by Shannon Moham
This Friday and Saturday, the IAO Gallery will celebrate its 22nd year of the Biting the Apple provocative art and performance event. Â I sat down with IAO Gallery executive director Kendall Brown to find out more about the event and its 22 year evolution.
Okc.net: What is the whole idea behind Biting the Apple?
Kendall: Biting the Apple is an annual provocative art show and the idea is to provide a venue for artists and artwork who wouldnâ€™t be able to exhibit in Oklahoma during other times of the year. At least once a year, patrons will be able to experience this kind of artwork.
Okc.net:Â What makes this yearâ€™s show different than previous years?
Kendall:Â Thereâ€™s been a shift in some of the artwork. The show became known for a specific type of artwork, but this year there will also be artwork with subject matter such as sexual assault and the LGBT community. So we have a wide range of artwork this year which I think is great. We will also have all new performers, new dancers, and a new DJ. And the greatest thing about the show is that its influenced by who is behind the scenes at the time. There are brand new jurors and a new executive director. The show is in its 22 year but itâ€™s a new show every year.
Okc.net:Â What other types of artwork will be included?
Kendall:Â Lots of visual art, painting, photography, 3D art. There will also be performances, music, and this will be our first year having video art.
Okc.net:Â What kind of performances will there be?
Kendall:Â Burlesque dancers, hair models by two different salons, Balthazar, Punish Pedal,Â Jakâ€™kay Monroe, Rough Life Lingerie, a puppet artist named Brother CLit, and Toby Dai is doing an installation/performance piece.
Okc.net:Â What has been the most challenging thing about putting this show together?
Kendall:Â Getting people to let go of preconceived notions, whether good or bad. There are people who havenâ€™t been to the show in 5 or 10 years and itâ€™s been challenging showing them that the show has grown and changed. And also, helping people see that changes are good. Itâ€™s good to not be the same show over and over. A show like this is very much needed in Oklahoma.
Okc.net:Â What is your favorite part of putting this event together?
Kendall: Getting to interact with artists that I didnâ€™t know existed. I thought I hadÂ come across every exhibiting artist in Oklahoma and this show has proved me wrong.
Hope to see you there. And don’t forget to dress up, if you’re so inclined.