Fox Egg Gallery
3730 Chicago Avenue South. Minneapolis, MN
ARTIST PAIGE TIGHE WILL FACILITATE HAND HOLDING AT FOX EGG GALLERY AFTER WALKING WITH PEOPLE IN NINE CITIES THIS SPRING IN THE “WALK WITH ME” PROJECT, June 29, 2013 1-4pm
What does walking hand-in-hand mean when the handholders aren't parent and child or lovers? What could it mean? Los Angeles artist Paige Tighe will explore these questions --and whatever other issues come up-- with Minneapolis community members and gallery goers as she asks volunteer partners to hold hands together from Fox Egg Gallery. Hopefully local volunteers can show gallery goers their neighborhood.
Along with the participatory element of the event, all of the writings, some photographs, and Tighe’s newly published Artist Book about her project “Walk with Me” will be on display.
A Desire for Connection
"I began the project in LA out of a sense of frustration about the terms of everyday touch in America," says Tighe. "I was having a massage, and as the masseuse began working on my hand, all I wanted to do was hold her hand. Not our of a romantic impulse, but from a simple desire for connection.
"What does it mean to live in a culture where people hug hello only rarely, almost never kiss each other on the cheek in greeting, and hardly ever take one another's hands unless they're sleeping together? And what would it mean and feel like to hold hands in public with people who've volunteered to experience that connection? I decided I was going to hold hands with as many people as I could." In LA, people spoke of dreams and aspirations, worries and plans, while holding Paige’s hand.
Tighe quit her job, put all of her belongings in storage, and is hitting the road to continue her handholding quest, which she's funded via Kickstarter. Here's the tentative schedule:
Boston, MA, April 16-21
Gloucester, MA April 22-24
Providence, RI April 25
NYC April 26-31
Pittsburgh May 1-4
Washington DC May 5-8
Durham, NC may 9
Asheville, NC May 10-13
Greenfield, SC May 14-15
Athens, GA May 16-June 5
After the tour, she continued the project making posters at Double Dutch Press in Athens, GA, in Pittsburgh, PA, in Minneapolis—where she will working with Fox Egg Gallery--and in Half Moon Bay, California. Paige Tighe will be an artist in residence at the Half Moon Bay Residency this September.