Queer Thoughts at Arcadia Missa


Artists: Mindy Rose Schwartz, Lucie Stahl, Trevor Shimizu, Diamond Antoinette Stingily, Puppies Puppies, Tom Humphreys, Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir, K.r.m. Mooney, David Rappeneau, Sam Lipp, Luis Miguel Bendaña

Exhibition title: Small Pillow

Venue:  Arcadia Missa, London, UK

Date:  April 9 – 15, 2015

Photography: Images courtesy of the artists,  Queer Thoughts and Arcadia Missa

We sat in a darkening backyard that seemed uselessly partitioned off from the spread of blank, landlocked openness beyond it and I showed her a video of the ocean and people swimming. Huge curling waves crashing over them until they popped up to the surface again grinning and fighting their way back to shore.

When the sunset was bright and dense with dust particles as it was an hour ago, the light was messier. Objects disappeared in a haze.

She had asked me to take a picture of her to send to her boys. Facing me, the sunset to her back, her silhouette stood like a tumbleweed’s — flyaway hairs suspended in a halo. She grabbed a persimmon from the table and balanced it on her head as if a target for an arrow.

Looking at the photo later we noticed the persimmon wasn’t visible at all. It didn’t have a silhouette like the rest of her. It had simply burned up in the sun’s remnants. I imagined the rays, in the way they spilled quickly across the ground in their last moments, had rushed to envelop all the colors in its likeness and carry them back underground.

I told her that before the 15th century the color orange existed but had no name. This of course made her cry.

Not because it was beautiful, but because it was disappointing. She was like a child in that way– guilty for things she didn’t cause. She would grab at things and unintentionally crush them. It never felt like violence, but like mishandling potent energy. In her mind everything crumbled into a mess of toothpicks and brittle paper in her hands, and without strict laws of beauty she was just making a mess. Had the persimmon appeared she would’ve felt better about herself. This was her curse I guess. She was gleefully drunk with everything she ever saw and unable to obtain it.

Inside, a bee was trapped in the living room. She told me she regards things like this with very little patience now that she’s a mother. Sprayed with soapy water It floated, woozy, to the ground and died. It looked pretty — black and yellow on her pink carpet.

This is good she says

She takes a picture before picking it up and throwing it away.

– Maliea Croy





Tom Humphreys,Untitled, 2009


Sam Lipp, Untitled, 2015


Luis Miguel Bendaña, Untitled, 2015


Luis Miguel Bendaña, Male Faerie, 2015


David Rappeneau, Untitled, 2014


Diamond Antoinette Stingily, Black Jesus, 2015



Lucie Stahl, Puddle, 2014


Trevor Shimizu, Pinocchio, 2015


Tom Humphreys, Untitled, 2014


Diamond Antoinette Stingily, Grandma’s House, 2015


Mindy Rose Schwartz, After Falling Out of their Nest, Baby Birds Land on the Face of a Cliff. Weary and Confused, Their Lives Hang in the Balance, 2005



David Rappeneau, Untitled, 2014


Luis Miguel Bendaña, Portrait of a Calf, 2015


Sam Lipp, Untitled, 2015


K.r.m Mooney, Bimetal, Plurals II, 2015, Cress III, 2015


Puppies Puppies, Windex – Blue – Green, 2014


Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir, Inside, 2015





Luis Miguel Bendaña, Cherry, 2015


Puppies Puppies, Untitled (Green), 2012