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QIY – Queer it Yourself: Tools for Survival
June 4 – 24th, 2011
SOMArts Gallery and Cultural Center
San Francisco, California

QIY curatorial committee:
Terri Berlier, Josh Faught, Jordy Jones, Rudy Lemcke (Chair), Matt McKinley, Pamela Peniston, and Tina Takemoto.
Exhibition Coordinator: Nicki Green
Exhibition Design: Matt McKinley

Inspired by the late 1960s utopian builders’ guide A Whole Earth Catalog, QIY: Queer It Yourself – Tools for Survival presents a forum for queer do-it-yourself culture and alternative world making.

QIY is envisioned as a laboratory for creating a sustainable queer culture and demonstrating the power of self and community organizing, re-creation, speculation, and transformation. As an antidote to anti-sociality theories of queerness (that suggest queerness can only be rendered as a negation of heteronormativity), Queer It Yourself invites artists to forge their own tools for confronting the everyday challenges of contemporary queer existence.

The exhibition presents artists’ workstations, participatory spaces, hands-on training sites, maps, artwork, ephemera, and user-friendly art that foreground immersive and interactive experiences. These works demonstrate how art can provide active and meaningful tools for surviving our contemporary lived world.

The curators have queered the index of the original “Whole Earth Catalog” and adapted its thoughtful and useful categories to reinvent our own catalog of queer tool-making and to frame this QIY space.

Land Use / Dig it (organic farming, community gardens, eco-projects, communal land use, alternative rural communities, earthworks, cruising sites, rethinking public space, recycling projects).

Shelter / Sheltering (guides to urban and rural homemaking, greening your living space, housing collectives, redefining family, polyamorous living).

Craft Making / Queering it (queer arts and crafts, craft demos, how-to guides and workshops).

Commerce / Selling it (selling it, experiments with capitalism, fashion collectives, sexwork, alternative book, art, and product distribution).

Community / Join in (political organizing, queer community organizing, ad hoc political action committees, queer pride, gay shame, organizing your first demonstration).

Nomadics / Roaming (the culture of the road, the runway, the superhighway, transnationalism, queer diasporas, queer immigrant and exile cultures).

Communications / Connecting  (zines, homo-core music, queer speed-dating, independent publishing, social networking, blogging, promotional strategies, writing your first press release, street art, queer graffiti).

Learning / Get Schooled (guides for queer survival , community art and culture projects, health activism, HIV/AIDS art and education, continuing education, grant writing and fundraising).

Style / Working it (working the runway, drag king culture, drag queen culture, fashion and make-up tips and tricks, makeover demonstrations, finding the right photographer for your head-shot).

— Curatorial Committee, 2011

We would like to thank the following funders for supporting this exhibition:
Zellerbach Family Fund, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Foundation, California Arts Council.

Special thanks to: San Francisco Recreation and Parks, Visual Aids, GLBT Historical Society, Center for Sex and Culture, SOMArts Cultural Center, California LGBT Arts Alliance.

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Anthea Black Queer Survival Campout Snowcave, 2011 Dimensions: dimensions variable Medium: HD video, 9:23 minutes

Anthea Black
Queer Survival Campout Snowcave, 2011
Dimensions: dimensions variable
Medium: HD video, 9:23 minutes

Joan Jett Blakk Joan Jett Blakk (Performance Artist), Marc Geller (Photographer), Courtesy GLBT Historical Society Title: Joan Jett Blakk for President Dimensions: 28 x 21”

Joan Jett Blakk
Joan Jett Blakk (Performance Artist), Marc Geller (Photographer),
Courtesy GLBT Historical Society
Title: Joan Jett Blakk for President
Dimensions: 28 x 21”

Richard Bolingbroke Title: Frank and Luca, 2007 (inv#0755) Dimensions: 60 x 40” Medium: Graphite on Paper Title: Gary and Joe, 2007 (inv#0757) Dimensions: 60 x 40” Medium: Graphite on Paper

Richard Bolingbroke
Title: Frank and Luca, 2007
Dimensions: 60 x 40”
Medium: Graphite on Paper
Title: Gary and Joe, 2007
Dimensions: 60 x 40”
Medium: Graphite on Paper

Julie Perini, Wayne Bund and Cooper Lee Bombardier Title: Bundlandia, 2011 Dimensions: 13” x 13” x 12" Medium: video installation

