What: Work MORE #6 group exhibition
When: Exhibition Saturday, March 29–Thursday, April 24, 2014. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm & Saturday, 12–5pm. Opening night party and interactive drag show, Friday, March 28, 2014, 7–10pm.
Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
How Much: Free admission
Dance, drag and contemporary art collide in the gallery at the opening night party and interactive drag show for Work MORE! #6, Friday, March 28, 2014, 7–10pm, free admission. The exhibition is the third Spring 2014 Commons Curatorial Residency exhibition at SOMArts, organized by residency recipient and Work MORE! creator and artistic director Mica Sigourney (VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!). By pairing San Francisco drag performers with non-drag fine artists for an exhibition of collaborative installations and performances, Work MORE! #6 situates San Francisco’s avant-garde and traditional drag practices within a gallery space, re-contextualizing the artistry, aesthetics and forms that are ever-present and continually evolving in San Francisco’s nightlife venues.
“Like folk art, drag carries within it traditions, techniques, perspectives and stories that are passed down from generation to generation or mentor to mentee via chosen ‘drag families’. Through this exhibition we hope to reveal both the the unique individual and collective legacies of the performers themselves.” —Work MORE! artistic director, Mica Sigourney
The organizers of Work MORE! #6 devised a platform for collaborative art-making that utilizes drag to disturb traditional notions of beauty and gender while promoting interdisciplinary collaborations among artists who co-create rather than compete.
22 avant-garde and traditional drag performers and artists are divided into six production teams that include at least one artist working in each discipline: painting, photography, music and video. Drag artists naturally cross mediums working freely in painting and design (make-up), soft sculpture (hair design and costume design) as well as sculpture (set and prop making). These new encounters and partnerships illustrate the multidisciplinary artistry embedded in drag making as well as strengthen and diversify drag families and traditions.
RELATED EVENTS INCLUDE
Opening Night Party & Interactive Drag Show
Friday, March 28, 7–10pm
Art, Performance & Legitimacy Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 16, 6–8pm
Closing Reception & Fake Docent Tours
Thursday, April 24, 6–8pm
The largest of the collaborating artist teams, a group of 10 spearheaded by Kolmel WithLove, offers “Womenhouse,” offers a new work that draws attention and inspiration from feminist artists and collectives from the 1970’s and other historically rich moments. Special attention will be paid to—as well as inspiration drawn from— “Womanhouse” organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro in 1972. “Womenhouse” will make eight pieces in break-off pairs that re-imagine and re-mix groundbreaking works that touch on nostalgia, sisterhood, race, money, access, radical politics and the art world.
“The art of doing drag is most often rooted in interpreting and re-interpreting female artists and feminist ideas, so the coming together of these two elements makes perfect sense. The idealism, optimism, raw sharing of emotion and focus on collective action in the past might look hopelessly naive to most, but I love the focus on trying and creating instead of all this post-modern obsession with failure.” — Kolmel WithLove, Exhibiting Artist
EXHIBITING ARTIST TEAMS INCLUDE
–Dean Disaster and DiegoDiegoDiego.com
–Dorian Katz and Kevin Seaman
–Robbie Sweeny and VAINHEIN
–Ryan Crowder and Seven Mitchell
–Lark Buckinghan, Alice Cunt and Constance Hockaday
–Sugah Betes, Lydia Brunch (Kolmel WithLove), Sue Casa, Mutha Chucka, Dam Dyke, Fauxnique (Monique Jenkinson), U-PHORIA Glitter (Peter Griggs), Mona G. Hawd (Maryam Rostami), Lil Miss Hot Mess (Harris David Harris), Coco Kahlo
–Sarah (sass) Biscarra-Dilley
–Cara Rose DeFabio
Their biographies can be found online at www.work-more.org.
SOMArts’ exhibition programs are generously supported by the Community Arts and Education Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, The San Francisco Foundation and individual donors. Work MORE! #6 is made possible with the generous support of the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. CounterPULSE is a community partner.
Photo by Cabure Bonugli, Robbie Sweeny and VAINHEIN pictured