Ethan Folk & Ty Wardwell

performance artists, filmmakers

23.10.2017   - 29.10.2017

Ethan Folk & Ty Wardwell began their cooperation in 2015 with “Vernae,” a two-year film project which led them (in turn leading a group of over 60 collaborators) all over Washington State and as far as Belgrade, where they developed and presented a series of durational performance installations.

Subsequently the pair launched their current collaborative partnership beginning with “Breakfast in Bed,” an experimental porn film which has been screened and lauded at festivals across the US and Europe. “Breakfast in Bed” was followed by two other works to become “cute & nonthreatening” – a trilogy of works which debuted in Seattle in 2016 in the exhibition “A.O.T.O.O.”

Folk & Wardwell relocated to Berlin at the beginning of 2017, and developed and presented a trilogy of performance works: “Chat Room,” a series of interactions for individual audience members which was live-streamed on a sex cam website, “Free Pancakes,” a 150 minute performance exploring aerobics, jokes, and ass cooking, and “A Brand New Car,” a performance duet involving an open flame, karaoke, and secrets.

 Folk & Wardwell are preparing for their next trilogy and will begin presenting new works in Berlin in Fall 2017.

We create performances and films that explore masculinity, intimacy, economies of performance, and ethics of consumption.
Our performances are durational and generative – they produce objects which are sculptural, edible, and For Sale.
Our work collides our bodies with materials you might find in your own domicile: dairy products, webcams, cash, and textiles.
We exchange identities, we mix and become a strangely blended copy of one another, we perform as each other performing as ourselves.
We are best friends, art partners, co-pornographers. You probably think we are boyfriends.

Ethan Folk & Ty Wardwell, Artist’s Statement


Folk & Wardwell’s performance piece “PLATINUM +” is presented as part of The Beholder group show taking place between October 24-29 2017 at SomoS Art House in conjunction with the PornFilmFestival Berlin.

PLATINUM + is a 90 minute work for two performers and 24 pairs of new white tube socks.

The performance is inspired by the online used underwear economy. Semi-anonymous, semi-performative vendors sell their soiled, intimate garments on eBay, reddit, etc. These commodified objects are are imprinted with: 1) the desires of the subject/buyer 2) the performed sexuality of the object/seller 3) actual piss, cum, sweat, shit, crumbs etc.
PLATINUM + transposes this semi-anonymous online marketplace into a physically shared space. Pair by pair, Folk & Wardwell convert blank substrates (new socks) into worn content (used socks). The method of each conversion will be unique, improvised, and reactive to the marketplace. They will have a carefully curated quiver of materials at their disposal. You might see: sweaty socks, sweated into during vigorous exercise; secret keeping socks, invisibly imbued with a salacious story whispered in the ear of an audience member; sock tea, brewed and served piping hot.
After soiling, each pair of socks will be nailed to the wall with a description and price written alongside. The item descriptions mimic the forms of amateur erotic marketing the artists have studied online. As the marketplace grows, audience members are able to see the accumulated ephemera of the performance. If an audience expresses interest in purchasing a pair, Ethan Folk & Ty Wardwell are ready to negotiate a sale.

In addition to the main performance (on Tuesday, October 24th from 17:30-19:00), there will be a standalone performance action on Monday, October 23rd from 18:00-18:30. The installation and marketplace will remain on display until October 29th during regular gallery hours, 2-7pm.

Additionally, Ethan Folk and Ty Wardwell’s film “Breakfast in Bed” will screen at PFFB as part of the “Fetisch Shorts” program at Kino Moviemento on 10/25 at 16:15, on 10/26 at 16:15, and at Spektrum – art science community on 10/27 at 12:00.

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