Thanks to the support of numerous people, the catalog for Suggestions of a Life Being Lived, the queer photography exhibition curated by Danny Orendorff and yours truly at SFCamerawork in September 2010 is NOW AVAILABLE! This project was a long time in the making. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen! The catalog features a conversation between Danny and myself entitled, “A Queer Exploration of Three Public Themes.” The cover image was drawn by Jason Fitz Michael and Matt Momchilov and the catalog features full color images from all the artists featured in the show. Order a copy today through SFCamerawork! Or Amazon! And check out the write up of the book on the California College of the Arts News page!
Thank you to all who attended the gallery walk-through and panel discussion at SFCamerawork this past Friday, October 22nd. The panel featured the artists Jeannie Simms, Greg Youmans, Chris Vargas, and Eric Stanley and was moderated by artist and activist, Tammy Rae Carland. Danny Orendorff and I led visitors on a tour of the gallery, highlighting 5 different works and then during the panel discussed the year long process of curating Suggestions of a Life Being Lived, including the impossibility of the categorization of queer art and the political motivations the guided us.
Check out the documentation from the exhibition, “Suggestions of a Life Being Lived” at SFCamerawork on the flickr page here. The opening was packed and really brought the gallery to life. The show is up until October 23rd, so please, visit the gallery again or for the first time! Thanks to everyone who made the opening such an incredible experience.
Matt Sussman from the San Francisco Guardian featured Suggestions of a Life Being Lived in the Fall Arts Preview Issue. Thanks, Matt! We hope this brings people to the gallery on September 9th for our opening reception. (Photo from Aay Preston Myint’s SMILE).
Check out the preview and the other exciting Bay Area art events here.
Suggestions of Life Being Lived, guest curated by Danny Orendorff and Adrienne Skye Roberts, presents queerness as a set of political alliances and possibilities, informed by the projects of 16 artists working in photography, film, video, activism and education. Untethered to institutions of sexual or gender normativity and in pursuit of greater freedoms, the work in this exhibition represents queer activism, intentional and imagined communities, self-determinism, and DIY alternative world-making.
Suggestions of Life Being Lived begins from a place of ‘outness’ and considers how a sense of liberated queerness is pursued and mediated within public spaces and behaviors. Less concerned with catergorical sexual identities or coming-out narratives, this exhibition presents work that looks outward towards collective and resistant expressions of queer community existing outside of dominant gay and lesbian culture.
Featuring works by Steven Miller, Tara Mateik, Killer Banshee Studios, Gay Shame, Kirstyn Russell, Jeannie Simms, Lenn Keller, Mercury Vapor Studios, Falling in love with Chris and Greg, Jason Fritz Michael, Darrin Martin & Torsten Zenas Burns, Eric Stanley & Chris Vargas, Aay Preston Myint and Allyson Mitchell.
Opening reception: Thursday, September 9th 5 – 8 p.m.
September 9 – October 23, 2010
657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Photo credit: NC 17 from Steven Miller’s Reclamations series