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Contents for August 24, 2020

Weekly Spotlight: Anita Loomis, FF Alumn, now online at https://vimeo.com/326873493

Gender constructions and their norms surround us all in each and every facet of our lives. Anita Loomis’ "Female Deviations: Autobiographies of Desire" studies these concepts and society’s subsequent influences over gender and sexuality. In her 1996 multi-media performance piece at Dixon Place, New York City, Loomis explores gender’s constricting language and conventions, (i.e how it dictates what one wears or how one looks). In this 33-minute performance, the artist engages the audience in the exploration of her own sexuality with various anecdotes from childhood to adulthood. "Female Deviations" is Loomis’ cerebral and physical investigation of pleasure, desire, erotic self-expression, the notion of unified sexual identity, and the ways in which society suppresses us from the youngest ages. To contact Anita Loomis for business purposes please email AnitaGetsCreative@gmail.com (Text by Zaria George, FF Intern, July 2020)

Please visit https://vimeo.com/326873493



1. Don Hải Phú Daedalus, FF Alumn, new film now online

Don Hải Phú Daedalus releases "Lionfishing," a film about a scuba diving competition to remove invasive lionfish from the Florida coral reefs. Please visit this link:

Thank you.



2. elin o’Hara slavick, FF Alumn, in Cincinnati, OH and more

elin o’Hara slavick is installing 13 billboards for the 75th commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the Cincinnati, Ohio area as part of Wilmington College’s Peace Resource Center Response Project in conjunction with their annual Peace Symposium. She has also self-published a book for the project, Holding History In Our Hand, using archival photographs from the Peace Resource Center Archive. It is available on BLURB here: https://www.blurb.com/b/10237191-holding-history-in-our-hand



3. Michelle Handelman, FF Alumn, at Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival, live online August 26-29 and more



is an official selection of the 2020

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS: https://outfest.org/outfestla2020/


Join us for a panel discussion with director Michelle Handelman, Patrick Califia, Queen Cougar, and Pony Lee. Moderated by Brendan Lucas.




Live on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube


PATRICK CALIFIA is a writer, retired therapist, editor, and activist. He has been involved with the leather community since the late 1970s. He was central to the founding of Samois, the first lesbian feminist S/M support group, and has tried through writing and lectures to educate people about sex and gender diversity. His books include Sapphistry and Macho Sluts, which were controversial texts that were targeted by censors in Canada and by antiporn feminists during the Lesbian Sex Wars. At the age of 45, he decided he could no longer put off dealing with his gender issues, and began the process of transitioning from female to male. He lives in Portland, OR with his cat, Delilah, a lot of craft supplies, many whips and other adult toys for transformation, and shelves full of books. He continues to write and do public speaking.

QUEEN COUGAR became a leatherwomyn in 1990 in the Bay Area. She is currently active in the leather community as a titleholder, activist, educator and mentor. Over the years, she has received many awards and has become a sought-after Emcee, contest judge and popular entertainer throughout the United States. In 2013 the SF community held a tribute in honor of her 20 years of service, with proclamations including the naming of Queen Cougar Day and recognition from the SF Board of Supervisors and State Assembly. She is most proud of the many friendships and extended family she has been fortunate to grow with over the years.

PONY LEE has been a figure in the Los Angeles leather and kink community for over a decade. They are a member of ONYX Southwest, founder of the Leather tent at Dyke Day LA, founder of Cruise LA, and producer of the first non-binary leather title in Los Angeles. Outside leather, Pony is owner of Folklore Salon & Barber, the premiere Los Angeles salon that centers its craft and services around the needs of the LGBTQ community.

Contact: michelle.handelman@gmail.com
" The first documentary on this subject."
-New York Times

"Personal transformation as political agency"
-Art Forum

"A ground-breaking film!"
-Time Out

BLOODSISTERS, Michelle Handelman’s ground-breaking documentary on the San Francisco leather dyke scene is as vital as ever.

Featuring the voices of those who started the current conversation on gender fluidity and radical sexuality, BLOODSISTERS shows us how political activism is crucial for our survival.

Featuring music by Chris + Cosey, Coil, Fred Giannelli, Frightwig and Typhoon.



Copyright © 2020, Michelle Handelman Studio, All rights reserved.



