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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, I, II AND III (2002)," THREE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS by MAIL ORDER BRIDES
Location: Turret Guest Bathroom, Pygmalion-First Floor

FOURTEENTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE

and

"BANGKA (2007)," INK AND GOUACHE ON PAPER by JENIFER WOFFORD
Location: Library Bathroom, Pygmalion-First Floor

"FALLING NURSE (2007)," (18 X 14") INK ON PAPER by JENIFER WOFFORD
Location: TBD

THIRTEENTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE

UPDATE:

Delighted to acquire another work on paper by Jenifer Wofford (who's also one of the three members of M.O.B.s). This one, "Falling Nurse" was acquired through a fundraiser for a very interesting exhibition she organized, "Galleon Trade". You can see an image of "Falling Nurse" at the fundraising site HERE.

You might want to check out the other art works, too, to see if any interests you -- reasonable prices for fabulous contemporary art! Go HERE for full auction info.

Galleon Trade is an interesting exhibition involving 12 innovative California artists. Here's some context viz some excerpts from the Galleon Trade site:

Some Context:
The Acapulco-Manila galleons were the legendary Spanish trading ships that sailed the Pacific between Manila , Philippines and Acapulco, Mexico from 1565 to 1815. The Spanish were the first Europeans to attempt to colonize the Philippines: their initial route was a one-way trip from Acapulco to Manila, until they discovered a viable route back across the Pacific via north-easterly trade winds and currents to California. The ships then followed the coastline south to Acapulco. The route became known as the “nao de la China”, or “the ship of China”: though the Philippines provided some products, it was goods and valuables from China and the Spice Islands which made the galleon trade so lucrative. Europe and the New World’s appetite for these Far East products was insatiable. China, in turn, coveted silver from the New World mines, which westbound galleons were loaded with.

Why “Galleon Trade”?
While the actual trade route clearly involved China and Spain directly (and also made calls in Louisiana), “Galleon Trade”, as a contemporary response to post-colonial and global concerns, has chosen to focus more on the relationships between California, Mexico and the Philippines. And while US arts awareness and exchange does occur with well-to-do European nations such as Spain, and industrialized, art-market-friendly Asian nations such as Japan, Korea and China, exchange with less economically stable Southeast Asian nations such as the Philippines is shockingly rare. The potential for exchange and new opportunities for dialogues across the Pacific Ocean is enormous, and untapped.

California, Mexico, and Philippines share tremendous historical and cultural connections, but these have rarely been acknowledged in a creative setting. These post-colonial histories, contemporary transnational relationships, globalization, religious-, and commercial concerns all provide ample inspiration for creative output and dialogue across multiple communities. Statistically, Mexicans are the largest immigrant presence, and Filipinos are the largest or 2nd largest Asian immigrant presence in the USA, particularly in California. Despite these numbers, both groups have limited- to no representation in the US media, politics or the arts. Given California’s position as the primary locus of these two groups, it seems essential to open as many pathways to exchange and understanding as possible.

California, Mexico, and the Philippines also share thriving artist-run galleries and arts communities, despite respective economic challenges and lack of conventional/institutional arts funding. Galleon Trade aims to prove that grassroots international arts exchange can still occur despite such challenges: it will be critical as a new model and template for how this can manifest creatively.

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Prov.: J.W.: Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco; and Galleon Trade Fundraiser/Direct from Artist
M.O.B.s: Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Culver City, CA

Monday, June 25, 2007

BREAD (UNTITLED)" (2003) (WOOD & STRING, 3.5 x 10.5 x 5 IN) SCULPTURE by ULRIKE PALMBACH
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

[FOURTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:

Ulrike Palmbach's last exhibition at Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco has a review by Maria Porges in the current (summer) issue of Art Forum. The review specifically cites our Bread sculpture - yay. Review begins:

"For the past decade, Ulrike Palmbach has been making her own versions of familiar objects, employing, unexpected materials--using surplus army blankets, for instance, to construct a drooping stack of storage crates. She has also used blankets to make woolen telephones(the old fashioned desk model) and cozy-looking cartons for milk and eggs. These handmade interpretations of machine-made products immediately evoke Claes Oldenburg's sculptures, while other transformations--a loaf of bread carved out of wood and "sliced" with a saw, or a tabletop liwith wooden apple cores--puckis suggest Surrealist antecedents. Palmbach has also constructed unsettling life-size models of cats and cows out of unbleached muslin sewed over intricate padding that "fleshes out" wooden armatures."

Bold-faced mine, and for obvious reasons...

