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ExhibitionOnline Project

SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY: i would’ve said goodbye if i thought you loved me back

Opening Wednesday, October 6, 2021 in Squeaky Wheel’s window gallery and online
On view through February 14, 2021

Squeaky Wheel is excited to present a solo exhibition and web project by artist and poet SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY.

A memory stone and love letter, i would’ve said goodbye if i thought you loved me back is a four channel realtime multimedia installation and part two of HOLLOWAY’s DOG WHISTLE series. Using the series’ signature blue light and heavy bold text, the work thinks through the aesthetics of accumulation and the vocabulary of loss using poetry and 3D objects that pile up and overflow. Each object on screen is a manipulation of a digital scan of an item that once held significance in the artist’s life and will be destroyed on a continuous loop for the duration of the installation. Parallel to the window installation, i would’ve said goodbye if i thought you loved me back is also accessible at home via the web and is programmed to evolve with audience participation through Valentine’s Day 2022.

The artist invites you to submit photos your own objects to be part of the work as it transitions out of an visual work and into an archival project.

Stay tuned for public programs as part of this exhibition!

About the artist

SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY is a new media artist and poet. Through works of video installation, software, and real-time performance, her work often critically engages the technical language of instruction, especially the aesthetics and mechanics of practices from queer feminist BDSM communities, to direct viewers to read, play, or listen their way through narratives that guide them in and out of visceral memories, asking them to confront intense emotions like desire, shame, or regret, and to employ them as mechanisms to navigate through and/or away from abuses of power. She has spoken and exhibited work internationally in spaces like The New Museum (NYC), The Kitchen (NYC), The Time-Based Art Festival (Portland),  Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), Hebbel am Ufer HAU (Berlin), and NTS Radio (London). SHAWNÉ was a 20-21 Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art Queer Theatre & Performance Resident as well as a resident at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Creative Exchange Lab.

This program was funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.