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If April showers rain in May, what does the month of May bring? Great Performance Art!

Amy-Ellen FCM Trefsger in Monochromatic May at Gallery 4Culture
Queen Schmooquan in her last pre-baby show at the Can Can
AK Mimi Allin in Project: Space Available HAM, Hold All Movement

What an amazing amount of talent we have in our fair city of Seattle. The sheer exhuberance, determination, fortitude and willingness to push to the edges of wonder, humor and mystery; these ladies have it, and I am honored to have witnessed what they have to say.

Check out Gallery 4Culture while you still can and witness the documentation of three years of study in the wardrobe of the wearer of grey for an entire month. Monochromatic May ends May 27th, 2010. More info on her website: and if you want to read about my thoughts check out the studio-visit on the City Arts Blog.

Image from the Monochromatic May @ Gallery 4Culture Opening - May 2, 2010

Image from the Monochromatic May @ Gallery 4Culture Opening - May 2, 2010 - With Live models in Grey, AK Mimi Allin, Amanda May, and Darla Rae Barry.

Queen Schmooquan is a character played by Jeppa Hall. Her work is brilliantly absurd, mesmerizing, comforting, wondrous and amazing. Seeing her last show pre-baby I was reminded of the 1st Gong show at the Croc in 2007(?), before I knew her. I was a tingle, I laughed so hard, every moment I was shocked and destroyed only to be built up again by the hilarity and show(man)ship. I love the gender-bending and wit. She was gonged too soon, and to me, the judges missed the space-boat entirely. She won’t be performing for a while, but definitely check out her website, listed above.

for only $5 - an autographed Twinkie: aka Chicken Baby Food!

And then there’s AK Mimi Allin, whose performance I saw last night. We entered and were given silent instructions. I had to decipher using Morse code a series of dots and dashes and then follow instructions until all participants had been admitted. We all stood there, waving our flags with various expressions. Then Mimi shared gestures, live radio broadcasts, movement that at times was so subtle all I could do was cock my head and breathe, and other times, I belly laughed. HAM or Hold, All Movement is another testament to Mimi’s endurance, genius of study, and sheer wit and playfulness. She has another performance (with the HOLD) on Sunday May 23rd 2010 at 3pm, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and space is limited. Read more and info on how to see the performance: AK Mimi Allin.

image from AK Mimi Allin's blog.

One Response to “If April showers rain in May, what does the month of May bring? Great Performance Art!”

  1. Mimi Says:

    Erin! Thank you for witnessing and heralding. One of the most important things an artist can do is to “see” another artist. I saw a roomful last night. Thank you for being among them. Having spent all of this month’s art walk at the opening of Monochromatic May, I can attest to the eager response Flatchestedmama’s show drew from the audience. See it before it goes!

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