RTS Talks: Chelsea A. Flowers and Sam Vernon

December 09, 2017

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Do you like talking artists? Whiskey straight up? Karaoke? Cookies? Human interaction? Then you’re in store. Monday, December 18th at 7:00 PM, RTS member Sam Vernon and visiting artist in residence Chelsea A. Flowers will be sharing their work. In conjunction with the talks, space for singing, and cookie and alcohol consumption will be available. Feel free to bring your mixers.

Based in Detroit, Chelsea A. Flowers is an artist who holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. And a BFA from Denison University with a concentration in Black Studies. She has shown work at various galleries in Columbus and Cleveland Ohio; including Marcia Evans Gallery, Junctionview Studios, with upcoming exhibits at Muted Horn Gallery and ACRE Projects Space. Additionally she has held performances at Hatch Gallery in Detroit, and the Museum of Human Achievement in Austin. She has given performative lectures at Cranbrook Academy of Art, College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University. She has expanded her skills and research by attending ACRE and Unlisted Projects residencies, culminating in various performances at the establishments. Her practice explores subversion to popular culture and how “otherness” is created, and social and cultural critique of her environment. She explores these ideas through comedic troupes, physical play, nostalgic memorabilia, and participatory performance.

Sam Vernon earned her MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University in 2015 and her BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2009. Her installations combine xeroxed drawings, photographs, paintings and sculptural components in an exploration of personal narrative and identity. She uses installation and performance to honor the past while revising historical memory. Vernon has exhibited with Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Seattle Art Museum, Ewing Gallery of Art & Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Emery Community Arts Center at the University of Maine, Farmington, MoCADA, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn.

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Potluck and Sewing Circle at RTS!

Sewing Circle & Spice Trade Potluck with The Rhinoceros Project

cinnamon, cassia, cardamom, ginger, pepper, turmeric…

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Join us at RTS for a sewing circle & potluck with The Rhinoceros Project on December 16th at 6pm!

As we delve further into the constellation of ideas surrounding The Rhinoceros Project – colonialism, imperialism, habitat decimation, wonder, reconnecting with our bodies and the land, and the whole of the complexities of our time, we invite you to whip up a dish inspired by the Spice Trade and join us in a warm evening of dining, sharing voices, and adding stitches to the life-size embroidery of a greater one-horned Indian Rhinoceros.

Through participatory sewing circles, The Rhinoceros Project is recreating Albrecht Durer’s 1515 woodblock print of an Indian Rhinoceros as a life size embroidery that will in turn be used to make a watermark in monumental sheets of handmade paper. When the embroidery is complete, we will pull an edition of three of these watermarks – an image literally created by the absence of paper pulp – to commemorate the three remaining Northern White Rhinoceri. Albrecht Durer’s print documents the 1515 landing of an Indian Rhinoceros in Lisbon – a gift from a sultan to a king and the first to be seen in Europe in 1000 years – a nearly mythic creature. In his Nuremberg workshop, Durer based his image on a sketch & descriptive account, never having seen the creature himself. Forebodingly, our Rhinoceros was re-gifted to Pope Leo & drowned in a shipwreck, shackled below deck, on the way to Rome.

Durer’s Rhinoceros travelled to Lisbon via the newly discovered seafaring passage to and from India: down the west coast of Africa, around the Cape of Good Hope, back up the eastern coast, and across the Indian Ocean. In 1497, Vasco da Gama set out in search of this route in order to cut out the middlemen in the Mediterranean who had exclusive control on the spice trade. Operating on orders from the same Portuguese king who received our Rhinoceros in 1515, da Gama found a direct path to the city of Calicut, also known as The City of Spices, giving Portugal a firm hold on the spice trade as well as a site for colonization and growing empire.

The Rhinoceros Project instigators are Anne Beck & Michelle Wilson. For more information: http://rhinocerosproject.tumblr.com/

Michelle Wilson is a printmaker, papermaking, book, installation, and social practice artist. Her practice includes frequent collaborations with other artists, in particular her ongoing projects Book Bombs (with Mary Tasillo) and the Rhinoceros Project (with Anne Beck). Her practice explores interconnections between environmental issues, colonialism, natural history, migration, and the loss of diversity. She is a past recipient of grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Artist-Investigator Project of the Triangle Arts Lab, and the Small Plates Imprint program from the San Francisco Center for the Book. Her works of art are in various collections, including Yale University (New Haven, CT), the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), and the Mediatheque Andre Malraux (Strasbourg, France). Wilson currently teaches printmaking at San Jose State University and Stanford University.

