José Faus: Token Conversations
Walnut Place Laundromat, Kansas City, MO.
In collaboration with Byproduct: The Laundromat
March 20 – 22, 2013
Token Conversations, a socially engaged art project by Kansas City-based artist José Faus produced in collaboration with Invisible Venue, implements conversations with laundromat clientele in the production of a social document that encapsulates pressing social issues. The project explores the role of the artist in facilitating public discourse and the use of a laundromat as a generative public platform.Faus will conduct office hours in residence at the Walnut Place Laundromat (4241 Walnut Street, Kansas City) and will speak with locals about art and the role of an artist in a community, especially as these topics relate to social issues including the financial crisis, domestic policies, racism and/or gun violence, among other topics. A “laundry list” of topics will be available or participants may offer a topic of their choosing; participants will receive laundry tokens in exchange for their participation. These conversations will be aggregated in a social document produced as an unlimited edition print multiple and available for free download. Prints and a series of silk-screened recycled t-shirts, produced and laundered on site, will be available for free distribution at the culminating public event on Friday, March 22, 6 – 8pm.
Visit Walnut Place Laundromat to participate in the project and/or do your laundry:
Wednesday, March 20 th, 10am – Noon, 4 – 7pm
Thursday, March 21 st, 10am – Noon, 4 – 7pm
Friday, March 22 nd, 10am – 2pm, 6 – 8pm public event
More info about the artists:
Bogota, Colombia native José Faus is an artist, writer and poet based in Kansas City, MO. More than two dozen of his mural projects are featured throughout the Kansas City area, as well as in Mexico and Bolivia, for which he received a cultural ambassador grant from the U. S. State Department. Faus is a founding member of Kansas City’s Latino Writers Collective; his writing has been featured in a number of anthologies including Primera Pagina: Poetry From the Latino Heartland and Cuentos del Centro: Stories From the Latino Heartland, as well as Present Magazine and Poets & Writers. In 2011 Faus received the Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writer’s Exchange Award. View his website at www.caridostudio.com
Invisible Venue (IV) collaborates with artists to present contemporary art in unexpected settings. IV produces artist projects, new commissions, site-specific installations and guerrilla interventions in public spaces. Online since 2005, IV originated as a web-based project to host new media online and since then has expanded to produce artist projects in a variety of contexts, including commissions presented in a 101-year-old Victorian era flat, on billboards, in the mail, on the telephone, and in an undeveloped lot, among other unlikely settings. Often shape-shifting, Invisible Venue consistently endeavors to function as a forum for exchange between artists, curators, and a wide reaching public. IV is independently produced and curated by Christian L. Frock.
Invisible Venue was invited to produce this project for Byproduct: The Laundromat, a series of socially engaged art projects organized by Sean Starowitz. Byproduct: The Laundromat received a 2012 Rocket Grant and is made possible through the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. More information aboutByproduct: The Laundromat can be found here:https://rocketgrants.org/2013/01/21/byproduct-the-laundromat/
Material prepared by Christian L. Frock.