A Living Testament of the Blood Fairies
November 9, 1996 – January 4, 1997

Selected by Frank Moore, Geoff Hendricks, and Sur Rodney (Sur)

In the Main Gallery Artists Space presents A Living Testament of the Blood Fairies, with works by ten artists from around the US who are living with HIV/AIDS and two PWA artists who have passed away.

The paintings, photographs, and installations in the show draw upon fairy tales, cartoons, myths, rituals, and incantations. AIDS is referred to only obliquely or in coded terms. All of the works include text, and at times only the text cues the viewer to the subject of AIDS. The works are intended to broaden the public discourse on AIDS through their tenderness, humour, and poignancy.

The artists in the exhibition represent a small sampling of those who have been served by the Archive Project of Visual AIDS. The Project, started in 1994, provides professional services to artists with HIV/AIDS. All three curators are on the board of Visual AIDS and are members of the Archive Project. The following artists are included in the exhibition: Copy Berg, Robert Blanchon, Brian Buczak, Valerie Caris, Joe De Hoyos, Robert Farber, Rebecca Guberman, Elliott Linwood, David Nelson, Mike Parker, Jorge Veras and Martin Wong.

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Elliott Linwood
Initiation, 1993
200 lbs. of honey, sandblasted glass, syringes

Rebecca Guberman
Blood Samples, 1996
Light table, blood samples

Rebecca Guberman
Two Birds, 1996
Copper, photo-transparencies, paper

Copy Berg
POOF: For All My Friends Who Have Disappeared, 1992
Oil on canvas

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Installation View, A Living Testament of the Blood Fairies, 1996

Download an article on A Living Testament of the Blood Fairies, Artists Space Magazine, November 1996

Jorge Veras
Ginger Heaven, 1996
Black and white photoprints mounted on board

Mike Parker
This Town Needs an Enema, 1990
Oil on canvas