Clockpole: Making Baby Art Where Babies Come From

Rocks Off was spending a few minutes quietly relaxing on Facebook, having a soda, not bothering anyone at all, when we ran across a plea from Joe Ortiz of Clockpole asking if any women out there would mind inserting an action figure in their vagina and allowing him to take a picture.

A few minutes, a freshly scrubbed screen, and a couple of soda-soaked paper towels later, we further learned that Ortiz's artistic vision involved positioning the action figure so it would appear that the Action Man was crawling out of the birth canal.

Now, Clockpole is already known for pushing the envelope as far as performance and the human body goes, but we wanted to know exactly what the hell was going on.

"My friend, John Zambrano from Muhammadali, and his girlfriend, Julia, are having a baby," said Ortiz. "I'm contributing photos and need models. Follow the link for more info."

Understandably, we waited until we got home from work to click on the link.

Basically, Julia Claire Wallace is having a baby/birth/vagina-themed art show instead of a baby shower November 14 at the ERS Gallery (3210 Preston), and is inviting local artists, be they visual or musical, to contribute to the event with whatever they have that deals with the icky miracle of birth.

The event is scheduled to be a nice, casual affair, and Muhhamadali and Tommy Grindle's new band, Square and Compass, will be playing. Sales of beer and food will go to the couple for diapers and baby stuff, while artists will get to keep any merch sales.

"I really want to see what comes from Houston Artists on the subjects of birth/babies/vagina," said Wallace. "It should be a fabulous time."

Artists interested in contributing art to the even should contact Wallace at juliaintherye at aol dot com. Female models who wish to participate in Clockpole's contributions should contact Ortiz at clockpole at gmail dot com.

Jef With One F is the author of The Bible Spelled Backwards Does Not Change the Fact That You Cannot Kill David Arquette and Other Things I Learned In the Black Math Experiment, available now.

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