“Shit Talkers Punch” is a snapshot of the conversations that took place as part of William Wallace's community project, "Talking Shit". The conversations and the piece both center around the idea of William's community finding and building spaces for themselves. The figures in the piece represent key POC that William has met since moving to Columbia. Each person represented has big ideas, but also needs people to share those ideas with in order for their concepts to move from the ideation stage into actualization.
Wallace also created opportunities for viewers to deepen their engagement with the piece. The artist lined the background of the piece with mirrors, inviting viewers to see themselves. Wallace also intentionally left a space in the center of the piece as a way of welcoming the viewer to the table. Viewers are invited to consider: If you were to sit at this table, what ideas would you bring to the group about where you live and about how to help build safety and care for your community?
"Shit Talkers Punch" | 48”x36”
Materials: insulation board, various textiles, vinyl, mylar, mirrors, paper, glitter, paint, mirrors
"Talking Shit: at the last gay bar in CoMO", is a distilled form of Wallace’s process. Centered around a series of conversations with local POC/ alphabet mafia health workers, artist, and community leaders Talking Shit is a an experimental oral history archive, as much as series of assemblages. It’s an opportunity to share resources and have a good laugh at the general fuckery that is race in America.
Talking Shit is set at the last gay bar in town to highlight the need for spaces for those outside the straight white hegemonic norms. This bar has been a safe haven for many across spectrums and we want to support its continuation. At the same time we are posing the question, “what do we want to build moving forward”.