Artists' Television Access


Marya Krogstad’s Figurations at Artists Television Access

Works by Marya Krogstad

Friday July 18, 2014,

7:30PM-Opening for Window Installation (installation viewable July 2- 30, 2014)

8:30PM-Screening (4th in the Systems-Power-Identity series, curated by Claire Bain)

Free. Donations accepted to benefit ATA’s 30th Anniversary celebration, September 2014

Marya Krogstad is a Bay Area artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is currently in residence at the Kala Art Institute, where she printed the image components of the window installation.

Film Program:

Marya Krogstad ATAcollage4108 (2013) (formerly titled, Maya) super 8 film transferred to video, duration-11 mins. 50 secs. A work inspired by Maya Deren’s Meditation on Violence. Filmed primarily in the Marin Headlands military bunkers. Stellar kung fu performances by Justin Charles Hoover. Oud, guitar, by David McFarland. Film, audio, guitar, by Marya Krogstad.

Bonaventure (2010), video, duration- 3 mins. 13 secs. The third part of a trilogy. The work is based upon a performance that Krogstad made expressly for the video camera and is layered with a polyphony of diegetic sound and her songs, i make nice for you (2008), and Bonaventure (2006). The song Bonaventure was inspired by the artist’s stay at the hotel in Los Angeles (prompted by Fredric Jameson’s essay) and seeing the Spanish paintings at the Norton Simon Museum.Guitar by David McFarland. Video, audio, music, vocals, bass, by Marya Krogstad.

 POMONA (2008). color super 8 film/B&W 16mm film transferred to video, duration- 4 mins. 15 secs.  Second part of a trilogy. A short film concerned with the inheritance of past histories and the passing on of memories from the post Great depression era–a hauntology. The promise of youth is darkened by exploitation. cast: Alexandra Heilbron, David McFarland. Film and audio by Marya Krogstad.

Marya Krogstad’s Figurations at Artists Television Access–a Perspective

Marya Krogstad has created material moments from the video, “Bonaventure,” by installing two life-sized transparent video stills and a sculpture in the window of ATA. This sculpture is comprised of a Tai Chi sword suspended above a small rod of bamboo that’s sandwiched between two flat blocks of repurposed black foam rubber, anchored in an inverted, cut-off plastic bottle full of plaster which is mounted in another flat black foam block. This assembled configuration, manifested from one of the video stills, is a completely symmetrical set of objects that “read” the video. Somber and hilarious, this sculpture echoes the forms and shadows in the video, and if you keep your eyes on it as you enter ATA, the sword becomes a thin line, and you can see how the piece indicates the still image hanging on the wall beyond.
Why did she print transparencies? I like that they gain depth with their transmission of light reflected off the wall: they are reflective and reflexive, their matte black emulsion creating absence. We see the white wall texture behind them, anchoring them to the context. When the building was built, this window was designed as a display to indicate what’s inside. This installation is an extension and indicator of the current interior. It is a figural population added to the films screened on July 18. Keep in mind that the images in the stills are of the artist herself, and the sculpture is a transfiguration of that video.

The work feels enigmatic, and yet it seems possible that the window installation – composed of, and derived from, components of the video – can be easily read as a raging black tangle of flying creature resolved into a tiny lady-figure, then manifested as a sword. But in this highbrow cold white light setting in a window on Valencia Street, one might laugh at the plastic bottle of plaster that the sword is aimed to plunge into at any moment. This is, literally, incisive humor. The Tai Chi sword is an honorable metal icon of a distinguished, millennia-old Tradition. It hovers over the symbol of industrialized and consumer society: the ubiquitous plastic bottle. The bottle is inverted, heavy, full, and skewering a facsimile of a shadow. Krogstad knows exactly what she’s doing: the fluorescent light is there, and bare, for a reason; every component of the installation is specifically placed and scaled to the ATA window. It is mysterious, lovely, architectural, and an underlying humor protects it.

Her work settles in deep, unceasingly resonant by making time into a shaped space. This resonance is common to all of her pieces, and somehow manages to create silence from sound, light from darkness, and reflection from opacity.
-Claire Bain



Thursday, July 31, 2014, 7:30 pm The Revolutionary Optimists

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Emmy-nominated  film, ”The Revolutionary Optimists ” captures the inspiring stories of young South Asians as trail-blazing agents of change.
In the slums of Calcutta, Amlan Ganguly and his proteges – Shika, Salim, Kajal and Priyanka – use street theater, dance, and data as their tools to mount vaccination drives for polio, turn garbage dumps into playing fields, and conduct education campaign around health issues. It’s truly extraordinary to bear witness to the undeniable sea change Ganguly has set in motion.
directed by  Nicole Newnham, Maren Grainger-Monsen, USA/India/2013, 57 min


Saturday, July 26, 2014, 4:00 pm, Cyclone <<>> poetry


Saturday, July 26, 2014, 4:00 pm, Free


poetry reading with Jamie Townsend, Dodie Bellamy, Amy Berkowitz and Aaron Simon.


Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:00 pm: Sistah Sinemah celebrating Black Lesbian motherhood

Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:00 pm

July Sistah SinemaInspired by the lives of Audre Lorde and StaceyAnn Chin, Sistah Sinema compiled this collection of shorts celebrating Black Lesbian motherhood.

Celebrating Black Lesbian Motherhood

If She Grows Up Gay: A blue collar African American mother talks about her pregnancy and raising her daughter with her lesbian lover.

Brooklyn’s Bridge to Jordan by Tina Mabry: After losing her life partner in a car accident, a woman with a buried secret must not only fight to keep the couples’ estranged teenage son from her partner’s intolerant brother, but rebuild her and the son’s troubled relationship.


Crossover by Tina Mabry: In a future where schools are segregated by economic status, a struggling mother must decide whether to sell her own organs to give her children a better education.


*Sistah Sinema was created to showcase the nuances of Queer Women of Color culture. It is hoped that the movies will serve as a vehicle to foster honest dialogue on struggles and opportunities unique to Queer Women of Color. While discussion will focus on Queer Women of Color, all members of the Queer community are invited to attend.

Sistah Sinema started in Seattle, WA in early 2011 and expanded to Cleveland in 2012, and currently in over 10 cities across the country and Kingston, JA.


see also: Right Window

Stand in front of ATA in the month of July, and you will see two parallel universes: Marya Krogstad’s black and white bright balances on the left; on the right, a riot of tech detritus: Cyber Beach Party