Launching the first week of January is a T-shirt collaboration between Yoko Devereaux and the handsome and talented artist John Arsenault. This is in tandem with Arsenault’s upcoming solo show, opening January 6 at ClampArt Gallery..
We spoke to Arsenault and to Andy Salzer, the creative director of Yoko Devereaux, to hear how all this came about.
How did you meet John?
Andy Salzer: [Blush] Since we’ve known each other for 20 years, it totally redefines the “one-night stand.”
What brought along the collab?
John Arsenault: The Gentle of Men collaboration combines elements of my artwork and Andy’s background in design. Because we have such a complementary aesthetic and long history with one another, it’s a great match for a project. I’ve wanted to do a collaboration with Andy for a while, and this was a perfect way for us to work together.
Is this your first solo show, John?
J.A.: I’ve had eight solo shows over the past ten years. “A Ghost Is Occupying My Heart” is my third solo show at ClampArt Gallery.
Is the party open to the public?
A.S.: We wish it could be. The space only holds 150, so it’s a private event, but it’s first come, first served. That’s pretty democratic.
What’s happening at the shindig?!
A.S.: Well, John’s opening starts off the evening at ClampArt. Definitely check out his show first. The launch party for the T-shirts is immediately following. And that will include sales of the Faggot T, an open bar, a DJ set by JUDY, a surprise performance, and a short presentation on the Trevor Project. We wanted to keep the event in line with the Trevor Project, so thanks to Pussy Faggot (Earl Dax’s amazing project), we were able to keep the talent aligned with the message: Queer and f-ing awesome.
Why did you pick Trevor Project?
J.A.: As gay teens, we both faced our own respective bullying. Personally, when I was 14, dealing with my gay identity was too much for me to handle. I didn’t have access to the kind of support system that the Trevor Project currently offers young gay adults. Both Andy and I related to gay teens feeling like life won’t get any better. With the most recent documented suicides, we both decided to address the situation together. The Trevor Project is an amazing organization determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth.