PAMELA COUNCIL - Red Drink: A BLAXIDERMY Juneteenth Offering
My latest project, Red Drink: A BLAXIDERMY Juneteenth Offering, took place on June 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas.
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For Juneteenth, Pamela Council presents Red Drink: A BLAXIDERMY Juneteenth Offering, a performance with a palm tree shaped fountain filled with 800 gallons of Big Red soda. Guests are welcome to participate in a ritual performance: toast to freedom, and pour into the fountain with this celebratory drink for the ancestors. Sticky - Sweet - Nostalgic -Restorative! BLAXIDERMY is the artist's “signature Afro-Americana campy style where humor-meets-horror meets dead serious revelations about history and the body.” Here, Council “uses this sensibility to create a colorful, 11 foot tall fountain as an offering to the ancestors and a performance site... By filling a fountain with red soda, I hope to transform this architecture into a conceptually ripe macabre scene that asks questions about freedom and various systems of circulation: of sugary product, of blood in the body, and of human labor in the creation of public works.” This continues Council’s Fountains series which began in 2016. Red Drink is presented by the artist with support from the Idea Fund, Rema Hort Mann Community Fund, Big Red, Miller Outdoor Theatre, HMAAC, and Stardust.