Surrender Dorothy: The Return of The Witches


Surrender Dorothy:  

The Return of the Witches

An Installation/Performance Project by 

Philippe Comtesse & Evor

June 9 – 21   2012

 Opening June 9  Saturday  6-9pm.

Dress Code – Black & White.


Closing Event  June 21  THURSDAY 4-9pm.   Make Music New York Concerts – 

4pm – Garden Open.

8pm. Risha Gorig


Le Petit Versailles   346 East Houston St. @ Avenue C         212 529 8815

Subway: M – Second Ave.  J/M/F- Delancey/Essex.

For this Le Petit Versailles 2012 garden season exhibition  we are pleased to present two artists from France in a new episode of “Surrender Dorothy – The Return of the Witches” Evor and Philippe Comtesse have teamed up to create a set, costumes and accessories in order to allow the public to be part of a photoshoot and video shooting. You’ll be our models and actors and you’ll get the chance to be fully witchy and throw your inner hate towards Dorothy.

Black & White dress code.


About the Artists

Evor born 36 years ago is captivated by the nature and scents that surround him. From his earliest childhood, he collects treasures of nature and suspends pupae hatches to see bunches of butterflies in his room meticulously transformed into a cabinet of curiosities. In 2000, congratulated for a course in Art & Design at ESBANM Nantes (FR), he developed a sculptural, iconic oeuvre full of of disturbing sensuality, always ambiguous, dual, seductive and mutant.

Therefore a whimsical universe is embodied, here in “absorbers of dark thoughts”, there through “objects-offerings” built to contaminate. In 2009, he received the Prize of Plastic Arts of Nantes, he invests a studio half-greenhouse half-laboratory, where he shapes sculptural growths that can be worn as accessories often “couture-like” and ceremonial objects dedicated to masquerades in wich each detail counts. Ceramics, feathers, chrome, leather, lace, glass, scrap, hijacked elements associated and sublimated camping posture claiming the art of living and intriguing.


Philippe Comtesse is 35 yo, he is an artist and web designer.

Since art school ( Philippe passed his Master in arts in 2009 ), He has developed a work that combines queer issues, cinema and pop culture. Interested in horror movies and science fiction from his early childhood, he has built a work that is very referenced. Philippe blurs the lines between pop culture and high art in offering various experimental projects :  from the collaboration with a conspiracy theorist on a project that enlightens the illuminati messages in “The Wizard of Oz”, to the reinterpretations of one of his projects by movie makers. Philippe had a grant back in 2009 to go to Berlin and built an Exhibition. He again used this movie to make a multimedia exhibition using sculpture, installation, performances, videos and silk screen. For this first episode of “Surrender Dorothy”, he invited/collaborated with various artists from the Berlin and International scene : Guillaume Airiaud, artist, Paula Varjack, a slam poetess, Clare Bielby a queer theorist, Gio Black Peter, Cecine Robinet a poetess and writer, Tennessee Claflin ( A Berlin based NYC child ) as a go-go dancer…

Surrender Dorothy is  made possible by  L’institut Français la Ville de Nantes 

and L’Esban Nantes Métropole.

Film & Exhibition support from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.”

 LPV events are also made possible by Allied Productions, Inc.,

Green Thumb/NYC Dept. of Parks, Materials for the Arts; NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, NYC Dept. of Sanitation &NYC Board of Education.









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