ONE Archives Foundation debuted My Own Private Rodeo, by Coyote Park, an exhibition of new works by multimedia performing artist Coyote Park. The collaboration with the City of West Hollywood and HIT, is a featured part of the WeHo Pride Arts Festival that and opened on Thursday June 1, 2023. There was a reception and exclusive live performance by the artist at ONE Gallery in West Hollywood.
My Own Private Rodeo asks: What does it mean to exist in a way that our elders weren’t allowed to? Coyote Park is a 2Spirit, Indigenous (Yurok) Korean-American transgender artist. Raised in the Kingdom of Hawai’i, on the island of Oahu, Park is currently based in Los Angeles. Their practice centers queer love, community, and trans futures. His work is a pathway to healing and dreaming up new worlds.
“Desecrated spaces are representations of bodies,” said Park. “Caves tarnished by graffiti and past violence; waterways muddied by settlers that do not honor her. How do we cleanse? How do we bring love and light back into these forgotten spaces? It is in answering these questions and exploring these spaces that I can still find joy, externally and internally.”
The installation, which features a series of new original photographic, video, and performance art works by the artist, moves through feelings of grief, mourning, loss, pride, redemption, and play. The exhibit elicits a deep place of isolation that consists of sites in which Park becomes a personal spectator of their own pain and a witness to their own transformation — a rodeo of aching glory: where they are the hunter, the hunted, the bull, and the rider.
“Pride is more than a celebration of individual identity,” said Umi Hsu, Director of Content Strategy. “For LGBTQ+ people, it is also a time to come together to honor those who came before us, our ancestors and elders. Coyote Park’s works radiate the power of history that lives within each one of us. Beautiful and moving at once, this exhibit evokes a geography of personal and generational emotions tied to indigenous queer and trans struggles.”
Learn more about the exhibition on the City of West Hollywood website.
My Own Private Rodeo, by Coyote Park will be on view from June 1 through June 30. Visitors can see the installation at ONE Gallery between the hours of noon and 5pm, Friday through Sunday at no cost.
This exhibition is presented by the City of West Hollywood and HIT, in collaboration with ONE Archives Foundation, as part of the West Hollywood Pride Arts Festival. See the full lineup of WeHo Pride Arts Festival programs here: https://www.wehopride.com/