Rule of Three
Photography and multi-channel video work by Bug Davidson
Opening Reception: Saturday July 5, 2014, 5-8pm
Rule of Three is a moving image investigation of nostalgic history, personal narrative, cinematic representation and trans/gender. An attempt to visually tonalize a complicated and diverse narrative in feminist, lesbian, transgender and working class history.
With this work I envision beyond the boundaries of established materiality, into an imaginary of theories and representations.
As a transgender person with roots in the working class lesbian community, it is up to me to create a personal historical narrative. Because those that came before me faced enduring violence and repression, documents of their lives are often hidden or unknown. I seek to place myself in connection with both real and fictitious elements of Lesbian and FTM working class history. I fancy creating a visually conversational bridge that leads to an uncomfortable but largely absent discourse in our communities.
The Rule of Three is a structural inspiration for this investigation, when framing an image, the comedic triple, the three-act structure of film narrative, and the rigidity of gender binary.
— Bug Davidson
Artist Talk: Monday, July 7, 7pm
ANYTHING HELPS: Sinister Art, History, Cinema and Perversion.
Using their current show Rule of Three at Howard Art Project as an entry point for performance of obsessions, artist and film addict Bug Davidson will offer thoughts and images on the nature of nostalgic history and how to break up with a photograph.
About the artist:
Bug Davidson is a motion image artist and film director. Their most recent film, Nothing Like Ivanhoe, premiered in a sponsored screening by Polari Festival’s filmmaker assistance program. Davidson received the Puffin Foundation Grant to continue ongoing lens based performance work, Rule of Three, and is proud to have workshopped the project this spring in the inaugural year of Critique Group program at the Austin Contemporary.Bug has studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The School of Visual Arts NYC and The Irish Film Center Dublin.