4. Raquel Rabinovich, FF Alumn, new publication now online

I want to share with you the link to a new publication on my work created by Hutchinson Modern & Contemporary, here:

Thank you very much. Raquel Rabinovich




5. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, online at Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL, Aug. 31

Irina Danilova
Pandemic style Quadrennial Performance in Chicago
Curator Carron Little
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

August 31, 6-8 pm (Chicago time)


It will be the final performance in the series "20 Years After" that first came back to Ukraine 20 years after the beginning of Quadrennial Performance there (Kharkiv city). This time it is hosted by Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago.

1984 first performance in Kharkiv "Moscow Time" - 2004 Performance at Palitra Gallery in Kharkiv with the same participants, Masha Gluschenko and Lena Kudinova.

1988 self performance in Moscow in front of the wardrobe mirror with kids sleeping in the same room - 2008 performance in hometown, New York, Children's Theater, in TribeCa.

1992 farewell performance in Moscow - 2012 Performance at the National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow.

1996 First Performance in the Western Hemisphere at the Cleveland International Performance Festival - 2016 First Performance at the Southern Hemisphere at the LockUp Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, Australia.




6. Dorit Cypis, Stanya Kahn, FF Alumns, at ICA, Los Angeles, opening Sept. 26

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to announce that after closing our doors in March because of the pandemic, ICA LA will reopen and welcome audiences back to the museum beginning Saturday, September 26.
These past months of quarantine have compressed our sense of space and time. It has been a period of slowing down and introspection, a time to carefully consider what is immediately in front of us and notice the enormous value of our communities. So, it is fitting that our fall exhibitions celebrate the work of two exceptional Los Angeles-based artists: Harold Mendez and Stanya Kahn. Both artists create works that offer profound insights into how today’s culture is informed by the past and sensitize us to the precarity, fragility, and beauty of life. Their works dance on the narrow edge between truth and fiction with a poignancy that reminds us how important it is to think critically and to participate in shaping the future of our society. In the midst of an election season, these exhibitions fittingly advocate for civic engagement, each in their own idiosyncratic way.

Next week, Field Workshop: Action Projects continue with Space Saloon's Climate Crisis Hotline where the artists create a safe confessional space to respond to our collective environmental distress. Dorit Cypis brings her PeoplesLab project with an exploratory session titled The Color of Whiteness. On August 31, Paul Pescador introduces workshops for PSA, a collaborative project to create Public Service Announcement-style videos about the mechanisms of government and public knowledge to be screened during the election season.
We miss you! We look forward to seeing you and sharing the work of these important Los Angeles artists. In order to keep our audiences and staff safe, we will be open by appointment with recommended safety protocols in place. Stay tuned for further details as we get closer to our opening date.

In the meantime, stay cool and stay well.

Anne Ellegood
Good Works Executive Director

Stanya Kahn: No Go Backs

Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist Stanya Kahn (b. 1968, San Francisco)’s hybrid approach to film and video reorients fiction and document, the real and hyper-real through improvisation and candid, daily life scenarios. This exhibition presents three works by Kahn produced over the past ten years, including her latest film, No Go Backs (2020), marking its Los Angeles debut. Together, these videos offer an urgent reflection of our times, foregrounding global concerns such as climate change, racism, state power, and rebellion with the artist’s singular humor and embrace of experimental time and narrative.




7. Mu Mu, Nora York, FF Alumns, now online

Dear Friend

Out Today

Dedicated to Nora York

Please visit this link:


Thank you.



8. Barbara T. Smith, FF Alumn, online at The Box, Los Angeles, CA, thru Aug. 26

The Box is pleased to present a selection of works by LA-based artist Barbara T. Smith for this week of Gallery Platform LA, on view online https://galleryplatform.la/#the-box August 20–26, 2020. The works highlight Smith's exploration of communication as it relates to objects and visual presentations.

While the work spans a variety of mediums and a three-decade range, the common thread of communication invites viewers to expand their understanding of language, redefining words to include structural and visual elements. Found objects, such as sea shells and dodecahedrons, form sentences that are familiar yet indecipherable. See more on galleryplatform.la



9. Savitri D, Rev. Billy, FF Alumns, now online at revbilly.com

Savitri D leads break-thru direct action against Billy Graham’s church
& racist police leader Patrick Lynch.

17th Episode of Reverend Billy Radio: Preacher for the Planet!

