WHEN WAR BROKE OUT TWO YEARS ago we became legal domestic partners to propose love as an alternative vision to the war. Then there was the flurry of gay weddings across the country. This incited the right wing to propose an anti-gay marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was a thinly disguised and hateful proposition intended to discriminate against Americans seeking alternative family structures. We were angry and disappointed when the California Supreme Court stopped these weddings just one day before our scheduled marriage appointment at city hall.
OUR SEVEN YEARS OF LOVE AS ART piece is a satellite project to Linda Montano’s Seven Year of Living Art piece. It is intended to share our love with our friends, family and community. We see this as an opportunity to look hatred, war and discrimination in the eye and state that we will not only be married once but that we will do so again and again despite governmental prohibitions, censorship, and discrimination. Through generating and celebrating love we hope to bring about positive change.
ON AN EVEN MORE PERSONAL NOTE, both of us are excited to make a longer, and more meaningful commitment to each other. We want to explore the deepest realms of romantic, sexual and familial love that we are capable of. Also, as artists who have explored the subject of sex in depth, it seems only natural to embark upon exploring the subject of love.
EACH WEDDING (and year) will be radically different. For our first wedding we will collaborate with 60 guests, most of whom are artists of some sort. We are honored that the brilliant Fluxus artist Geoffrey Hendricks will officiate our vows. We also hope to collaborate and spread the love with others via a live web cast. This can be viewed on our web site www.loveartlab.org.
WE ARE HONORED to have you be part of Wedding One and hope you enjoy our collaboration of love.
ELIZABETH M. STEPHENS & ANNIE M. SPRINKLE