Written by Adora y Teddy Behr Thursday, 01 October 2009 00:00
Art of Life – Living and experiencing art at Halo
con Adora and Teddy Behr
In December of 2007, Omar Gonzalez from OAG Productions launched a night of art and culture at the then new bar, Halo on 16th and Michigan Avenue, right off of Lincoln Road. Art Basel was coming and Omar wanted to create an event to feature local artists during the international art fair. He approached Jason Tamanini, General Manager of Halo, who agreed to sponsor the art night. As Jason tells it now, it went so well the first time they decided to keep it going.
They called it “Art of Life” and set about to present mostly GLBT artists’ work. So far, the event has featured photographers like Henry Perez, Dale Stine, and Bob Risse, performing artist Belaxis Buill, film director Juan Carlos Zaldivar and many others. All of this is done in an informal atmosphere with drinks, DJ’s and a rather photogenic crowd.
Adora: Teddy, what’s going on at Art of Life for Tuesday?
Teddy: It’s Art of Expression, after the Art of Sex.
Adora: Oh right! They have themes now along with individual artists. Remember the performance by Belaxis Buill with the gorilla suit and the velvet gown?
Teddy: I loved that! Beauty and the beast all rolled into one. I’ve wanted a gorilla suit ever since.
Adora: Belaxis was great, but my favorite was the photo show Bob Risse did of Varanasi, the sacred city in India with all the silk and flowers. It was so visual and sensual but completely different from the sensuality of the beach. Varanasi is about ancient religious expression and the beach is all about the party. Anyhow, what’s the Art of Expression?
Teddy: Well, recently Tony Ferro from the Penny Back Boyz joined Omar and they are doing themes like music, food, sex, expression and art every week. So it’s still about art, but more about day-to-day expression than art in the traditional sense. Art of Expression is a follow-up on the Art of Sex, in which people went inside a black box filled with phallic objects. What they did was videotaped and this is what will be shown.
Adora: I can guess what they did but I we better go anyway. Maybe we’ll see some things even I haven’t thought of yet.