Dirtstar 2011 Artists

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At the Core:

Ami Puri mixes digital media, garbage and dirt to create works that center trans*gender/queer self-determination and hope. Their films have screened at Tranny Fest, Homo-a-gogo, Threat Level, and Trans/giving.  Organizer/Artist: Dirtstar 09/10/11

m. a. brooks creates textured landscapes of movement, gesture, text and voice. m. a. reconstructs cultural memories from black, queer, colonized/marginalized histories. Characteristics consistent throughout each piece are collaboration, site specificity, audience engagement, risky physicality, interactive environments, and the creation of community through the artistic process. Organizer/Artist:  Dirstar 09/10/11

In San Francisco, m. a. has danced with aerial dance company, Fly Away Productions, since 2009 and in June of 2010 was granted a Djerassi choreographer’s residency.  m. a. attended Moving On Center School for Participatory Arts and Research in 1995 and studied contemporary dance at The School for New Dance in Amsterdam. m. a. also has over ten years of experience with contemporary dance, ethnic dance forms, contact improvisation, and political theater.

Caitlin Sweet is an conceptual artist who works primarily with textiles and crafts. She strives to break down the distance between art objects and the audience by creating installations and touchable work. Her work focuses on the Lesbian body and identity as a site for radical transformation, the continuation and growth of feminist praxis, and her personal struggle with the death of her mother. Sweet uses craft techniques and textiles as a direct reference to feminism and lesbianism, and seeks to infuse these traditions with non-essentialist concepts of gender, sex, and sexuality. She received her B.F.A from Ohio University and lives in the Bay Area. Her  current projects include a slide show on anal fisting for the GLBT Historical society and curating visual art for Dirt Star 2011.

Lex Non Scripta is a hermetic yet affable queerion who was raised in a land of mystical unicorns, captivating books with never enough words, and illustrative dreams that were perpetually pushing their own boundaries. In fact, Lex still dwells there, although now their world is sprinkled with a glittery coating of ever-transgressive politics, urban gardening, art theory/criticism/love/making, technological distractions, bike grease, power tools, and a near constant battle with dominant power structures.

Amar/a is a byke witch, songstylist, and mixed media visual artist who uses performance and entertainment as a catalyst to transform art spaces and create massive emotional experiences.  Amar/a has mastered stilt walking, costume design, stitch-witchery, theatrical makeup, and is a proud vocalist, musician, and drag performer.  Drawing on a queer, mixed race, progressive experience, Amar/a seeks to disband myths and manifests legends. Down with apartheid walls, and up with the sunflowers: gardens are the source, may love be our fuel, and let song heal our wounds.  Dirtstar Artist 09/10/11.

Featured Artists:

Gabby Q. Miller:  “I live in between Hanoi and California. Depending on how tall you are, I can be extremely tall, or pretty average height.”

Dinah Jane DiNova, born California, 1982.  The currant project – Tin, Sin, & Kinship – in collaboration with Rosin James, is a collection of wet plate collodion portraiture focused on the dilapidated beauty of radical queer and modern day traveling hobo culture throughout the United States.

Levon Fox is interested in places that exist for short periods of time, or perhaps better, how places exist for a short period of time. He began this study with a focus on performances, movement, and the conflation of exploration (including self exploration) with tourism.  Levon was raised on the Eastern tip of Massachusetts, USA. He earned a bachelors degree at Sarah Lawrence College studying film production, fine art, and architectural history. After relocating to San Francisco, he began a career in design and production, continuing in a way his study of temporary places and conditions. His art now focuses on the narratives produced by abstract or imaginary places.

Adee Roberson is a queer black writer and visual artist living in Florida. She believes in ART as commemoration the the natural world and our ancestors. By creating through MAGIC, DREAMS, and INTUITION.  As an independent, self-taught, mixed media visual artist, Adee has curated exhibitions and shown her art in numerous galleries and alternative media/art venues across North America and Europe.  Her rich mixed media paintings, drawings, photo images, and fabric collages are influenced by punk and hip-hop music, ‘60s and ‘70s African psychedelic art, animals, nature, and her own personal experience. adeeliciousr@gmail.com pineappleblack.blogspot.com

Jamie Q is a Canadian artist who makes paintings, drawings, zines, prints, and sculptures. She is interested in the social potential of art objects and do-it-yourself distribution strategies, and recently wrote a thesis about the politics and aesthetics of the DIY ethic. Her work is online at jamieq.net.

Lee Balan has been performing for more than thirty years. His assemblages and digital art has been displayed throughout California.  He creates art from discarded materials and images. He was the featured poet at the Palm Springs Museum, 2006. Lee recently published his novel “Alien Journal” about a queer alien.

Jen Lorang merges the techniques and spirit of old craft and witchery to create modern day miscellany of enchanting and healing art creations. Her work is an attempt to connect her and her community to their primordial past, one of mutual reverence for spirit, nature, healing and beauty without appropriating cultures or turning art and sustainable living into an empty commodity.  as a queer activist, she is dedicated to making art that supports the radical undercurrent by visually weaving stories of ideas and communities hidden and oppressed in our society.