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Prov. (Ulrike Palmbach): Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco

"INFORMAL ECONOMY VENDORS, #8" (2005) (ANALOG AND DIGITAL MEDIA RENDERED AND CUT ON VINYL MATERIAL) (1 OF 5) by JULIO CESAR MORALES
Location: Living Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

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Julio Cesar Morales has an exhibition currently up through July 8, 2007 at the Deborah Page Gallery in Santa Monica, CA.

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Prov.: Direct from Artist

"THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, I, II AND III (2002)," THREE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS by MAIL ORDER BRIDES
Location: Turret Guest Bathroom, Pygmalion-First Floor

THIRTEENTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE

and

"GREETING CARDS" by Sharon Hing
Location: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

Sharon Hing and Mail Order Brides (M.O.B.s) are among the artists in an exhibition opening tomorrow in San Francisco! Here are details:

DIRTY WORK
June 26-August 31, 2007
Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007; 6.30 -9.30pm

Join KSW for the opening reception of Dirty Work, a new exhibition opening at KSW's space180. Featuring work by artists Nancy Hom, Sharon Hing, Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., Choppy Oshiro, Rick Rocamura, and Favianna Rodriguez, this exhibit invites us to consider the impact of the domestic worker industry on communities and the larger economy, and to consider the experience of doing "dirty work."

Gallery hours: Tues & Th, 2 - 6pm, Sat 12 - 4pm, and by appointment.

Location: KSW's space180, 180 capp street, @ 17th street, San Francisco
Cost: Free; $5 suggested donation.
Info:   sam@kearnystreet.org; 415.503.0520; www.kearnystreet.org

Sharon Hing has shown her work in the Bay Area for the past 10 years and has organized and spearheaded multiple art benefits for non-profits in the United States and Hong Kong. While studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2006, she volunteered with the Hong Kong legal aid organization Helpers for Domestic Helpers (HDH). Learning about the widespread exploitation and severe abuse of foreign domestic helpers by employment agencies, employers, and government officials prompted her to create work to be sold for the benefit of HDH. (These cards are available at the Kearny Street Workshop online store.) She graduated from UCLA in 2005 and currently is a board member of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and volunteers at local community organizations as an art teacher and set designer. She is the Membership and Program Associate at Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.

Nancy Hom is an artist, writer, organizer, and arts administrator with over 30 years of experience in the non-profit arts field. She was born in Toisan, China in 1949. She moved to the United States at age five. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Pratt Institute.In San Francisco Nancy has played a key role in the development of neighborhood arts organizations since 1974. She has created artwork for numerous political, social, and community events. As an artist, curator, and organizer, she has worked in many communities in San Francisco, including the South of Market, Manilatown, Chinatown, Japantown, Western Addition, and the Mission. She is also a writer, graphic designer and children's book illustrator. Her award-winning book, Nine-in-One Grr! Grr!, is one of five books published by Children's Book Press that contain her illustrations.For over a decade, Eliza "Neneng" Barrios, Reanne "Immaculata" Estrada and Jenifer "Baby" Wofford have worked collaboratively as

Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., a group of Filipina American artists engaged in an ongoing collaborative investigation of culture, race and gender. While traditionally, "real" mail order brides are thought of as ideal obedient domestics, it has not escaped this trio's attention that, acronymically speaking, "Mail Order Brides" abbreviates down to a more sinister series of initials that inform the darker subtext of their connivings and conspirings. They have taken matters into their own (well-manicured) hands, using their innate graciousness, good fashion sense, and interior decorating/inner decorum skills to gently pry open the eyes of the closed minded. They have pursued this vision through over a decade of creative endeavors such as photographic psychodramas, parade performances, public service posters, and panel discussions, plus karaoke music videos, museum makeovers, and educational workshops. Their latest successful business venture, Always A Bridesmaid Never A Bride(TM), has provided the world with long-needed services of three Professional Bridesmaids for weddings, commitment ceremonies and immigration- inspired marital arrangements. M.O.B. "hits" have included public art projects for the San Francisco Arts Commission's Market Street Art in Transit posters and the McColl Center Mobile Art Project, as well as performance works for Oakland's Lunar New Year Parade and "Museum Pieces" at SF's DeYoung Museum. M.O.B. has shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Triton Museum of Art, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery and The Luggage Store. Their film/video works have screened at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, the Mix Festival and the International Film Festival in Detroit. They are committed to making the world a more delicious and harmonious place. For more information please visit http://wofflehouse.com/mob.html

