Rush for President is an interactive multi-disciplinary installation. It was specifically created for a show called “Everybody In” curated by Derrick Adams. Gallery director Derek Adams appears in the poster  campaigning for the artist running for president. The viewers can help themselves to campaign buttons and contribute campaign donations to world peace, which I anonymously donated at the end of the exhibition. I chose the flag sewn by Betsy Ross, because of her strong input on the design and placement of the stars, suggesting unity. It’s a symbol of collaboration that draws critical links between her labor and contribution. This satirical piece ponders the semiotics of gender and race in a contemporary political discourse while creating visual representations during the 2008 national election and more recently in our 2016 election. It also gestures towards exploiting the gallery encounter of participatory democracy. 

"Hershe” comments upon the production of gendered representation in the gallery setting by asking us to consider our own complicity and raises questions of the relationship between art objects & the viewer. Lady K a transsexual, in the video, served chocolates during the opening of the exhibition Everybody In @ Rush Art Gallery in New York City.
The freestanding sculpture's forms are cast from a mold I created and the stamens are individually sculpted. Placed on a silver-plated serving trays and displayed on a Victorian pedestal, gesturing the romanticism and mysticism with regard to religion, social values and art in this historic period. 
It gestures towards exploiting the gallery encounter of consuming participatory democracy.

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