Opening and Reception on Friday
April, 9th 2009, 8:00-11:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Exhibition Dates:April 9 to May 8, 2009
Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment
Closing party and Special Screening: Thursday, May 6th 8-10 pm
Press Contact: Julio Cesar Morales firstname.lastname@example.org
Queens Nails Projects is pleased to present two solo exhibitions by Bay Area artists Jennifer Locke and Calvin Trezise. Video Action by Jennifer Locke features a new exciting body of work as well as never before and rarely seen performative videos of the artist from the early 1990’s. Jennifer Locke is a San Francisco-based artist obsessed with the body and how it relates to structured systems of viewing. She uses video, installation, and still photography to frame sculptural actions, often involving intense physical effort. Her work engages visual themes that draw on her past experiences as a professional dominatrix, champion submission wrestler, and –earlier on– as an artists’ model. Pieces incorporate multiple camera perspectives, architectural space, athletic bodies, wireless microphones, mini-cameras, video projections, and the audience itself. Cameras and microphones (often present within the frame) operate as representation-extenders, visually and aurally framing, repeating, echoing, and amplifying the action. These reiterations create residual pieces that take on their own afterlife.
Locke has exhibited in venues such as the 48th Venice Biennale; Air de Paris, Paris; the 9th Havana Biennial; the Basel Art Fair, Kunsthalle, Basel; La Panaderia, Mexico City; Palais de Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Canada, New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley. She has curated for Artists’ Television Access and Queens Nails Annex, co-produced a cable access show, sung in punk bands, and given a variety of workshops. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and was awarded the 2006 Chauncey McKeever Award. Locke is currently an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s College of California and she also teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.