Bar Code is a series of 60 coloured bandanas, hand embroidered with corporate slogans.
Widely used in the 1970’s by gay men to indicate a kind of sex they are seeking, and whether they are a top or a bottom. Wearing a handkerchief on the left side of the body typically indicates one is a "top", while wearing it on the right side of the body would indicate one is a "bottom". Humour is used as vehicle to critique corporate sponsorship of LGBTQ Pride events and its role in the erasure of more sex positive aspects of queer culture.
Consumer product logans are carefully matched to colours correlated with the ‘hanky code’, a disappearing part of gay men’s culture.
OBEY YOUR THIRST / I CANT BELIEV ITS NOT BUTTER
Hand embrodery on yellow bandana
NOTHING SAYS LOVING LIKE SOMETHING FROM THE OVEN / FINGER LICKING GOOD
Hand Embroidery on brown bandana
WHERE'S THE BEEF? / DRIVERS WANTED
Hand embrodery on navy blue bandana