Choppy Oshiro is a graphic designer and illustrator based in San Francisco. She utilizes her experience in art direction and production management to specialize in arts and community-based projects, advertising and publishing. Her client/project list includes the Legion of Honor, de Young Museum, American Liver Foundation, Hispanic Community Foundation, Foster Care San Francisco, Levi-Strauss, Beach Blanket Babylon, Teleguia, Music for Little People, Survival Series Publishing Company, and Kearny Street Workshop. Although about to end her service as a KSW board member, she intends to stay plugged into the organization. Choppy's nickname comes from a character in 1960's animé shown in Hawaii, where she grew up. The cartoon was called "Princess Knight" and the plot involved a princess forced to live in drag since, legally, one had to be male to inherit the throne. Of course, there was the evil baron and his sidekick trying to unmask Princess Knight and take over the kingdom. Choppy was an angel sent to help Princess Knight thwart the evil baron and thus redeem himself since he kept screwing up in heaven. Political saga mixed with gender issues told from a Japanese viewpoint watched by American schoolchildren in the 70s! Yeah!

Favianna Rodriguez is an Oakland-based printmaker and institution builder, Her dynamic political prints and posters tell a history of social justice, capturing the daily sentiments of a people in daily struggle, to document their efforts and celebrate their victories. Favianna's work attempts to reclaim public space, community centers, streets, billboards,and to redefine that space through art, through youth workshops, and through the establishment of collective cultural spaces. Favianna is co-Founder of the EastSide Arts Alliance (ESAA), a third world collective of artists and activists working to empower the Oakland community through art and culture. She is also the founder of Visual Element, a program that trains young artists in the traditions of muralism for social change. In 2003, Favianna co-founded the Taller Tupac Amaru, with the mission of producing and distributing screenprinted political poster. Favianna is currently co- editing a book project entitled Reproduce and Revolt!, a graphic toolbox of over 600 high-quality black & white illustrations and graphics about political activism. With her signature energy and zeal,Favianna travels to share her inspirational work with others abroad. She has lectured numerously in Tokyo and Mexico City about the role of art and culture in community building.

Kearny Street Workshop is a multidisciplinary arts organization based in San Francisco's Mission District at KSW's exhibition and arts events space, space180. The mission of Kearny Street Workshop is to produce and present art that enriches and empowers Asian Pacific American communities. Our vision is to achieve a more just society by connecting Asian Pacific American(APA) artists with community members to give voice to our cultural, historical, and contemporary issues. For more information please visit www.kearnystreet.org.

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Prov.: M.O.B.s -- Lizabeth Oliveira Gallery, Culver City; SH -- Direct from Artist

"ROBIN" (1993) (OIL ON ALKYD ON BOARD, 60 x 48 IN) by GREGORY GILLESPIE
Location: Hallway in front of Living Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

1994 CHRISTMAS CARD by/from GREGORY GILLESPIE
Location: Living Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

FIFTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:


Gregory Gillespie is among the artists in the exhibition "The Contemporary Landscape" from June 28 to Aug. 31, 2007 at Forum Gallery in New York City.

Other artists in the exhibit are Robert Bauer, STephen Brown, James Butler, Davis Cone, Linden Frederick, Peter Krausz, Holly Lane, David Levine, Craig McPherson, Brian Rutenberg, Bernardo Siciliano and Tula Telfair.

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Prov.: Forum Gallery, New York; direct from Artist

"[] (FOAM, CONTACT PAPER, SHADOW BOX-TYPE FRAME)" by STEPHANIE SYJUCO
Location: Babaylan Lodge

THIRTEENTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE

and

"THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, I, II AND III (2002)," THREE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS by MAIL ORDER BRIDES
Location: Turret Guest Bathroom, Pygmalion-First Floor

TWELFTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE

and

"BANGKA (2007)," INK AND GOUACHE ON PAPER by JENIFFER WOFFORD
Location: Library Bathroom, Pygmalion-First Floor

TWELFTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE

and

"INFORMAL ECONOMY VENDORS, #8" (2005) (ANALOG AND DIGITAL MEDIA RENDERED AND CUT ON VINYL MATERIAL) (1 OF 5) by JULIO CESAR MORALES
Location: Living Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

SIXTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE

and

"ES GEFALLT MIR..." (2001) by ELIZA BARRIOS
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

THIRD MENTION DUE TO UPDATE

UPDATE:
M.O.B.s is comprised of Jenifer Wofford, Reanne Estrada and Eliza Barrios. M.O.B.s as a group as well as individually, and Stephanie Syjuco and Julio Cesar Morales are among the artists in "Galleon Trade". Here's an email from Jenifer that explicates exciting developments:

Hi, wonderful people:

This Saturday June 30 is Ship Launch!, Galleon Trade's fund-raiser par-taay and auction. I hope to see you there. The Luggage Store is our fiscal sponsor, so you are now officially donating to a non-profit organization while you party down. You altruist, you!

Please check out our fancy new website, if you haven't:
http://www.galleontrade.org

And then please join us at Ship Launch!, our June 30 launch-party fund-raiser!

