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CALIFORNIA GIRL, A Retrospective Debut

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performance/video art pieces, 2011
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MUSE of the Look Book series, 2011 Performance/video Art 46" HD Flat Screen Monitors Vertically Hung
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The Look Book series, 2011
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TRIMMER, performance/video, 2011
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TRIMMER of the Look Book video art series, 2011 Performance/video Art
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The Look Book series of performance/video pieces, Krowswork Gallery,, 2011 52" Flat Screen Monitors
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DAKINI, performance/video, Krowswork Gallery, 2011
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DAKINI (video still) performance/video, 2011 52" Flat Screen Monitor Set on an Indefinite Loop
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L: Butterfly's Shoe Fetish Mid: 12 Frames of Isolation, R: The Pirate Island Performances 2009, 1996-97, 2007
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12 Frames of Isolation, 1996-97 Women Taped From Television Edited 4hr Loop and 12 VHS Tapes Encased in Engraved Plexi-glas Box
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Convulsive Stripper (video still), 1992 show at Krowswork Gallery Performance/video Art Piece
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Convulsive Stripper, 1992 Performance/video Art
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Convulsive Stripper, 1992 Performance/video Art
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Ritual performance/video at Krowswork Gallery,, 1993 Performance/video Art
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Ritual, 1993 Performance/video Art
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PRETEND WE'RE DEAD, '07 Performance for Still Camera/framing Real Life Events as Performance Art
CALIFORNIA GIRL, A Retrospective Debut
Curated by: Jasmine Moorhead

480 23rd Street - side entrance
Oakland, CA 94612
November 12th, 2011 - December 17th, 2011
Opening: December 2nd, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.krowswork.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
East Bay
EMAIL:  
jasmine@krowswork.com
PHONE:  
510-229-7035
OPEN HOURS:  
Fri-Sat 1-5; First Friday 5-9 & always by appointment
TAGS:  
photography, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual

DESCRIPTION

Reviews:

Stretcher.org  http://www.stretcher.org/posts/monet_clark_california_girl_at_krowswork/

Hyperallergic.com http://hyperallergic.com/category/reviews/galleries/

East Bay Express Picks (see images above)

Top Picks of all galleries & museums in No. CA http://www.squarecylinder.com/galleries-museums-2/  

Art in Limbo Blog Spot http://nicholerosa.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2011-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2012-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&max-results=12

Max Eternity http://www.maxeternity.com/?p=1298,

Krowswork is very pleased to present Monet Clark: California Girl - 

A Retrospective Debut featuring two decades of performance/video by Clark in her first solo exhibition. Interested in using art as a vehicle for transmutation for herself as well as her audience, Clark throughout her career has often framed real life events as performance art presented as video and photographs. Simultaneously charming and repellent, personal and political, feminist and feminine, ironic and real, sacred and mundane, these works embody a host of contrasts that together provide an iconographic video portrait of 21st-century California culture and this one-of-a-kind California Girl. 

The retrospective features video made in the early 1990s when the artist was newly graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, in which Clark, as both director and performer, exposes herself in ways ostensibly meant to engage the (male) gaze. Yet in each of them there is a built-in revulsion, and the expectation of a purely sensual, one-sided show is soon thwarted. 

The middle portion of the retrospective presents for the first time pieces made during Clark's decade-long fight against an extreme form of Environmental Illness (EI). These include a four-hour intensive piece titled 12 Frames of Isolation as well as photographic works documenting her emaciated body during the illness juxtaposed with her healthier form post-recovery.  

The most recent group of works, then, provides an aesthetic and energetic catharsis. Titled the "Look Book" series, these bold yet minimal videos date from 2011 and Clark's full return to artmaking, where she is "coming out" in her newly, emergent, healthy body. The resultant pieces are sumptuously spare, raw and honest, wickedly humorous, and hold a powerful intimacy. 

Read more about the exhibition and see more images and installation views here:www.krowswork.com/monetclark.html