WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR (OPP. GAZE), 2020
LED, black velvet stanchion, brass hardware
24 ½ inches x 31 inches x 1 inch
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR (OPP. GAZE) is an homage to the space and the experience of being a bouncer at a gay club, as well as bell hooks' Oppositional Gaze. It takes a generic form, subverting its original design. Boundary is a mouth, a smile; words are the party, and eyes are a tool.
The piece denounces individuality for a universal sake of the salient identity for the genderqueer and lesbian community, creating a critical view of the exclusionary scene and a face, a loop, to look back upon the spectator. Like identity, theory needs representation.