Anne Beck works collaboratively and independently in a variety of media from painting to print and bookmaking to public intervention. Broadly, she explores the roles of amateur naturalist and lay surveyor of the current landscape—collecting specimens and recording data, cataloging that which seems useful, and investigating further that which seems impermeable. This is all in the context of envisioning a sustainable path forward for herself and the planet, which is often a playful exercise in the face of absurd and complex circumstance. Beck’s works of art have been featured in In the Make, Studio Visits with West Coast ArtistsWorks & Days QuarterlyHyperallergic, and Dublin’s The Visual Artists News Sheet. She has received residency awards from the Virginia Center of Creative Arts, Can Serrat in El Bruc, Spain, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany, and was Barstow Artist-in-Residence at Central Michigan University. She is a 2015 recipient of the Fath Scholarship for Artists and Artisans of the Book from the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and received a project grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Beck lives and works in Northern California.

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DEC Small Press Traffic Resident: Leora Fridman

December 06, 2017

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RTS is excited to welcome December Small Press Traffic writer in residence, Leora Fridman.

Leora Fridman is a writer, artist and educator, author of MY FAULT (Cleveland State University Press, 2016) in addition to multiple chapbooks. Her poems, prose and translations appear or are forthcoming in the New York Times, the Rumpus, Tricycle Magazine, Temporary Art Review, Open Space, Denver Quarterly, jubilat and jacket2. She is recipient of grants and honors from organizations including Caldera, the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. More at leorafridman.com.

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NOV/DEC Artist in Residence: Chelsea Flowers

December 02, 2017

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RTS is excited to have artist in residence Chelsea Flowers here for Nov and Dec!

Based in Detroit, Chelsea A. Flowers is an artist who holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. And a BFA from Denison University with a concentration in Black Studies. She has shown work at various galleries in Columbus and Cleveland Ohio; including Marcia Evans Gallery, Junctionview Studios, with upcoming exhibits at Muted Horn Gallery and ACRE Projects Space. Additionally she has held performances at Hatch Gallery in Detroit, and the Museum of Human Achievement in Austin. She has given performative lectures at Cranbrook Academy of Art, College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University. She has expanded her skills and research by attending ACRE and Unlisted Projects residencies, culminating in various performances at the establishments. Her practice explores subversion to popular culture and how “otherness” is created, and social and cultural critique of her environment. She explores these ideas through comedic troupes, physical play, nostalgic memorabilia, and participatory performance.

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RTS Talks: Johnny Bicos and Léonie Guyer

November 01, 2017

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RTS is excited to host artist talks by our current artist in residence Johnny Bicos and artist Léonie Guyer on Monday, November 6th from 7pm to 9pm.  Hope to see you there!

Johnny Bicos is a painter based out of San Francisco. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (2014) and is currently enrolled at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard (2020). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Altman Siegel and Et al etc. in San Francisco; Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York; and Brand New Gallery, Milan.

Léonie Guyer’s paintings, drawings and installations explore idiosyncratic, nuanced shapes and the spaces they inhabit. Her work has been exhibited at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, New Lebanon, NY, Peter Blum Gallery, NYC, Feature Inc., NYC, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA, Lumber Room, Portland, OR, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College Portland, OR, odium fati, San Francisco, [ 2nd Floor Projects ], San Francisco, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, PLUSkunst, Düsseldorf, and other venues. Her work is held in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon and others. Léonie Guyer was born in New York, NY. She received a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

Left image: Johnny Bicos, Right image: Léonie Guyer, Untitled, no. 90, 2017, oil on marble, 5-5/8 x 4-1/2 inches

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SEPT/OCT Artist in Residence: Johnny Bicos

October 04, 2017

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RTS is happy to welcome our Sept/Oct resident, Johnny Bicos!

Johnny Bicos is a painter based out of San Francisco. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (2014) and is currently enrolled at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard (2020). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Altman Siegel and Et al etc. in San Francisco; Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York; and Brand New Gallery, Milan.

