Here's art you don't have to go anywhere to attend. The show's titled You've Got Problems? We've Got Solutions, and you can visit it for free, every day, from wherever you are—just call 323-843-4652 (323-TIE-IN-LA).

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I just called, and a man with an Indian accent began praying for me. He was praying away my demons, and asked me to send him an email so he could pray even better for me. This sounded manipulative, but as his voice kept talking, as he kept intoning about my demons (he was recorded), I came to think, "I'm going to call this number again tomorrow" (you get a new message next time). And he never told me where to send my email anyway. Maybe his script was written by an artist, or maybe his voice was borrowed from another context, like an evangelistic broadcast, but here, in art, he was just offering me the promise that he could make things better.

This is brought to you by 323 Projects, a "gallery" (phone number) that opened in September, and this current "show" is by a collective including Seattle-based writer Holly Myers.

Before this, 323 Projects had two other "shows": One by Yann Novak, an audio artist with a longtime presence in Seattle (my review of his 2009 Lawrimore Project installation here), the other by Mathew Timmons, a fascinating writer (New Poetics).

The next show opens December 20, and just in time—it's 17 artists addressing Christmastime as a time not just of celebration, but also of special hellish struggle for the gays, taking Eve Sedgwick's essay "Queer and Now" as a model for thinking about the holidays. It's called from one side to the other, i've dreamed that too. (a line from the Adrienne Rich poem For a Friend in Travail).

The show shares aspects with a suicide prevention line, and with Dan's It Gets Better project:

The opening reception is December 20, 2010 6-8PM. To experience the opening you need not go anywhere. Simply call (323) 843-4652.

...Modeled loosely after a suicide prevention line, from one side to the other, I've dreamed that too. offers callers a moment of solace, or tools for active resistance against the monolithic tide of conservative signification that defines this holiday season, in all forms.

......In her essay, Sedgwick makes a brilliant analysis of Christmas, and why it can be a particularly difficult time for queer folks to suffer through. To paraphrase, it is the one time in the year where nearly every institution in the US lines up in unison to reinforce the same definition of family, religion, and tradition; definitions that define queer subjects as "other."