Nelson Loskamps’s Electric Chaircut is an interactive, electro-sonic, hair cut performance. After a brief
consultation and the signing of a release form, volunteers are taped to the chair. Their eyes and mouth are also
taped to symbolize the fetishism of appearance. Loskamp, the original master of electro-sonic hair design, then cuts
the volunteer’s hair. His various implements are amplified — scissors and clippers wired to effects pedals, slung
around his waist, and blasted through an amplifier strapped to his back. The whacking, haircutting sounds
reverberate in a trance-like cacophony of seemingly random patterns, as the true stylistic nature of the volunteer is
released. Originally conceived in San Francisco, Nelson’s Electric Chaircut has been performed worldwide
In this group of portraits entitled Salon Girls, Loskamp strips back the surface in order to explore
the unaffected truth of an entity. In this group, the exterior embellishments are restored to leave us
questioning what qualities this woman is trying to express to the world. We may discern her intentions
through the way she costumes herself or how she wears her hair, but we ask if we will bother to look a
little more sincerely and see what she may not want to reveal.
Loskamp collects discarded slips of paper and groups of photographs that are insignificant to those
who purge them. When found or collected by another, these items are a memento of a moment in another
person’s life that will never belong to the salvager, but can be imagined as a piece of a puzzle. The item
is an entry point to a small mystery to be unfolded by the one who attains it. As a stylist in the hair
industry, Loskamp is regularly exposed to magazine clippings of beautiful models with romantic flowing
locks, sassy little pixie cuts and no-nonsense vixens hairdos. His clients, whose appearance he is about to
transform, hand him these found images — mysterious photographs of unknown women, which convey
to them an ideal for themselves.
“Electric Chaircut/Paintings,” performance and paintings by Nelson Loskamp is a one-day only event Wednesday,
September 17th, 2008, at Fuse Gallery, 93 2nd Ave (between 5th & 6th Sts, 2nd Ave stop on the F), NYC, NY. The
performance on Wednesday, September 17th, from 7 to 10 pm, is free and open to the public. For more information,
contact Fuse Gallery at 212.777.7988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.