Posted October 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm by Claire Bain
For Better Homes & Gardens Today Artists Christopher Statton and megan Wilson have partnered with the Gubbio Project, the Coalition On Homelessness, and At The Crossroads to: 1) Heighten awareness around “home” and the realities of homelessness; 2) Cultivate a dialog within communities and amongst disparate groups; and 3) Raise money to benefit each of these critical organizations that work to address homelessness in San Francisco.Statton and Wilson, will spend October painting “Home” signs in different languages in the window space of ATA. The single word for “Home” will be painted in black against a color background. Within the first letter of each sign a flower will be painted. The signs will be painted on 1⁄4″ plywood and range in size from 12″x18″ to 16″x30″.The signs will be available for purchase for $100/pair. The purchasers will get one sign for his/herself and the other sign will be donated to one of the three partner organizations to use as they see best fit (e.g. the Gubbio Project will be hanging the signs on the pews at St. Boniface Church during their hours of operation). Purchasers will also be provided with more information on each of the organizations and how they can further help. All of the proceeds and the signs purchased for the organizations will be divided evenly and go to the three partners (Gubbio Project, Coalition On Homelessness, and At The Crossroads).On October 29th and 30th Statton and Wilson will host evening events at ATA for tech corporations and their employees, such as Twitter, Zendesk, Yammer, Google, and Salesforce who have expressed interest in helping to make a difference to ease the suffering experienced by those living on the street. The evenings will include presentations by the participating organizations and a facilitated discussion to learn about:
1. The realities of being homeless;
2. What the culture and climate of homelessness is like in San Francisco; and
3. What is truly needed to address this crisis – funding and policy change.
The November venue for the project is TBA.
Attendees will also be asked to make a donation and to participate in the project by purchasing a set of “Home” signs for $100.
Statton and Wilson are available to personally install any single purchases of 100 signs ($10,000) or more at individual residences or corporate offices.
The goal of the Better Homes & Gardens Today is to introduce people to these critical organizations that are working to address the needs of those who are struggling to survive and need support, as well as help to provide insight to the causes, which are systemic and far more complex than most people are aware.
Christopher Statton has been an organizer with Clarion Alley Mural Project since 2012 and was one of the collaborators on “The Wall of Shame and Solutions”. Statton is the former Executive Director of San Francisco’s Roxie Theater (2010 – 2013). In 2013 he was awarded the Marlon Riggs Award by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for “his significant contribution to San Francisco’s film community through the Roxie over the past four years.” In 2013 Statton was also awarded a Certificate of Honor by SF Supervisor David Campos for his “important and tireless work with the Roxie.” Statton was a founding member of the Sidewalk Sideshow, a project of the Marin Interfaith Council, which produced music shows with San Rafael’s street and homeless community. In addition, he is actively involved with the Gubbio Project in the Tenderloin as well as an Advisory Board member of the Tom Steel Clinic, which provides medical services for the HIV positive community in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Megan Wilson is an artist, writer, and non-profit consultant. She moved to the Bay Area in 1994 to attend the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2000 Wilson co-organized the performance/protest series Art Strikes Back in response to the extreme wave of gentrification displacement in San Francisco during the first “dotcom boom.” In 2003 she curated and co-organized the international mural exchange and residency Sama-sama/ Together, a collaboration between artists from San Francisco and Yogyakarta Indonesia designed to foster understanding of Muslim and non-Muslim cultures following 9/11. From 2004 – 2008 she transformed her 1,600 sq. ft. living space into an installation that explored and challenged the meanings of “home” and “homelessness” through her project Home 1996-2008. Wilson has been a core organizer of the Clarion Alley Mural Project since 1998 and is one of the organizers of CAPITALISM IS OVER! If You Want It, a series of interruptions/actions launched in 2010 that has included artists from around the world, responding to the negative impacts of capitalism. Wilson’s article The Gentrification of Our Livelihoods was published on Stretcher.org in June 2014.
