UPCOMING EVENTS/SHOWS

State of the Nation:
Intersection Summer Art Auction & Birthday Party

June 21 through 29, 2006 – 12 to 5pm
June 29, 7pm – Auction (live auction begins at 8:30pm)

What is the state of our nation? Join Intersection and more than 50 of California’s most cutting-edge artists in a collective response to the immediate issues in our country. This unique exhibition is also an interactive auction – all of the work is available via silent and live auction. All proceeds benefit Intersection and the work we do in the community. We hope you will visit our exhibition and join us for a one-time event on June 29 – Don’t miss this special chance to take home some brand new artwork!!

Participating artists include:
Kim Abeles, Brad K. Alder, Conrad Atkinson, Amy Berk, Claudia Bernardi, Sandow Birk, Carlos Cartagena, Victor Cartagena, May Chan, Scott Chernis, Chris Cobb, Ali Dadgar, Binh Danh, Lauren Davies, Lewis deSoto, Ala Ebtekar, Amanda Eicher, Tia Factor, Erez Golan, Jesse Gottesman, Robert Gutierrez, Paul Hayes, Jonn Herschend, Su-Chen Hung, Chris Johanson, Monica Johnson, Kathryn Kenworth, Judith Selby Lang, Noah Lang, Richard Lang, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ken Light, Leslie Linnebur, Bernie Lubell, Scott MacLeod, Kara Maria, Sean McFarland, Julio Morales, Elizabeth Moy, Abner Nolan, Patrick Piazza, Maria Porges, Rigo 23, Brion Nuda Rosch, Favianna Rodriguez, Rebeka Rodriguez, Jos Sances, Andrew Schoultz, Luc Schwab, SF Print Collective, Winston Smith, Tracey Snelling, Heather Sparks, Stephanie Syjuco, Megan Wilson, Christine Wong Yap, Rene Yung.

I’ve donated a series of five 18″x18″ posters each. They’re from a project that I’ve been working on called Logos: Born Again in the USA.

Since 9/11 and the U.S. War On Terror, the Bush Administration has used Christianity as a banner for U.S. Patriotism, pontificating to the world that America is spiritually and politically superior to all. Throughout both terms in office, George W. Bush has frequently used “God talk” to demonstrate his conviction that he’s doing God’s will. He called for a “crusade” against terrorists, he professed “our nation is chosen by God and commissioned by history to be a model to the world of justice,” and he declared “Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America’s gift to the world, it is God’s gift to humanity.”

At the same time the Bush Administration has used God as a mouthpiece to ordain public policy, Jesus has become an emblem for the hip, fashionable, and profit-driven. Celebrities, including Ashton Kutcher and Paris Hilton, have been sporting “Jesus Is My Homeboy” t-shirts by the Los Angeles-based company Teenage Millionaire (one million of the tees have sold). Fashion’s 2005 fall season featured sweaters by Dquared with the slogan “Jesus Loves Even Me”; and collections by Derek Lam and Yves Saint Laurent included pieces with Christian iconography. According to the Christian Booksellers Association, sales of clothing and accessories at Christian bookstores and gift shops reached close to $84 million in 2004.

Capitalizing on these recent trends, Logos: Born Again in the USA explores the relationships between Christianity, fashion, and American patriotism and propaganda.


Swell Ten Years Later

New work by Amy Berk, Carolyn Castano, and Megan Wilson










June 30 – August 12, 2006
Opening reception: Friday June 30, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Artists Talk: Saturday, July 22, 2 PM

Meridian Gallery
545 Sutter Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102
415 398-7229

Gallery Hours: 11 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday

In 1996, Meridian Gallery presented the exhibition Swell: new work by Amy Berk, Carolyn Castano and Megan Wilson, a humorous and glamorously serious take on femininity, its illusions, and its power in the 1990′s. In Swell, 10 Years Later, Berk, Castano, and Wilson explore issues surrounding them today as established artists in their thirties including career plateaus, pitfalls and pratfalls, careerism, and the three m’s: marriage, motherhood, and maturation.

(A note on the exhibition: while the description of the show states that we’ll “explore issue surrounding them today as established artists in their thirties including career plateaus, pitfalls and pratfalls, careerism, and the three m’s: marriage, motherhood, and maturation,” this is a little misleading, the works in the show reflect our current practices and how our work has developed over the past 10 years. The artists’ talk on Saturday, July 22nd at 2pm will address the issues covered in the show’s statement.)

About Meridian Gallery :
Meridian Gallery is one of the truly grassroots alternative art spaces in San Francisco. It’s been exhibiting diverse artists and presenting an impressive range of programming for over 17 years. Founded by Anne Trueblood Brodzky and Anthony Williams; the two are still running the space on a shoestring budget that hardly reflects the amount of work they put into creating a very special and unique arts space. My relationship began with Meridian in 1995 when I began working with the gallery as a grants writer and then went on to co-found the Meridian Interns Program (MIPs) together with Amy Berk. The program continues to be one of the most innovative youth programs in San Francisco and many of the youth have continued to work with Meridian as instructors for the program and volunteers at the gallery. I have been incredibly fortunate to get to work with several of the past interns, including Devin Cecil, (a past student of mine and part of the first MIPs program), and Marina Perez-Wong (both current instructors for the MIPs program), as well as two current students, Nat and Joseph on this current show. The feeling at Meridian is really that of an extended and supportive family.

More Images From Jogja

I still don’t have the pics from the book launch and funraiser at Intersection — my friend Chaim took them and is still working on getting them to me. So here are some more images from Jogja that I took on my last day there:


Budhhist Temple

Farhan’s mural from the road

Beautiful graff


Sam & Roly’s mural (Sam’s part)

Roly’s part

At the mall on Malioboro Street (this isn’t the huge new mall)

At the mall

I love these commercial murals!


San Francisco – Yogyakarta Indonesia

Sama-sama/Together continues ….

Last Friday at Intersection for the Arts we raised $2,000 through sales of the Sama-sama/Together catalogue and lots of great artwork for the earthquake relief in Yogyakarta (Jogja). Additionally we’ve raised another $2,000 through donations for a total of $4,000!

However, the communities in Jogja are still needing our help — many, many people are homeless and now families are dying from contaminated water. Please, please, please, if you can — help by donating to the need! You can purchase a Sama-sama/Together catalogue for $30 (plus $2.25 for postage) or you can send a donation. For either, please send a check to:

Intersection For The Arts

446 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

attn:
Sama-sama

Also — please check out http://posko.studiobiru.info/ to get information on our team of friends in Yogyakarta who we’re working with on this effort — you can see exactly what the money is being spent on and who else had donated from around the world. It’s been really heartwarming to see what an amazing grassroots effort the arts community has pulled together there — and how many people are helping!!

Thank you so much to the following artists who donated work to the fundraiser:
Carolyn Ryder Cooley (who also did most of the organizing for the event — and played music)
Alicia McCarthy (also helped organize and played music)
Peter Whitehead (also played music)
Sara Thustra
Lissa Ivy
Emily Prince
Christine Shields
Brad K. Alder
Aaron Noble

Thank you also to Kevin Chen who never ceases to amaze me!! and to Intersection for the Arts for always being such a great support!

I’ll post pictures from the event soon. Until then, the images here are from Jogja — this is one of my favorite new murals (it’s very long).



Yogyakarta Indonesia

We finally heard from Arya and he’s OK!! Though he’s injured and his home is completely destroyed. I’m so happy to see he’s alive, but it breaks my heart to see the destruction and know how difficult life there is — to be uprooted and displaced.


Again, if you’d like to make a donation to the relief effort by purchasing a catalogue from our international exchange between San Francisco and Yogyakarta, please send a check for $32.25 (this includes shipping within the US) — if your able to send more, please do! We are sending all of the funds back to a group of our friends that have formed to help rebuild homes, supply food and shelter and contribute to hospital costs. To help, send a check to:

Intersection For The Arts
446 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
attn: Sama-sama

Thank you!

