Art ‘Serves Face’ and collides with Atlanta drag

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What do local drag culture, needlepoint, performance art, crochet and the hipster gays have in common? That’s artist Aubrey Longley-Cook's ode to Atlanta drag queens that bowed Saturday at Erickson Clock.

Local and national arts critics alike are frothing over Longley-Cook’s needlepoint portraits of queens with Atlanta roots, like RuPaul as well as those still here like Brigitte Bidet (photo, right with her likenesses). Gay Atlanta is apparently on the pulse, since Saturday’s opening was one of three art-drag collisions over the weekend.

The “Serving Face” reception also included living artworks, interpretive performances and a crochet-covered DJ, among other eye-popping curiosities. Gay and gay-adjacent alterna-queers got an eyeful milling about the venue, a satellite of Goat Farm Art Center. Even finer art cred comes with the show’s co-presenter, the chi-chi Barbara Archer Gallery. The exhibit continues through Jan.4.

Photos by Sher Pruitt


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