The Gubbio Project
Since its founding in 2004 The Gubbio Project has offered refuge for thousands of people in the heart of the Tenderloin and encouraged connection between the housed and unhoused. For nine hours each weekday, 6am-3pm, the doors of the sanctuary of St. Boniface are open to all. The mission of The Gubbio Project is to provide a sacred space to sleep or rest and care services for those in need of a safe, compassionate respite that places dignity and respect in the highest regard. Each day, 250 people on average, enter the project, with 95 folks sleeping at any given time in the pews of St. Boniface and others accessing care services. We invite you to visit St. Boniface and see The Gubbio Project firsthand. www.thegubbioproject.org
Coaliton on Homelessness, San Francisco
26 Years of Resistance, Resilience and Re-Building
For decades, the Coalition on Homelessness has developed the leadership skills of homeless San Franciscans to forge true solutions to the housing crisis and beat back mean-spirited attacks against them. The Coalition on Homelessness is comprised of homeless people and allies who have been organizing together since 1987 to expand access to housing in one of the richest cities in the country, to protect the rights of the poorest people in our society, and to create real solutions to contemporary homelessness. http://www.cohsf.org/
At The Crossroads
The mission of At The Crossroads (ATC) is to reach out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and work with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. Their innovative model focuses on young people who do not access traditional services and are disconnected from any type of consistent support. ATC remove common barriers to service by bringing our counselors onto the streets and shaping our support services around the needs of each individual client. http://atthecrossroads.org/
Posted October 14, 2014 at 8:34 pm by Claire Bain
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00 pm
18th Annual Arab Film Festival: Short Program 1
The Arab Film Festival is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country.
Shorts Program 1 : 98 min
Sled 12:00 min
Wishing Well 15:20 min
Egyptian Sons 30:00 min
In Her Eyes 10:10 min
Though I Know the River Dry 19:28 min
Pink Bullet 11:11 min
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 9:00 pm
18th Annual Arab Film Festival: Shorts Program 2
The Arab Film Festival is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country.
Shorts Program 2 Time 114 min
Central Market 10:12 min
Journey of a Freedom Fighter 30:37 min
Siham 13:14 min
Growing Home 14:52 min
Rest in Peace 15:53 min
3 Candles 15:53 min
Mariam’s Chance 14:50 min
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:30 pm, $7-$12
Sistah Sinema: Zombie Love
Zombie Love – Queer Women of Color Zombie Shorts screening that includes Outside, A Night In the Woods, GoodNight My Love, and Book of Lilith.
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 5:00 pm, $7-$10
Small Press Traffic: an evening with Ed Roberson and Truong Tran hosted by Elizabeth Treadwel
Join us for a reading with Ed Roberson and Truong Tran hosted by former SPT Director Elizabeth Treadwell
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 8:00 pm, $7-$10
Periwinkle Cinema: queer horror
Curated By Gentry McShane, Periwinkle’s October Spooktacular will be a night of queer horror shorts and a mystery feature that is sure to scare the pants right off you. Free popcorn and candy with a chance to win a horror movie poster if you come dressed in a costume!!
Friday, October 24, 2014, 8:00 pm, $7-$10
Antero Alli’s FLAMINGOS
Twin sisters Beatrice and Zoe are in love with Ray, a hypnotist-bank robber obsessed by apocalyptic visions. Though Beatrice and Ray are married, Ray runs off with the more free-spirited Zoe and they abscond to a seedy motel to plot their future together. Meanwhile, Beatrice files for divorce and two metaphysical entities from a dream-like Bardo realm take interest in their fates in this heady cocktail chaser of amour fou, crime, and premonitory dreams. (2012; 90 min. USA) Antero Alli (in person)
GAZE: CALL FOR ENTRIES
GAZE is a film series dedicated to screening independent film and
video made by women. GAZE promotes women’s artistic expression and
creates dialogue related to the influence of this powerful medium.
All formats and lengths are accepted, and there is no submission fee.
You can donate your time, money and/or equipment to ATA at any time. Your contribution will help us continue our efforts to provide an accessible screening venue and gallery for the exhibition of programmed and guest-curated screenings, exhibitions, performances, and events.
ATV: Artists’ Television (ATV)
Artists’ Television Access has a television program A.T.V that screens local and international experimental video and film and sound works on a first come first served basis every Sunday night at midnight.
