Photos by G. Art by Justin Vivian Bond.
"The Fall of the House of Whimsy" by Justin Vivian Bond. Now showing at Participant Inc in NYC through December 18, 2011
Is there anything that Justin Vivian Bond does not do? Singer, performer, queer rights activist, visual artist and the list goes on! “The Fall of the House of Whimsy” at Participant Inc. in Manhattan is Justin Vivian Bond’s first solo exhibit. The exhibit consists of paintings, photographs and installations incorporating elements of Bond’s former 2nd Avenue loft, which is about to be torn down. The opening night reception was a blast as it felt like being invited over to Justin’s house for one of those legendary parties that you read about in the papers the next day. Different areas of the gallery had different areas of an apartment and it was great to see party goers interacting with the art.
Limited Edition Vinyl Copies of "Dendrophile" by Justin Vivian Bond
If you are a fan of Justin’s work (and how could you not be? Justin is incredibly talented), you will love this exhibit. “The Fall of the House of Whimsy” by Justin Vivian Bond is showing at Participant Inc (located at 253 East Houston Street) in New York through December 18, 2011. There are other “Whimsy” events including performances and installations so check out Justin Vivian Bond’s official site for more details.
Genesis P. Orridge and Mx Justin Vivian Bond at the opening night party for "The Fall of the House of Whimsy"
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Justin Vivian Bond
Justin Vivian Bond is not just a performer, the transgendered singer is a force of nature. Justin has performed as part of the duo Kiki and Herb, acted in films such as “Shortbus,” (John Cameron Mitchell) and regularly performs solo shows in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. There are few performers out there that are as entertaining as Justin Vivian Bond and as you’ve read on this site, I recommend you see him every time he plays. You’ll always leave a Justin Bond show with a big smile on your face as you’ll hear some great music and side-splitting anecdotes in between songs. If that’s not enough, Bond is notorious for changing the entire show every time he plays so you never know what to expect. I wish more performers were this creative! Happy Birthday Justin and I can’t wait to see you in concert again!
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Justin Bond - Dendrophile. Out Now!
There’s a very short list of performers that I feel are crucial to see every time they perform. Justin Bond is on that list. I’ve seen the newly christened Justin Vivian Bond perform countless times and each and every time, I walk away both with a huge smile on my face and the thought that I can’t wait to see Justin again. Such was the case last night, April 5, 2011 as Justin celebrated the release of his latest album “Dendrophile” by performing to a packed house at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. As is typical at a Justin Bond show, you’ll see an entirely different performancethan the time you saw him before; you’ll hear side-splitting anecdotes in between songs and you’ll also see Justin belt the shit out of the songs he sings. All of the above were true last night. The tracks on “Dendrophile” have subject matter that range from dreaming of equal rights for all to the poor rising up and taking over to an homage to the golden age of hustlers! Yes! Justin so rightfully described his sound and style as a cross between Aleister Crowley and Peggy Lee before singing the track from his new album “Crowley A La Lee.” I think that pretty much encapsulates it! Spotted in the crowd were the King of Downtown (and today’s birthday boy Earl Dax) as well as Joey Arias (another performer that makes my “see him every time he performs” list).
Dendrophile by Justin Vivian Bond is out now.
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Justin Vivian Bond - New CD "Dendrophile." Out April 5, 2011.
US fans of Justin Vivian Bond are in for a special treat. Justin’s new album “Dendrophile” will be released on April 5, 2011 and if you pre-order it from the official site of Justin Bond, you’ll receive your copy autographed! Order yours today at this link. This offer is only valid for US residents. Also, celebrate the release of “Dendrophile” with Justin at Bowery Ballroom in New York on April 5, 2011. It’s a guaranteed good time!
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Justin Vivian Bond and G
The other night, I saw Justin Vivian Bond at a special reading of his new play (co-written by Sandra Bernhard) Arts and Crafts. I attended the afterparty and got a chance to meet Justin. The play is hilarious and I am really glad I got the chance to tell him so. I’ve seen Justin Bond perform so many times and I don’t know how he does it. He changes his shows all the time and is always spot on and flawless! Thanks again Justin!