I’m Every Woman – Opening in Brooklyn, NY

Whitney Houston Biennial eviteTHE WHITNEY HOUSTON BIENNIAL: I’M EVERY WOMAN

 

For Immediate Release

Brooklyn, New York (March 9th 2014) 20 Jay Street suite 207 Dumbo, Brooklyn

The 2014 Whitney Houston Biennial: I’m Every Woman is a feast for the eyes and a celebration of female voices. The biennial comes as a response to the continuing minimal representation of women artists in major museums and galleries. To bring some balance to the art institutions in New York this season, curator and artist Christine Finley will host more than fifty female artists from a varied range of geographic and cultural backgrounds, disciplines, methodologies, and generations. The artists studio will be transformed into an inviting, living space, a salon filled with work from artists including Mickalene Thomas, Guerilla Girls, Swoon, Sienna Shields, and Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens. The aim of bringing together so many creative voices is to sing a collective song that celebrates the contributions of pioneer female artists and marks a moment in our communal trajectory. The show’s title not only playfully addresses the traditional (and concurrent) exhibit held at the Whitney Museum, but also honors a strong and brilliant lady, two years since her untimely passing, who once sang these words from Chaka Khan:

Whatever you want

Whatever you need

Anything you want done

I do it naturally

Because I’m every woman

It’s all in me.

DETAILS

The Biennial will take place on March 9th 4-8:00pm at 20 Jay Street, Suite 207 Dumbo, Brooklyn (NYFA and Marie Walsh Sharpe studios are in the same building).

The show will be one night only.

Press Preview: Saturday, March 8th 4-6pm

Opening: Sunday, March 9th 4-8pm

Artists involved:

Mickalene Thomas, Swoon, Guerrilla Girls, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Linda Montano, The Institute for Art and Olfaction, Michelle Rogers, Howdoyousayyaminafrican?,Sara Magenheimer, Micol Hebron, Sienna Shields, Kathryn Garcia, Marissa Bluestone, Lia Halloran, Jean Robison, Pooneh Maghazehe, Maghen Brown, Orrie King, Andrea Tese,Kristin Jai Klosterman, Angel Favorite, Megan Hays, Gaby Collins Fernandez, Liz Ainslie, Dominika Ksel, Kate Vance, Kiran Chandra, Beatrice Anderson , Annie Ewaskio, Desiree Leary, Molly Larkey, Rachel Schragis, Eddy Segal, C. Finley, Haley Hughes, Ana Rodriguez, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Suzanne Wright, Mitch McEwen, Maureen St. Vincent, Rachael Warner, Sophie Grant, Natalee Cayton, Seung Huh, Christa Bell, Dachi Cole & Candice Williams, Regine Schumann, Tracy Molis, Shanna Waddell, Maya Jeffereis, Miatta Kawinzi,Heather Powell, Caitlin Cherry, April Friges, Patricia Domínguez, Seung-Min Lee AND MORE….

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2014 in full force

Hey there,

Here I am.

Here is my art

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Here are new dates on some upcoming shows:

Current Exhibition at Sweetwater Center for the Arts 

Pop Explosion: the Artist and Popular Culture

January 18 – March 29, 2014

Here is a little writeup of my work in the Pittsburgh Trib about said art show:

http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yoursewickley/yoursewickleymore/5381911-74/friges-artists-culture#axzz2tiZpTgvO

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Here is more art

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Here are the dates for my upcoming show in Cleveland

Heights Arts Gallery

March 7 – April 19

Friday March 7, 6-9pm Opening Reception

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Here are the dates for my upcoming show in New York

The 2014 Whitney Houston Biennial: I’m Every Woman

March 9th 4-8:00pm at 20 Jay Street, Suite 207 Dumbo, Brooklyn (NYFA and Marie Walsh Sharpe studios are in the same building)

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Please go see my art (in real life)

Upcoming Exhibition – Jan 18, 2014

The Pop Art movement is widely interpreted as a reaction to abstract expressionism.  Today, to define pop culture, it is impossible to separate the use of photography within social communication.  From endless listographies produced by Buzzfeed, up to the minute news with supplemental images of pop icons via twitter, to the 65 cutest things that happened on Instagram in 2013; photography has undoubtedly become the fundamental backbone in our contemporary culture. However, the more frequently and readily available images are, the less there is to see.  Pictures transmitted via cell phone and social media platforms are their own form of low-resolution abstraction.  It is a direct result of these various uses that conceptual photography has taken a turn.

In today’s Pop Art culture, the practice of photography bears witness to abstraction and process.  This contemporary phenomena is best described by Walead Beshty in Words Without Pictures:

“This is the apocalyptic becoming of the technological image in the form of the photograph, an inescapable conflation of the concrete with the likeness, an abstract gleaming dystopia where the real is a priori an image, and vise versa.  It is the photographic act that comes to stand for this transformation of object into image, and it is the photograph as image that renders this abstract transformation tautologically, and traumatically, complete.”

Please Join me January 18, 2014, as I address the medium of photography and its classification of a two-dimensional art form.  The pieces comprise of large-scale black and white silver gelatin prints, where I experiment with process in the darkroom, manipulate the paper, and investigate photography as an art object. In my attempt to invent language and transform our historical and descriptive discourse, I step backward to traditional photography – more specifically – the photogram because of its ‘one of a kind-ness.’ This historical mode of abstraction, contemplates the further abstraction of a further abstraction – a second degree, accelerated dynamic. When the artwork is taken done from the gallery walls at the end of the exhibition, it is re-flattened.  Subsequently, the sculptured image created will have a new form every time it is shown.

