In the project space: Rebecca Goyette: Masshole Love

In the project space: Rebecca Goyette: Masshole Love

Thursday, October 17, 2013Saturday, November 16, 2013


New York, NY USA

In the project space, F+V presents the debut of Masshole Love, starring Lobsta Blue and the P-Town Pilgrim, by Rebecca Goyette.

Masshole Love is a performative video made by and starring Rebecca Goyette as Lobsta Blue, an iteration of her Lobsta Girl character, a persona she has been inhabiting to create performance art, video art and sculpture since 2010. Her series of Lobsta Porn videos explores sexual fantasy scenarios through the lens of lobster sex and human improvisation. Goyette riffs off of the sexual practices of lobster. Lobsta ladies box the strongest males down, squirt them with aphrodisiac drugs out of their foreheads, and get inside their lobsta man-caves where they molt their shells in order to have sex. The males have two "dicks" that can impale the vulnerable lady flesh, making her entire soft body a potential lobsta labia.

In Masshole Love, Goyette cracks open her character. Lobsta Blue, a Provincetown (P-Town) performance artist troubled by past sexual abuse, dedicates her life to sexual performance art and orgiastic behavior within the mask and shell of her couture blue lobster trousseau. She has created her own "act," called the "Lobstasexcitation Show" a mix between burlesque and New Age sexual guided visualization in which she seduces audiences to uncover their true sexual selves within the depths of the ocean.

Lobsta Blue’s world collides with that of the P-Town Pilgrim (played by artist Cesare De Credico), a local who dresses in authentic Puritan attire daily to psychologically maintain the order of his ancestors who landed in Provincetown as pilgrims. But being surrounded by the artistic queer culture of Provincetown proves inspirational to the P-Town Pilgrim, who secretly draws in the dunes and sews in his secret garden. Publicly, the P-Town Pilgrim makes sport out of ridiculing the creative types he sees around him. The meeting of Lobsta Blue and the P-Town Pilgrim triggers a transformation in each of them and in all the other characters they meet along the way.

Goyette uses the language of entertainment to turn back on itself. She hand-sews each costume, often tailor-made to her performer. In the case of Masshole Love, the costumed characters enter into a "knowing" improvisation, the basic premise and costuming is known, and when the shoot happens, the reality of the person melds with that of the "character". None of her players, including her, knows exactly what might happen, what emotions, sexual or otherwise, may arise.

In scenes shot in public spaces of Provincetown, participation with locals and travelers happens naturally. Whether shooting at Old Colony Tap or at the famous Provincetown Tea Dance, local flavor mixed with her costumed characters merging fact and fiction. Goyette combines her background in street theater with her need to create intimate scenarios potentially between strangers in her self-proclaimed "Borat-style" intervention into the Provincetown social fabric.

The mismatched romance of Lobsta Blue and the P-town Pilgrim is a pure "Masshole Love", a fantasy space where normal Massachusetts repressive boundaries are crossed and transformation can take place to alchemize dark pasts, both personal and historic, to move toward a more pluralistic expansive future. Goyette says, "I see the process of making my work as a form of magic, a rooting inward that imposes my inner world on the outer world and embraces each person who enters this imagined universe with love, honesty, scrutiny and, of course, lobstasexcitation”.

Rebecca Goyette studied undergraduate at RISD and received her MFA from SVA in New York. She has shown widely at venues in NYC and elsewhere, including solos at Airplane Gallery, NYC, (Lobsta Porn Theater), Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, (4-Eva.), the NY Studio Gallery, NYC, (Delicious.) and Galerie X, Istanbul, Turkey (Union/Bulusma.). She has completed residencies at the DNA Summer Residency, Provincetown, MA, the Offshore Project sponsored by Omada Filopappou, in Karamyli, Greece, and Byrdcliffe in Woodstock, NY. Goyette lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Please join us for what promises to be a very exciting reception for the artists on Thursday, Oct 17th from 6-9pm. For further information please contact Nick Lawrence at 212-691-7700 or nick@freightandvolume.com.

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