The Wilderness Film Studio

  • "Skunk Windscreen", Hand-sewn hair wefts, skunk hide parts, foam, fabric, and shotgun microphone, 16"x8"x12", 2016

These functional sculptures are built from natural animal and plant materials. This series remixes history, imagining a technology built on embodiment and animism instead of cleanliness and efficiency. Videos of the Wilderness Film Studio in action coming soon.

The Wilderness Film Studio
Sculptural Series
2015-2016

The Advocate

Though I live 5 miles from the Golden Gate bridge I often wake up to the sound of the foghorns. Whenever possible, I head to the coast with my camera, set it up and join the cacophony of the Bay. The foghorns are an old technology, yet there are 19 functioning foghorns in the San Francisco Bay that (alongside GPS) steer ships from the cliffsides, outcroppings, and pillars of the bridge. In addition, ships traveling in and out have their own sounds. In adding my voice, I am making a small contribution to the larger forces of commerce and natural beauty that define the Bay, and confounding the constant stream of nature-lovers and tourists of the Presidio.
Ongoing Performance Series, Variable time
Presidio, San Francisco CA
2013-present

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Exhibition: Recology Retrospective

“We Always Progress” Performer Ingrid Rojas Contreras

SF Camerawork
1011 Market Street, Fl 2
Dec 1, ’16 – Jan 28, ’17
Reception Thursday, Dec 1, 6 – 8 pm

While its only been a year since I completed a residency at Recology, there is a legacy of artists using photography and video to build narratives, sets, and characters from recycled materials there. Photography and Video Retrospective of the Recology Artist in Residence Program is curated by Darrin Martin and includes works by Miguel Arzabe, Jamil Hellu, Robin Lasser, Jenny Odell, Kate Rhoades, Chris Sollars, and Nomi Talisman, among others.

In its 26th year, the Recology SF AIR Program provides Bay Area artists with studio space at the Recology San Francisco Transfer Station and Recycling Center, as well as access to materials in the Public Disposal and Recycling Area (the public dump). Artists work for 4 months on-site, and residencies culminate in public 3-day exhibitions. Over 150 artists have had residencies since the program’s founding.

 

Make Me Change Me

These four video excerpts feature performers reading from texts found in the city’s trash.

I was invited to be artist-in-residence at Recology, San Francisco’s city waste and recycling management center: four months of unlimited access to a facility where mountains of construction materials, furniture, and the detritus of abandoned houses and apartments pass through and are sorted for reuse. Every artist I’ve met in this program finds something astounding. For me that was scraps of paper with hand-written notes–a letter or poem or record of a dream that somehow caught my eye. The performers are engulfed by materials and costumes created from trash, a dual burden of material and memory that requires some effort to convey. In this excerpt, Ingrid Rojas Contreras reads from a chapter of a book on regression that someone typed out with handwritten notes, Dean Hernandez reads sentences from an English language assignment, Florentina Mocanu-Schendel delivers a shopping list mixed up with sermon notes, and I read from a dream journal written in 1993.

This was made possible by Recology. Special thanks to Deborah Munk, Sharon Spain, Micah Gibson, Alison Pebworth, and Miguel Arzabe.

Make Me Change Me
Recology Artist in Residency, San Francisco CA
2015

American Light

  • "Mirror Jump Into 'In the Mountains' by Albert Bierstadt", Mixed media on book plate, 2015

Screening: Limited Access, Tehran IRAN

telluric, telluric, telluric

I’m pleased to be showing a selection of videos during LIMITED ACCESS 6 in Tehran. The program is co-curated by Sanaz Mazinani and Marc Mayer and also features works by Surabhi Saraf, Boo Chapple, and GIRL (Chitra Ganesh and Simone Leigh). Our program runs Saturday, February 27 and Wednesday, March 3 between 1 and 6 pm. From the press release:

What are the physical and psychological limitations of the body? From daily, domestic routines to the pressures of conforming to societal norms, the artists in this program consider the resiliency of the human body by challenging and abstracting its depiction and form. Saraf explores the representations of the feminine form in Fold. Focusing on the everyday motions of folding laundry, she shows us the beauty and the choreography of the body within a domestic space. In Breaking Bread and Green Washing, Chapple comments on the gluttony and overuse of the resources that surround us and how the body functions as the nexus point for our consumption. Barber endeavors to break down the body/mind divide through endurance performances that force a metaphysical consideration on the body and its boundaries. Finally, GIRL’s (Chitra Ganesh and Simone Leigh) haunting video My dreams, my works must wait till after hell… questions the classical art-historical presentation of the nude by featuring the black body and denying the visibility of the subject’s physical attributes. Instead the aural and psychological experience is amplified through the physical power of the breath.

More information can be found here.

Exhibition: SFAC Gallery Inaugural

parallel selves body fragments

San Francisco Arts Commission
401 Van Ness Ave
Jan 22 – May 7, 2015
Gallery Hours Tue. – Sat. 11am-6pm
Reception January 22nd, 6-9pm

I am honored to be included in the inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated San Francisco Arts Commission gallery, curated by director Meg Shiffler and independent curator Kevin Chen. I will be showing a body-replica sculptural work and making a new performance on March 17, 2015.

From the press release:

Bring it Home: (Re)Locating Cultural Legacy Through the Body presents work from artists representing diverse Bay Area communities, and centers thematically on how these artists grapple with cultural identity and its relationship to the human condition. Bring it Home features work by both established and emerging Bay Area artists including Zeina Barakeh, Jeremiah Barber, Vic De La Rosa, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Dana Harel, Carolyn Janssen, Summer Mei Ling Lee, Ranu Mukherjee, Ramekon O’Arwisters, and Tsherin Sherpa. Working in media ranging from painting to digital photography, video to textiles, performance to sculpture, the artists attempt to reconcile and bridge differences—such as past and present, historical and contemporary, Eastern and Western, traditional customs and modern conventions, religious and secular—and the ongoing search for grounding and a sense of home, these artists make culture and history highly personal by presenting the body (and often their own body) as a site of inscription and fractured performances.

More information about the exhibition can be found here.

More about the performance can be found here.