What is a (w)Hole: Salon of Mysteries

What: What is a (w)Hole, curated by Joël B. Tan for Breathed … Unsaid …
Opening Reception: Thursday March 24th, 2011
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center Main Gallery

Readings and contemplations by Joel B. Tan, Nick Brinkley, Paul Brown, Laleh Khadivi, Morgan Weinert, and Jack Fertig designed entirely around your, my, our (w)Hole, and specifically located within the large hole (mechanics pit) in the floor of SOMArts Main Gallery.

Thursday, Mar 24 from 7-9 PM.

Primary artistic presenters include:

Joël Barraquiel Tan is an award wining editor, writer, visual artist, & a Sister of Perpetual… …Indulgence, Founding House. He served as activist & public health professional in the fight against HIV/AIDS for 17 years and is a co-founder of Los Angeles’ Asian Pacific Islander AIDS Intervention Team. He received his BA in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and his M.F.A. in Poetry at Antioch University. Joël is the Director of Community Engagement at YBCA. He is especially none of these things as is the Persian with the Red Beard.

Nicholas Alexander Brinkley is a self-taught artist originally from Sacramento,CA. While he plays with various media, he tends to focus on painting and drawing. Nick loves to play with perspective and color, finding inspiration in the Surrealists. In 2009, Nick curated a 3-month exhibition titled “Under A Full Moon: 30 years of Perpetual Indulgence” exploring the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as both artists and subjects.

Laleh Khadivi is the award winning author of The Age of Orphans. She was born in Esfahan, Iran in 1977. Her family left the country at the onset of the Islamic Revolution in 1977, arriving in the United States three years later. She was awarded the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the 2007-2009 Fiction Fellow at Emory University, the Whiting Writers Award and the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Award. She is currently at work on the second book of a trilogy concerning themes of human migration, nationalism and identity. She is a professor of Creative Writing at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara California.

Paul Brown is a native of Mt Zion Hospital in San Francisco. He was an Art Major at the U of Iowa and learned Transcendental Meditation there. This proved to be a pivotal moment in his life, as he went on to spend time with the Big Guy, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and has spent the last four decades teaching people to transcend in the U.S, Europe and Asia.
When Paul is not Transcending he enjoys making art for other artists and was considering talking about wHoleness as expressed in the first word of Rig Veda, which encapsulates the entirety of Creation, but thought better of it.

Jack Fertig (picture is titled BOOM BOOM)….Like the popping of a cosmic zit, a Jungian explosion of the collective unconscious projected Sister Boom Boom into international notoriety in the early 1980’s. Devastated by the brutality of those 15 minutes she retreated into various modes of healing and now surfaces briefly from time to time. In her lay identity as Jack Fertig he is an astrologer of long experience and wide renown. If you like it long and wide, call for a consultation. Otherwise Sister Boom Boom remains hidden in a secret love nest with the 12th Imam, organizing queer Muslims and fighting for freedom for Palestine.

Morgan Weinert is a sparkly, 20-something, genderqueer person who was born in Colorado but considers San Francisco HOME. While not working their non-profit 9-5, Morgan spends a lot of time on their bicycle training for AIDS Lifecycle, doing ministry with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and shakin’ on stage solo and with the hotties of CHUBB. Morgan is a photographer, ceramicist and has recently discovered the joys of linocut printing.