“All masquerade is a dress rehearsal for the fatal moment.” – Gary Indiana
Haunt No, Hell Yeah is an installation of new work by Amy MacKay. For this exhibition, MacKay has gathered a cohort of collaborators to transform S.H.E.D. Projects into a backyard home haunt. Drawing from the complex cultural history of haunted house attractions, the project aims to celebrate and question the varying functions of haunted houses today.
With origins in ghost myths, carnival paganism, and 19th century freak shows, the modern haunted house now comprises a variety of disparate sub-cultures ranging from Bill Tracy’s reinvention of dark ride attractions to the home haunts gestating in and among American suburbia. Despite the differences in scale, structure and financing, these attractions all share an interest in using an assortment of spectacles, illusions and artifice with the exclusive purpose of scaring others. In doing so, haunted house attractions allow us to comfortably participate in a theater of abjection. They create a rare site for us to celebrate, enact, and explore our greatest fears and most sordid desires.
Amy Mackay is a San Francisco based artist and teacher. She was recently a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center and is a faculty member at the Oxbow School in Napa, CA. She earned her BFA from Bard College (class of 07) where she studied painting.
Opening reception will be 9/1/12
1917 Peralta Street, Oakland CA