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.
SistersSpinderella is a Go! Push Pops performative sculpture in collaboration with Chilean artist Maria Jose Duran Steinman. Based on various mytho-spiritual lore including Native American matrilineal creation myth and Italian trance dance originating from the Greek rights of Bacchantes, SistersSpinderella is part sculpture, part ritual, part jig. The project references the Native American Spider Woman ‘Creator/Grandmother of the Sun’ Goddess and the correlate work of the 1970s feminist Spider Woman Theater Collective, a leading voice for indigenous women and Feminist Art. SistersSpinderella also incorporates elements of the healing trance dance known as Tarantella, a modern conception of the Baccantian dance Pizzica Tarantata (“the bite of the spider tarantula” also called “bite of love”) where the wild women followers of Bacchantes, Roman God of intoxication, become abandoned to their physical natures, literally spinning and stomping their way free of repressed sexual energy.
For this project, The Push Pops will collaborate with Maria Jose Duran Steinman, an artist whose textile based sculptures and site-specific installations pose libidinal experiences with the material and its cycles of transformation.
Maria Jose Duran Steinman, b. 1982 in Chile, received BFA Fine Arts at Finis Terrae University in 2006. In 2008 she was awarded with the Fulbright Scholarship and the Chilean international Scholarship to pursuit graduate studies in NYC.
In 2010 she received her MFA Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts as well as the Alumni Scholarship award. Duran-Steinman has exhibited in Chile and New York; more recently in Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Cuchifritos Gallery, Galeria Artespacio and a solo show in NY in 2011 at the Governor’s Island Art Fair. She worked as personal assistant to Lynda Benglis during 2010 and 2011. Currently she is preparing “El Descubrimiento de America/ The Discovery of the Americas”, upcoming three-person show at Local Project in LIC for October 2012.