DYKE BAR (Neon sign from original Eulogy for The Dyke Bar project)

Macon Reed


Macon Reed is a multidisciplinary artist who creates objects that are activated through performance and public participation, creating rituals and discourse around sociopolitical issues and intimacy. Her work is guided by a set of central concerns around power, collective consciousness and belonging, providing an inclusive platform for exchange.

Objects and immersive installations are formed with simple and accessible materials in unapologetically bright colors, allowing the inconsistencies of her hand to show. Each work is framed through a queer and intersectional feminist lens, addressing underrepresented histories and communities.

DIY culture and living off-the-grid formed her approach to collaboration, developing trust with participants, and relating beyond normative culture. Macon believes radical imagination must be protected and her practice challenges the stories we are told and who gets to tell them.

  • Eulogy For The Dyke Bar ​is a sculptural installation and participatory project that responds to the mass closure of lesbian bars across the US. Walking in from the street, viewers pass this neon sign sculpture advertising a “DYKE BAR” in the gallery windows. Inside they find all of the trappings of “real” bars, yet also the uncanny presence of the hand in irregularly shaped forms and archival images from dyke bar history on display. The installation is activated through curated programs, including intergenerational story-telling, trivia nights, dyke bar histories, and drag performances. In addition to creating much-needed queer space, ​Eulogy For The Dyke Bar offers a site and structure for healing conversation across long-standing divides around intergenerational paradigms of gender and sexuality. In developing the project, I met with each of over 40 invited speakers individually to develop the trust needed to create an inclusive environment. Most recently ​Eulogy For The Dyke Bar​traveled to Australia for an exhibition at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where I collaborated with local LGBTQ+ students and elders​. Eulogy For The Dyke Bar ​has been visited by thousands of participants, reviewed by dozens of art publications, and is now used as a model for various LGBTQ+ community organizations in programming throughout the United States.
  • 2016
  • Edition 2/5
  • Eulogy For The Dyke Bar was a pivitol project in my practice and continues to be significant to queer people who reach out to me as it continues to live through stories and pictures as we lose our community spaces. There are only 15 lesbian bars remaining in the US today. This neon sculpture invited people into the gallery. Watch more about the project here: https://vimeo.com/user9521869 ” - Macon Reed

    Neon Approx 36 (w) x 11 (h) x 3 (d) inches, in addition to hanging and electrical elements

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