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RTS Yard Sale and BBQ!

September 25, 2017

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Hi All!

RTS invites you to a yard sale/BBQ on Sept 30th from noon to 5pm!

A little celebration for the end of summer/beginning of fall and a reason for us to clean up our studios.

Bring some food/drinks for the grill or to share.
Yard sale set up in the parking lot.

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RTS Talks: Lauren Marie Taylor and Roberto Bedoya

August 25, 2017

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Join us on September 11th at RTS for a night of political engagement, both local and historical.  Talks are from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Manager, Roberto Bedoya, will share the city’s new Cultural Plan and equity initiatives. Bedoya oversees the city’s Cultural Affairs Unit, housed in the Department of Economic and Workforce Development. The unit includes the city’s public art program, which has more than $1 million in funds currently dedicated for public art projects, and the cultural funding program, which provides more than $900,000 in grants to support the arts. With the city’s Cultural Affairs Commission currently inactive, Bedoya will lay out what’s next for the city of Oakland’s art and artists. Bring questions!

Afterward, artist in residence Lauren Marie Taylor will share the project that she has been working on, reflecting on the history of leftist struggle and fight for the social imaginary. What can be learned from global struggles like that of Chile after the fascist coup of 1973? How does a movement survive the dissolution of a dream and resist the desire to sleep it off?

Snacks and drinks will be available and feel free to bring something to share.

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AUG/SEPT Artist in Residence: Lauren Marie Taylor

August 10, 2017

LaurenTaylorRTS is excited to host Aug/Sept artist in residence Lauren Marie Taylor!

Lauren Marie Taylor is a Bay Area conceptual artist. In 2013 she was the first Artist in Residence at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, from which the first message was sent to outer space. In 2015 she was an Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, through which she worked with the Vatican Astronomical Observatory. Recent projects include collaborative work on the Man in Space Collection at the WDFM, Satellite Engineering at Cal Academy, YBCA workshops for BAN 7 and a solo exhibition at SoEx on science fiction and robotics in the Civil Rights Era. Taylor has presented at the Octavia Butler Conference, Science in the Studio Symposium, Bay Area Science Festival, Nerd Nite and more. She was a 2016-17 Equity Fellow at YBCA. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, an MEd from Portland State University and an MFA in Social Practice from the California College of the Arts.  www.utopianrealism.org

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AUG/SEPT Small Press Traffic Resident: Julian Francis Park

JulianRTS is excited to welcome our Aug/Sept Small Press Traffic writer in residence Julian Francis Park!

Julian Francis Park has poetry and narrative in Blind Field (forthcoming), Entropy, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and Writing w/o Walls, reviews in Jacket2, Lana Turner (forthcoming), and Tripwire, and a chapter, “On the Historical Conditions of Accumulation,” in Rosa Luxemburg: A Permanent Challenge for Political Economy. Julian works intake in Causa Justa/Just Cause’s Tenants’ Rights Clinic and organizes free education with the Bay Area Public School at the Omni Commons. Tweets @jfpark3

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RTS Talks: Caroline Saves and Emma Spertus

July 19, 2017

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RTS is excited to invite you to the SF Art Book Fair for our next artist talk this Sunday, July 23rd at 1pm in The Lounge at Minnesota Street Project. The talk will feature current RTS artist in residence Caroline Saves and RTS founder Emma Spertus. Caroline Saves and Emma Spertus will discuss their recent experience doing an inter-residency exchange between Real Time & Space, USA and Artistes en Residence, France. As it happens, Caroline and Emma share more than this residency exchange, they are both inspired by and utilize books and printed matter in their art works. Caroline plays with the dot matrix of printing and extraction of images in relation to her textile sculptures and installations. Emma embarks on a corporate modernism escapade, creating fictional paper companies to explore the poetics of paper ream design.

