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next up at CSC gallery - Flesh, Fetish and Fairytales: Drawings by Kerry Kelly and Karen Thomas

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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.

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Doing Your Dirty Work: A Sampler of Contemporary Art About Sex

August 3rd-September 1
Artists’ Reception Friday August 3rd, 6-9 pm
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission Street, San Francisco

Despite San Francisco’s reputation for a sexually frank and diverse culture, art dealing with sexuality is as marginalized here as anywhere. The theme of our first juried show is much the same as the mission of the CSC gallery; to provide a space for work that addresses sexuality and sexual identity and upholds a high standard of artistic merit. 

Doing Your Dirty Work aims to stand as evidence that art about sex is every bit as valid, complex, compelling, beautiful, ugly and sophisticated as art ever is. Our call for submissions, expressing this simple notion, generated hundreds of responses from seventeen countries. Many, as expected, were submissions from artists whose sexual work is excluded from their otherwise successful careers. Many were from artists whose careers are limited by the sexual content of their work.

We have selected art that runs from comical to carnivorous and from haute to hairy. Like The Center for Sex and Culture itself, there is something for almost everyone. 
Dorian Katz, Curator

Doing Your Dirty Work includes work by: Scott Andrew, Rocky Angel, Patti Beadles, DeAndre Britton, M.C. Carolyn, Sapira Cheuk, Rob Clarke, Tyler Cohen, Paul DeRuvo, George Dinhaupt, Katrina Eaton, Sydney Hardin, Michael Hecht, Angus Henderson, Kerry Kelly, Lisa Kereszi, Julienne Kopel, Sonia Lei, Maria Llopis, Jon Macy, Kate MacDonald, Shilo McCabe, Edith Meijering, Kenney Mencher, Brittany Neimeth, crystal am nelson, Mitsu Okubo, Emmett Ramstad, Jason Talley, Karen Thomas, Jason Watson, Christopher Udemezue, Valentina Venturi, Danny Volk, Morgan Weinart, Anselm Wether and Lena Ambrose, Tyger Yoshi and Alec Joseph Bates, Adam Zucker


For more information, contact sexandculturegallery@gmail.com
image: Brotherly Love by Jason Talley

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The Dick Show: What’s the Big Deal about Penises?
What better place to explore the mystique of penises than The Center for Sex & Culture? And what better way than with a visual art show and a performance that benefits the CSC?
An art exhibit and an evening of performance addressing questions like… Why is it essential that a man have a penis? Do you have to have a penis to be important, successful?
How do you have sex if a penis is not involved? Why do cisgendered gay men feel betrayed by trans gay men? Is everything we have learned about penises wrong? Are penises ugly? Are penises beautiful? Are penises fun? Is a penis in the pants worth two in the drawer?
Free participating artists include: Michael Rosen,Mariah Carle, Mark Garrett, Katie Gilmartin Justin Time, Mitcho Dwoo, Jesse Williams, Jack Davis.
For more information: jackd_gv@yahoo.com 415-515-0047
Opening: Friday, May 4, 2012 6:00-9:00 pm.
Exhibit Dates: May 4-26, 2012
Viewings by appointment and at other CSC Events.

The Dick Show: What’s the Big Deal about Penises?

What better place to explore the mystique of penises than The Center for Sex & Culture? And what better way than with a visual art show and a performance that benefits the CSC?

An art exhibit and an evening of performance addressing questions like… Why is it essential that a man have a penis? Do you have to have a penis to be important, successful?

How do you have sex if a penis is not involved? Why do cisgendered gay men feel betrayed by trans gay men? Is everything we have learned about penises wrong? Are penises ugly? Are penises beautiful? Are penises fun? Is a penis in the pants worth two in the drawer?

Free participating artists include: Michael Rosen,Mariah Carle, Mark Garrett, Katie Gilmartin Justin Time, Mitcho Dwoo, Jesse Williams, Jack Davis.

For more information: jackd_gv@yahoo.com 415-515-0047

Opening: Friday, May 4, 2012 6:00-9:00 pm.

Exhibit Dates: May 4-26, 2012

Viewings by appointment and at other CSC Events.

