☆Bedroom Mall DIARIES☆
Bedroom Mall was held on March 30 & 31st 2019 by Messy at Ghost Gallery Los Angeles. It was an in-person Eternal Sleepover experience featuring rooms by Jheyda McGarrell, Sandy Taboo, Shamshawan Scott, Carlos Semedo, Cybelle Corwin, Emma Czerwinski, Kaitlyn Crosby, and Paige MacCready.
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THE MAKING OF BEDROOM MALL
About Bedroom Mall…
Cybelle: Sham is the one who came up with the title “Bedroom Mall.” We had spent four months living with him in various cities, and our conversations centered around the entity that had become Eternal Sleepover and what that meant for us in print and what that might mean for us in person. We have wanted to create immersive events for a while. Thinking of an event as creating a concentrated and exaggerated world, with specific rules, interesting interactions.
Emma: Logistically, I was thinking about this fall festival we used to throw at my elementary school on a shoe string budget. Just like tables flipped up acting as walls covered in dark trash bags with a fog machine or something. If you get the lighting right… get the curation right… you can create something interesting for people to get excited about. Stephan already provided a really amazing space with L.A. Ghost, and trusted the concept and process. So we filled it…. donated material, sourced stuff, discount paint, Sacha & his friend built the walls from $9 plywood with Sham, Kaitlyn, & JoJo. Someone walked out of the gallery and was like “damn you can tell they spent so much money on this” and I’m laughing… like we are just 20 broke, determined kids and one Genevieve with a free craigslist obsession.
BEDROOM #1 BY JHEYDA MCGARRELL
“This room was rooted around the idea of collective healing rooted in Mexican spirituality and shrine building. Curanderos are Shamanistic healers of these communities. I was inspired by reclamation and decolonization of spirituality. Identity and colonization have affected the ability for Black and Brown people to experience our inner consciousness without the influence of European religions. The creation of this installation used: personal photography, found objects, and sculptural creations.”
BEDROOM #2 BY SANDY TABOO
“My bedroom was a reflection of my childhood which ties into me being non-binary. A split room half-masc, half-fem and all Taboo! My appearance is feminine, but my mannerisms are masculine. When it comes to my interests/clothing/products, I’ve never limited myself because of gender. I can alternate (or combine) being fem and masc and that’s why identify as non-binary.”
THE DREAM SALON (transformation) by SHAMSHAWAN SCOTT
“Clouds serve as a huge symbol for me in my life, just staring up at them and watching how fast they are changing helps me accept how fast I change. In 2005, I had constant dreams where I was falling from the sky, that’s the big inspiration for this room. I hung clouds from the ceiling, and created a sunset mural on one wall, and manipulated the lighting referencing 80s horror cinema, to create an ever-changing sunset in the salon. Each hour, someone sat in the center and got their hair dyed in real-time. The epitome of the exhibit is facing the mirror in front of the barber chair, watching yourself and the world around you in constant change.”
BEDROOM #4: CARLOS SEMEDO
“For my installation I really wanted to focus on what actually makes a room, your room. It's mostly a place where people feel safest, and a place where identity starts to form. How that same self discovery in that room can lead you to alienate yourself. Young people often find a haven in this room and depend on it. They feel like they are so lonely in their town. In their world, but it can slowly start to harm them. That alienation leads to discoveries of mental health and toxic tendencies. I wanted my installation to incorporate all these things.
I pinned court documents, fees, and receipts to the corner of the wall where I'd sit on my bed to show some of the daunting things on my mind while in my room. Getting arrested was one of the bigger turning points in my life because I had to deal with the repercussions for over a year plus. It really solidified some of my own qualms with identity and how people view me. It is one thing to be aware of the system and it is another thing to actually have to go through it yourself. It was dehumanizing and showed me what America thought of young black men. I wanted to contrast my mugshot by having a photo of my mother and grandfather up. They are the strongest people I know and give me the most strength when I am down. My identity is not my track record. My identity is my blood, where I come from, and what I believe in.
During the gallery, I would read while people were in my room, chain smoke out the window, change outfits, listen to my CD player. It was fun interacting with the audience in this way. Almost ignoring their existence until someone would tap me on the shoulder.”
“We often dream of existing where love is untouchable, can’t be tainted or interrupted. We wanted to create a femme fantasy, with us as the centerpiece. Sitting in an oyster-shell-esque bed that’s facing the viewer, almost inviting to look, but feeling like you have to look away because it’s so private. We covered the floor in seashells, pearls, cakes, and flowers. Anyone that wanted pop the bubble had to delicately tiptoe and avoid all of these beautiful landmines. Some people sat on the floor and ate cake, looked through our notes in the bedside drawer. As the night went on people became increasingly more daring and less gentle in their interactions with the space, sometimes stepping right onto a cake or crushing a flower.”
BEDROOM #6 KAITLYN CROSBY
“From the beginning I knew I wanted to create a room that resembled childhood. The whole room is like a picnic in an elementary school class- but the grass is on the wall, so there’s a bit of a surreal element. When everything was coming together, it was another symbol of a childlike brain because I didn’t really plan things, it was just a “what do I want next!”. And when people interacted with the room it felt the same way, they were just creating, drawing on the wall, going off of their emotions.” (click to read an interview with kaitlyn)
BEDROOM #7 PAIGE MACCREADY: “Cozy but dark at the same time, maybe a reality of what my headspace actually might look like. How when you stay in one room for too long, the perception of it changes based on how you feel. The floor is light and warm, walls were shades of dark blues and blacks, feathers and chains, an empty alcohol bottle, a light visual fluttering on one wall. A material room that makes you transcend to feel immaterial… like when two bodies are touching and you lose sense of where one begins and the other ends. I wanted to be surrounded by hard and soft, mess, reflections. Having everything kind of looking at you. When people came into my room, they stayed for a while. A lot of couples were just laying down, talking, having intimate moments, staring off. I wondered what people were thinking.”
Thank you so much to everyone that made this possible! Firstly to Stephan & Ghost Gallery, and all of the artists that poured so much into this event. Thank you to Sacha for making the walls happen! Thank you to Rivera's Floor Covering for donating carpets. Thank you to all of the assistants for making the impossible, possible and working so so hard. Thank you to all our friends who took time out of their day to come by and help. Thanks to our roommate for letting everyone crash at our house. Thank you to to the DJs & performers! And thank you to everyone that came ♡ see you next time.
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