Nature Calls was the debut show for the recently-founded temporary residency, House Cat Tree House.  

Valerie Wiseman and Mitchell Oliver curated the show in Bathroom with Housefuckers members Devin Balara and Katie Shlon.

Some folks entered in pairs or groups, but the majority of the audience had a private experience, alone with their thoughts and body. Participants drank Balara's water bottles, physically mixing the show's contents with their own, depositing elements of their lives into the gallery. Shlon's textiles successfully dried off hands and faces and brought sunny feelings to the moonlit space. The participatory pieces were supported by the shower/bath installation. Shlon's tinny audio filled the small room while Balara's potpourri commanded everyone's nostrils, and both warranted visual attention. The pixelated video shimmered and lurched on the thin plastic curtain, casting a cold glow on to the mosaic of Walmart plant matter in the tub.

Shlon's "Niagara II." Single channel SD video projection, 5-minute loop. Balara's "Ocean Breeze."  Potpourri, tub.


Shlon's "Niagara II." Single channel SD video projection, 5-minute loop.
Balara's "Ocean Breeze."  Potpourri, tub.

Balara's "Drink this water while urinating in an attempt to fully realize your body's function as a complete and elegant system of intake and expulsion. Refill. Repeat."  Water bottles, audience performance.


Balara's "Drink this water while urinating in an attempt to fully realize your body's function as a complete and elegant system of intake and expulsion. Refill. Repeat."  Water bottles, audience performance.

Shlon's "Leaves of Grass."  Silkscreened fabric, audience performance.


Shlon's "Leaves of Grass."  Silkscreened fabric, audience performance.