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The Center for Sex and Culture presents: Pretending To Be Free Of Time
Recent photographic work by Phyllis Christopher April 6 to April 29
Phyllis Christopher’s prolific and widely published erotic work has permeated women’s SM and sex positive culture for decades. Her eye has shaped ours as she has reiterated the experiences and expressions of her community to that community; acting at times as a cultural and sexual mirror. This new body of work departs from Christopher’s often documentary style by shifting in to abstraction. We become even more aware of the artist’s eye which is inextricably linked to her personal experiences, obsessions, perspectives and attractions. Susie Bright once described the greatest difficulty of visual erotica simply as the difficulty of making it look like what it feels like. Christopher’s move towards abstraction attacks this fundamental problem in new ways; aiming to capture those focussed moments of attention that we experience in the midst of our sexual experiences. She also captures some of the disorientation we feel in moments of lust. Perhaps she says it best herself: “The timelessness and peace found in abstraction is the timelessness and peace found in sexual ritual. I intend this work to be both decorative and transcendent and to move more deeply and delightfully into depicting the loving, awkward, and passionate moments during sex. “
Please join us Friday April 6 from 6 to 9 pm for the opening reception.
CSC 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco
The work may also be viewed during other CSC events and by appointment.
To make an appointment for viewing at other times, please email phyllis@phyllischristopher.com

The Center for Sex and Culture presents: Pretending To Be Free Of Time

Recent photographic work by Phyllis Christopher April 6 to April 29

Phyllis Christopher’s prolific and widely published erotic work has permeated women’s SM and sex positive culture for decades. Her eye has shaped ours as she has reiterated the experiences and expressions of her community to that community; acting at times as a cultural and sexual mirror. This new body of work departs from Christopher’s often documentary style by shifting in to abstraction. We become even more aware of the artist’s eye which is inextricably linked to her personal experiences, obsessions, perspectives and attractions. Susie Bright once described the greatest difficulty of visual erotica simply as the difficulty of making it look like what it feels like. Christopher’s move towards abstraction attacks this fundamental problem in new ways; aiming to capture those focussed moments of attention that we experience in the midst of our sexual experiences. She also captures some of the disorientation we feel in moments of lust. Perhaps she says it best herself: “The timelessness and peace found in abstraction is the timelessness and peace found in sexual ritual. I intend this work to be both decorative and transcendent and to move more deeply and delightfully into depicting the loving, awkward, and passionate moments during sex. “

Please join us Friday April 6 from 6 to 9 pm for the opening reception.

CSC 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco

The work may also be viewed during other CSC events and by appointment.

To make an appointment for viewing at other times, please email phyllis@phyllischristopher.com

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The work of Phyllis Christopher has always given me that down and deep dirty raw electric charge of sexuality— but it is in the glimpses and gazes— the snaps she caught of blissed out lesbian love and affection that drew me in. 
This why I am so thrilled that The Center for Sex and Culture will be featuring the NEW WORKS of  Phyllis Christopher! 
The Center for Sex and Culture presents: Pretending To Be Free Of Time 


Recent photographic work by Phyllis Christopher April 6 to April 29
Please Join us Friday April 6 from 6 to 9 pm for the opening reception!
CSC 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco 

The work of Phyllis Christopher has always given me that down and deep dirty raw electric charge of sexuality— but it is in the glimpses and gazes— the snaps she caught of blissed out lesbian love and affection that drew me in. 

This why I am so thrilled that The Center for Sex and Culture will be featuring the NEW WORKS of  Phyllis Christopher! 

The Center for Sex and Culture presents: Pretending To Be Free Of Time 

Recent photographic work by Phyllis Christopher April 6 to April 29
Please Join us Friday April 6 from 6 to 9 pm for the opening reception!
CSC 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco 
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Opening Reception: The Subtle Horror of the Everyday - New work by Finley Coyl 

Friday, January 06, 2012, 06:00pm - 09:00pm 


CSC, 1349 Mission Street (at Grace Street between 9th and 10th streets) in San Francisco

Viewings by appointment January 6 - 27, 2012  and at other CSC Events.

 

Finley Coyl’s new work will be installed in the CSC gallery for January as a mural-sized unravelling of the grotesque, the fantasized, the ridiculous, the pretty, the struggle, and the obscene. These large-scale drawings in marker, pencil and paint on canvas with found objects and digital prints indirectly reference Picasso’s Guernica from a perspective of queer potential amidst a crumbling economic landscape.

Coyl’s fantastic experiments in large-scale figurative work will transform the entire CSC space. While this is a traditional wall-based piece, it would not be a stretch to speak of this work in terms of an installation as much as a drawing or painting.

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