The Art of Jacks
30 Years—See the Thing Itself
Exhibit runs one week only - March 24-31, 2013
at The Center for Sex and Culture
Opening reception with artists in attendance
Sun., March 24 - 31, 2013 • 2:00 – 6:00 pm
WHO: The SF Jacks, founded in 1983, is a Men’s Social Masturbation group—a fellowship of men who like to jack-off in the company of like-minded men. Staffed by volunteers, the Jacks is neither a business nor a religion.
WHAT: The Art of Jacks 30 Years—See the Thing Itself
To honor SF Jacks’ 30th Anniversary, this exhibit of art created by and for the Jacks will consist of acrylic paintings, sculpture, constructions/installations, photography, and graphics of all sorts. Bay Area artists represented include Lou Rudolph, Keith Hennessy, Seth Eisen, Jack Davis, Dan Becker, Lord Huckleberry, Dogtor Woof!, Jim James, Michael Johnstone, and Drs. Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence.
WHY: The Jacks’ 30th Anniversary is Monday, March 25, 2013.
WHEN: Sunday, March 24 - Sunday, March 31, 2013
Opening reception with artists in attendance,
Sunday, March 24, 2 PM to 7PM.
Exhibit Hours—Tues. March 26 thru Sun. March 31, 1:00 - 7:00 pm
except Saturday, March 30, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
WHERE: The Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street (at Grace Alley btwn 9th and 10th streets); SF 94103
Editors and columnists—
This is a not-to-be repeated opportunity for a unique human interest story, appealing not only to the gay community, but to alternative persons of all persuasions, and the broader community of readers interested in the life style, novel activity, and broad range of creativity of some San Franciscans who fly just under the radar.
next up at CSC gallery - Flesh, Fetish and Fairytales: Drawings by Kerry Kelly and Karen Thomas
February 7 – March 29, 2014
Opening Reception, Friday February 7, 7 -10 pm
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street, San Francisco
The Center for Sex and Culture is proud to present Flesh, Fetish and Fairytales: Drawings by Kerry Kelly and Karen Thomas. The stories we learn as well as stories we invent play an enormous role in how we understand the world and our place/s in it. Kelly and Thomas’ drawings begin with the bodies enacting narratives that transgress ideals of beauty in relationship to erotic pleasure. Their figures confront varied meanings as well as the full weight of being and being sexual.
Kerry Kelly’s series of drawings, the Dirty Girl, highlights sexual activity among disparate age groups. Often focusing on the elderly bodies that are more than sexually active—they are kinky, aware, mischievous and fully engaged with their bodies and desires.
Kelly sources imagery from both pornographic film stills and images of actors fully clothed. Kelly gives her full attention to rendering the flesh. Sex toys, props, furniture and clothing is either outlined or depicted flatly with gouache that contrasts with the softness of colored pencils. The clothing becomes illustrative, creating a cartoon caricature of the ‘mask’ behind which we hide.
Karen Thomas’ overtly erotic drawings and paintings are filtered through her personal philosophies on mythology, Catholicism, ritual, fairytales, feminism and eroticism. The familiar motifs Thomas depicts integrate inventive backgrounds frequently made of ornate wallpaper containing winged dog-cherubs, and other mischievous creatures. Her visual retellings depict grotesque and gaudy characters in an overtly erotic manner.
A common element in her work is the cultural and mythological significance of the language of hair. Thomas has been researching hair as an aspect of femininity, otherness, and as a symbol of man’s connection to wild animals. Her figures contain hybridities of animal and human characteristics.