Julie Perini, Wayne Bund and Cooper Lee Bombardier
Title: Bundlandia, 2011
Dimensions: 13” x 13” x 12″
Medium: video installation

Boy With Arms Akimbo/Girl With Arms Akimbo "Safe/Unsafe" Street Poster Series, 1990 (reproductions from original paste-up art in the archives of the GLBT Historical Society) Dimensions: 24 x 36”

Boy With Arms Akimbo/Girl With Arms Akimbo
“Safe/Unsafe” Street Poster Series, 1990
(reproductions from original paste-up art in the archives of the GLBT Historical Society)
Dimensions: 24 x 36”

The Community Wall included several artists and artists' projects. Timothy Bruehl's, The First 5 Yesrs, 2005 - 2011, was one of the featured artists.

The Community Wall
included several artists and artists’ projects. Timothy Bruehl’s, The First 5 Years, 2005 – 2011, was one of the featured artists.

Esra Canogullari Title: Assume The Position, 2010 Dimensions: dimensions variable Medium: rubber, plaster, wood, mesh, twine, artificial sinew, paper, ink

Esra Canogullari
Title: Assume The Position, 2010
Dimensions: dimensions variable
Medium: rubber, plaster, wood, mesh, twine, artificial sinew, paper, ink

Tammy Rae Carland Pirate Platform, Fancyland (from the series Outpost), 2005 Dimensions: 40" X 50" Medium: Color Photograph Courtesy of the Artist and Silverman Gallery

Tammy Rae Carland
Pirate Platform, Fancyland (from the series Outpost), 2005
Dimensions: 40″ X 50″
Medium: Color Photograph
Courtesy of the Artist and Silverman Gallery

Tammy Rae Carland Personal Collection Lesbian/Feminist Back To The Land Archive 1970's-1980's (journals, publications, fliers)

Tammy Rae Carland
Personal Collection
Lesbian/Feminist Back To The Land Archive 1970’s-1980’s
(journals, publications, fliers)

Liz Collins Rainbow plaid shirt w/ pink slashes | Rainbow Slash Sweater | Black hole on blue striped shirt

Liz Collins
Rainbow plaid shirt w/ pink slashes | Rainbow Slash Sweater | Black hole on blue striped shirt
Medium: knit wool, cotton, silk

Finley Coyl Panoranima / Spitting Image (work in progress). 2011 Dimensions: Max. area 8' height x 16' width corner installation Medium: Paint and digital prints.

Finley Coyl
Panoranima / Spitting Image (work in progress). 2011
Dimensions: Max. area 8′ height x 16′ width corner installation
Medium: Paint and digital prints.

Gregory Nazareth Der Ananian Spornography Pieces Max 04.23.11, 2011 Paul 04.25.11, 2011 Christian 04.28.11, 2011 Ernie 05.08.11, 2011 Darren 05.24.11, 2011

Gregory Nazareth Der Ananian
Spornography
Pieces
Max 04.23.11, 2011
Paul 04.25.11, 2011
Christian 04.28.11, 2011
Ernie 05.08.11, 2011
Darren 05.24.11, 2011

Robin Field paper chain guys Dimensions: 4’ X 6’ Medium: Paper and pins Format: Installation

Robin Field
paper chain guys
Dimensions: 4’ X 6’
Medium: Paper and pins
Format: Installation

Us in the Mirror | Scenarios USA (Us in the Mirror) Socialize the baby: Once upon these times; It’s Not a Game; New World Barbie, 2010 Dimensions: 24 x 36” Medium: Offset digital print

Us in the Mirror | Scenarios USA
(Us in the Mirror) Socialize the baby: Once upon these times; It’s Not a Game;
New World Barbie, 2010

Daniel Goldstein Icarian IX Decline Dimensions: 63" x 28" x 6" Medium: leather, sweat, wood, copper, felt, plexiglas

Daniel Goldstein
Icarian IX Decline
Dimensions: 63″ x 28″ x 6″
Medium: leather, sweat, wood, copper, felt, plexiglas

Stephan Jora Untitled 1 & 2 Dimensions: 8.5 x 11”

Stephan Jora
Untitled 1 & 2
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11”
Color Photos
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Dorian Katz The Animal Sex Coloring Book, 2010 Dimensions: various dimensions Medium: laser jet prints (book), ink and paper (drawings)

Dorian Katz
The Animal Sex Coloring Book, 2010
Dimensions: various dimensions
Medium: laser jet prints (book), ink and paper (drawings)

