Jennifer Murray’s Never Ending Story
See new work by Jennifer Murray at Porter Contemporary May 23rd - June 22nd, 2013.
Porter Contemporary is pleased to announce Never Ending Story, a solo exhibition highlighting the new works of Jennifer Murray opening with an artist’s reception on May 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, an artist talk and music listening party on May 30 and continuing through June 22, 2013.
Charcoal, ink, acrylic, photography and animal skulls are simply the beginning of the story to Jennifer Murray’s second solo exhibition at Porter Contemporary. Murray imagines a totemic tribute to the power of mythology rooted in nature through a digital and technical lens. Murray will explore the ways in which we experience the power of the natural world using the color white in its varied patterns as the basis for interconnectivity as in the juxtaposed images above. On the left in Ornament (Falcon) the white is the micro—the construction of space around living creatures that characterizes an era of surveillance and crowding. On the right, Tempest Drawing, illustrates the macro of planetary movement, of weather patterns, of the increasingly interconnected ecosystem and world. Murray continues to explore this idea throughout Never Ending Story through various mediums and juxtapositions of work.
“The ‘story’ in these works is my contribution to the timeless practice of harnessing the primordial power of animals and nature to express the mythology of human imaginative existence. That this mythology must constantly be reimagined and retold for each new time is what makes it never ending,” says Jennifer Murray.
What: Never Ending Story – Solo exhibition of new works by Jennifer Murray
Exhibition Dates: May 23 – June 22, 2013
Opening Reception with the Artists: May 23, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Artist Talk & Music Listening Party: May 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM (RSVP required)
Unidentified Filthy Objects
Suzie Silver was recently interviewed by the San Francisco Bay Guardian about Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities.
SEX In an email interview in advance of her Fri/10 appearance at the Center for Sex and Culture, Suzie Silver told me that her interest in alien sex was spawned by a mix of her childhood fascination withStar Trek: The Original Series, NASA’s launch of the Kepler space observatory in 2009, and Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno” short film series on the sensual activities of insects and marine animals. Silver recently co-edited (along with Christopher Kardambikis and Jasdeep Khaira)Strange Attractors, a book-DVD project (www.extraterrestialsexuality.org) that explores the notions of extraterrestrial sexuality held by 70 artists, writers, and filmmakers. If that doesn’t inspire you to read the rest of this article, I give up on you.
San Francisco Bay Guardian Please explain your fascination with extraterrestrial sexuality.
Suzie SilverStrange Attractors asks the participants and audience to try to imagine otherworldly and unknowable life-forms and sexualities. We are imagining sexual possibilities beyond gender, beyond genitalia. In my short story “Donkey Show,” one of the things I describe is a live sex show made up of shape shifting platonic solids that can create pleasurable and climactic responses from all audience members. I’m attempting to envision universal ecstasy and orgasm!
SFBG Have you noticed commonalities related in true-life alien sex experiences?
SB I have read some accounts, mostly online. For the most part I find them rather unimaginative and not very interesting. The focus is usually on penetration. It all seems rather BDSM, which has its appeal, otherwise how to explain the success of all those 50 Shades books? Strange Attractors attempts a polymorphous perversity: sex outside of reproduction, for pleasure, communication, joy, connection, fun, more complicated power dynamics than dominance and submission. We imagine erogenous zones in, on, and outside of every part of the body and mind.
SFBG Which contributions to Strange Attractors did you find particularly compelling?
SB I find all of the works truly amazing. Works that I’m particularly compelled by include Vanessa Roveto’s extraterrestrial dating profile where the being’s desirable qualities include “a body comprised mostly of healthy scrotal tissue, the ability to mimic my selves, an oral tolerance for liquid hand sanitizer, a traumatic childhood that will work in your erotic favor, and minimal bloating.” In Michael Mallis and Mikey McParlane’s “Love Puddles:” “In the golden fringe of a far off galaxy, an alien planet teems with exotic life. Twiggy creatures rush to an ominous volcano and rub their bodies against its glittering surface, enticing the volcano to awaken and spray its gooey chaos across the furry world.”
Strange Attractors video screening Fri/10, 7-10pm, $5-10 sliding scale. Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission, SF. www.sexandculture.org
Dear everyone on the internet,
Tom Scioli is amazing. Seriously. Go go check this out.
Mystery Object by Tom Scioli
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Projecting a possible future for the Hip Hop Family Tree series. http://www.fantagraphics.com/hiphopfamilytree
Do Anything exhibitor Ed Piskor imagines the future of the Hip Hop Family Tree
On May 18th, 2013 Encyclopedia Destructica and The Institute for Extraterrestrial Sexuality will be presenting a reading and screening of work featured in Strange Attractors at the Last Bookstore!
Check out the Last Bookstore’s site for more info.
It’s a month from now - mark your calendars if you’re in the LA area.
We’ll also be holding a screening at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco the week prior. May is Alien Sex Month in California!
This weekend, February 1st - 3rd is the LA Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary!
This is going to be an amazing event all around, so if you’re in the LA area come and check out the Fair. In attendance will be several Do Anything artists including: Louis M. Schmidt presenting several new zines, Darin Klein releasing a new volume of Box of Books, Christopher Kardambikis as part of Gravity and Trajectory and Encyclopedia Destructica, The Institute for Extraterrestrial Sexuality, and Justseeds will be showing prints!
Check out the Schedule of Events as well:
- Screening of Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities will be screened at 1pm on Sunday the 3rd!
- Darin Klein and AA Bronson (The LA and NY Art Book Fair Director) will be in discussing zine collecting at 3pm on Saturday the 2nd!
The Ed Piskor Interview at the Comics Journal! A must read.
Strange Attractors at MIX NYC // November 16, 2012
Check out a screening of work from Strange Attractors at MIX NYC!
This Friday, November 16th. For Tickets: TICKETS: http://mixnyc.org/mix/tickets/strange
From the program listing:
“My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”
J. B. S. Haldane, Evolutionary Biologist
According to recent scientific reports, there may be between 8 billion and 13 billion life-bearing planets in our galaxy alone. With numbers like that we will certainly encounter living beings from outer space someday. When we do, what will they look like? What special parts will they have, and how will they “do it?” Will we find what they do sexy, incomprehensible or just plain gross? You can find the answers to these questions and more in Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities, an extraordinary 288 page, full color, book and 120 minute DVD encompassing art, writing and film.
Inspired by Kepler’s quest for earth-like planets, Strange Attractors envisions the sexualities of beings that may someday be encountered—if not in outer space, then at least in our dreams! A joint publication by Encyclopedia Destructica and The Institute of Extraterrestrial Sexuality, Strange Attractors presents the work of 70 artists, writers and filmmakers who have created an amazing range of expressions expanding our conception of the possibilities of alien life forms and the nature of sexual desire.
Tonight we present a selection of videos from the Strange Attractors DVD.
—Suzie Silver, Jasdeep Khaira & Christopher Kardambikis, guest curators.
Total Running Time: 69 min.
For more information:http://encyclopediadestructica.com/StrangeAttractors
CHECK OUT THE REST OF MIX NYC’s PROGRAMS HERE:http://mixnyc.org/mix/
Looking to do some holiday shopping?
Check out these stunning prints by Elizabeth Breitweiser (some of which appeared in Do Anything this past summer)!
I am FINALLY getting around to offering one of a kind gallery quality collectables of my color work. Which means, with the exception of a few things I create with my husband, there will only ever be 1 physical reproduction made/authenticated from my hand of my work.
Examples and more info here: http://breitweiser.bigcartel.com/category/print
Thanks for looking!
Fantagraphics to publish Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree!