The Starlight Lounge in the Ramp Gallery, October 21–November 4, 2013

What: The Starlight Lounge: Documentation of a Performance by Quintessa Matranga and Hilde Lynn

When: October 21–November 4, 2013

Where: The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th)

Quintessa Matranga and Hilde Lynn’s The Starlight Lounge is an offering of two highly constructed photographs documenting a performance. The original performance took place over a year ago at the Starlight Lounge in San Francisco during which 12 women arrived at the rooftop bar to wait for a lover who never appears.

The artists seek to explore the narrative applicable to women alone in public space, the abundant fantasies aroused by the consumptions of romantic comedies, soap operas, tabloids, fashion photography, and romance novels. The work is intended to make public and dramatize the roles available to a woman who places herself amongst the paraphernalia of cinematic glamour and imagines a scene regularly iterated in popular culture i.e. red velvet, crystal chandeliers, men in bow ties, the San Francisco skyline, champagne, and the woman who finds herself abandoned or forlorn in this setting.

This work is a part of a larger body of work including the original performance, a manual entitled, Teaching You How to Love Me, and a magazine entitled, Poor. Ugly. Alone. A lifestyle. All centered around structured surfaces of romantic love to shed light on the morbidity of the popular romantic psyche.

About the artists
Hilde Lynn and Quintessa Matranga began collaborating during their studies at San Francisco Art Institute in the New Genres Department. They have exhibited together several times. Both artists experiment ith the capabilities of film, photography and performance to highlight nuances of human nature and the human psyche.

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space in the SOMArts lobby, accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. To view submission information as well as past exhibitions, please visit The Ramp Gallery page of our website here. To purchase work on display or for more information email You can visit The Ramp Gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Images above courtesy of Taylor Savvy