Caroline Saves is a French artist, she lives in Lyon, where she works at “Ateliers du Grand Large”.  She holds a BFA from the Pyrenean Art School of Pau (ESAP) and a MFA from Lyon Fine Art school (ENSBA).  She does sculptures, installations and editions.  Her work is focused on the questions of tenderness, desire, and attraction on the representation of familiar domestic environment.  She is also the founder of Jeu de reins/Jeu de vilains, a micro-exhibition place based on a pants back pocket. http://www.carolinesaves.com/

Emma Spertus creates sculptures and architectural interventions that mine the visual language and design of “corporate modernism” — often merging two- and three-dimensional space in constructions that question common forms of representation and utility. Emma lives and works in Oakland.  She is founding director of Real Time & Space. She holds an MFA from Hunter College in New York. She has exhibited at Interface (Oakland), The Lab (San Francisco), Romer Young Gallery (San Francisco), Important Projects (Oakland), Stairwell’s (San Francisco), White Columns (New York),  Dorsky Gallery (New York), and City Limits (Oakland). She recently guest curated exhibitions at San Francisco City College Rosenberg Library and Hayes Valley Art Works. www.emmaspertus.com

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JULY Small Press Traffic Resident: MK Chavez

July 07, 2017

ChavezRTS is excited to welcome our July Small Press Traffic writer in residence, MK Chavez!

Latinx writer, MK Chavez is the author of several chapbooks including Mothermorphosis. Dear Animal, her first full collection was released in October 2016 by Nomadic Press. Chavez is co-founder/curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges and co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She has been a fellow at Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, VONA, Chavez’s poem The New Whitehouse, Finding Myself in The Ruins, was selected by Eileen Myles for the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Award. You can find out more about her at mkchavez.org

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JULY Artist in Residence: Caroline Saves

July 05, 2017

CarolineSavesRTS is excited to welcome our July artist in residence, Caroline Saves.  Caroline is here as part of an exchange with Artistes en résidenceAs part of this exchange, we sent artist Emma Spertus to Clermont, France for the month of June.  Stay tuned for artist talks by both Emma Spertus and Caroline Saves later this month!

Caroline Saves is a French artist, she lives in Lyon, where she works at “Ateliers du Grand Large”.  She holds a BFA from the Pyrenean Art School of Pau (ESAP) and a MFA from Lyon Fine Art school (ENSBA).  She does sculptures, installations and editions.  Her work is focused on the questions of tenderness, desire, and attraction on the representation of familiar domestic environment.  She is also the founder of Jeu de reins/Jeu de vilains, a micro-exhibition place based on a pants back pocket.  http://www.carolinesaves.com/

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RTS Talks: Tosha Stimage

June 09, 2017

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About Tosha Stimage: Tosha Stimage is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Oakland California. She holds a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design and a MFA from California College of the Arts. Stimage’s work focuses on investigating the structure of language, and memory as they relate to identity. Her solo exhibition “Death Valley Covered in Flowers” is currently on view at City Limits Gallery. www.toshastimage.com

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MAY/JUNE Artist in Residence: Tosha Stimage

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RTS is excited to welcome our May/June artist in residence, Tosha Stimage!

Tosha Stimage is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Oakland California. She holds a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design and a MFA from California College of the Arts. Stimage’s work focuses on investigating the structure of language, and memory as they relate to identity. Her solo exhibition “Death Valley Covered in Flowers” is currently on view at City Limits Gallery.

www.toshastimage.com

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RTS Talks: Cassie Thornton and Max Haiven

April 19, 2017

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RTS is excited to host 2 Talks, 2 Ways 2 Prophet: University of THE Phoenix + Luxury SF Real Estate Jewelry, featuring two short presentations by Max Haiven & current artist in residence Cassie Thornton.  Join us on Tuesday, April 25th at 7pm.

Cassie Thornton will present her new and absurdly utopian project, currently under development during her residency at Real Time and Space. In SF Luxury Real Estate Jewelry, Thornton is in the process of creating an underground art therapy circuit for Bay Area Real Estate Agents to work with clay sourced from the financial district of San Francisco. Cassie invites real estate agents to manipulate the natural SF clay while discussing their experiences of people, property and the real estate market. Through the process, Thornton aims to catalyze the formation of a radical network of feminist land protectors who used to be real estate agents, that causes a subtle and immeasurable long term shift towards a post-property society.

