Anxieteam Rocks your Veggie Drawers
Last night was my first Anxieteam experience- the veggie loving, mask wearing, (semi)-coordinating dance moving, synth and ukulele collaboration of artists Jon Burgerman and Jim Avignon.
Held in Williamsburg’s teeny tiny Pete’s Candy Store, Avignon and Burgerman decked the stage with their art- this time a spoof of Matisse’s “La Danse,” complete with Burgerized faces, tattoos and thong underwear. They make a new mural for each show, some being more decadent than others, sometimes including projections of their artworks during performances. Completing the look, they alternate handmade cartoony masks for different songs, which they also give to their recruited audience member dancers to wear.
Oh! They also hand out fresh vegetables, while singing lyrics like “I made you a salad/I wrote you this ballad” and “I’m a veggie, you’re a vegan, let’s eat soya!” to soothing ukulele or dancing electronic beats. Unfortunately, the venue was too small to encourage dancing.
Burgerman is a recent Brooklyn transplant via Nottingham, UK, and a recent addition to my circle of awesome friends. As I get to know him, I see the parallels between his fun personality and his artwork. I love how the band is merely an extension of he and Jim’s visual creative force. Can’t wait to see them again , I’m totally volunteering to be a Soya dancer.