Rocksusto has been a photographer for the past 10 years. Her career started as a photojournalist in 1997, working for the magazine In Madrid, located in Spain. She moved back to Los Angeles in 2001 and assisted in every possible field of photography, hoping to acquire detailed technical experience and obtain access to sophisticated equipment, but more importantly, to assess commercial photography as a career. After six years, she knew that commercial photography was not for her and began to work with musicians, shooting their concerts, tours, and album covers. She then worked as the principal photographer for a startup TV network, where she continued to shoot musicians and began to document sexually subversive subcultures in Los Angeles. In doing so, Rocksusto was deeply exposed to a wide variety of sexual ethics, which inspired her to seek an artisitic direction with photography as a means of personal expression. www.rocksusto.com
Alicia DeBrincat was born in 1979 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her BA in English Literature and Spanish from the University of Oregon in Eugene, during which time she studied in Mexico, Spain, Guatemala, and Cuba. After graduation, she returned to the Bay Area and worked in social services, and traveled to Costa Rica to work in a state-run orphanage. She has been painting full-time since 2005. Her work is exhibited regularly throughout the United States, most recently at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, Altered Esthetics gallery in Minneapolis, and Bluespace in San Francisco. She was recently awarded an Honorarium from the City of Berkeley and a grant from the George Sugarman Foundation to continue her Culture Corset series, a collection of oil paintings that explores the tension between individual identity and societal expectations. www.aliciadebrincat.com
Lex McQuilkin creates intricately hand cut paper pieces that exploit the manner in which negative space and cast shadows interact. Her latest series, Good Old Boys, aims to investigate the fragile nature of how masculinity is portrayed and, in other regards, destroyed. She has exhibited in and curated shows around the country, is the brawn behind a queer mail art experiment, the PostQueerProject, and is currently in the throes of a women’s art magazine startup. Lex lives in Oakland with her partner in crime, a perpetually cluttered studio, and a collection of overpriced toys that fight for shelfspace with her collection of underappreciated books on critical analysis of politics and modern culture. She has a BFA in illustration from Columbia College Chicago. www.lexkay.com
The show runs from Saturday, April 5, 2008 til Sunday, April 27, 2008.