Max Haiven will present a lecture of the past programming offered by The University of the Phoenix, a premiere for-prophet learning platform committed to teaching the dead and the living to rise up together to avenge the crimes and cruelties of global capitalism. It organizes site- and context-specific educational encounters towards a radical financial literacy. We are the world’s only institution of higher education dedicated to accumulating the human capital of the no-longer-living. We also offer revenge consultancy services to those who have been wronged by global capitalism, and sometimes teach the dead to rise up and become stars.The University of the Phoenix is a collaboration between Cassie Thornton and Max Haiven at the haunted intersection of art, research and activism.

Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University in Northwest Ontario and director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL). He writes articles for both academic and general audiences and is the author of the books Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the CommonsThe Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity (with Alex Khasnabish) and Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life. He is currently working on a book titled Art after Money, Money after Art: Radical Creative Strategies Against Financialization.

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MAR/APRIL Small Press Traffic Resident: Emji Spero

April 06, 2017

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RTS is happy to welcome March/April Small Press Traffic writer in residence Emji Spero!

Emji Spero is a performance artist and writer living in Oakland, California. They are an editor at Timeless, Infinite Light and the author of almost any shit will do. They are currently working on Exhaustion: A Retching, a dry lyric essay that documents the affective weight of the accumulated, subthreshold violences, which daily permeate a non-binary body in transition. Code-switching between poetry and essay, Spero explores Jose Muñoz’s notion that “utopia exists in the quotidian.”

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MAR/APRIL Small Press Traffic Resident: Suzanne Stein

April 04, 2017

RTS is excited to host Small Press Traffic writer in residence, Suzanne Stein for March/April!

Suzanne Stein’s publications and performance documents include The Kim Game (Area Sneaks), TOUT VA BIEN (Displaced Press), and Passenger Ship (Ypolita). Recent writing and interviews can be found at Open Space and The Conversant; audio works are archived at PennSound. With Steve Benson, she is the author of DO YOUR OWN DAMN LAUNDRY, a book documenting the 36 improvisational dialogues they performed together between 2011 and 2012. She was the founding editor, and for eight years the editor-in-chief, of SFMOMA’s Open Space.

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MARCH/APRIL Artist In Residence: Cassie Thornton

March 27, 2017

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It is a normal day, everyone is bored, ev- erything good seems impossible. A small white woman has a tantrum in your school’s cafeteria about her for-pro t education at a “public institution,” the way her school has colonized the city and her zero-sum future of shallow work, unpayable debt and con- stant eviction. It is Cassie Thornton, or one of her agents. Cassie produces perversely hard-hitting social situations that result in unexpected transformations on the streets, in workplaces, and at schools. Thornton stops time to summon up the unknown unknowns that reside in the silences between people, institutions, and economies. Cassie Thornton is a feminist economist and artist who uses dance, writing, visual art, hypnosis, experimental research, tours and radio to reveal debt as a source of solidarity.

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RTS Talks: Sophia Cleary

March 14, 2017

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TALK AND PERFORMANCE

MARCH 22nd, 7PM

 

RTS is excited to host an artist talk and performance by current artist in residence, Sophia Cleary. Join us on Wednesday, March 22nd. Talk starts at 7pm, performance starts at 8pm. Talk is open to everyone – no RSVP needed. Performance attendance is limited! Please RSVP by emailing so.cleary@gmail.com. 

Sophia Cleary is an artist based in Los Angeles and New York City. She has worked with the Kate Bush Dance Troupe, Ann Liv Young, Dynasty Handbag (Jibz Cameron), Neal Medlyn, Alexandra Bachzetsis, and Vanessa Anspaugh & Amber Bemak. She has presented her work in NYC at the Performing Garage, Center for Performance Research, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, 321 Gallery, the Kitchen, and e-flux and in LA at the Hammer Museum and Human Resources Gallery. She is the founder and coordinator of the works-in-progress series REHEARSAL and is co-editor for Ugly Duckling Presse’s performance annual Emergency INDEX. She regularly performs music with Champagne Jerry (Neal Medlyn) and in the feminist punk band Penis, a collaboration with Samara Davis. She holds an MA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and pays her bills as a fact-checker for Us Weekly magazine.

After her artist talk, she will present a new works-in-progress participatory performance “It is from here that the world unfolds” in her studio. Participation is limited to 15 people. Audience will be video documented. RSVP to so.cleary@gmail.com to participate.

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