FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jess Young, Director of Communications
& Community Engagement
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SOMArts Cultural Center Presents
Work MORE! #6
Exhibition Saturday, March 29–Thursday, April 24, 2014. Opening night party and interactive drag show, Friday, March 28, 2014, 7–10pm.
February 12, 2014, San Francisco, CA— Dance, drag and contemporary art collide in the gallery at SOMArts Cultural Center at the opening night party and interactive drag show for Work MORE! #6, Friday, March 28, 2014, 7–10pm, free admission. The exhibition, organized by Commons Curatorial Residency recipient and Work MORE! creator and artistic director Mica Sigourney (VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!), is on view at SOMArts Saturday, March 29 through Thursday, April 24, 2014. 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,” says Sigourney, “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.”
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.
Artists and performers 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.
Sigourney is deeply rooted in the San Francisco drag community–– as his creation VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! he co-curates and co-hosts the weekly nightclub SOME THING, which debuted in 2006 and has been described by San Francisco Bay Guardian being part of a “post-drag moment,” that “thrills at … deconstructing gay history in order to create its own glimmering, sculptural kitsch.”
Among the 22 avant-garde and traditional drag performers and artists participating are Monique Jenkinson (Fauxnique), Robbie Sweeny, DiegoDiegoDiego.com, VAIN HEIN and Kolmel WithLove (Lydia Brunch).
The largest of the collaborating artist teams, a group of 10 spearheaded by Kolmel WithLove, offers “Womenhouse,” 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,” says WithLove, “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.”
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
Their biographies can be found online at www.work-more.org.
Work MORE! #6
Saturday, March 29–Thursday, April 24, 2014. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm & Saturday, 12–5pm.
Exhibition & related events take place at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. at 8th St., San Francisco, CA and are free to attend. More information about the exhibition and related events is available online at www.somarts.org/workmore.
RELATED EVENTS LISTINGS
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
Sarah (sass) Biscarra-Dilley is, according to her mother, half-Mexican and half-criminal. A multi-disciplinary artist, weaver, tortillera and witch, her work explores the spaces between the worlds; between ancestral lines, between gender and gender roles, between past and present, between sacred space and living space, between personal authority and collective responsibility, between solemn attention and necessary irreverence.
Cara Rose DeFabio is an interdisciplinary creative who believes her community is her greatest asset. She has been an artist-in-residence at Guapamacataro, Mexico and staged participatory theater at historical landmarks with We Players, and is a proud conspirator on Longshot Magazine.
Cabure Bognuli has ten years of experience as a photographer of the nightlife and in portraiture. At a bi-weekly portrait salon he boldly experiments with lighting, composition and live action special effects.
ABOUT MICA SIGOURNEY
Mica Sigourney grew up as one of two identical twin sons of creative parents—an Irish immigrant father and American mother—in Baldwin New York. With one foot in the US and the other in Ireland, he carries a passport from each nation. Being a twin and carrying dual citizenship turned out to be fortuitous training for a future that would see him negotiating an identity and career as an artist and curator as well as drag queen and night-lifer.
He was named Performer of the Year by San Francisco Bay Guardian in 2012 and has enjoyed residencies at the Jon Sims Center and CounterPULSE where he has produced multiple works. Sigourney has been performing since he was a child and studied acting at Marymount Manhattan College in New York and Performance at Antioch College in Ohio. VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! has been a scion of the aristocratic and notorious drag/mob MORE family in San Francisco since 2008.
A longer biography and information about Sigourney’s creative influences can be found online at www.work-more.org/about.
ABOUT SOMARTS CULTURAL CENTER
SOMArts (South of Market Arts, Resources, Technology, and Services) was founded in 1979 and operates the South of Market Cultural Center, one of four city-owned cultural facilities in San Francisco. SOMArts supports exhibitions, performances, classes and other collaborations that serve its mission: to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures.
SOMArts is located at 934 Brannan Street—between 8th and 9th—within 2 blocks of 101, I-80, Muni lines and bike paths. For public information call 415-863-1414 or visit somarts.org. Stay connected by following us on Twitter, Flickr and Facebook.
The Commons Curatorial Residency Program nurtures a creative cultural environment in the Bay Area by providing space and support for exhibitions that take risks, promote cultural connectivity and learning, and instigate accessible, multifaceted participation in the arts. Selected artists and groups receive support consisting of a $3,000 grant, a month-long exhibition at SOMArts, 80+ hours of technical assistance, and help with traditional and social media outreach to connect their work with new audiences. Through this support, Bay Area artists can engage the community, expand their practice and turn vision into reality.
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.
For more information about upcoming events, space rentals and technical services, visit www.somarts.org or call 415-863-1414