Noxious Sector Projects
312 S. Washington St.
Seattle WA 98104

Deirdre Logue & Allyson Mitchell

FAGing it Forward

Artist Statement

FAG Feminist Art Gallery is the collaboration of artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell. Through FAG we host, we fund, we advocate, we support, we claim and we make. FAG is focused on a diverse community of individuals and artists and our collective and communal powers. FAG is committed to the cultivation of a new kind of sisterhood that isn't based on gender and privilege and a new kind of brotherhood that isn't based on rape and pillage.

FAG is feminist in its resistance and in its attempts to reconcile our participation in oppressive systems. FAG is feminist in its insistence on closing the gaps between studio, gallery, art, activism, sociality and home.

When you come to the FAG, we ask you to make a nametag: first, with your name - so we can all know who each other is - and second, with the name of a feminist/queer/politicized artist, poet, rock star, writer, friend, inspiration, mentor, matron or lover - someone you want to make visible, someone you want everyone to know about. We call this FAGing It Forward.

At the end of the event, party, potluck, angry letter writing frenzy, free-schooling, cat petting, backyard screening, directed reading, protest sign making, incantation, or herbal tea and gluten-free muffin top artist talk... we ask that you leave your nametag with FAG.

Stuck now to the walls of the gallery, living room and kitchen, and until those walls come down, your nametag helps us and all the other visitors to FAG realize how big this is and how big this could be. When you moved beyond the singular, we moved together beyond the individual and into the accumulative, into the collective.

In an art system geared towards making a few privileged art stars in its everyday exclusions, these nametags are an exercise in subjective visibility. It's how we tell each other about the people who matter to us. It's how we build a community not restricted by money, geography or proximity. It's how we create a feminist and queer critical mass that is ready, at least on sticky paper, to push against the gallery walls to make them bend further and faster.

In solidarity.

Images and artist statement courtesy of C Magazine, Issue #117, Translation, Spring 2013.

Based in Toronto, with Canadian and international correspondents, C Magazine serves Canadian and international arts communities through quarterly publication. C's readership includes those professionally invested in the arts, such as artists, writers, curators; people who are interested in the arts, such as students and museum and gallery visitors; and members of the general public. Aiming to be relevant in a local, national and international context, C provides a dynamic forum for rigorous writing and dialogue. It shapes and challenges thinking on contemporary art, its multidisciplinary manifestations and its engagement with society. C is also one of Canada's oldest continuously published visual art magazines.