The Lunar Landing

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© Courtesy of the artist & Participant Inc.
The Lunar Landing

253 East Houston Street
10002 New York
September 8th, 2013 - October 13th, 2013
Opening: September 8th, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Wed-Sun 12-7


PARTICIPANT INC is proud to present The Lunar
Landing, a site-specific installation of wall paintings, incorporating sculptural
elements and discreet paintings by Helen Oliver Adelson (HOA). For The Lunar Landing,
HOA transforms PARTICIPANT into a huge dollhouse, painting expansive interiors and
adjacent scenery adorned by approximately thirty works in painting and sculpture--many
of cats, landscapes, architecture. Well-known as a portrait painter and set designer
integral to art and theater of the ‘80s East Village/Lower East Side, The Lunar
Landing reflects that experience, and is the first time HOA will create an
installation in which the spectator becomes a character in an unfolding theatrical
Edgar Oliver, a playwright, poet, and performer who has lived and worked in New York
City for the past thirty-five years will perform monologues on two evenings, Sundays,
September 22 and 29, 2013. Edgar Oliver’s recent spoken memoir, Helen and Edgar,
staged at Theater 80 on St. Mark’s Place last fall, described a childhood geography
inhabited by Helen, Edgar, and their mother Louise in 1960s Savannah. As Ben Brantley
described it in The New York Times, “You might say they lived in their own private
Transylvania, a place that has nothing to do with the real country and everything to
do with a state of mind in which shadows always threaten to claim you.”
This is a place evoked in HOA’s paintings and set pieces, many often made for Edgar’s
productions. He notes in Helen and Edgar, “Never were there three more lost children
than Mother, Helen and me.” Eventually, HOA and Edgar would run away to New York,
where they went on to found Pompeii together. Edgar has noted of his sister’s work,
“You enter a world where distance is pulling you away in many directions into the
Helen Oliver Adelson (HOA) has a thirty-year history of portrait and stage set
painting—in galleries and on stage—in New York, Paris, and Lucerne. Her stage work
for Motel Blue 19, The Seven Year Vacation and Hands in Wartime for her brother Edgar
Oliver’s plays is legendary. She has also made installations for Jason Bauer's
renegade production of Tiny Alice, Kestutis Nakas' When Lithuania Ruled the World,
Part II, Lee Ellickson's The Children's Crusade at the Carlton Arms Hotel, (where HOA
had two room installations), and George Demas’ MacBeth at Tribeca Labs. Going further
back, HOA apprenticed and worked with Brian Damage at the Jane West Hotel, the
Pyramid, and Danceteria. She was a founder of Pompeii Gallery on 10th Street, later
Forsythe Street, NYC. HOA was the first Population Welfare Program (PWP) employee of
ABC No Rio, sent to the interview on Rivington Street because she could type ten words
a minute. She was hired anyway and premiered The Haunted Circus in 1983. Her oversized
portraits include East Village artists Brian Damage, Mark Phredd, Anne Marie Vallee,
Larry Shox, Penny Arcade, Mary Lou Wittmer, Kembra Pfahler, Linda the Jinx, Stephanie
and Lenny Kaye, Brother Flip Crowley, Jason Bauer, Alexina Shufeldt, Samoa, and, of
course, Edgar Oliver.
“Raised in Savannah Georgia, HOA's work hangs like kudzu on the Magnolia tree.”

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