I heard the hiss to keep quiet. All un-shielded digital information, late model vehicles, and communications are down for good, causing a metallic taste in my mouth, a numb tongue. I wish you had told us how you were, but I hope you are as well as when we last saw you.

Me on the other hand? I know what real is. I remember what real was before you came along, before 2002 hit. I have lost all interest in this part of America, and I feel more inclined to growl, than write civilly to anybody.

Why is it necessary to know what our post-apocalyptic future will look like? What we seek to do is to create an environment which works so well we can run wild in it. An American homstead, a tin hat ranch. A row of several small puncture wounds from the animal’s many teeth. An American nightmare.

They became a homsteader by happenstance. Not really a great baker yet, but they’ve watched all the episodes of the Frontier House and Simple Life. On the bookshelf there’s pretty much a complete set of Foxfire books that are found in a used book store sandwiched between the highway, the county jail, the auto body shop, and the only strip club in town.

We reach our hands and dig into the dirt, looking for mycelium, trying to guess if it’s above 55 degrees. Now we learn how to build a friction fire using fungus, and how to bake wheat bread without modern stoves. Measurements are sometimes improvised and approximate. For weighing, Charles balances with his water flask, and for more refined weights, uses bullets and pellets; e.g., ‘Big rat weighs flask with water, without bottom 2 bullets, 4 pellets’

If Bonnie Abzug was in Brooklyn what kinda trouble would she be getting into today?

Papa’s eyes were full of tears when he thought of your first miserable night. Can you bug if you live in the city? I think I have facts but I have no space to give them. How do the blind move from one nest to another? Will you run to the noise?

I sure do love ‘em but don’t treat me like a mushroom, don’t feed me shit, don’t leave me in the dark.

Ditch the rake, leave the leaves.

Very faithfully yours,
Organism to Organism

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