"Call Time" Turned Primping for Pics Into an Avant-Garde Art Party
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"Call Time: 7 p.m.," the third in a series of 12 curated exhibitions showcased in a one-night venue, literally put artists A.G. Viva, Antonia Wright, David Rohn, and Jillian Mayer on display for patrons as they individually prepared to shoot for Cultured magazine's Fall issue.
"The public is invited to watch the decisions they make for how they want to be self-represented," said Viva, who produced the exhibition.
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Wright and friends painted eyeballs on the eyelids and foreheads of patrons; Mayer painted her face onto her butt (you had to have been there); and Rohn talked up event-goers dressed in character as aging Hollywood starlet Penelope Pedal.
Like an Andy Warhol dress-up party or a thespian's backstage "five minutes 'til curtain" dream, "Call Time" delivered an honest interpretation of what an artist endures to become.
Pedal stole the show with her flamboyant gold locks, tight red cocktail dress, and 5 o'clock shadow. She is one of the many characters Rohn has brought to life; perhaps it was the liquid courage in her martini glass, but Pedal dished about her romance with Robert Downey Jr., sexcapades with Roger Moore, and her successful Jenny Craig ad campaign.
"They knew that I'd been exposing myself for years," Pedal joked about her feature in Culture.
"Being famous and being an artist is very much about exposing yourself and exposing your vulnerabilities... It's great that people realize that it's culture," she said.
"I wanted to put my face on my backside...I wanted to invert that traditional way of showing the work. I think this is more of the performance and the final product that comes out in the magazine is the archive," Mayer said.
The evening was personal to say the least, but that was expected of Miami's art collective, which isn't about that quiet, stuffy gallery life.