Mission Statement

The Push Pops are a radical, transnational queer feminist art collective. Geared toward engendering ‘Embodied Feminism,’ Go! Push Pops employs the female body – that which is bound to a cross-cultural language of desire, signification and power – in tactical, ideological strategy. Go! Push Pops utilize gesture, exclamation and popular idiom to embody a new age discursive physicality interfacing with the ancient archetypal realm. Neo-Dada, Fluxist and Feminist, their performance work posits the body as a danger to the operation of reason and patriarchal economy of lack. A wild leap, an elusive slogan, a paroxysm of the flesh – The Push Pops reinscribe the body through participatory ritual, spontaneous performance and interactive multi-media installation.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

" T A P E D "

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In their 2010 performance Taped, the Push Pops make a surprise visit to Portia Munson’s Pink Project, an arrangement of 2,000 pink objects Munson first exhibited during the New Museum's Bad Girls show organized by Marcia Tucker in 1994.

 

The performance began with a raucously spirited procession from the Push Pop Headquarters to PPOW Gallery in Chelsea. Dressed in hot pink and orange, the collective proceeded West, waving a flag and singing their characteristically oblique idiom. Confronted with Munson’s monumental piece, the Push Pops rolled around the periphery of the work bound together by pink and orange masking tape. While Munson’s piece makes an appropriately 3rd wave subversive gesture - exposing a kind of hyper feminine excess, deifying the calcified remains of the fetishized pink lot – the Push Pop’s intervention marks an important instance of reactivation of Munson’s original concern. Twirling in technicolor motion and reminiscent of a spring bouquet, popsicles or music box dolls, the Push Pops resemble the plasticity and stasis of the pink products, meanwhile, assert a new paradigm of bodily independence through their implacable physicality and equivocal cries. The Push Pops are taped, bound, tied, tethered… but only to one another.


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