During the month of October 2018, Secret Love Collective will take residency in Understudy, creating costumes and interactive works of art that will day by day turn the space into an alternative haunted house, a dreamscape, an interactive home for weirdos and lovers. The installation will be composed of sculpture, video projection, and an interactive costume closet. The concept of this overflowing costume assortment will be 'spooky valentine'.
A spooky valentine subverts consumer ideas of valentines day by being unashamedly real, playful, or different from a ‘traditional (consumer) valentine'. A spooky valentine can include the haunted, vulnerable, and painful aspects of love and desire. It could be a valentine to a part of ourself or our lives that we have lost or given up. It could be a valentine to a world that does not yet exist. Just as Halloween gives permission to embody lives, spirits, and bodies that we may not otherwise get to explore, a spooky valentine allows for the exploration of love, longing and admiration apart from hetero/traditional/consumerist notions of American Valentines Day.
For the duration of Secret Love’s residency at Understudy visitors will be welcome and encouraged to participate in many parts of the immersive installation. Come explore the spooky and vulnerable parts of yourself in our costume closet, take an authentic-selfie, and hang out in our self-smooch tunnel.
OPEN STUDIO HOURS:
Oct 3 - Oct 29
M, W, Sa 11am - 6pm