Thanks to a friend, I found about this great project by artists Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly by which they aim “to support discipline-defying, frontier-crossing projects in the performing and visual arts.”
They are inviting artists for their “Alternative Pedagogy and Left Daycare: Part-Time Opportunities for Artists” project, for which visiting artists work as manicurists, but this time, the exchange between the nail specialist and the customer is quite different!
In their own words: “To create H.E.N.S., we will build the furnishing of a nail salon: manicure tables, nail samplers and pedicure chairs in a playful amalgam of avant-garde styles. In doing so, we will also build solidarity and class consciousness. Our Nailtech collaborators are designing custom agitprop manicures. Our team of collaborator/manicurists will be our gallerist/activists, sharing information on current exhibitions and advocacy programs.· We do not propose to erase the differences between artist, manicurist and activist. ·We understand all three identities as essentially fluid and historically conditioned but believe that their differences in lived experience, strategy and interests make their collaborative dynamic exciting and full of potential.”
I think an art gallery/space faking to be a nail salon, a contested space at least for some people, is a great idea!
They are located at Corner of 3rd Ave. and Bergen, Brooklyn, NY.