Red Drink: A BLAXIDERMY Juneteenth Offering
Painted concrete fountain filled with 100s of gallons of Big Red soda
This installation performance took place on June 24, 2018 (Juneteenth rain date) in Houston, Texas and will take place again in June 2019 in Houston, Texas
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, and Stardust.