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John Q is a new artist collective whose name references “John Q. Public.” The “public” is left understood, though the work is considered a kind of public scholarship, and the “Q” is left hanging to reference the group’s interest in queer history and politics. The collective consists of Wesley Chenault, Andy Ditzler and Joey Orr.

Our first series of public interventions, Memory Flash, took place on Saturday, April 3, 2010. The series was progressive and moved through four interventions up Ponce de Leon Avenue to the ballparks at Piedmont Park and finally to Ansley Square. Click the MEMORY FLASH tab for more information and for the link to our comprehensive materials on Southern Spaces. Memory Flash was made possible by Flux Projects and is sponsored in part by grants from the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts, the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation and the LUBO Fund.

Opening Thursday, May 27, 7-10PM at Eyedrum, is the Mondo Art Show, City Stories. This is part of the MondoHomo festival. John Q’s piece, MondoPotato: Learning Through Play, appropriates the Mr. Potato Head toy adding invented and ambiguous parts to a game in which imagination is your only limitation.
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