Thank you for tuning into Episode Two of Profiles with the Huffer Collective, comprised of Jason Handelsman (Handelsman), David Anasagasti (Ahol Sniffs Glue), and Jacob Katel (Swampdog). I’ve been following Anasagasti’s work as Ahol Sniffs Glue for nearly a decade and recently learned about his teaming up with Handelsman and Swampdog through their exhibit, Save Yourselves at Locust Projects. For our featured conversation I met Ahol and Handelsman, and Swampdog joined us by phone.
Save Yourselves is the collective’s largest and most formal work to date; a fifteen foot tall, custom built shelving unit shaped like a pyramid. The shelves are overflowing with hundreds of personal effects contributed by each member linked by the unifying theme of societal decay. I spotted antiquated electronics, dozens of printed photos & flyers, TVs looping different home videos, musical instruments, and sketches. The first night I visited with the collective they guided me around the pyramid, pointing out significant objects then providing the history of the relic. One example that stands out was a photo of President Nixon together with Elvis, which Handelsman related to Donald Trump’s recent encounter with Kanye West. Be sure to stop by Locust Projects to experience Save Yourselves as often as you can before it disappears on January 21.