Jen Dunlap, a painter, and Celia Rowlson-Hall, a writer-director-choreographer, decided to combine their many talents for a one-of-a-kind art show. Wanna Come to My Place? will saturate Supreme Trading with their art, performance and everyday life tomorrow night. They even traveled all the way to Coney Island to create a video invite.
How did you come up with the idea to combine paintings and performance? We respect each other's work, have a fun time together, and wanted to see if we could really marry the two forms together so it comes to the audience as a cohesive unit. We are both interested in combining traditional art forms in new ways that encourage people to look at "art" a bit differently.
What can those in attendance expect at the show on Tuesday? You'll sit as a guest in our special house, seeing everything from the cereal we eat in our kitchen to the the art we hang on our walls to the interactions that take place in our bedroom.
Where did the title of the show come from? We were sitting in a park and thought, we've made this space that's ours, and we want people to come to it. (Plus it's our favorite pick up line).
Will there be future collaborations? Absolutely! Look for us in this year's Deitch Art Parade (Sept 6th). We are creating a "Musical Journey through the Human Digestive System." Expect some Poop dancers.
What are your main inspirations?
Celia: For this show, my relationships, my fantasies, and my performers.
Jen: space, light, dance, comedy, and my genius boyfriend.
If you could do a performance/exhibit anywhere in New York, where would it be?
C: In the broken down hospital on Roosevelt Island.
J: The floating pool that used to be in Brooklyn (now in the Bronx)
Please share your strangest "only in New York" story.
C: A super angry man got on the subway and I thought he was going to punch me in the face. But instead he sat beside me and took off his shoes and socks.
J: I was getting on the 6 train at Spring St. early one evening, and a prim and proper sorority-type girl was going down the stairs in front of me, doing the drunken teeter-totter. When she gets to the bottom of the steps she drops trough then pukes and shits at the same time. I just kept walking.
Which New Yorker do you most admire?
C: The one that can look me in the eye.
J: The cab driver who can make me laugh.
Given the opportunity, how would you change New York?
C: I'd cover every rooftop with trees.
J: More swimming pools, less cars, more bikes.
Under what circumstance have you thought about leaving New York?
C: When I crave simplicity.
J: On the beaches of Tulum, realizing that life doesn't have to be lived in fast-forward.
Do you have a favorite New York celebrity sighting or encounter?
C: A couple years back, Joey Fatone hit on me and I told him to bye bye bye.
J: I used to work next to Gwyneth Paltrow's house and my co-workers and I would go up on the roof to throw water balloons at the annoying paparazzi who were ALWAYS there.
What's your current soundtrack to the city?
C: People's conversations.
J: Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody while driving over the Manhattan bridge.
Best cheap eat in the city.
C: My kitchen
J: Paquito's on 2nd ave and 9th st.
Best venue to see music.
J: Bowery Ballroom