Introducing QNTV: the first in a series of video screenings at Queen’s Nails Projects that showcase work blending performance, music, video and song writing. Join us this Friday, March 26th for a fantastic line up of local, national and international artists whose practices range from conceptual/ performance bands, to straight-up music promos, to videos that feature music as the inspiration for the artist’s work.
Screening at 8pm and 10pm, with a performance by Wanda and Wonder between the screenings, around 9pm. Hope to see you there!
Queen’s Nails Projects is located at 3191 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Here’s the line up!
Austin Young/ Jackie Beat, Baby Got Front, 2007
Andrew Steinmetz/ Jennifer Sullivan, Sexual Healing, 2010
Japeth Mennes/ Judson Claiborne, Moonraker, 2009
Mark Locke/ Jeffrey Lewis, Willamsburg Will Oldham Horror, 2005
My Barbarian, The Night Epi$ode, 2009
Sofia Córdova, Dip Si Dai Ver, 2010
Ely Kim, Boom Box, 2009
Lew Baldwin/Juiceboxxx, Thunder Jam III, 2005
Cody Critcheloe/ Ssion, Bullshit, 2009
This first installment of QNTV is curated by Rachel Adams and Zoë Taleporos. Special thanks to Robin Muccari for the awesome poster design!
Lew Baldwin was reared in Dallas, Texas on a steady diet of skateboarding, break dancing and bbq. His work has been seen in The Whitney Museum of American Art, Pasadena Armory for the Arts, Sundance Film Festival, ID Magazine, Wallpaper, USA Today, in Venezuela, Brazil, Italy and on TV’s and computers.
When not moving images, he plays the drums.
Milwaukee rapper Juiceboxxx has been raging across beyond since the age of 15, breaking down boundaries and playing everywhere from punk basements to glossy discos. His music portrays the power and freedom that can only come from being one kid on the road, running forever. He has performed all over the United States, including South x Southwest in Austin and Total Bummer Fest in Gainsville Florida.
Sofía Córdova was born in 1985 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Though trained as a photographer, her latter body of work involves aspects of performance, video and installation.
As part of this project, Lamento Bornincano (Baby, Remember My Name), she’s created a series of music videos to accompany, the concept album she’s making under the surname of ChuCha Santamaría y Usted. These videos seek to recall the language of music videos while also creating a narrative specific to the questions of Caribbean Diaspora and Identity that the project holds as it’s principal question.
The video Dip-Si Dai-Ver, (phonetic spelling of “deep sea diver”) is a work in progress that describes the jump from side a to side b on the album; the moment of leaving home and arriving in the states.
CODY CRITCHELOE/ SSION
An art-punk act fronted by flamboyant vocalist/artist Cody Critcheloe, Ssion recorded a series of underground releases during the 2000s, yet perhaps are best recognized for their extravagant live show. Ssion (pronounced “shun”) were founded in Kansas City, MO, by Critcheloe, who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, and draws from a range of influences, including the punk spectacle of Iggy Pop and the dance-party new wave of the B-52’s as well as performance art and gay culture. Critcheloe’s artwork has been exhibited at The Smart Museum in Chicago, Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, Rocket Projects in Miami, and Guild & Greyshkul in New York. Critcheloe has directed videos for Tilly and the Wall, Peaches, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Ssion has performed internationally with Fischerspooner, GOSSIP, and at the Deitch Projects Holiday Party with Whoop Dee Doo.
Ssion’s first feature film Boy was screened at Peres Projects in Los Angeles in 2010. Boy will screen at Peres Projects in Berlin later this year.
Ely Kim is currently an MFA graphic design student at the Yale University School of Art. His greatest influences are growing up in Las Vegas, puppies, and crystals. He enjoys smiling, making things, and most of all, dancing.
MARK LOCK/ JEFFREY LEWIS
Mark arrived in the late 1990s with a series of award-winning shorts made on budgets that were so shoestring they were “that bit of plastic on the end of a shoestring.” Films including EAT IN, THE MISSING LINK, LUBE, and WHIEN I LEAVE THE SIXTH FORM I’M GETTING STRAIGHT INTO SOMETHING MEDIA RELATED becoming international festival, TV and internet favourites and still receiving regular screenings today.
He went on the make 3.5 million feature film CRUST, a comedy about three ordinary people from the West Midlands and a seven foot boxing shrimp (yes you red that right), starring Kevin McNally, Madhav Sharma, Naomie Harris and Ulrika Jonsson as herself. It was theatrically released in the United States and Japan (where it was such a hit it inspired a sub-genre of sporting sealife films) but CRUST remains criminally overlooked by distributors in the UK, despite eminent broadsheet critics still calling for its release.