THANK YOU to the following who have given or committed funds to the earthquake relief so far, it’s VERY MUCH appreciated:
Lisa Russ
Jacob and Jill Pfeiffer
Jim and Jennifer Turnure
Duc Nguyen
Maw Shein Win
Vanessa Renwick
Ed Gilbert
Mark Brest van Kempen
Peter Carpou
Monica Johnson
Susette S. Min
Barbara Judy
Valerie Wade
Chi-Hui Yang
Brad K. Alder
Tia Factor
Amy Berk

Jennifer Wofford

Dwayne Marsh

Ann Dennehy
(Ann has raised $800 through her friends!)
Norm Noble
Southern Exposure
LeBeau Nob Hill Market
Elizabeth Misner

Salamat!

Sama-sama/Together Catalog Release Party & Yogyakarta Earthquake Relief Fundraiser

Friday June 16, 2006 – 6 to 8 PM

Intersection For The Arts
446 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


Join us to help raise relief funds for our friends in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, who are still working to recover from the devastating 6.3 earthquake 2 weeks ago. Close to 7,000 people died from the earthquake and its aftershocks. All proceeds from this event will go to help the survivors in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

We will have catalogs for sale, as well as music and performances. All proceeds from donations and sales of the catalogs will go to help our friends and their families in Yogyakarta.

The images here are from our celebration in Yogya on May 1 at Via Via Cafe after the catalogue was completed.

Yogyakarta Indonesia

Hi, I wanted to pass on this email from my friend Arie Dyanto in Yogyakarta:

I am pretty busy these days helping YUK! depot for
emergency and recovery help. Please inform everyone
this website:

www.studiobiru.info

and thank you Stephanie (Syjuco) for the post about Yogya on your awesome blog!

UPDATE ON YOGYAKARTA INDONESIA

I and the rest of the SF Sama-sama crew have been in touch with our friends in (and from the surrounding areas) of Yogyakarta. We’ve learned that the devestation is much worse than was initially believed. The images here were sent from Mie Cornoedus, who owns the Via Via Cafe in Yogyakarta.

As I wrote in my previous blog, we are raising money to send to the relief efforts in Yogya through sales of our catalogue (and additional donations if people are able to be more generous). The money will go straight to the people who have been affected. Our most pressing need is to assist with our friends from the Via Via Cafe who have lost their homes and their jobs (Via Via was also badly damaged in the quake).

Eleven of the workers’ homes were completely destroyed and will have to be rebuilt. Each of these homes on average houses a family of seven. The cost to rebuild each home is Rp 30,000,000 which is equal to roughly $3,000 (far far different from the $700,000 average per home in the Bay Area! — which often just houses 2)

If you would like to contribute to the relief effort by purchasing a catalogue ($30 plus $2.25 for postage) or sending a donation, please send your inforamation and a check to:

Intersection For The Arts
446 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

The catalogue will be sent to you within a week.

We are also planning to have a book launch /fundraising event at Intersection for the Arts within the next several weeks — I will keep you posted on the exact time and date.

A little more about Mie and the Via Via Cafe:
Via Via Cafe is a very special place in Yogya. Via Via and Mie were friends and partners for the Sama-sama project — hosting an exhibition and providing lots of assistance while the San Francisco artists were there.

Targeted mainly for tourists (the prices are high for locals), Via Via not only serves as a restaurant, it also offers many courses for foreigners to learn about the culture of Yogya, including language courses, traditional healing practices, batik and textile courses, and trips to surrounding villages and sacred sites, such as Borubudor (one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world) and Prambanan (the largest Hindu temple compound in Indonesia — badly damaged in the quake). Although the prices are high for locals, the point is that Via Via gives much of its profits back to the community. Via Via pays its employees well and Mie has helped to put several of her workers through college. Via Via also has (or rather had) a gallery space for local artists and was often the site for celebrations.


THANK YOU
to the following who have given or committed funds to the earthquake relief:
Lisa Russ
Jacob and Jill Pfeiffer
Jim and Jennifer Turnure
Duc Nguyen
Maw Shin Win
Vanessa Renwick
Ed Gilbert
Mark Brest van Kempen
Peter Carpou
Monica Johnson
Susette S. Min
Barbara Judy
Valerie Wade
Chi-Hui Yang
Brad K. Alder
Tia Factor
Amy Berk
Jennifer Wofford
Dwayne Marsh