By 1994 Towson High School had become an ideological sparring ground – on one side were the free thinking freaks of Towson-Glen Arm and on the other were the buttoned up/’law & order’ forces of the school’s administration spearheaded by TGA’s arch nemesis: the tough, ex-jock vice-principal Dr. Stanton Neuman. These two polar opposites clashed many times; details of those clashes will be revealed in a future piece all about the scene’s legacy of civil disobedience.
The images here document one of the few times when the local underground and THS authorities enjoyed a “cease fire”: Towson High’s Edible Art show, a February ’94 exhibition that featured food themed art and edible works by students. TGA innovators Lou Thomas & Spence Holman used this event to unleash an outrageous performance art piece in which the pair essentially staged a barely controlled food fight wrapping themselves up in giant crepe/burrito costumes while instructing the audience to hurl condiments and paint at them. Creating even a little bit of chaos within the confines of the usually staid THS atmosphere was an empowering release for the young artists that illicited an ecstatic audience reaction.
(all photography by Violet LeVoit)