Donation request in this time of need.
This week the Church of Stop Shopping, Savitri D directing, helped find and encircle the residence of Patrick Lynch, don in a mafia of police who shoot unarmed black and brown people. As the head of the patrolmen’s union in New York City, he has legitimized murders with skillful statements in the media and hidden violent cops from the law.
The address of his residence was found in obscure court documents, and 150 of us – including survivor families - went out to a quiet side street in Bayside Queens to sing and chant for the injured and killed. This demystification of Lynch is a new approach and is born from Black Lives Matter. Union chief Bob Kroll in Minneapolis and similar official racists in other cities should be outed in creative, nonviolent ways. The starting point is to demonstrate our lack of fear.

The radio-podcast: Our subscribers are nearing mega-church levels after four weeks of shows. Something about the virus, fires and synchronized hurricanes is moving us to ask for a conversation with this big life – the Earth.
Please help us financially now. Many of us in the activist church have lost our jobs, being restaurant workers, nannies and dog-walkers




10. Rachel Frank, FF Alumn, at Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN, and more
Dear Friends,
I am recently back from Minnesota and resting up while under quarantine from my residency travel.
My Pollinator Rhyton, Agave and Bats is now installed within the prairie grasses and wildflowers at Franconia. It’s the only sculpture in the park that is embedded in the landscape this way, and I’m excited to see how it changes with the seasons.
More information about the piece and the unique prairie ecosystem at Franconia is now on my website and can be found at https://www.rachelfrank.com/Pollinator-Rhyton-Franconia-Sculpture-Park
I collected some Echinacea leaves from the area of the install to make some tea. Because of the pandemic, any gatherings with friends will have to wait, but in the meantime, sending everyone some healing thoughts in these turbulent times.
Best wishes,
Residency at Franconia Sculpture Park
I participated in a residency at Franconia Sculpture Park https://www.franconia.org/ this summer where I made a large-scale ceramic rhyton vessel exploring phenology and the impacts of climate change on plant and animal relationships.
A Kind of Compass at Transmitter Gallery
Curated by Genevieve Lowe
I will have a sculpture and a brand new video reflecting on the COVID-19 epidemic from an ecological standpoint in this group show.
A Kind of Compass
Transmitter Gallery
1329 Willoughby Avenue, 2A, Brooklyn, NY
June 26 —August 2, 2020
Hidden Worlds: Virtual Nature Walk in Fort Greene Park for Wave Hill
My show Eco-Urgency at Wave Hill was postponed due to COVID-19, but I was invited to put together some virtual programming this summer. I developed a walk in Fort Greene Park near my home in Brooklyn which explores the hidden worlds, relationships, and communications going on around us in parks and green spaces in the NYC urban environment.
Hidden Worlds: Virtual Nature Walk in Fort Greene Park for Wave Hill Virtual Programming https://www.wavehill.org/calendar/eco-urgency
Walk Debut, Tuesday, June 23rd
Review in Hyperallergic by Louis Bury https://hyperallergic.com/577676/eco-urgency-artists-make-the-case-wave-hill/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WE080820&utm_content=WE080820+CID_9654a08c4b6bd97b0d27229c3cb58cc1&utm_source=HyperallergicNewsletter&utm_term=Take%20a%20Virtual%20Nature%20Walk%20at%20Wave%20Hill



11. Licio Isolani, FF Alumn, at Sabine Wachters Fine Arts, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium, thru December 31, and more

Paintings 1966 – 2019
HardEdge Baroque, Flowers, Scatters

Sabine Wachters Fine Arts
Knokke – Zoute

4 July – 31 December 2020
A changing exhibition.
(italiano qui sotto)
The small gouaches on paper of the HardEdge Baroque group started in Rome in the mid 60’s. Flat color areas are placed next to one another. In the context of my painting story they contain elements that return in other cycles of my art.
The Scatter Paintings echo the Hardedge Baroque imagery inasmuch as both groups are not afraid of hinting at three-dimensional illusionism. The Scatter paintings, quick-drying acrylics on canvas, consist of overlapping hard-edged blocks of thick paint applied with large palette knives.
The Flower Group started in the 70’s when I became ever more impatient with branding in art. They are painted with slow-drying oil paint. Bundling biomorphic and geometric forms overlapping and alternating as a bustle that falls into- or explodes from a container, attracted me as yet another pictorial territory I could explore.

