NEW PERFORMANCES BY JENNIFER LOCKE, MICHAEL NAMKUNG AND JEREMIAH BARBER
PERFORMANCES: November 4th, 2011 7pm-10pm
EXHIBITION: November 5th – December 3rd
GALLERY HOURS: Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm-6pm
DOWN, a three-person performance art show featuring Bay Area artists Jennifer Locke, Jeremiah Barber, and Michael Namkung will take up the steep hallway ramps at Incline Gallery (long ago used to transport bodies to an embalming station for an adjacent mortuary). This unique one-time performance will take place on November 4th with artifacts from the performances on view through December 3rd.
Drawing on the language of sports training, athletic performance, and the sensory experiences of drawing under physical strain—often until to the point of failure, Michael Namkung presents an endurance piece for DOWN. Namkung’s Drawing Gym Performance Group will inchworm up and down the cycle of ramps holding chalk in their hands in order to make a drawing of this extraordinary exertion.
Jeremiah Barber relies on his continuous preoccupation with solitude, toil, and transcendence for his newest project, a self-portrait via other people’s dreams. Family members’ oddly distorted and half-remembered glimpses of the artist during their dreams are translated into real objects, to be destroyed during the performance. The materials left behind from the destruction, video, and photographs will document the piece.
For DOWN Jennifer Locke will make use of the steep halls and her history of interacting with fluid materials. Drawing from herexperiences as a dominatrix, champion submission wrestler, and artists’ model, Locke’s performances involve physically intense actions in relation to the camera and specific architecture and employ material barriers, live audio and video feeds, and mini-cameras.
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Michael Namkung holds a BA and a MEd from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MFA in Drawing and Painting from San Francisco State University. He has performed and exhibited in venues such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, the LAB, Root Division, Kearny Street Workshop, the Richmond Art Center, the POW! Performance Art Festival. He is a recent recipient of an Individual Artist Commission Cultural Equity Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission, and an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. Michael lives and works in San Francisco.
Jeremiah Barber is a visual artist based in San Francisco, California. He completed an MFA in Art Practice at Stanford University and a BFA at Columbia College, Chicago. A former member of Marina Abramovic’s Independent Performance Group, his work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, and The LAB. The son of a priest, Barber writes for KQED, teaches media classes at Stanford University, and recently returned from a summer residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
Jennifer Locke has exhibited in venues such as the 48th Venice Biennale; Air de Paris, Paris; the 9th Havana Biennial; the Basel Art Fair, Kunsthalle, Basel; La Panaderia, Mexico City; Palais de Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Canada, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Art; and the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley. She has curated for Artists’ Television Access and Queens Nails Annex, co-produced a cable access show, and sung in punk bands. Locke teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in San Francisco, and was recently awarded a 2012 Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship.
Through the unique collaborative relationship between San Francisco’s Paxton Gate and the San Pancho Art Collective, an unusual series of ramps and volumes is transformed into the Incline Gallery, a new San Francisco contemporary art space. Incline Gallery seeks to offer a nurturing platform and a solid support system for emerging Bay Area visual and performative artists.