2012  Lucite vintage Z chair, feathers, stainless steel studs, glycerin, studded platform shoes
Dimensions variable

“The manifold sexualities – those which appear with the different ages, those which become fixated on particular tastes or, those which, in a diffuse manner, invest relationships, those which haunt spaces – all form the correlate of exact procedures of power.”

Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality 

“Sex-Z-Chair” is a sculptural installation drawing its influence from medieval torture chairs infused with Victorian formal aesthetics, Parisian burlesque, 1960’s design and 1990’s club kid culture juxtaposed to the forum of present day sexual representation.  When developing this piece I considered the evolution of societal and sexual norms throughout history.  In so, I created an object one is both drawn to and resists.

–Shiva Lynn Burgos



Featuring: Michael Anderson, David Baskin, Shiva Lynn Burgos, Richard Butler, Francesco Civetta aka DJ CASH, Paul Brainard, Andy Cross, Jules De Balincourt, Erik Den Breejen, Kent Dorn, Joel Dugan, Johnston Foster, Rebecca Goyette, Duncan Hannah, Daniel Heidkamp, Elizabeth Huey, David Humphrey, George Jenne / Damian Stamer, Aaron Johnson, Ezra Johnson, Kevin Kay, Misaki Kawai, Jeremy Kost, David Kramer, Maria Kreyn, Hye Rim Lee, Travis Lindquist, Noah Lyon, Panni Malekzadeh, Andrea Mary Marshall, Taylor McKimens, Greg Miller, Jazz-minh Moore, Joe Heaps Nelson, Lance Rautzhan, Max Razdow,Tom Sanford, Bill Saylor, Kristen Schiele, Ryan Schneider, Michael Scoggins, Emet Sosna, Jennifer Sullivan, Ulrike Theusner, Russel Tyler, Eric White, Genevieve White, Kelli Williams and Nicole Wittenberg.

When Robert Aldrich released his seminal war film in 1967 The Dirty Dozen, starring a seasoned, tough ensemble cast including Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, John Cassavettes, Jim Brown and Telly Savalas, he created a genre not just pertinent to film but to other art forms as well. Music, writing, dance and the visual arts also have their renegades, their outcasts and outsiders, who prevail against impossible odds to find redemption through skill, cunning, madness and their art.

The Double Dirty Dozen (& Friends) is an exhibition about the quest for freedom of expression sexual, intellectual, spiritual, political – and ultimately salvation through making art. While most of the participating artists are not ex-cons, in the process of curating this unruly group I felt somewhat like the character Lee Marvin plays in the film, Major Reisman, assembling his posse of neer-do-wells for a suicide mission, in the face of art world establishment. The subject as presented to the double dirty dozen and their friends (which quickly morphed into a group of fifty rabble-rousers) was simply, sex: as explicit, raunchy, funny, bizarre, obscure or fetishistic as possible. Hence the ratings disclaimer on our doors during the months of August and September: No One Under 18 Admitted. While the goal is not to assassinate a group of German war criminals in a French Chateau, as was the task set forth for the ex-cons-cum-soldiers in the film, the challenge to win over the hearts and libidos of summer New York gallery-goers is no less daunting.

I hope the viewer has as much fun delving into and experiencing this show firsthand, as I had putting it together. And that the few survivors – if any – come home triumphant, or at least find some sort of redemption.
-Nick Lawrence