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Saturday, August 30, 2008

"THE BEATLES LIKE TSUNAMI" (2005) (ROUND CARDBOARD W/IN ROUND WOODEN CIRLE) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (1)
Location: Galatea Offsite--San Francisco Apartment

"BRUCE LEE LIKES 1980 THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (2)
Location: Yellow Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"THE INCREDIBLE HULK IS MAD" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (3)
Location: Yellow Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"AARON NOBLE IS GETTING OLD" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (4)
Location: Yellow Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"ELVIS PRESLEY, PERRY COMO" (2004) (TORN OUT X-MAS TREE SHAPE) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: Galatea Offsite--San Francisco Apartment

"DAVID CASSIDY, BARBARA STREISAND" (2004) (TORN OUT X-MAS TREE SHAPE) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: Yellow Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"ROBERT BLAKE WAS GETTING OLD" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (5)
Location: Yellow Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"JOHNNY CASH LIKES" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (6)
Location: Yellow Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"ELVIS PRESLEY IS LIKE" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: Yellow Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"YOKO ONO IS LIKE" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"LITTLE JACK HORNER (2ND LINE)" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: Yellow Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"JULLIE VILLOTA IS SIXTY" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (2)
Location: Yellow Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"LIBERIA NIGERIA EGYPT" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: Yellow Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"OSAMA BIN LADEN JOKER PENGUIN RIDDLER" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (2)
Location: Yellow Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

[FOURTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:


John Patrick McKenzie will have his first solo show in Australia viz Monster Children Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Sydney.

"Most Culture Humbug Sexy People Like John Patrick McKenzie" opens September 11, and runs through October 2, 2008.

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Prov.: Creativity Explored Art Gallery, San Francisco

FOUR "DECAYING ORANGE" PHOTOGRAPHS (2004) by MEL VERA CRUZ
Location: Babaylan Lodge

FOUR "EROTIC LEMON" PHOTOGRAPHS (2004) by MEL VERA CRUZ
Location: Babaylan Lodge

"[] SILK-SCREENED COLLAGE ON CARDBOARD (WHITE)" (2004) by MEL VERA CRUZ
Location: Galatea Offsite - SF Apartment

"[] SILK-SCREENED COLLAGE ON CARDBOARD (BLUE)" (2004) by MEL VERA CRUZ
Location: Galatea Offsite - SF Apartment

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Mel Vera Cruz is among the group of Filipino artists reviewed recently in the East Bay Express. The illustrated article can be viewed HERE, though I replicate the article below:

Thinking Globally
Fil-Am artists question our infallibility

By DeWitt Cheng

The critique of American mass culture continues in this group show, curated by Lian Ladia, by the Filipino art collective Kwatro Kantos — England Hidalgo, Marcius Noceda, Carlo Ricafort, and Mel Vera Cruz, joined by John Yoyogi Fortes, at 21 Grand.

Born in the Philippines and now living in the Bay Area, these artists have reason to see American culture as complicit with military power: McKinley's colonialist and geopolitical Fil-Am war, after all, killing up to a million and inaugurating the use of water torture and concentration camps, was sold to Gilded-Age Americans as a war of liberation against a decadent, corrupt Spain and as our holy mission "to Christianize and civilize" (McKinley) our already Catholic "little brown brothers" (Taft). The Kwatro-Kantos artists make art to challenge such mainstream nonsense, unfortunately not yet defunct; to explore ambiguous mixed-culture identity; and to exult in the freedoms of biculturalism.

Postmodernist collage and graffiti predominate here, reflecting the cultural mash-up. Degradation and absurdity infuse Hidalgo's "in the mood for love," with its sad social realist drawing and manic Mad Mag discontinuities, while "common slogan" questions the military/religious convictions that "God is on our side"; in "we don't make it to the headlines," a young woman, naked but hooded, sits slumped in a chair while Mickey Mouse presents us with various phallic weapons of torture. Noceda's "Untitled (two dead corpses)" depicts two blindfolded, armless figures hung strappado-style, contorted, in straitjackets. Ricafort and Fortes improvise open-ended paintings of indeterminate meaning, but equally compelling and disturbing. Vera Cruz's photomontage, "Anghel de la Guardia," combines Columbus, Elvis, American fighter planes, Geronimo, a buffalo, crowns, a rat, a hamburger, a Route 66 sign, and roses into an anti-heroic vision of New World history; his replacement of King Kong atop the Empire State Building with a rice god atop a bottle of gin castigates the racism that once labeled Filipino workers "brown monkeys." Poet Barbara Jane Reyes sees the artwork as angry and rueful, yet undeterred: "See how we've been warped, fucked up, and undeniably empowered by American popular culture."

Join the warped club. "America is proud of its part in the great story of the Filipino people," President Bush told the Philippine Congress in 2004, after embarking on his imperial misadventure. "Together our soldiers liberated the Philippines from colonial rule." Yes, the Yale history major really said it. Through September 13 at 21 Grand (416 25th St., Oakland). 21Grand.org or 510-444-7263.

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Provenance: Direct from Artist

"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: Library Bathroom, Pygmalion-First Floor

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and

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

NINETEENTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE

UPDATE:

Jenifer Wofford continues to be busy -- here's info on what she calls her "Triple-whammy, September-style":

1. GALLEON TRADE: BAY AREA NOW 5 EDITION
opens Thursday, Sept 4, from 5 to 8 pm at
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
featuring 5 Bay Area artists paired with 5 Manila artists, curated by Wofford
Sept 4-Oct 19
http://www.ybca.org/tickets/production/view.aspx?id=7494

2. FUTURAMANILA
opens Friday, Sept 5 at
Osage Gallery Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
An awesome Manila-centric 23 person group show, with Wofford work, too!
Sept 4-Oct 6
http://www.osagegallery.com/

3. FLOR 1973-78
San Francisco Arts Commission Art on Market Street kiosks, San Francisco
6 large posters, each illustrating scenes from a year in the life of the fictional Flor Villanueva, Manila to San Francisco transplant
All made by Wofford
Sept 23-Dec-23
http://www.sfartscommission.org/pubart/projects/market/index.htm

Once the Flor 1973-78 posters are up, some 24 reproductions also will run along Market Street from the Embarcadero to Van Ness).

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

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