Peep, Totter, Fly on Hollywood Blvd

Peep Totter Fly: Cheri Gaulke at LACE

photos by Paul Redmond

Here are a few shots from my performance Peep Totter Fly at LACE on September 27. Performers in white activated my wall of red high heels by putting them on and walking on Hollywood Boulevard. When they returned to the gallery they offered the shoes to the audience and all mayhem was unleashed as people tried on the red high heels. I’ve got shoes in women’s sizes 5-16 which means they fit men sized 6.5-17.5 or so. The wall of shoes is meant to be interactive and viewers are allowed to wear the shoes while in the gallery. I have found that men really get a kick out of this as they have been curious about what it feels like but have never had a chance to try on shoes that would fit them.

So I invite anyone and everyone to come check out the installation which will be open through January 29, 2012. The installation is more than a wall of high heels. It has a beautiful video of high-heeled legs walking through natural environments – slogging through streams, lavafields, beaches, geo-thermal sites and against dramatic vistas. It was shot in locations as varied as Los Angeles, Death Valley and Iceland. There’s also a lovely sound score that makes the video quite mesmerizing. For more info and the hours of LACE, go to All photos in this post are by Paul Redmond.

– Cheri Gaulke

Collect art by Cheri Gaulke and support an exhibition!

Contemporary Editions is a fundraising project for Breaking in Two: Provocative Images of Motherhood. Contemporary Editions are limited edition prints and sculpture created as a unique way for collectors to advocate the value of women artists, mothers and artist mothers. On the occasion of this exhibition, these editions will be offered for a tax-deductible purchase of $350 each. To order my print and see other offerings go to

I contributed a limited edition print to this project and I’m really happy with how it looks. The colors are rich and it’s on gorgeous rag paper. The image is from a video project in which I had men and women in red high heels traipsing through natural environments such as streams, sand, dry brush, lava fields, and geo-thermal sites. This particular image was shot in Death Valley at Devil’s Golf Course.

Breaking in Two: Provocative Visions of Motherhood will feature a multi-cultural group of four generations, nationally and internationally recognized artist-mothers selected to represent the multi-faceted and changing realities of motherhood. The exhibition explores the intimate experience of the artist as mother, and the evolving image and place of the mother, which underwent huge transformations during the Women’s Movement of the late ’60s and ’70s. The exhibition curated by Bruria Finkel will be featured in a documentary by Sabine Sighicelli.

The participating artists include: Kim Abeles, Lita Albuquerque, Eleanor Antin, Michele Asselin, Jo Ann Callis, Joyce Dallal, Bruria Finkel, Magaret Garcia, Cheri Gaulke, Tierney Gearon, Judithe Hernandez, Channa Horwitz, Katherine Jacobi, Mary Kelly, Margaret Lazzari, Andrea Liss, M.A.M.A., Kim McCarty, Mary Linda Moss, Mother Art, Sandra Mueller, Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence, Renee Petropoulos, Astrid Preston, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Sola Agustsson Saar, Lezley Saar, Reva Santo, Sylvia Sher, Amy Shimshon-Santo, Elena Mary Siff, Doni Silver Simons, Linda Vallejo, June Wayne, Ruth Weisberg, Kim Yasuda and Shuang Zhang.

Breaking in Two is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, a series of exhibitions initiated by the Getty that tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. This exhibition will take place February 11 – April 14, 2012 at Arena 1 Gallery, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Stay tuned for more info about this show as the date gets closer.


Cheri Gaulke on the Getty Blog…

Check out the article on the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time blog about the exhibition at LACE and my installation Peep Totter Fly.

The History of Performance Art at LACE: Los Angeles Goes Live by on October 11, 2011

“Also appearing in the front room is Cheri Gaulke’s Peep Totter Fly, a wall spotted with red high-heeled stilettos for men and women (sizes 5-16). Guests can check out a pair and wear them as they walk through the exhibit, and in essence, transform themself into a featured performer.”

About the LACE Installation

Quote from the L.A. Times Culture Monster by Sharon Mizota: “Although there are ten artists or collectives included in the show, only three of them have installed works in the gallery in any traditional sense. Cheri Gaulke’s installation greets viewers like a shoe store with only one choice—hot red high heels. The shoes are provided in most women’s and men’s sizes, and viewers are encouraged to wear them while walking around the gallery. Building on early performances that advanced a feminist critique of women’s footwear, Gaulke has also created a video loop of various people walking in the shoes across different natural terrains—mud, sand, rock, etc. It’s amusing and gets its point across—nature never planned for high heels.”

The book “Marriage Matters” is “Out There”

Marriage Matters, the artists’ book that Sue Maberry and I created in 2005, is included in an exhibition called Out There that opens tonight.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) and the City of West Hollywood are proud to announce the third annual Out There exhibition celebrating the LGBT experience during West Hollywood’s Pride Month festivities. This effort commemorates West Hollywood’s lasting commitment to raising public awareness and appreciation of the talents and abilities of all artists.

The Out There exhibition, opening at Gallery 825 on June 11, is an all-media exhibition juried by Hillary Metz of Blythe Projects Los Angeles. Ms. Metz’s past commitment to the LGBT Community via the Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance and the 2009 Create Equality artwalk in Culver City poises her as the ideal curator to jury this important exhibition. Out There celebrates and acknowledges the special opportunities that West Hollywood has provided for creative individuals over the past 25 years. Out There is made possible by the City of West Hollywood Arts Grant Program and the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. Out There runs June 11-17 at Gallery 825 (with special Sunday hours on June 13 after the Pride Parade).

Featured Artists: Brandy Eve Allen, Dori Atlantis, Eric Allen Carter, Joanne Chase-Mattillo, Ching Ching Cheng, YaYa Chou, Richard Chow, Raul de la Torre, Bryan Fair, Steve Fujimoto, Alisa Gabrielle, Martin Gantman, Cheri Gaulke and Sue Maberry, Shizuko Greenblatt, Niku Kashef, Siri Kaur, Shelley Kommers, Jonas Kulikauskas, Linda Kunik, William Mackenzie-Smith, Steven Moses, Gustavo Muñoz, Bob Poe, Mei Xian Qiu, Glynnis Reed, Gwen Samuels, Mark Schoening, Steve Seleska, Thomas Skene, Alix Soubiran, Eugenie Spirito, Michael Salvatore Tierney, Daena Title, Dan Vanclapp and Art Weeks.

Reception: Friday, June 11, 6 to 9 pm and after the Pride Parade on June 13. Show runs through June 17.

Admission: Free 

Where: Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069  

For more information call 310.652.8272 or e-mail

Marriage Matters was also pictured and discussed in a review of the Love Never Dies exhibition in Minneapolis.  It’s a great review about a very interesting exhibition of work about the “gay marriage” issue. Check it out.