While editing the upcoming episode of Art Beat Conversations, Episode 3 with artist and activist Jesse Hazelip (March 21, 2014), I felt compelled to take a moment to acknowledge the inspirations of the musical and performance art duo CocoRosie. After our interview, when I asked what music Hazelip would like featured on his podcast, without hesitation he said CocoRosie. He then spoke with me humbly of his friendship with sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady, and specifically about their massive support and inspirations toward his activism and recent works regarding the prison industrial complex. Jesse Hazelip also worked with Bianca Casady on the CocoRosie EP cover art for We Are On Fire/Tearz For Animals. (artwork above)
Jesse Hazelip and Bianca Casady have been collaborating to some extent for a time now, and both share a radical approach to speaking out through their work on the issues they feel are important, that need to be addressed. The artists call their artistic collaborations Twin Rivers, and I hope there is more to come from these two truly inspiring artists. For Hazelip's, Love Lock: Cycle Of Violence exhibition, which just finished its run at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC, a performance took place called Visitation, in which Jesse Hazelip along with Bianca Casady occupied a replicated site-specific jail cell made of plexiglass, built to the size of a solitary confinement unit (six by nine feet). For more information on the Love Lock: Cycle Of Violence project, check out this great article by Julia Silverman for Complex Art+Design.
If you are not familiar with the work of CocoRosie, below is the music video for the song Child Bride off of their latest album, Tales Of A GrassWidow.
Art Beat Conversations Podcast Episode 3, Interview with artist and activist Jesse Hazelip will air on March 21, 2014. Music featured by CocoRosie.