Ship Launch! takes place in the former Tribune Press Building in downtown Oakland. Our venue is one block from 12th St BART. Parking’s easy, too.

DJ, dancing, food, booze, silent art auction, all manner of fun...
Admission is sliding scale, drinks by donation.

Ship Launch! details:
http://galleontrade.org/news/?page_id=10

Art Auction preview gallery:
http://galleontrade.org/news/?p=28

featuring work by artists Mike Arcega, Amy Balkin, Lindsay Benedict, Brett Cook-Dizney, Ali Dadgar, Renee Delores, Reanne Estrada, Michael Hall, Kara Hearn, Jesse Houlding, Misako Inaoka, Bill Jenkins, Susanna Kwan, Ken Lo, Joe McKay, Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., Julio Cesar Morales, Indira Morre, Domingo Nuno, Gina Osterloh, Johanna Poethig, Carlo Ricafort, Michael Salamida, Megan Wilson, Jenifer Wofford, Christine Wong Yap, Favianna Rodriguez, Emily Sevier, Erik Scollon, Aaron Noble, Mario Ybarra Jr, Carolyn Castano, Stephanie JT Russell, Renee Gertler, Masako Miki, and Stephanie Syjuco!

If you're interested in art from the auction but you can't make the event, you can arrange for someone to proxy-bid for you. And if you've had it up to here with fun summer parties, but you really want to support Galleon Trade anyway, you can still donate to the cause via Paypal on our website!

OK. Thanks for putting up with another one of my email blasts. I really hope to see you this Saturday!
hugs,
Wofford

GALLEON TRADE: SHIP LAUNCH!
Saturday June 30
Event: 6-10 pm (Auction: 6-9 pm)
Tribune Press Building
410 12th St, btwn Broadway and Franklin
1 block from 12th St Oakland BART!
Oakland CA 94607

primary contact: Jenifer Wofford
email: jkwofford@hotmail.com

http://www.galleontrade.org

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Prov.: SJ--New Langton Arts, San Francisco
J.W.: Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco
M.O.B.s: Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Culver City, CA
E.B.: New Langton Arts, San Francisco
J.C.M.: Direct from Artist

Monday, June 11, 2007

DRAFTS OF WATER (2002) LIMITED EDITION ARTIST'S BOOK with text by BARRY SCHWABSKY and prints by LUISA RABBIA (EDIZIONI CANOPO, PRATO, ITALY, I of XX)
Location: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

[THIRD MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:


Luisa Rabbia is reviewed in the June/July issue of Art in America. Here's an excerpt of the review by Susan Harris of Luisa Rabbia's recent exhibit at Massimo Audiello:
"Drawing is both a means and an end in Luisa Rabbia's quietly powerful multi-medium works. It is clearly a transformative practice through which she records in real time the sometimes unconscious journey from an idea of observation to its realization in art. Rabbia uses drawing to transcribe complexities of reality and to generate metaphors for the imagination."

The article is illustrated with an photo of what looks like an absolutely fabulous drawing/sculpture: "Old Man," 2007. It's made of papier-mache, which is why I didn't go looking for it right away. Unfortunately for that "compelling sculpture," Moi has two cats with quite rapacious claws.

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Prov.: B.S.

TWO DRAWINGS IN E.T.'S ART/POETRY JOURNAL (2001) by G. SCOTT MACLEOD
Location: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

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One of the highlights of my 2001 residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico was meeting Montreal-based artist Scott MacLeod. It was great seeing him make Taos-inspired paintings. In my journal, he made drawings (one of them of a "Gotland Grave") related to his "Ancestral Homes" series. Scott writes about his latest project:
Dear Friends,

After a successful exhibition and screening in Montreal on the 31st of May at the Maxwell Haus Studios, my exhibition "Meeting with the Goddesses" and video documentary "After the war with Hannelore" will be presented at the Praxis Hagen Galerie in Berlin from June 15 th to July 8th. For details go to:

http://www.macleod9.com/
events/berlin2/berlin_invite_e.html


www.praxishagen.de

Have a good summer,
Scott

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Prov.: Direct From Artist

Monday, June 04, 2007

"RICE WINE" (2004) (DIGITAL PAINTING) by MELISSA NOLLEDO-CHRISTOFFELS
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

[SEVENTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:


Melissa Nolledo-Christoffels' contribution to the "ChromaText" exhibition in Manila earlier this year is featured in an article at the newly-released issue of OurOwnVoice.

Melissa also will have her first solo East Coast exhibit of photographs and digital art at the Philippine Center in New York from July 2 to 13, 2007, with an opening reception on July 2, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.  

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Prov.: Direct From Artist

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