ALL THAT SHELTERING EMPTINESS
All That Sheltering Emptiness is a meditation on elevators, hotel lobbies, hundred dollar bills, the bathroom, a cab, chandeliers, cocktails, the receptionist, arousal, and other routines in the life of a New York City callboy. Gorgeously hand-processed in full 16mm glory, this film is a collaboration between Joey Carducci and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. All That Sheltering Emptiness explodes the typical narratives of desire, escape and intimacy to evoke something more honest.
Lostmissing was/is a public art project about the friend who will always be there, no matter what, and what happens when you lose that relationship. After losing my closest friendship of 16 years, I wanted to express myself in public space in a way that felt personal and more meaningful than a private expression because I wanted to connect to other people and other lostmissing stories. This project was/is a public expression of grief in order to feel hopeful again—it’s about that random poster you see and you don’t know what it means exactly but your eyes get bright all the sudden.
Starting in 2009, I distributed these posters as widely as possible so people could put them up in their own towns and kitchens and living rooms and bathrooms and galleries and meeting spaces and community centers and bars and workplaces and on the street and on abandoned buildings in bus shelters and on public transportation at shows of all kinds and in sex venues and restaurants and on bulletin boards and in store windows and in letters and in taxis and on the internet and near dramatic views and tourist attractions and in your own art and fluttering on the street in the wind.
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So far, there have been posters sightings in cities as wide-ranging as Little Rock, AR; Denver, CO; New York, NY; St. Louis, MO; Kolkata, India; Rockville, MD; Seattle, WA; Berlin, Germany; Hartford, CT; Portland, OR; Chicago, IL; Montréal, Canada; Asheville, NC; Los Angeles, CA; Albuquerque, NM; Brisbane, CA; Houston, TX; Beacon, NY; Istanbul, Turkey; Washington, DC; Corvallis, OR; Baltimore, MD; Santa Fe, NM; Eugene, OR; Leeds, England; and San Francisco, CA. I've done gallery installations in Santa Fe and New York, and posters have also appeared in the Chicago art festival SOMETHING NEW, Berkeley literary zine TRY, San Francisco Art and Politics, UK zine Reassess Your Weapons, and Semiotext(e) journal Animal Shelter. Feel free to print any of the posters if you’d like, and send me photos of posters in public if you are inspired. Together maybe we won’t feel so lostmissing.