While The Burning Bush was celebrating World AIDS Day on December 1st by abstaining from sex, others in the neighborhood were working diligently to create a condom-shaped sculpture made out of, that’s right, condoms (yes, it’s a bit too meta for our taste, but to each his own in the world of “artistry,” eh?).
Considering the Loom is the ideal place for any sort of weirdness you want to happen, it’s only logical that the organizers of the Sex Is Free Art Collective would choose it as the launching point for their “experimental piece.” One of the leaders of the group, Melvin Mondodick, a 28-year-old originally from Baltimore, explained to The Burning Bush, “A condom will always be the ultimate symbol of safe sex. And, personally, as someone who has had more than a few AIDS scares in his life, you’ll never catch me in bed with someone without a Trojan lambskin on.”
The sculpture is accompanied by several other condom-inspired pieces of art, all designed to remind Bushwickians that AIDS is no laughing matter, especially in a town this slutty. Those in attendance seemed in awe of the Sex Is Free Art Collective’s work, making such generic statements as, “This was so moving” and “It was really emotional.” So if you’re at the Loom getting a cup of coffee at Kave or trying to hunt down your Hasidic landlord to make some changes to your shithole of an apartment, check out the exhibit, going on through December 15th.
Written by Genna Rivieccio, who has been accused of having AIDS before