Sundays at Midnight, Cable Channel 29 or streamed live on BAVC’s website: http://www.bavc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1881&Itemid=1911
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LISTEN TO THIS SH*T! An Interview with Guillermo Sanchez del Corral and Rafael Saenz of “Poop Is Art and Vice Versa”
Posted October 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm by Artem Matusevich
Guillermo and Rafa are 30-something entrepreneurs who make art from a material that makes most of us cringe. Not unfamiliar to challenging taboos, they run a gift poop delivery service called I Poop You, which allows anyone with an imagination to express his or her most nuanced emotions towards loved ones via six flavors of animal poop. They recently had a hit show at the ATA Gallery, so we asked them to sit down with us for an interview.
Poop art? How did you guys think of such a thing?
The dictionary defines ART /ärt/ as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as a painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power… So we thought “Why not do the same thing with shit?’ It’s actually an important part of our iconoclastic mission, to challenge one’s squeamishness and to advocate the power of poop as a means of expression.
How do you guys feel to be associated with poop, something most people wouldn’t feel too proud of being know for?
In the past two years we’ve noticed that many people refers to us as ‘The Poop Guys’. The best part of this is that pretty much all of them have included this comical nickname in a fun, creative, or positive context. So it seems that most of our fans think we’re the Shit, which makes us feel very proud.
Do you guys have an art background?
Not really. We do not even consider ourselves artists. We’re just two creative minds who enjoy putting together crazy ideas we happen to think of.
Have you made art before?
We’ve done some graffiti here and there, paintings that helped us conquer our beautiful girlfriends, lamps, art cars for burning man… But the pieces shown at Poop is Art and Vice Versa have been the first presented to the public as (f)ART.
The title of your show is “POOP IS ART AND VICE VERSA”. Do you feel that art is poop? What is your view on art today? On poop?
The title was created in response to the eternal question, “What is art?” We believe that art can be anything that evokes a feeling and good conversation. On the other hand, there’s a lot of bullshit in the art world or any other world, so yes, art can also be pretty shitty in some viewers’ eyes.
Regarding poop… It’s just poop. It’s not that we’re obsessed with shit or anything. In our opinion poop is the most natural thing in this world, and it plays a very important role in the ecosystem. Nobody can debate that. And let’s face it, farts and poop are also fun!
Front Window at Artists’ Television Access
Your pieces are often humorous. Did you make them with the intention to entertain, with the intention to be art, or…?
The primary intention is always to entertain the viewer and ourselves as well as doing something fun, creative and beneficial for our business.
What was the inspiration behind some of the individual pieces, such as Che, the rosary, the Louis Vuitton plunger, the Google Glasshole?
Every piece has a meaning or a message behind it. The Che made out of goat poop is called The Poop Revolution. Our message here was pretty clear: Make poop not war.
Material: Organic Goat Poop
The LV plunger is one of our favorites. It’s just classiness at its max. We mock the idea of unnecessary luxury behind a pattern or a simple logo.
Material: unused plunger, stolen Louis Vuitton bag, fake gold
The rosary, made with holy shit, came after we explored making jewelry with goat pellets. It looks great with proper lighting and needless to say, Poop is our religion
Poop Is Our Religion
Material: Holy Shit
The Google Glasshole is just a tribute to the shittiest product Google has released. With much respect though.
Material: Top Secret
Any other pieces that have a good story behind them?
Well, a funny fact is the one with Benjamin Franklin was made with almost 10 pounds of cow shit.
Can’t Believe This Shit
Material: cast, acrylic, cow shit
What has been the public’s reaction to your art?
It’s been great. This is our fourth and biggest show since we started making art in 2013. Let’s be clear, this is literally a shit show and the people who come expect to have some fun. We haven’t seen a single person without a smile in the four shows we’ve had thus far.
What has been the best/worst reaction?
Kids’ reactions are definitely great and sweet, but the buyers’ reaction are for sure the best! People spending money on our shit? Hell yeah! That means a lot to us.
Regarding the worst reaction… We have never had anyone puking on our art, but if that were to happen, we would take it as compliment.
How do your parents, partners, and friends feel about your art?
They all love it! We are extremely happy to have the family, partners, and friends we have. We have experienced nothing but support from them since the beginning, many times even physical! In our circle of friends, everyone has been always more or less involved but they’ve all been there helping, taking photos, videos, acting, modeling, picking poop, moving shit around… Without them none of this would be possible.
The making of Poop Revolution
Do you have plans for future art projects, poop and non-poop related?
