Kevin Chen in conversation with class at Intersection for the Arts
Together We Can Defeat Capitalism (TWCDC) is a loose collective of cultural guerrillas, whose aim is to raise questions about early 21st Century Capitalism and have some fun too.
Amy Berk ( www.AmyBerk.com) is a theorist and practitioner of feminist pop art. She is a founder of Meridian Interns Program ( www.MeridianGallery.org ), and co-founder / co-editor of the on-line art and culture journal stretcher ( www.stretcher.org ) to which she is a frquent contributor. She has been intimately involved in all of TWCDC's activities.
Andy Cox (www.twcdc.com) founded TWCDC in 1997. He is a civil engineer, artist, and activist. He has spent the last 20 years contemplating the contradictions inherent in "the profession of a Civil Engineer, being the art of directing the great sources of power in Nature for the use and convenience of man..." (Royal Charter of the Institution of Civil Engineers , 1828). Andy is a dual national of the UK and the USA.
David Goldberg has been working along the borders of media, technology, and culture for fifteen years. After earning a BS in computer systems engineering from Howard University, he began designing curricula and production environments for schools and museums including Balboa High School and the French American International School in San Francisco; Mills College; the Exploratorium; the Smithsonian; ZEUM; and the new media convention Siggraph. He also produces interactive audiovisual texts as a member of Bucolic, and he cofounded San Francisco's internationally acclaimed Beta Lounge, where he is a DJ under the name mr. bollweevil. His art has been featured at the de Young Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Exploratorium, InSITE 2000, the San Francisco Art Institute, Southern Exposure Gallery, Popkomm, 2000 World Expo, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Goldberg's critical writing has appeared in Artweek, Art Papers, Camerawork, XLR8R Magazine, a forthcoming anthology on black appropriation of technology, and on the website Stretcher.org. Goldberg is currently working at the CCA Center for Art and Public Life as the Multimedia Programs Associate, and doing web and content development work for the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. In the spring, he will be teaching a course on Hip Hop Aesthetics at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Andrew J. Schoultz's murals and paintings are a mix of whimsy and sharp social/political vision. They are filled with fleets of cartoonish birds, suitcases in hand, flying the coop – forced out by the laws of progress and greed. Elephants in ties march drudgingly across a desolate landscape, individuals beset by conformist forces. Many of his paintings are homages to the people and places that have been dislocated in the war for space. Others are more about the daily grind and the struggles of anyone trying to make a living in a culture that values consumption above all else. Andrew J. Schoultz has exhibited his work in San Francisco at The Luggage Store, Balazo Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and many public spaces throughout the city, including Clarion Alley, Balmy Alley, Club 66, LeBeau Nob Hill Market, Moss Street Studio; in Detroit at The Detroit Contemporary, in Minneapolis at the and Gallery and in Yogyakarta, Indonesia as part of the project Sama-sama/Together. Since 2000, he has taught high school students through Precita Eyes Mural Center.
Ray Patlan is a major figure in contemporary mural history, as both artist and organizer. Educated at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Academia San Carlos in Mexico City, he got his MFA at CCAC (now CCA). He learned fresco technique in Mexico in the 60's from teachers who had worked directly with the great Mexican muralists. He was part of the American mural renaissance of the late ‘60's-‘70's in both Chicago ('68-'74) and subsequently in the Bay Area. In 1984, working with Patricia Rodriguez, he organized a marathon mural project on Balmy Alley in the Mission district. From January to September of that year 36 artists made 25 murals on the theme of peace in Central America. This project established Balmy as a pre-eminent mural cluster, the direct inspiration for Clarion Alley and many other projects worldwide. Since then Ray has kept watch over Balmy Alley, sponsoring many subsequent murals there. He also worked for 15 years as the founding director of Creativity Explored, a studio program for developmentally disabled adults. Among Ray's own significant murals that can still be seen are the ILWU mural sculpture (downtown SF), Berkeley's La Pena cultural center, two murals in the student center at SF State University, a famous small mural on Balmy Alley and a pair of stairwell murals at New College of California. Currently he teaches mural classes at Laney Community College in Oakland.
Originally from Hawai'i Trisha Lagaso is a cross-disciplinary community artist and cultural worker. She was the Executive Director for Southern Exposure Gallery from 1999-2002. Trisha has also served as a community arts facilitator for the San Francisco Urban Institute, at San Francisco State University, and as Co-Director of the Worlds in Collision Web Site project ('95-'98). Her curatorial projects include; Sister Spaces, an exhibition of international alternative art spaces at Southern Exposure; Juror for the 2001 GenArt Emerge show; organizing youth media show y2k || Youth 2000 at Southern Exposure ('99); serving as Juror for the 1999 SFAI Spring Show and the MFA McMillian Award; participating in the National Association of Artists' Organization's West Coast Region Co-Generate Project ('99); and curating the international exhibit Sino Ka? Ano Ka?, which premiered at the Museo ng Maynila, the Philippines ('98), then at the SFSU Fine Arts Gallery in September 1998. In July 2000 she curated an exhibition of contemporary Filipino American artists (1950-present) to premier at the Manila Metropolitan Museum.
Frances Phillips is a Senior Program Officer in the area of arts and culture with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. Frances has been with the Haas Fund for eight years and also serves as the Director of its Creative Work Fund. Prior to this position, she served as the Executive Director of Intersection for the Arts and Director of the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. She is also the co-author with Stan Hutton of the book Nonprofit Kit for Dummies (2001).
Kevin B. Chen has been the Program Director at Intersection for the Arts since 1998, the oldest alternative non-profit arts organization in San Francisco. Prior to this position, he was the Program Manager at Kala Art Institute, the largest independent printmaking workshop and gallery in North America. He received his bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 1994, graduating phi beta kappa and magna cum laude, and studied Mandarin Chinese at Beijing Teachers University. While living in New York City, he also worked with the social services component of the Harlem Restoration Project for three years. He has served on selection panels for Creative Capital Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Arts Council Silicon Valley, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. He is a Board Member of Youth Speaks and serves on the Community Advisory Board of the San Francisco Art Institute and the Program Committee for the Headlands Center for the Arts. He has also served as an Award Judge for the San Francisco Art Institute, and an exhibition juror for San Francisco Camerawork. He has been included in the 56th and 57th Marquis Who's Who in America. He is also an active printmaker and sculptor who currently lives in the 45th Street Emeryville Artists' Co-Operative, one of the country's oldest artist communities. He has exhibited his own work at The Kitchen (New York), Southern Exposure, New Langton Arts, Carleton College, Mission Cultural Center, ProArts, Oakland Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Somarts, Angel's Gate Cultural Center, and the California Museum of Art.