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John Q
Atlanta, GA Award Year: 2011
 
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The Jolly Twelve
The Jolly Twelve
2010
public intervention

Description: Artist Freddie Styles tells the story of the Jolly Twelve, a gay male, African American social club who met regularly in the Old Fourth Ward and walked to parties in uniform and in step, performing their presence to onlookers from neighborhood porches. There were memorable catcall exchanges. John Q restaged this memory to kick off Memory Flash (2010), a series of public installations that re-constructed queer memories across Atlanta.
The Joy Lounge
The Joy Lounge
2010
public installation

Description: In the 1960s, Billy Jones (aka, Phyllis Killer) emceed a drag show at the Joy Lounge during a time when an Atlanta city ordinance made cross-dressing illegal. When the police would pass through, the performers would huddle into a walk-in beer cooler and await the sign that the coast was clear. As a way of creating new memories, attendees were asked to crowd into a mobile cooling unit where they could witness a digital copy of original footage of the performers at the club, now an empty lot on Ponce de Leon Avenue. This installation took place down the road and just months after the APD's raid on the Atlanta Eagle and was the second movement in the Memory Flash series of public interventions.
Tomboys Vs the Ladies
Tomboys Vs the Ladies
2010
public intervention

Description: For the third movement of Memory Flash, a women's softball game in Piedmont Park acted as the backdrop to a multi-vocal recitation of a script developed from oral histories about the softball leagues as places where lesbians could negotiate social networks. The two most popular teams were the Tomboys and the Lorelei Ladies.
Memory Flash
Memory Flash
2010
public intervention

Description: John Q's march through Atlanta during the 2010 Memory Flash series of interventions that restaged queer memories through the city.
Lonesome Cowboys
Lonesome Cowboys
2010
public projection

Description: The final movement of Memory Flash (2010), the collective addressed a censored screening of Andy Warhol's film, Lonesome Cowboys. In 1969, the screening at the Ansley Mall Mini-Cinema was interrupted, the film confiscated, and attendees photographed, as authorities looked for suspected homosexuals. Referencing this instance of censorship, the final reel was projected in the direction of the original location of the cinema where the image fell on trees and the side of a building, thus completing the interrupted screening.
Discursive Documents: The Jolly Twelve
Discursive Documents: The Jolly Twelve
2010-2011
archival digital prints, sound, boots

Description: Discursive Documents in the project space and Education/Resource Center at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (2010-2011) attempted to address documentation in a manner that kept the movement of images and information both public and fluid. This installation shot pictures documentation of The Jolly Twelve, the first movement in the Memory Flash series of public interventions. The images were documents of the original event, while the boots stood for the twelve walkers, spaces open for occupation through memory and varying contexts. In addition, a sound piece by Andy Ditzler is a binaural recording of the event which prevents the retelling in a circular, auditory fashion, mimicking the experience of walking the block in Old Fourth Ward.
Discursive Docuements: The Joy Lounge
Discursive Docuements: The Joy Lounge
2010-2011
single channel video project, archive box, projection material

Description: During the Discursive Documents exhibit at MOCA GA, the film projection box used in the walk in cooler during Memory Flash was set up among the museum's archive boxes to reference its movement in and out of official repositories for the purposes of public circulation.
Policing Ourselves
Policing Ourselves
2011
happening

Description: John Q happening staged at Outwrite Bookstore during the Atlanta launch of a specially curated issue of The JOSH (Journal of Sexual Homos, Arts and Sciences PROJECTS, NY).
Mondo Potato
Mondo Potato
2010
Mr. Potatohead dolls, plastic parts, modeling clay, paint, glitter, play table, chairs

Description: Mondo Potato was part of the grassroots MondoHomo festival in 2010. John Q constructed a table for gender as play in which Mr. Potatohead dolls could be dressed to conform to gender assignments or embrace the playfully absurd. Identity construction was limited only by one's imagination.
The Campaign for Atlanta: An Essay on Queer Migration
The Campaign for Atlanta: An Essay on Queer Migration
2013
multi-media performance
n/a

Description: The Campaign for Atlanta: An Essay on Queer Migration was a multi-media performance in the space of the Atlanta Cyclorama, a 42' x 358' painting of the Civil War's Battle of Atlanta. This project contrasted modes of military visuality with fragments of queer memory to pressure notions of how we might do the work of remembering place and the past.
The Campaign for Atlanta: An Essay on Queer Migration
The Campaign for Atlanta: An Essay on Queer Migration
2013
multi-media performance
n/a

Description: During the second turn around the Cyclorama, John Q delivered an alternative script about migrations into the city.