We are thinking of doing a US tour this coming year and have even thought of bringing our shit to Japan. We’ll see. Besides that, projects usually come short term. We will keep you updated.
You guys run a poop delivery business, I POOP YOU. What kind of person sends poop to someone?
People with sense of humor who think outside the box and have strong feelings towards a friend or relative. Usually there are inner jokes or experiences (poop related) between the two people. Mostly guys. Between men we don’t send flowers to each others, but why not some other aromatic, precious gift?
I POOP YOU
$9.95 – $19.95
Do you ever get orders for revenge poop?
Can you talk a bit about your fashion brand, I POOP FASHION?
I POOP FASHION is all about this self-expression, the elegance of humor, and the humor of elegance. Our look is both clean and dirty, a unique style that questions the real importance of carrying a logo on your clothes, regardless of whether it’s an alligator, some aristocratic mother f***er riding a horse, or a piece of shit.
I POOP YOU Fashion
Classic Oxford Shirt
Have you run into strangers on the street wearing an I POOP item?
Not that we noticed, but who knows if some of them were wearing our underwear.
I POOP YOU Fashion
Skid Marked Briefs/Panties
Is I POOP YOU and I POOP FASHION full time jobs for you?
Unfortunately not. Rafa still works as a stripper for private events while I make some cash designing cool gadgets for the CIA.
Thank you I POOP YOU, Guillermo and Rafa!
I POOP YOU
I POOP YOU FASHION
A special thanks to Carmen Belmonte, Linda Scobie and John Slattery.
More pieces from the show:
Shit Without Borders
Material: a lot of goat shit
Shit Without Borders (Detail)
Material: a lot of goat shit
I Like This Shit
Material: goat shit, LED lights, awesomeness
Material: acrylic, goat pellets
Posted October 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm by Emily Morris
Bay Area-artist Anne McGuire says she doesn’t mind when her performance partner tries to trip her up while singing live.
McGuire, a prolific video and performance artist, sings original and often improvised lyrics while longtime collaborator Wobbly (Jon Leidecker) provides accompaniment with a synthesizer and sampler. Usually they perform alongside video McGuire has shot.
While she sings, Wobbly likes to do his own thing, she said.
“He usually starts off harmonious,” McGuire said. “And then he’ll throw a wrench in.”
McGuire characterizes her partnership with Wobbly, known for his experimental electronic music, as enjoyably challenging. The two can riff off of each other while simultaneously developing a piece together, she said.
Known as The Freddy McGuire Show, the pair will again team up as part of ATA’s set of four audio and visual presentations this Friday night starting at 8 p.m. (tickets are $10). Others showing work Friday include Kerry Laitala, Konrad Steiner, Paul Clipson and Joshua Churchill.
While most performers would probably relish a perfect set, McGuire doesn’t seem to have a need or even a desire for everything to be even-keeled.
Since the 1980s she’s created videos that play with imperfections, chronology and narrative rules.
“Strain Andromeda The,” McGuire’s 1992 re-edit of the 1971 film “The Andromeda Strain,” earned her particular acclaim for the way she created an entirely new work of art by reversing the original film shot by shot, so that the last scene of the film is the first and the first scene is the last.
Her piece with Wobbly, called “7 Lies,” is slated to be roughly about five minutes long, give or take a few.
McGuire describes “7 Lies” as “kind of a tragic torched love song,” about the various deceits our partners tell us.
She and Wobbly, who have collaborated since the late 1990s, first performed the song, appropriately, last Valentine’s Day at The Exploratorium. By performing the piece again, McGuire hopes she and Wobbly can continue to tweak it further.
“If I feel challenged by something I keep playing with it,” McGuire said.
She said she feels to the need to make art in various mediums. McGuire’s extraordinary breadth of work includes experimental videos, paintings, creative writing and performance art.
“I think I’m working in different ways and telling different stories and just trying to figure things out, like most people.”
see also: KQED’s series Truly California celebrates 10 years with “It Came From Kuchar” now on YouTube!
Posted September 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm by Claire Bain
Laugh, squirm and possibly shed a tear when KQED 9 profiles Bay Area filmmaking legends George and Mike Kuchar in the Truly CA broadcast premiere of It Came from Kuchar.