CLICK HERE FOR EXHIBITION INFO

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Phone: 412-741-4405
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Email: info@sweetwaterartcenter.org

Help Name A Park After Octavia Butler

There is a survey out to name a park in Seattle, people have added their consensus as to what the name could be.  They are down to about 15 options, like “cute triangle” or “big leaf park.”

My favorite female Science Fiction writer is up for vote.  Octavia Butler!

The closing date is July 14 – and you can VOTE HERE!

Butler’s writings put race and gender into the forefront of speculative fiction. Making use of these and other social and political issues, with a developed sense of ambiguity and difficulty, was previously absent in Science Fiction.

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What Glass Ceiling?

Recently, my closest sibling and I got into a heated debate about gay rights and the definition of marriage. It was somewhere down that road, lurking in the heat of the discussion, I was told – if I don’t give up my feminist behavior, no male will stay with me long enough – and I will go barren.

GLASS CEILING

MOCA Cleveland

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller’s The Paradise Institute at MOCA Cleveland.
I can’t help but give Sugimoto a shout-out.

These past couple of months have been difficult;  temporarily situating myself back to my hometown, traveling more than settling in, and then a horrific discovery in my partner’s health.

We both sit at this crossroad – waiting to see what is in store, preparing..

Keynote Speech to get your creative juces flowing

The best speech I’ve heard since David Foster Wallace’s This Is Water –  Dave Grohl at SXSW 2013:

“As an artist raised in the ethically suffocating punk rock underground, conditioned to reject conformity, to resist all corporate influence and expectation: Where do you go? How do you deal with that kind of success?  How do you now define success? is it still the reward of playing a song from beginning to end without making a mistake?  Is it still finding that new chord or scale that makes you forget all of your troubles? How do you process going from being one of us to one of them?

Guilt. Guilt is cancer, It will confine you. Torture you. Destroy you as an artist. It’s a wall, it’s a black hole; it’s a fucking a thief.  It’ll keep you from you.
Remember learning your first song, or riff, or writing your first lyric? There was no GUILT then. Remember when there was no right or wrong?  Remember that simple reward of playing that music?

You are still and will always be that person at your core: The musician.
The musician comes first. Fuck guilty pleasure, how about – just pleasure.”

… Gangnam Style (to pull the crowd back in)… Good point to come about the value of a song…

“Who is to say what’s a good voice and what’s not a “good voice?

The Voice?!

Imagine Bob Dylan standing there singing Blowin’ in the Wind in front of Christina Aguilera.

‘mmm, I think you sound a little nasally and sharp’

It’s YOUR Voice – Cherish it, respect it, nurture it, challenge it, stretch it, scream it, until it’s fucking gone.

Because everyone is blessed with at least that.

And who knows how long it will last…”

Beef with Twitter

This morning I noticed that someone who controls the Adobe Lightroom account on Twitter, announced that it is the 98th anniversary of the first photograph of Pluto.

Completely enthralled, I google searched this photograph circe 1915, hoping that I too, could enjoy this day in history – and share it with my students.

Nothing.

So I googled  “first photograph of Pluto” and found some random wiki answer; the first photo was (in fact?) in 1999?  Which source is credible?

Do I trust Adobe because they know how to digitally manipulate, and metadata, the crap out of a photograph, but to my knowledge, do not employ photo historians?

Or do I trust one wiki answer from anyone in the world who could or could not be a historian as well?

Coincidentally, I have been working on a lecture regarding the history of photography, and my teaching approach – which heavily regards alternative methods in the classroom – such as technology.

I’m not traditionally a Twitter user, but decided that I should consider tweets that document historical photographic moments, as it could be fun for my students. Plus,  I already enjoy utilizing online news sources such as, NPR, BBC, podcasts and other random photo-historic social media feeds to intertwine contemporary issues within photography.

This wordpress moment will not be on the lecture, in fact, Twitter has been removed entirely.  It’s one of those – sounds like an amazing idea, but really you’re falling down a slippery slope – type situation.
What I have found with social media sites that have character limits, is that I end up  doing erroneous amounts of work checking the facts – almost like I want these sources to be avant-garde and (of course) credible methods of research,  except that they fall short, mislead (unintentionally) and are completely unhelpful within the context of educating and learning.

I’m not stating that this random photo historian twittering at Adobe is erroneous – I’m sure his/her source from (being technology savvy to random cool factoids from sources such as) reddit, is at least listing a link to the given facts, and is credible enough to make this statement,  but PLEASE give your source.  This wastes a lot of my time when I stumble upon facts about photography that interest me. Such as, what does a photograph of the planets even look like in 1915 – except I conclude that none of that technological, instant, gratification is the end, even with my own research methods.

If you decide that you too are intrigued, and can find the facts to this statement or even a photograph from 1915 of the planetary system that might include Pluto, please do share.  I’d love to see the stars before my grandmother was born.  Maybe this historical photograph has some planets, but the photographer (at the time) had no idea that it was in fact Pluto, our tiny has-been planet/giant star in the photograph?  I’m sure there are lots of photographs of the stars from 1915 – but which one has Pluto??

Bottom line, I’d rather read tweets about Katy Perry “back to werk” than intelligent/non-factual blurbs of information I might spend useless amounts of time contemplating and writing about.

Happy Birthday Nina Simone

Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in North Carolina in 1933) was a creative rebel, uncompromising in her craft and utterly uninterested in appeasing her audience. Her songs, and especially her singular, throaty vocals — which borrowed from gospel, jazz, blues and classical music — were challenging, even confrontational. Few musicians could be as unsettling and as uplifting as Simone sometimes was in the very same song