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Performance & Installations

1975-1979

Titles, year and descriptions below

Surrealism and the Blues

1975

 

Performance Installation

Mission District, San Francisco

 

A performance and installation in which a female figure appeared in the highly placed window of an anterior wall in an abandoned storefront space in San Francisco’s Mission District. With the doorway’s draperies sewn shut, the figure emerged for one segment during the background music provided by a recording of Sidney Bechet’s “Bechet and the Blues.” The physicality of the elevated window figure represented a surrealist personification of the barriers between the passive voyeur art audience and the realities of the real female in the art experience.

Odalisque

1976

 

Billboard Installation

Burlesque Club District, San Francisco

 

Presented as a detail from a classical nude “Odalisque” the billboard incorporated the surrounding pedestrian ambience as participating accoutrements into the virtual realm of the complete traditional composition. “Clothed by definition in art history’” and posed according to the canons of traditional painting, the classical nude in the billboard parodied the economic use of voyeurism and seduction in art, advertising and burlesque.  through the veneer of fine art, the classical nude billboard both illustrated and retained unprecedented immunity from civic censorship against the unrefined establishments of the burlesque district.

Oasis For A Gallery

1977

 

Photographic Installation

John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco

 

The culturally paradoxical photograph of a nude female mage astride a camel is a metaphorical analogy between the occurrence of a single evocative image permeating the austere gallery context and the fertile area of vegetation that interrupts the arid expanse of a desert. The rich use of the photographic format provides a vehicle to transport the imagination to the time and space  in which the event occurred, therefore supplanting the necessity of experiencing of the actual event.

Portrait of a Lady for a Contemporary Collection

1978

 

Photographic Installation

Matrix Program, University Art Museum

Berkeley, California

 

Photographic work and video documentation from a professionally produced fashion shoot, involving professional hair, makeup artists and incorporating fashions, furs, jewelry from San Francisco’s high end department store, i.magnin’s, as an installation and commentary within the permanent collection galleries. 

Nature Morte avec Jazz et Cigarette

1976

 

Television Broadcast

“A Tight 13 Minutes”

Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco

 

A still life for television in which the elements of time, movement and sound were provided by the duration of the diminishing length of a burning cigarette, its rising smoke against the background music of Keith Jarrett’s “Koln Concert.”

Oh You Punk! Love DiDi: A Dated Issue

1978

 

Installation page

Slash Magazine

 

A visual commentary on concurrent generational styles involving timely philosophical implications and consequential fashion expression.

Tri-Quarterly 47, Love/Hate

Winter 1980

Published by Northwestern University 

 

Photographic performance works commissioned for cover and interior illustrations by Tri-Quarterly Review. Three short stories were chosen in which the female protagonists caused the death by blade of their male protagonists.