MTRobertIndiana commissions artists to make work in response to the reality of Robert Indiana's life, work, and legacy.
MTRobertIndiana Commission #1: Kleaner
MTRobertIndiana reached out to then Indianapolis-based conceptual researcher and performance artist Gnat Bowden as Kleaner to gauge their interest in responding to Robert Indiana. They with the track Absolute Happiness and an accompanying music video.
About Kleaner/Gnat Bowden
GNAT BOWDEN IS A CONCEPTUAL RESEARCHER AND PERFORMANCE ARTIST BASED IN DETROIT MICHIGAN
BOWDENS WORK FOCUSES ON THE INTERSECTIONS AND REENACTMENTS OF PUNK CULTURE, REPRESSION, VIOLENCE, AND STATE/GOVERNMENT INFLUENCE. KLEANER IS BOWDENS PRACTICE OF INVESTIGATING THE WAY THESE POWERS INFLUENCE AND ENACT HISTORICAL RAGE UNTO BLACK, BROWN, QUEER AND TRANS PEOPLE IN THE MIDWEST.
KLEANER WAS FORMED IN 2018 AND HAS ONE EP OUT PHYSICALLY ON LONGGONESOUNDSYSTEM. THE TAPE IS A CONCEPTUAL APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING HOW SOCIAL SYSTEMS EMBED THEMSELVES IN OUR INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS.