By Jamie Goyman
VANCOUVER – Think giant tentacles reaching out to the darkest corners of the room while sound waves pulsate through your eardrums urging you to dance. The Los Angeles based avant-garde disco inspired pop artist Geneva Jacuzzi is an amalgamation of different aspects of the creative art world and has been pushing the weird that’s trapped inside her creative mind for everyone to explore since 2008. A woman of many talents (lighting, video, costume, performance, music) Geneva does it all; that mad dash, sickening rush felt when all eyes are on you for a good show, she loves and thrives off of it.
“I have a weird thing about me where I agree to do certain things without knowing how I’m going to do them,” she says. “It’s that insanity that happens in the middle of that pressure where I start to recognize those silly aspects of myself and expand on them in the most ridiculous ways I can. I like challenges; I get off on them. I’ll say yes to something that I know is going to destroy me because I just want to see if I can do it.”
Coming off preparation for her massive Warhol inspired show she just did at The Broad museum, Geneva talks with such excitement and life behind her words it’s hard not to be captivated by her work and want to catch the whole package live. “I build landscapes, an atmosphere or sometimes I put on a play, there is just always some sort of object I’m interacting with when it comes to live shows,” she says. “I do something that is kind of neat that doesn’t fit in any one place, but also fits anywhere. I can play a festival or a museum or in a gallery; it’s a self contained weird little beast that I create and I can go anywhere. It incorporates music and visual arts. It’s a big fucking smorgasbord.” We love all you can eat art displays and her latest tour with Nite Jewel promises to be a good one. Geneva’s last album, 2016’s Technophelia (Medical Records LLC), gave audiences tracks that create movement from within, tracks like “Technophelia” which sums up the abstract nature of her work, the dance-able and fun “Cannibal Babies” or “Squid Hunter” each throw listeners into the world Geneva has constructed while causing all bodies involved to move. Intentional or not, your body will shake with the world she creates. “What ends of happening is weird shit comes out and nobody can stop me.”
The following months will see Geneva Jacuzzi yet again push her personal boundaries by not only making more music as the first plan of attack, but also pushing into creating art – “residencies and exhibitions,” she tells. “I’m going to move into different territories and push out.”
Colliding worlds with her imaginative and intoxicating form of expression, Geneva uses her magic, or “gooey stuff” as she calls it, to reach out, fills listeners up and sticks when the play button is hit. “When you have an abstract situation it has the ability to be interpreted beyond language and clear definitions. It’s a better form of connection between the person viewing and the person creating the work,” she says. “Songs I pick have a bit of that goo to them and then I organize them into a weird journey from beginning to end. I find the gooey songs – all that sludge found in the Jacuzzi.”
Geneva Jacuzzi performs July 11 at the Fox Cabaret.Fox Cabaret, Geneva Jacuzzi