Una lunga mostra che cambia di continuo.
Le piccole tempere del gruppo HardEdge Baroque iniziarono a Roma negli anni ’60. Aree di colore uniforme sono accostate l’una all’altra. Nel contesto della mia storia contengono elementi che ritornano in altri cicli della mia arte.
Gli Scatter Paintings sono un’eco degli HardEdge Baroque in quanto in ambedue i gruppi non c’è timore di accennare all’illusionismo tridimensionale. Approfittando del breve tempo di asciugatura dell’acrilico, gli Scatter consistono nella sovrapposizione di forme ottenute con spatolate di colore spesso in zone delineate da nastro adesivo.
I Quadri di Fiori del Flower Group ebbero inizio negli anni ’70, quando mi ritrovai sempre più impaziente verso la pratica del marchio riconoscibile in arte. Sono dipinti con pittura a olio, a lenta asciugatura. Mi attirava affastellare forme geometriche e biomorfe che si alternano e scavalcano in un trambusto che precipita dentro un contenitore oppure ne esplode verso l’alto. Era un altro territorio da esplorare, una dimensione di nuovo fresca.


Lucio Pozzi

Stanze #6 *
Recenti pitture del gruppo Tappeti di Stracci (2002 – 2018)
Recent Rag Rug Paintings (2002 - 2018)

Spazio Arrivabene 2
Via Arrivabene 2, Mantova, Italy


4 settembre – 20 settembre, 2020.
4 September – 20 september, 2020.
Sab. – Dom. 10:12:30 / 16:00 – 19;30
Sat. – Sun. 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM / 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Lun. – Ven. / Mon. Fri. su appuntamento/by appointment
tel: 329.591.2864

Inaugurazione: 4 settembre 2020 ore 19:00
Opening: 4 September 2020 7 PM.

Iniziando poco prima delle h. 18:00 aggiungerò tocchi di pittura acrilica verde
a una gigantografia in bianco e nero appesa in cortile.

Starting shortly before 6:00 PM I will add little areas of green acrylic paint over
a black/white photo blowup hanging in the yard.

(English Text below)
I quadri del gruppo Rag Rug (Tappeti di Stracci) incominciarono quando mi sono trovato a riciclare avanzi di pittura ancora fresca che era stata mescolata per altri lavori. Mi sono accorto che, come per i comuni tappeti di stracci, allineamenti di colori perfino scelti a casaccio risultano in tattili paesaggi mentali. Lungo gli anni sono tornato a questa tecnica in modi sempre differenti. I ‘Rag Rug Paintings’ sono stati esposti molte volte e ne sono stati pubblicati dei libri. Saranno anche esposti sul pavimento dei tappeti di scarti Boucherouite dal Marocco, di una collezione privata.

The “Rag Rug Paintings” started when I recycled wet leftover paint after it had been mixed for other works. I found that, like for common Rag Rugs, parallel ribbons of color, even randomly chosen, produce dense tactile landscapes of the mind. Over the years I have returned to this technique in different manners. The Rag Rug Paintings have been exhibited many times and some books have been published about them. Some Moroccan Boucherouite fabric scrap carpets from a private collection will be displayed on the floor.

* ‘Stanze’ è una serie di mostre ospitate in vari luoghi, che tracciano l’evoluzione di certe famiglie della mia arte. Una volta aperta una via, non smetto mai di di ritornarci in cicli.
* ‘Stanze’ is a series of shows tracing the evolution of certain families of my art. Once I start a way, I never cease to return to it in cycles.



11. Ed Epping, FF Member, new publications now online at edepping.com

The Corrections Project, by Ed Epping, is an ongoing, multi-tiered process of questioning over-criminalization and mass imprisonment in the USA. The Project is announcing the online publication of Issues #7-14.

Each issue is ten pages in length and combines imagery with researched text. Each issue serves as a stimulus to inform a reader's actions in reworking the criminal justice system. Well-informed voters will elect well-informed candidates. Vote on November 3. Access Issues #1-14 at edepping.com or follow on Instagram @ed_epping.



