Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Trip Down (FALSE) Memory Lane @ The Lexington Club 1/13/08 San Francisco

UPDATE! 1/8/09
They are going fast folks!... and buyers beware, since each artist involved get a box set from fifty mostly 20 something are only for sale.
ARTmostfierce truly remembers those days when a nightclub was the only place that you could find a true sense of identity and be around other people that had the same should I say inclinations or desires.

In some many ways being underneath that Disco ball, I felt secure, with a sense of a community and that I really belong in this world . Back then, they were no organizations, counselling groups , chat rooms , Internet etc, etc . It saved my life in so many ways!

It was just us, underneath that Disco Ball, taking our problems, dreams, fear and anxieties to the dance floor.

My first clubs in NYC were Studio 54 and The Saint (yes I was in my mid-teens folks ...a baby) . Everything is changed now...I don't go out much anymore but, I want the younger generation to to continue to have a bit of the excitement and fun I had back then...which brings me to this wonderful benefit /art exhibit curated by Jessica Silverman of Silverman Gallery to help The Lexington Club in San Francisco.

Jessica is putting together a great exhibit and a box set that will be available for sale in a edition of only 50. The works are inspired by the nature of the Lexington club scene and I guess for folks like me, is a great way to remember those glory days. There is still a kid out there looking for a sense of belonging and with your help ...the party must go on!

If you are in the San Francisco area go to the benefit and please send me pictures!!!!

Some of the works are created among many by Slava Mogutin, Michael Bilsborough (new boy wonder) and Job Piston (see more info below in press release)

Please read press release below by Jessica Silverman of Silverman Gallery and feel free to contact her for the sale of the Box Set. At $299.00 per box set , it is a bargain and a good cause. I can't wait to get mine and...ah in case you wonder this happen before my art meltdown yesterday. Today is another day!

Photo: By Slava Mogutin

Jesse, a.k.a. Steven (From NYC Go-Go)Archival duraflex print11" x 14"Edition 6/252006Courtesy of the artist and Envoy Gallery, NYC

Yuval Pudik
Revolving Eyes-Graphite on cotton paper,28 X 22 Inches2008

For immediate release: A trip down (false) memory lane

Opening reception: January 13, 2009

Venue: The Lexington Club, 3464 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, www.lexingtonclub.com

Artists include: Michael Bilsbourough, Kaucyila Brooks, Aisha Burns, Luke Butler, Tammy Rae Carland, Torreya Cummings, Zachary Drucker, Riley John Donnell, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Discoteca Flaming Star, Dynasty Handbag, Brandon Herman, Danny Keith, Bruce LaBruce, Job Piston, Yuval Pudik, Slava Mogutin and Brian Kenny, Karol Radziszewski, Kirstyn Russell, Jonathon Solo, Tanya Wischerath, Susanne Winterling. Curated and organized by Jessica Silverman

A trip down (false) memory lane take the form of both exhibition and boxset. Each artist will produce 1 work for the actual exhibition and an edition of 50 that will be included in a boxset. Highlights include lighter and case by Brandon Herman, napkins by Torreya Cummings, postcards, c-prints and more. Owner Lila Thirkield opened the Lexington Club in San Francisco in 1997 to fill a cultural gap. Since I moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles Lila has become a friend of mine and has generously recounted memories, her inspirations and why she felt so strongly about having a space where artists, street kids, and young people could hook up and express themselves. After attending openings and through conversations with patrons I proposed A trip down (false) memory lane, an exhibition that would both honor and engage with the Lexington’s past, present and future. Artists include past and present bartenders from the Lexington Club, Dynasty Handbag and Tanya Wischerath as well as local and international artists.

For A trip down (false) memory lane each artist was asked to respond to a memory of the Lexington Club. While over half of the invited artists live in San Francisco and have been to the Lexington it is likely that many invited artists have never been. Based on what each artist knows about the Lexington the artists will create a memory or transfer a memory of another night out into one that could have taken place at the Lexington Club. By inviting those who have been to the Lexington Club and those who have not I am interested in how our imagination is used as an aid in recovering presumably lost or unclear memories.

False memories are constructed by combining actual memories with the content of suggestions or conversations received from others. For those who have never been and have never heard of the Lexington Club we suggested that they ask around, research on the web or sit at a local bar and envision what a night at the Lexington might be like. Through this process one may even forget the source of the information and begin to believe it was an actual memory of a night out. In doing so, A trip down (false) memory lane will provide an engaging analysis of the lesbian bar as an intersection of gender, community, memory and space.

About the curator: Jessica Silverman is the owner and director of Silverman Gallery, San Francisco. She is a graduate of the MA Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of Arts. Since its inception, the aim of Silverman Gallery has been to represent emerging San Francisco and International artists, collaborating closely with them in long-term relationships that facilitate an understanding and awareness of their work in a global context. In 2009, Silverman and curator Jan Van Woensel will open Bad Moon Rising 3 at Boots Contemporary in St. Louis.

Links: http://www.silverman-gallery.com/ , http://atripdown-false-memorylane.blogspot.com/, http://silvermangallerysanfrancisco.blogspot.com/, www.lexingtonclub.com/


ruben said...

Hurry and get one.They are going fast. Only 50. Getting mine today. Contact Jessica ASAP for waiting list and to receive invoice. This is a good way to start the year 2009

Anonymous said...

From Silverman Gallery:
Each box set comes with 1 editioned work from each participating artist.
Works are editioned in 50.
Each artist receives a box set for his/her participation.
Therefore approximately 20 box sets are available for sale at this stellar price!
Reserve yours now!