In recent times Mark’s unleashed his distinctive ideas on the world of music promo. Often working with bands he loves, even if it sometimes means returning to the “bit of plastic” budgets of his shorts (one was as low as 150!), Mark’s already responsible for various MTV, YouTube, and music industry favourites made on both sides of the Atlantic – including videos for UNKLE, Misty’s Big Adventure, Jeffrey Lewis, Dinosaur Jr and Athlete.
Mark currently has a number of new projects in various stages of development, including a brand new feature film and a TV comedy series.
Jeffrey Lewis was raised in New York City and is a maker of comic books, tragi-comic folk narratives, and head-smashing garage rock – all of which meld together into the band currently known as Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard. With brother Jack on bass and David Beauchamp on drums, Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard incorparate a disparate blend of influences from 60s acoustic psychedelia like Pearls Before Swine to the experimental art-punk of the Fall and the urban lyricism of Lou Reed, sounding a bit like if Woody Guthrie fronted Sonic Youth. Live shows also incorporate “low budget videos”, Jeff’s large illustrations displayed to accompany certain songs, such as Jeff’s educational multi-part History of Communism, or the fan-favorite chills of “The Creeping Brain”. In 2001 Jeffrey Lewis signed to Rough Trade Records and has since released five albums.
The Jeffrey Lewis band has toured the US, UK, Europe, and Australia, sharing bills with Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Devendra Banhart, Black Dice, Thurston Moore, the Fall, Beth Orton, Frank Black, the Fiery Furnaces, Daniel Johnston, Scout Niblett, the Mountain Goats, the Moldy Peaches, Cornershop, the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Wooden Wand, the Cribs, the Danielson Famile, Dr. Dog, Kimya Dawson, Adam Green, Akron/Family, Roky Erickson, Au Revoir Simone, and others.
JAPETH MENNES/ JUDSON CLAIBORNE
Japeth Mennes received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2001 and his MFA from Cranbrook in 2004. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He has shown his artwork at Vonzweck, Threewalls, Heaven Gallery and Gallery 400 in Chicago, David Cunningham Projects in San Francisco, and Envoy Gallery and Museum 52 in New York City. He works in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, video and sound. He also has been a musical contributor to such bands as Fissure, Bedfellows, Low Skies, the Priests of Interstellar Love, and Cap Au Gris.
Judson Claiborne is: Ryan Blaine Boyles – bass, Jamie Daniel Carter – drumkit, Darrell Baker Greiwe – electric guitar, singing, Christopher Claiborne Salveter – singing, guitar, Jamie Michelle Topper – frame drum, congas, singing
Judson Claiborne is the reclamation of a name given to Chris Salveter by his father. On a personal level, it means rebirth into a greater consciousness. This record was made during a period of personal and artistic transformation and was coaxing for the return of dormant creative energies. The writing of “Before Midnight Scholar” began on a bicycle ride through Southeast Asia, continued on through a four month stay at a spiritual community in the woods of the Hudson River Valley, and ended in the beautiful city of Chicago, Illinois.
Just before moving to Chicago from Saint Louis in 2000, Salveter tried songwriting as an experiment in a new art form. He found great inspiration in the process and started a band called Low Skies. Over the course of seven years, Low Skies released four records, (three with the Flameshovel label) and toured like crazy, sometimes with acts like Neko Case, Giant Sand, The Handsome Family, Band of Horses, Okkervill River, Explosions in the Sky, and Mucca Pazza.
My Barbarian is a Los Angeles-based performance collective founded in 2000 by Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade. The trio performs in site-specific plays, musical concerts, theatrical situations and produces video installations that play with the spectacular while engaging viewers critically. Their interdisciplinary projects explore and exhume cross-cultural mishaps and misadventures drawn from history, mythology, art and popular culture.
My Barbarian has performed and exhibited widely in Los Angeles: LACMA, REDCAT, Hammer Museum, MOCA, LAXART, Schindler House, LACE; in New York: Whitney Museum, New Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Participant, Inc., Joe’s Pub; and elsewhere at Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Aspen Art Museum; Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Samson Projects, Boston; The Power Plant, Toronto; De Appel, Amsterdam; Peres Projects, Berlin; Torpedo, Oslo; El Matadero, Madrid and Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy; Lui Velazquez, Tijuana. My Barbarian was included in the 2005 and 2007 Performa Biennials, the 2006 and 2008 California Biennials and the 2007 Montreal Biennial. In 2008, the group performed commissioned works for the New Museum and Galleria Civica, Trento. They also presented an durational performance installation at Art Positions, Art Basel Miami Beach. In 2008, My Barbarian recieved an Art Matters grant to make a new performance and video project at the Townhouse Gallery, in Cairo, Egypt. They will have their first solo exhibition at a commercial gallery in May 2009, at Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles.
ANDREW STEINMETZ/JENNIFER SULLIVAN
Andrew Steinmetz works in video, ink, paint, paper, the internet, things, and sound in Brooklyn, NY.
Jennifer Sullivan is an interdisciplinary artist who works with video, performance, installation, and painting. She has exhibited and performed widely, at venues including The Kitchen, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NADA Emerging Artist Party, Klaus von Nichtsaggend Gallery, the New Museum, 179 Canal Street, Raid Projects, Telic Arts Exchange and Okay Mountain. Her work was recently included in the Younger than Jesus Artist Directory published by the New Museum. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
WANDA AND WONDER
Wanda and Wonder is a music project started by Forrest Lewinger and Lucas Noah. Hailing for Georgia, where Forrest and Lucas grew up together, Wanda and Wonder existed purely over the Internet until the summer of 2009 when Lucas moved to San Francisco. Wanda and Wonder are influenced by all genres including melodramatic pop songs, reggae, and easy listening. They have performed at Kimo’s in San Francisco and the Carville Annex.
AUSTIN YOUNG/ JACKIE BEAT
Austin Young is an artist based in Los Angeles who works primarily in photography and video within the context of ‘the portrait.’ Recent solo shows include ‘God Save The Queen’- drag queen and transgender portraits from 1987 to 2006 at ArtMurmur Gallery in Los Angels, ‘Strange Beauty,’ an overview of work from 1986-2005 at the Ed Gochis Gallery in Hollywood, and ‘Celebritism,’ work exploring ideas of celebrity at the World of Wonder Gallery in Hollywood, 2007. ‘Fresh N’ Easy’ at Another Year In LA, Los Angeles, and ‘Fallen Fruit: United Fruit’ at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Hollywood were two solo shows by Fallen Fruit (David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young) both in 2009.
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His portrait subjects include Leigh Bowery, Lypsinka, Siouxsie Sioux, Diamanda Galas, Margaret Cho, Nina Hagen, Debbie Harry, Jimmy Scott, Sandra Bernhard, Karen Black, Joe Dellasandro, Ziyi Zhang, Ann Magnuson, Amy Poehler, Dame Edna, Chris Crocker, Jeffree Star and more.
Recent projects have shown in galleries including; Artists Space, Ars Electronica in Linz,
Austria, Netherlands Architecture Institute at Maastricht, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, University Art Gallery at UC Irvine, The 18th Street Gallery in Santa Monica, and The Armory Center for the Arts. The feature length video portrait/documentary of Hadda Brooks called ‘Queen of The Boogie’ with co-director Barry Pett began in 1999 was completed in 2005. Recent videos featuring Jackie Beat, Squeaky Blonde, Nadya Ginsurg, Selene Luna, Boom Boom and Margaret Cho have screened at InsideOUT, Sundance, Mix Festival, Frameline, Reeling, MIX NYC, The Silver Lake Film Festival and have been featured on PerezHilton.com. The short video entitled “The Stroke” won best
of 2003 from ADD-TV and “Strange Fruit” won best experimental short at The Silver Lake Film Festival. “The Worm” won best short and best director of ADDtv 2009. Reviews and editorials include; The Los Angeles Times, El Pais, Art In America, Cabinet, Paper Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Interview Magazine, READYMADE, The L.A. Weekly, Frontiers, Artillery, Elegy, Digitalis Photo, and Premonition.
Drag superstar JACKIE BEAT has been entertaining audiences across the U.S. and in Europe for over ten years with her razor-sharp comedy and hysterical song parodies. Jackie not only warps hits by Britney Spears, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Cher and many others, but she flawlessly sings her twisted new versions LIVE — hitting every last note.
Her one-woman show “Jackie Beat Is A Whole Lotta’ Love” ran a record 18 months at NYC’s premiere cabaret, Fez, and she returns every year with her award-winning, standing-room-only Christmas show
Jackie’s stand-up has been featured in comedy clubs across the country and on Comedy Central, VH-1 and MTV. She was recently a staff writer for the WB comedy series “Hype!”, has written for the Sci Fi Channel, is one of US Magazine’s Fashion Police top cops and is currently the voice of Bertha on Nickelodeon’s animated series “Kung-Fu Spy Troll”. She has appeared on many TV shows and in several movies including “Flawless” with Robert DeNiro and the cult hit “Wigstock The Movie”. Jackie has also been in many off-Broadway productions, performed on cruises ships, and is lead singer of the popular electroclash band Dirty Sanchez.