One Grey Tenation: Performing America
Books & Mortar
In partnership with Books & Mortar, I will be discussing my ArtPrize Nine entry Society of 23's Locker Dressing Room exhibited at the City Water Building by the Richard App Gallery. My entry explores two sites of social engagement – a sports team locker room and a backstage theater dressing room. Both examples describe a complex definition of American masculinity that is inherent to the characters within my artwork. This topical entry — which this year was awarded an ArtPrize Artist Seed Grant presented by the Frey Foundation — will be contextualized by my previous ArtPrize entries, as well as ideas of American nationalism, terrorism, and gay identity in relation to tragic events like the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
One Wild Night
It was a pleasure to be invited to create an outdoor artwork for the ArtPrize pop-themed fundraising evening, One Wild Night. The party was hosted at a Scott Christopher Home in North Muskegon which included a fabulous dog kennel with metal fencing. Using the color scheme of the poster for this year's ArtPrize competition, I created a television static pattern that continues the aesthetic of my ongoing Wafers series. Many thanks to Jeff Ham for his assistance on this one!
A Chorus Line
July 13 - 29
Circle Theatre's production of A Chorus Line has come and gone! I'm so grateful to have been given the opportunity to play Paul and deliver his remarkable monologue. It's been an incredibly rewarding experience to put on a pair of dancing shoes and dive back into the theater. A huge congratulations goes out to everyone involved in the show!
My debut gallery show in Grand Rapids was wonderful! Creating smaller-sized work and pairing up with Keemo was a great introduction into the art scene in Grand Rapids. Artwork is still available for purchase, so don't be shy if you're interested. Please send me a note!
Queering Contemporary Asian American Art
edited by Laura Kina and Jan Christian Bernabe
University of Washington Press
I'm thrilled to be a featured artist in this new publication. Jan Christian Bernabe takes a critical look at my artwork and it's relationship to my identity, particularly my childhood experiences with rejection in American suburbia.
"Might Songco's turn to failure in his art serve as a critique of the larger forces that discipline the psychic and somatic bodies of queers of color in the United States?" -Chapter 3: Queering Affect. "Filipino Diasporic Queer Killjoy: Recuperating Failure in Jeffrey Augustine Songco's Guilty Party and BOMH Series"