LAURENCE MYERS REESE

 


March 30-April 1 2017

INVERSE Performance Festival
21C Museum Hotel Bentonville, AR
Performing
“Citrus as Metaphor”



April 22, 2017

Marlene Schiedich & Haus Down Productions
Present A Drag Variety Extravaganza!

Resonator Art Space, Norman OK


May 19-20, 2017

Momentum Ada, Ada, OK
RE: Season 10 Audition (FtM Plz Consider)

OVAC Spotlight Grant Recipient

UPCOMING SHOWS

copyright laurence myers reese, 2017

Laurence Myers Reese (né Laura) is an artist in Norman, Oklahoma.


In the past year, Reese has exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, NM), 21C Museum Hotel (Bentonville, AR), and Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ). His work has recently been featured on Hyperallergic and in the Emergency Index of Performance Art.


He recently received a Spotlight grant from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition for his project RE: Season 10 Audition (FtM Plz Consider),” a film documenting creating an audition tape for RuPaul’s Drag Race. This premiers in May 2017 at East Central University (Ada, OK) for Momentum Ada, a festival of film and new media work, with keynote speaker John Waters.


His artistic practice as a cultural producer includes working as a curator, writer and arts administrator. He is Executive Director of Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO Gallery), a non-profit art space supporting contemporary artists of all disciplines.


Reese received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma in 2012. He is a recent fellow of the triennial, regional OVAC Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship. Reese is an active curator and has organized exhibitions for the Norman Arts Council, Living Arts of Tulsa, Academia Non Grata (Estonia), and the Urban Land Institute, among others. He is president of the Oklahoma Printmaking Network, and founder of the Coalescence Intersectional Artist Coalition.


RESUME

BIO

I have a multi-disciplinary practice with work often taking shape as performance, paintings and drawings, or craft-based works. I focus on the queer body, gender politics, and the rituals of transformation and identity.


My performances take a queer lens to pop culture, everyday scenarios, and important cultural rituals. By using familiar objects and humor, the awkwardness of breaking the silence around complex issues becomes more approachable. As a transgender person in Oklahoma, my position as an arts leader allows me to share the queer experience with others, representing an under-recognized population.


Part of my performance process is craft and the creation of materials and ephemera. This includes embroidery, baking, and painting. Both my performance and studio practice share similar visual references and elements. In the canon of traditional still-life, everyday objects become metaphor for sex, life, death, ephemerality.


My current focus is the creation of an audition tape for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, and a documentary about the process of developing my drag career as Marlene Schiedich. This project is as much sincere enthusiasm for drag culture and the queer community, as it is critical lens of trans identity and inclusion in popular culture. In addition to learning the necessary skills of drag (makeup, costuming, impressions, dance, singing), I am becoming involved and in my local queer community. I value creating connections, participating in community, and network building.

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