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Roll Call: Bay Area Arts and Culture
Peter Gordon & Love Of Life Orchestra: That Hat
Sound excerpt from Michelle Handelman’s for the film Dorian: A Cinematic Perfume
Klaus Nomi: You Don’t Own Me
Dj Margaret is joined in conversation with artists MICHELLE HANDELMAN, visiting her former home San Francisco from New York and JENNIFER LOCKE on their work, current projects, and Bay Area and SFAI histories.
MICHELLE HANDELMAN is a New York artist who makes confrontational works that explore the sublime in its various forms of excess and nothingness. Using video, photography, public sculpture, and live performance, she creates visceral experiences that deal with themes of sexuality, gender, desire, and loss. During the 1990s, Handelman was based in San Francisco where she directed a feature documentary on the leather dyke scene called BloodSisters. While in San Francisco, she performed in several works by Lynn Hershman Leeson and collaborated with Monte Cazazza, pioneer of the industrial music scene. She is the recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Handelman’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Participant Inc., New York; Art Claims Impulse, Berlin; Cristinerose Contemporary Art, New York; Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco; and Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX. Her videos have screened internationally, including at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the American Film Institute, Los Angeles; the Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and numerous gay and lesbian film festivals. Her performances and installations have been featured at PERFORMA 05, New York; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Momenta Art, New York; 3LD Art & Technology Center, New York; and The Lab, San Francisco. She is Associate Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. An alumna of the San Francisco Art Institute.
JENNIFER LOCKE is an artist working in video, photography, and installation-based performance. Locke composes physically intense actions in relation to the camera and specific architecture in order to explore hierarchies between artist, model, camera, and audience. Her actions focus on cycles of physicality and visibility and draw on her experiences as a professional dominatrix, championship submission wrestler, and artists’ model. Jennifer often creates a separation between her live actions and the audience through the use of material barriers, live video feeds, multiple camera perspectives, wireless microphones, and mini-cameras. These audio-visual reiterations produce a ripple effect, flattening, repeating, echoing, amplifying, and displacing the action by turning it—as well as the audience performing its own spectatorship. Locke has exhibited internationally at venues including the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art; the 48th Venice Biennale; Air de Paris, Paris; the 9th Havana Biennial; LA Panaderia, Mexico City; Palais de Beaux-Arts, Brussels; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Berkeley Art Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; the Sheppard Gallery at the University of Nevada, Reno; the 7th Busan International Video Festival, Busan, Korea; and Canada, New York. Solo exhibitions include: Queen’s Nails Projects in 2006 and 2010, San Francisco; Hallwalls, Buffalo; Rocksbox, Portland; and Kiki Gallery, San Francisco. Her work has been written about in Frieze, Art Practical, SF Weekly, Wired, SF Camerawork, and artnet.de. In the past year, Locke was awarded a 2012 Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship, invited to curate an exhibition for Portland State University (Fall 2012), and had her work accessioned by ArtNow International. Other awards and honors include a 2010 SFBG Goldie and the 2006 Chauncey McKeever Award. Locke has curated exhibitions and programs for Artists’ Television Access and Queens Nails Annex, co-produced a cable access show Waxlips that aired on San Francisco television from August of 1993 through May of 1994 that later resulted in a favorable First Amendment decision, sung in punk bands, and led a variety of workshops. She has taught at Saint Mary’s College of California. Locke received her BFA and MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, where she currently teaches.
For more on the artists
Michelle Handelman: michellehandelman.com; vimeo.com/user1383999; www.artfem.tv; Beware the Lily Law at Eastern State Penitentiary: easternstate.org/visit/regular-season/history-artist-installations/michelle-handelman-beware-lily-law
BACK IN RELEASE! BloodSisters available at reframecollection.org/films/film?Id=1367
Jennifer Locke: jenniferlocke.net; collaboration with artist Tad Beck, Capsize at LACE: welcometolace.org/exhibitions/view/capsize; collaboration with artist Lucas Murgida: lucasmurgida.com; interview with Glen Helfand, Art Practical : artpractical.com/feature/control_room_jennifer_locke
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