Flo McGarrell recieved a B.F.A in fibers and a M.A in Digtials from the school of the Art Institure of Chicago. He used his hybrid skills to create inflatable spaces. In 2007 he was part of the Rosewell artist in residence program where he experimented in sustainable living as sculpture. McGarrell served as the director of the art center FOSAJ in Haiti until his death in 2010.

Siobhan Flood grew up in the Bronx and has been luxuriating in the verdant Homotopia of the Bay Area for the past four years.  She vacillates between working too much and partying too hard.  She makes art out of trash because she believes our society has become disposable.  When Siobhan is not playing with rusted pointy things and lace she enjoys escaping the city to be in the nature, hanging out with her dog Buttercup, and long walks off short piers.

Allyson Mitchell is a maximalist artist working predominantly in sculpture, installation and film. Since 1997, Mitchell has been melding feminism and pop culture to play with contemporary ideas about sexuality, autobiography, and the body, largely through the use of reclaimed textile and abandoned craft.

Sarah Sass Biscarra-Dilley is, according to her mother, half-Mexican and half-criminal. She is constantly exploring the spaces between the worlds; between ancestral lines, between gender and gender roles, between past and present, between sacred space and living space, between personal authority and collective responsibility. She lives in Santa Fe, NM.

Micah Bazant is a flamer, visual artist, and graphic designer. He created the trans jew zine Timtum, co-edited the Love and Justice Haggadah, and is a collective member of TransTorah (www.transtorah.org). He has been honored to be a part of many racial and social justice movements, and struggles to create work that expresses a sliver of ha-olam ha-ba – the just and fabulous world that is coming. He loves getting hid hands dirty.

Lewis Wallace is a writer and activist based in Chicago.  For the last few years, his political work has focused on supporting incarcerated people and working to build viable restorative and transformative alternatives to incarceration within local communities.  He has published articles on queer saints, women’s and trans health, and injustices against trans prisoners.  He is an avid embracer of multiplicity, paradox, and the transformative power of art.

Ector Garcia:  “I was born in California to Mexican immigrant parents, have spent much time both here and there. I am very inspired by nature, culture, sexuality, folk art, graffiti, and the many communities that have fostered me. Lately I’ve been crocheting a lot, inspired by memories of watching my grandmother make all sorts of beautiful things with crochet. Being an angry queer masculine man I enjoy taking a very traditional feminine craft and using it to express dark feelings.”

Ariel Springfield is a queer multimedia artist who is fascinated by physical narratives, collections of ordinary objects and invisible things. Ze has a desire for the simplistic and a tendency toward the ornate.

Jennifer Worley, director of “Sex On Wheels,” is a writer and labor activist who co-leads the “Sex On Wheels” bike tour of San Francisco’s sex industry.   She is the author of articles on lesbian pulp fiction and early gay youth activism and teaches at City College of San Francisco.

Celeste Chan is a queer Asian American artist, performer, and activist. Her work delves into themes of queer loss, diaspora, hidden histories, and re-birth. Her recent projects include the film “Bloodlines” for the Walls project, media and curatorial work for Queer Rebels of the Harlem Renaissance, and organizing with the Shifting Narratives collective. She has performed and screened her work in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Vancouver B.C., and the Pacific Northwest. She is the co-Artistic Director of Queer Rebel Productions (queerrebels.com), and a Board Member of Community United Against Violence (cuav.org). Find out more at: www.celestechan.com.

Jai Arun Ravine is a Thai American writer, dancer, video and performance artist. Ze is the author of a full-length book of poems forthcoming from TinFish Press, the chapbook “Is This January” (Corollary Press, 2010) and creator of “The Spiderboi Files.”

The Glittertwins are the reincarnations of Anthea Black and Mr. and Mrs. Keith Murray as twinned trannies, united in inter-dimensional love. They performed Glitter Bike Ride in New York City and the resulting work was part of PopSex! Science, History, Culture, Art, an exhibition of contemporary reactions to Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Science (Berlin 1919-1933). As individual artists and cultural workers they both work within artist-run culture and public spaces to queer shit up. The Glittertwins wish to thank: Brandon Blommaert (camera), AA Bronson and the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice, Union Theological Seminary, Amanda Langford, LIT cosmetics, Jamie Tognazzini, Ellen, Jesse and the Street Memorial Project members, New York.

Ivy Jeanne has been clowning SF City Hall with her Turd Filled truth and colorful scrawlings since 1997. You can find her work etched in the sidewalks, painted in the alleyways or blaring from a speaker on a mix tape your best friend made you.

E. Conner is the sole editor of Toothworm Fanzine and is always looking for a date and money. She likes big and small dogs, butts, and foreign ladies who use big words.

Sample Art From Featured Artists

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