Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New Work for NadaDada Motel

This is a sneak preview of some of the new work I'm developing for NadaDada Motel at the El Cortez Hotel at 2nd and Arlington in Downtown Reno from June 18 to the 21st. I'm also working on a video installation and on Saturday night at the Trocadero Room at the El Cortez will feature yours truly and Cynthia Burdick as the Sexy Sisters performing erotic poetry and bawdy limericks at 8 pm. Lots of other wonderful artists of course are in the mix. Chad Sorg has put together a little article that will appear in a Reno publication that I thought I'd share with you.
If style is about one's own expression and fashion is about the expectations of others, then NadaDada Motel's style might be found within its distinct mode of creative anarchy. There is no over-riding theme imposed here. In its third yearly incarnation, motel rooms are, once again, rented directly by each artist so they can do exactly what they want; the only guarantee the audience can expect to find is the unexpected. This non-uppity art event aligns itself more with punk rockers, dive bar divas & crusty gun-toting philosophers than selection committees, juries, or granting institutions. Artists were simply asked to "get a room, make a show." Those involved have been proud contributing directly to the local economy–and it's all free for visitors. Interest from the public and the national media has grown to a frenzied pitch. 2009 brings a rich mix in this multi-room art exhibition. The public is invited to cross thresholds and witness the 'artist's life' paradigm. The creative environments happen Thursday, June 18th–Sunday, the 21st, from noonish to midnight, in downtown Reno weeklies, Hotel El Cortez, built in 1931 and its neighbor across the street, Townhouse Motorlodge, built in the fifties. Both are at 2nd & Arlington in downtown Reno. Participating artist count is approximately 100. About the El Cortez, the National Park Service's website has this to say.. "[The Cortez] is one of only three remaining major Art Deco buildings left in Reno. At the time it was built, it was the city's tallest building. The El Cortez was a high-class hotel, garnering an astounding $6 per night, compared to the prevailing room rate of $2.50 per night." Erected in 1931, the hotel was to accommodate a new transient influx due to Nevada's newly relaxed divorce laws, highlighting our city as an easy place to unhitch. Reno became the ideal location to end matrimony. Event (dis)organizers found this a perfect place to end its relationship with the subsidized artworld machine. Our second motel host this year will again be the Towhhouse Motor Lodge, built in 50's roadside grandeur, also past its prime, with its (now) filled in pool. Reno TripAdvisor's Popularity Index has the venue listed at #52 of 58 hotels rated in Reno! We're so proud to have them aboard once again. We can't tell you exactly what to expect to see this year at NadaDada, but the following listing should give you a taste... First off, a big thanks goes to Jill Marlene, she's decided to take on the big job of coordinating events in the historic Trocadero Lounge. A variety of performances are scheduled for NadaDada '09. The Trocadero hosts “The Wedding of Jill and Diana” with surprise appearances in the guise of bridesmaids and ring-bearers. Audiences will also enjoy "Bohemian Burlesque", cabaret performances, aerial and modern dance, 40’s style singing with blue velvety love songs. Also, unannounced performances will be thrown in Dada-style. Tickets for shows are available at the Melting Pot. Major promotional efforts have been made by our our star, Lady Di, the Majorette of Mischief, Dianna Sion. Jeff Johnson, the event's inspirational originator has been entitled Noble Instigator; Tova Ramos–Secretariat Maximus. Including myself, these are four of the original six NadaDada (dis)organizers. Trelaine has been with us, basically from the start stirring up her own brand of bacon-framed mischief. Professor Dean Burton, from the start, has been our academic connection. Rumors have it that Patty Melton, is in the running for NadaDada Mayor–up against Erik Holland, our first Dada Mayor. Margie Enlow is NadaDada's Graphical Queen. Elaine Parks (Tuscarora) and Kris Vagner (San Francisco) have both been instrumental in pulling in the creatives from the hinterlands. SK James and John Molezzo are our digital brothers-in-arms; Asa Gilmore, Video Commissar. Mike Mollet and Neal Taylor are the LA Mud People. Christopher Umana, Adrien Kershaw, Andrea Daerice Juillerat, Jennifer Garza-Cuen portray in their mix of media; Kai Prescher & Ned Peterson are the Fabulous Duck Brothers. Reno News & Review's editor-at-large, Brian Burkhart makes an appearance reading poetry from his caged position in random hotel closets. Oliver X, editor of Reno Tahoe Tonite and Steve White, editor of Reno Passport reunite for a love-fest in rooms on the 3rd floor. I'd like to thank editor, Ronn A @ Sierra Arts Magazine for continual support and nurturing. Craig Smyres pushes the boundaries of installation with bronze mommas, Ivy Antonowitsch, Peter Walker, Christpher Robin Blum show up with painting and photography bliss. Rex Norman aka “Killbuck” presents his brand of robot love. Dave Cherry pulls off some sexually charged comics, Joe Rees brings the punk noise and visuals with his historic punk-rock films. Cindy Gunn and Paula Povilaitos have been Dada originals and Lisa Rizzoli brings on the hoop jams. And, we're proud to announce Rachel Milon as NadaDada's Official Publicity Whore. Her professionalism has been invaluable and the event owes her a public round of applause! exhibition information/photos online at http://www.NadaDadaDingDong.com Chad Sorg, NadaDada's Ignoble Wringmaster is a freelance author and will be starting his campaign to give (yes, give) away his mixed-media paintings at NadaDada Motel. Roomless this year, he'll be blogging up to the minute from the event. www.FreeSorgs.org
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