Archive for January 18th, 2008

conduits of labor

Friday, January 18th, 2008

See what I mean? So much fly stuff happening: sadly, I won’t be able to make tonight’s opening, but this is def gonna be a hot show. Catch it:

Queen’s Nails Annex is pleased to present Conduits of Labor, an exhibition that will explore the aesthetic of the laborious body, and the emotions, contradictions, and futilities that can ensue. The exhibition will feature works by Ana Teresa Fernandez, Rebecca Goldfarb, and Suzanne Lacy.

Mexican born artist Ana Teresa Fernandez is well known for her performance based paintings, which satirically convey the futilities and horrors of domestic labor. For Conduits of Labor, Fernandez will be showing her first-ever video work “Ron Coca y Limon”, a three-channel video that will utilized Fernandez repeated use of the eroticized housewife outfit in conjunction with her physical interaction with large black latex balloons. Fernandez received her MFA from SFAI in 2006, and has exhibited her work at the Centro Cultural Tijuana in Mexico, and Braunstein/Quay Gallery and Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco. She was the recipient of the 2007 Headlands Center for the Arts Tournesol Award, and will be included in upcoming exhibitions at the Brooklyn Art Gallery, in New York, and the Smithsonian Museum, in Alameda, California.

Artist Rebecca Goldfarb will be presenting a portion of her collecting practice that reflects her interests in the obscurity of information. Goldfarb will exhibit her collection of soaps, which range in age from the Victorian era until recent times. Goldfarb received her MFA in new genres from SFAI in 2004, and most recently her Graduate Bartender degree from the Society of Independent Artists in 2007. While Goldfarb has exhibited extensively throughout the bay area, this will be her first exhibition at Queens Nails Annex.

In addition to the work of Fernandez and Goldfarb, QNA is proud to exhibit never-before-seen works from Suzanne Lacy’s “Monster series” from the 1970s. Most recently Lacy has been received as a seminal addition to the acclaimed exhibition WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution. Lacy is currently the chair of Fine Arts at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Ca.

Conduits of Labor
1/18/08 – 2/24/08 (opening reception 1/18/08)
gallery hours: Fri, Sat and Sun 12 to 6PM or by appt
3191 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415 648 4564

where we are now: activism today

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Dang. 2008 is off to a bangin’ start. There are so many interesting events coming up in the next week or two, I don’t think I can even hit’em all!

The Activist Imagination project is heating up: the next of their panel discussions is this Tuesday evening. The blog for the project is especially insightful. I’ll prolly roll on over to the Jan 22 panel discussion after my first day of class at USF (I’m teaching Filipino Arts again there), assuming I’m not totally shattered. Maybe even if I am shattered. I’m pretty disappointed that I missed the first panel, as it is…would be sad to miss others.
Join Kearny Street Workshop and a panel of activists, artists, and organizers for a discussion about the present state of activism, the arts and community.
The panel features San Francisco School Board member Eric Mar, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Program Director Diana Pei Wu, artist-activist and founding member of Eastside Arts Alliance Favianna Rodriguez, and activist and co-founder of Liberation Ink Le Tim Ly, and is moderated by community artist Robynn Takayama, and will examine, explore, and challenge the state of activism today.

Where We Are Now: Activism Today, is the second in a series of discussions that is part of KSW’s Activist Imagination program exploring the past, present, and future of arts and activism. Activist Imagination also features an exhibition of new work developed by three lead artists, Bob Hsiang, Donna Keiko Ozawa, and Christine Wong Yap, responding to and exploring the themes raised in the program. The visual exhibition opens Friday, February 29th, 2008, at KSW’s space180.

Where We Are Now: Activism Today
Tuesday, January 22, 2008; 7pm
Kearny Street Workshop’s space180
180 Capp Street, 3rd Floor, @ 17th Street, San Francisco
Free and open to the public.

comment faire des “comments”?

Friday, January 18th, 2008

OK, all you lurkers. I’m getting the sense that there’s more than just three of you out there, after all. It’s been great just solo-motormouthing from my bully pulpit here, but it would be nice to hear some responses from vous every once in a while (kt, tofusilog, xtine, marco: y’alls are fine). And Max just tweaked the “comments” setting on the blog to make it easier for you to post.

There was some sort of cryptic “math” setting where the division and plus symbols were hard to tell apart which may have complicated matters, but this has been banished. Lo and behold! Post a comment. Il n’y a pas de problème. Tu vois?

Anyway, no pressure: I don’t want this to be like a KQED pledge drive. Plus I can’t offer you a tote bag or a magazine subscription for your membership contribution. Just letting you know that it should be easier to post comments now, and since I’m mostly just rambling on my own here, it would be a helluva lot more fun if you wanted to participate, too…