Ali Liebegott 15 List Paintings Watercolor on Paper

Ali Liebegott
15 List Paintings
Medium: Pen, ink, watercolor on Arches Cold Press
Installation Public Participation

Bo Medina-Huang Kitchen Peanut Sauce, 2011 Photographs: Left row, from the top: 1) Coconut Milk Curry 2) Tofu Steak 3) Noodle Stir Fry Right row, from the top: 4) First Batch 5) Dipping Sauce Dimensions: variable Medium: mixed-media installation

Bo
Medina-Huang Kitchen Peanut Sauce
1) Coconut Milk Curry 2) Tofu Steak 3) Noodle Stir Fry 4) First Batch 5) Dipping Sauce

Mev Luna / Hir Shit Productions WORSE Than QUEER: video and mixed media

Mev Luna / Hir Shit Productions
WORSE Than QUEER: video and mixed media
Installation with video and poster

Florencia P. Marano BINDER, 2009 Medium: HD video

Florencia P. Marano
BINDER, 2009
Medium: HD video

Diana Martin Lepena My Free Personal Catalog: Tools of Survivors Dimensions: prints 8.5 x 11” Medium: Photo transparency and ribbon

Diana Martin Lepena
My Free Personal Catalog: Tools of Survivors
Dimensions: prints 8.5 x 11”
Medium: Photo transparency and ribbon

Diana Martin Lepena My Free Personal Catalog: Tools of Survivors Dimensions: prints 8.5 x 11” Medium: Photo transparency and ribbon

Diana Martin Lepena
My Free Personal Catalog: Tools of Survivors
Dimensions: prints 8.5 x 11”
Medium: Photo transparency and ribbon

The Cockettes from the collection of Rumi Missabu

The Cockettes
from the collection of Rumi Missabu

Gay Genius Comic Anthology edited by Annie Murphy

Gay Genius Comic Anthology edited by Annie Murphy

Eric Robinson Leather Men Dimensions: All plates 4 x 5” / Frames 8.5 x 9.5” Medium: Ambrotypes

Eric Robinson
Leather Men
Dimensions: All plates 4 x 5” / Frames 8.5 x 9.5”
Medium: Ambrotypes

Jeremy Sanders Convention Installation various components

Jeremy Sanders
Convention Installation
various components

Cee Sando A |WÖR|ior’s Social Armor, 2011 Dimensions: 3 x 6 x .5’ Medium: custom cotton onesie

Cee Sando
A |WÖR|ior’s Social Armor, 2011
Dimensions: 3 x 6 x .5’
Medium: custom cotton onesie

Vanguard Magazine Vanguard Magazine, 1964: Vanguard Revisited Magazine, 2011 Courtesy GLBT Historical Society and Joey Plaster Medium: Xerox and offset printing

Vanguard Magazine, 1964: Vanguard Revisited Magazine, 2011
Courtesy GLBT Historical Society and Joey Plaster
Medium: Xerox and offset printing

Adraghastar Wilson Video loop

Adraghastar Wilson
Video loop
Hitching Outside Denver w/ Feathered Staff, 2010, youtube video
Series of 7 videos on loop

Rachel Wood – (artspeak + zine)Paint the Town Rainbow: An Illustrated Collection of Queer Histories, Completed 2011

Rachel Wood – (artspeak + zine), Paint the Town Rainbow: An Illustrated Collection of Queer Histories, Completed 2011

 

Queer It Yourself Artists

Black, Anthea
Blakk, Joan Jett
Bolingbroke, Richard
Bombardier, Cooper Lee
Boy with Arms Akimbo
Bruehl, Timothy
Bund, Wayne
Canogullari, Esra
Carland, Tammy Rae
Collins, Liz
Coyl, Finley
Der Ananian, Greg
Field, Robin
Gamboa, Ricardo
Goldstein, Daniel
Jora, Stephan
Katz, Dorian
Liebegott, Ali

Luengsuraswat, Bo
Luna, Mev
Marano, Florencia
Martin, Diana
Missabu, Rumi
Murphy, Annie
Novy, Jeremy
Perini, Julie
Robinson, Eric
Sanders, Jeremy
Sando, Cee
The Cockettes
Vanguard Magazine
Wilson, A’dra
Wood, RachelWORKSHOPS
Seaman, Kevin
Sopprani, Ernesto

 

QIY: Queer It Yourself was funded by The Zellerbach Family Fund and the San Francisco Arts Commission.

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