12. Franklin Furnace at The Oculus, World Trade Center, Manhattan, Sept. 1-30

MvVO ART Presents AD ART SHOW 2020

Virtual Opening with Bravo’s Project Runway Judge Brandon Maxwell

Art Displayed on the Monumental Screens at the Oculus at the Westfield WTC and Online

Third Annual Art Show Featuring Artworks by Artists from Advertising
September 1 to September 30, 2020, 23/7

Winner to be Honored with Specialty Clio Award

With Presenting Sponsor NBCUniversal

MvVO ART presents AD ART SHOW 2020, September 1 to 30, 2020, at the Oculus in the Westfield World Trade Center in New York and online on the Artsy gallery platform. MvVO ART, the creator of AD ART SHOW, with the ongoing support of presenting sponsor NBCUniversal and in partnership with Westfield World Trade Center, will open this all-digital, month-long, contemporary art show with a virtual opening hosted by Bravo’s Project Runway Judge, Brandon Maxwell on September 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST on the MvVO ART website. RSVP for the virtual opening here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mvvo-art-ad-art-show-2020-virtual-opening-recept-registration-116915121275
During this virtual opening and tour of the show, the 2020 winning artist will be announced and will receive a creative immersion day at NBCUniversal, expert art curation consultations, and a specialty Clio Award.

AD ART SHOW, now in its third year, features artwork by the artists of advertising—artists following in the footsteps of Warhol, Haring, Rockwell, Magritte and many famous names in Art who worked in advertising and related fields.

This innovative all-digital show displays artworks by 135 talented contemporary artists on the monumental screens of the Oculus. The art is for sale on the MvVO ART Artsy gallery as of September 1, 2020 via MvVOART.com

“Nothing, not even a pandemic, stops the creative spirit of our artists. The resilience of our artists—and of New Yorkers—is evident in our determination to go forward and bring the pleasure of discovering new artists, both in person and online, during these challenging times.” Maria van Vlodrop, MvVO ART- AD ART SHOW Founder & CEO, also named top ten cultural shaper in the pandemic and beyond in Adweek’s 100 creative list, commented.

"At NBCUniversal, creativity is central to our DNA," said Josh Feldman, Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing & Advertising Creative, NBCUniversal. "We're thrilled to once again be a part of the AD ART SHOW, which highlights both the artists of advertising and demonstrates the power of creativity in a whole new way."

The location in the Westfield World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan is emblematic of the revitalization of the neighborhood and of New York’s role as world leader in the arts.

The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center is thrilled to welcome MvVO ART- AD ART SHOW back to our expansive digital screens,” said Danielle Hascoe, General Manager at the Westfield World Trade Center. “The opportunity for our shoppers to view this collection throughout the center adds to the rich experience we strive to offer to our visitors.”
While most of New York’s famous arts institutions are closed or slowly reopening, AD ART SHOW at the Oculus offers art lovers a spacious and FREE art destination. Visitors will also receive a free coffee and sweet to go from Eataly situated inside the Oculus on the third floor. The free coupon can be downloaded on the MvVO ART website and you can ask for it at Eataly at the Oculus, all as of September 1.

Visiting hours: M-ST, 11am-7pm & SU, 12am-6pm (September 1-30/Free entrance)
MvVO ART is closely working with NBCUniversal as presenting sponsor and in partnership with Westfield. Other sponsors and partners include: The Clio Awards, 600 & Rising, Artnet, Artsy, Artful Circle, The One Club for Creativity, WPP, GroupM, Zenith, Morzy and MRY, SVA (the School for Visual Art), The Downtown Alliance, NYCxDESIGN, Franklin Furnace, Lawlor Media Group, the Gradient, To Practice_Practice, Gameday Creative, Corea Creative, VRWAIBAIO and Eataly.

The MvVO ART team includes: Maria Van Vlodrop Founder & CEO; Isaac Aden, Chief Curator, Roger Allen Bentley, Chief Creative and a team of Art, Advertising and marketing professionals. For more information about the MvVO ART team: https://www.mvvoart.com/our-team.

MvVO ART is a New York based innovative art venture comprised of a team of art, advertising & marketing professionals, dedicated to creating new opportunities for artists, art lovers & brands to discover each other and form powerful partnerships. In 2018, MvVO ART’s Founder & CEO, Maria van Vlodrop, global business executive created AD ART SHOW to celebrate creativity and the artists from advertising who create Art outside their day jobs. AD ART SHOW debuted successfully at Sotheby’s in New York with 100 artists and is now at the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center for a second year. MvVO ART is poised to reimagine & redefine the relationship between Art & Commerce. In 2020, Maria van Vlodrop was listed in Adweek’s 100 Creative list as top ten cultural shaper in the pandemic and beyond.

Website: http://mvvoart.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mvvoart/
Maria van Vlodrop: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-van-vlodrop-4010392/

Norah Lawlor | Lawlor Media Group | www.lawlormediagroup.com
norah@lawlormediagroup.com | Tel: (212) 967-6900 | @lawlormedia



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