Ghosts of the Trucks of The West Side Highway is my latest installation, created for Install:WeHo, a one day pop-up exhibition located in a West Hollywood parking lot. I was thrilled to be invited to do an installation inside of a U-Haul for this event that showcased the talents of emerging LGBT artists in Los Angeles.
For my piece, which incorporates sound and photography, I really wanted take advantage of a truck’s uniquely charged site-specificity while exploring an underrepresented aspect of queer history: specifically, the gay truck-sex culture of 1970’s New York.
I recorded a group of men having sex inside the exhibition truck prior to INSTALL:WeHo. During the exhibition, this audio was played back on concealed speakers, invoking auditory phantoms of the men who participated in the truck-sex culture that arose at the height of gay liberation. A photograph by Leonard Fink featuring men cruising the trucks along the West Side Highway was blown up, cut apart, and printed on gauzy fabric panels suspended inside the exhibition truck, as if a ghostly after-image of a moment in queer culture lost to AIDS and gentrification.
Listen to the audio here: