03.14.08

PSYMULATION: Reenactments of the Present

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Photo Epicenter
26 Lilac Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8pm
www.hamburgereyes.com
psymulation@chrisfitzpatrick.net
415-550-0701

Psymulation: Reenactments of the Present
March 14th–April 11th, 2008
Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8pm

ARTISTS:
Gerald Edwards III (New York)
Brennan Hill (Los Angeles)
Kent Lambert (Chicago)
Matthew Post (Oakland)
Squirrel (Indiana)
Brendan Threadgill (Los Angeles)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March, 2008)—Photo Epicenter presents Psymulation: Reenactments of the Present, an exhibition of contemporary artifacts closing April 11, 2008. This text is the combination of the press release and wall text for this exhibition, and will soon be transformed again into one of several extended essays in a catalog currently being produced. We will release this book at the end of the exhibition, coinciding with additional yet-undisclosed programming. If you are currently in the gallery, please press play on the tape player provided, if not, please go there now.

This text should be read while listening to an interview between researcher, conspiracist, and orchid smuggler, Dr. Armen Victorian (a.k.a. Henry Azadehdel, Habib Azadehdel, Henry X, and Cassava N’tumba) and retired U.S. Army Major Ed Dames, who performed psychic espionage for the U.S. Military. In addition to discussing Major Dames’ intriguing work in “Remote Viewing,” their recorded telephone conversation covers other bizarre territories—from UFOs and Mars to the reproductive mutilation of animals and the MJ12 Group. Their conversation sets the tone and provides a framework and point of departure for engaging with the work in this exhibition, but do you believe them?

When instances of science-non-fiction are disclosed to the public, such as those in the interview, the conspiratorial imagination and sci-fi feedback and become an automatic alibi; even the most nefarious revelation is reducible to the imaginative drivel of fringe paranoids. Others are relegated to conjecture through shredding and redaction, suffocated beneath incessant media distractions, or ignored in the general paralysis of cynicism. Yet as time slowly catches up, such revelations are key to approaching and understanding what might be happening today in the future, beyond reality and time.

“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality - judiciously, as you will - we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

In the statement above, a Bush aide sends us all back in time as members of “the reality-based community,” as they forge a future we can only react to and try to make sense of from a key temporal remove. Their past is our present, yet our “reality” is hologramatic, hyperreal, and moreover, cultural study is time travel. To avoid fossilization, futurology becomes necessity, yet speculation is hardly “judicious.” In this non-time when now was, contemporary artworks—whether material or immaterial—are artifacts of a present, future, and past simultaneously, the exhibitions they comprise and sites they inhabit are interlaced interstices.

Psymulation: Reenactments of the Present includes a range of work by artists based across the U.S. who address a variety of ongoing criticalities heightened in the war on terror through artistic processes of appropriation and reconstitution, disruption and degradation, reclamation and re-contextualization. In addition to the conspiratorial abyss referenced earlier, the artists explore other forces of obfuscation and distraction, as well as recent changes in policy since the onset of the war on terror. PsyOps and the media, BlackOps and conspiracy, casualties and collateral damage, civil liberties and security, distraction and indoctrination, torture and liberation, the psychological and the physical, apophenia and paranoia, science-fiction, science-non-fiction, as well as notions of past, present, future, time and non-time surface throughout. Although these works were not necessarily created to illustrate the destabilization of time, they are, like everything, products of the divorce; they are reenactments of the present.

Following last year’s Swan Songs exhibition, Psymulation is the second installment in a series of projects Chris Fitzpatrick is curating for Photo Epicenter. Gerald Edwards III, Brennan Hill, Kent Lambert, Squirrel, and Brendan Threadgill have contributed work that will be on display from March 14 – April 11, 2008. Additionally, the opening reception will feature a psychological tuba performance by Matthew Post, and a catalog is being produced as an extension of the exhibition.

In Psych Securities LLC, an ongoing series of photographic composites by Gerald Edwards III, faceless PsyOps agents and technicolored HazMat workers inhabit strange environments from electromagnetic pulse tests to extraordinary rendition flight waiting rooms. He combines research into the black world of clandestine operations and experimentation with historical narratives and a heavy dose of psychedelic conjecture, envisaging realities shrouded in a stigma of conspiracy.

Appropriating various media distractions, Kent Lambert explores a number of pertinent issues from national security to international torture in three videos with sound. The trilogy—which consists of Security Anthem, Hymn of Reckoning, and Sunset Coda—features guest appearances by Tom Cruise, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, the cast of Lost, G.I. Joe, and Lambert as a young boy, whose prescience has a particular resonance today.

Brendan Threadgill’s Partially Reconstructed Fragment (SKU# 3059778), the mangled roof of a car used as a bomb, sprawls across the floor in the center of the gallery. He refinished these materials in strict accordance with automotive industry standards, but avoided altering them structurally. Also included is Painted Fragment With Overspray, a two-panel diptych, that further reveals the impossibility of erasing or concealing the traces of violence and unknowable histories embedded within.

The recent hyper-aestheticization of torture has had a considerable effect on perception.
Through association and apophoria, in Threatening Chair—a large photograph by Brennan Hill—a tool intended to aid the improvement of vision can be perceived as an instrument of infliction. Similarly, Sinus Horror, a drawing based on a highly detailed medical illustration has been reduced into a pulp-comic formalism that allows for multiple readings.

In Nuclear Holocaust, a video with sound by Squirrel, appropriated footage of nuclear explosions, desert warfare, and George W. Bush are combined with epic symphonic music and what the artist calls “a psychotic church radio program” about God, Satan, the Saints, and the apocalypse. Collateral Damage, another video with sound, collides the superficial with the unconscionable, revealing the causal relationship between two seemingly dichotomous images.

During the opening reception, Matthew Post will repeatedly perform “Enter Sandman” by Metallica on a tuba equipped with a sousaphone bell. The song has been used extensively to torture and terrify in Iraq and Afghanistan and brass instruments have been used as psychological weapons in war for thousands of years. The performance is made more poetic by an interview on NPR, in which Metallica-singer James Hetfield paradoxically stated, “If the Iraqis aren't used to freedom, then I'm glad to be part of their exposure.”

For high-resolution photos, more information, or descriptions of the included works, please email psymulation@chrisfitzpatrick.net

02.14.08

HAMBURGER EYES BOOK RELEASE/ANNIVERSARY/BDAY

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

powerHouse Books, Hamburger Eyes, and SF Camerawork are pleased to celebrate the First Anniversary of the Hamburger Eyes Photo Epicenter with an exhibition of art from

Hamburger Eyes:
Inside Burgerworld

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 14, 2008
Hamburger Eyes Photo Epicenter
26 Lilac Street, San Francisco

Hilarious yet scary, hardcore yet charming, the Hamburger Eyes crew put out the illest lil’ photography magazine the world has ever seen. Since the first issue of 30 xeroxed pamphlets was printed in 2002, Hamburger Eyes has become an elegant yet underground periodical combining the documentary approach of National Geographic with the hit-‘em-hard sensibility of a late-night tagger. A pictorial history of both the intimate and iconic moments of everyday life, Hamburger Eyes is a travel journal, a personal diary, and a family album. Inspired by the traditions that began with LIFE magazine and Robert Frank, the magazine revitalizes the sensation of photography as a craft as well as a tool to record and document.

In conjunction with the Spring 2008 release of their first book, Hamburger Eyes: Inside Burgerworld (Miss Rosen Editions/powerHouse Books), the Hamburger Eyes crew will put you through the grinder with a selection of photographs by magazine masterminds Ray Potes, David Potes, Stefan Simikich, and Jason Roberts Dobrin, as well as regular contributors Ted Pushinsky, Ryan Furtado, Patrick Griffin, Boogie, Vic Blue, David Uzzardi, Brian David Stevens, Mark Murrmann, Jai Tanju, Michael Jang, Matt Weber, Uri Korn, and Bill Daniel. Get ready.

Exhibiting Photographers Include:

Ray Potes has been making pictures for the past 20 years. At age 14, he made his first zine and has been doing the same ever since. The author of Hamburger Eyes: Inside Burgerworld (Miss Rosen Editions/powerHouse books, 2008), Potes edits and publishes Hamburger Eyes photo magazine, a magazine inspired by the traditions that began with National Geographic and Life, dedicated to revitalizing the sensation of photography as a craft as well as a tool to record and document.

Dave Potes is emerged in photography; from shooting film for fifteen years, hiding out in darkrooms, working on photo shoots, creating photo zines and books, and sleeping with his Contax under his pillow. Potes has helped Hamburger Eyes photo magazine be what it is today - a B&W photo journal that has reached heights and corners of the publishing and photography world they never thought would accomplish. Potes is based in New York. Visit him here: www.totespotes.com

Stefan Simikich was born at a very young age. He is a founding affiliate of the infamous and dangerous photo gang, Hamburger Eyes. He spends his days climbing scaffolding and fixing broken buildings for money, by night he may be found wandering the streets of San Francisco shooting fotos and kicking it with his squad outside somewhere…

Jason Roberts Dobrin was born in 1977 in Berkley CA. He is a self-taught photographer, painter, and publisher who has exhibited his work internationally. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005 with a BFA in photography. His work has been shown at Aqua Art, Miami; Diego Felix Gallery, Buenos Aires; New Image Arts, Los Angeles; and various San Francisco galleries including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, 111 Minna Gallery, and SFCamerawork. He currently lives and works in San Francisco and Buenos Aires.

Ted Pushinsky lived in foster homes and state-run institutions until he was 14, when he stowed away on a European-bound tramp steamer. While working as a roustabout with a traveling circus he learned the craft of photography from Israelis "Izis" Bidermanas (1911-1980), best known for his photos of French circuses and the streets of Paris. Pushinsky came back to the United States and received a master’s degree in design at the University of California. His photography is dedicated to his mentor, Isiz.

Ryan Furtado, 27, was raised in the wilds of northern California. He picked up a skateboard when he was 13 which, in turn, led him to pick up a camera soon after. He currently resides in San Francisco, CA. His work has appeared in Thrasher, Mother Jones, Vice, and the Pacific News Service.

Patrick Griffin was born and raised in Houston Texas. In 2001 he moved to the Midwest where he first began playing with photography. After about 3 years in Kansas City he moved to the bay area where he started to work with Hamburger Eyes. Around 2005 he started his own zine, Frienemies, of which he put out five issues. After graduating from the California College of Arts in 2007 he moved to New York where he currently lives and works.

Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, self-taught photographer Boogie (Vladimir Milivojevich) began documenting rebellion and unrest during the civil war that ravaged his country during the 1990s. Though he never planned to leave his hometown, a capriciously entered green card lottery brought him to the United States in 1998. He settled in Brooklyn where he continued to pursue his dream, while doing odd jobs to survive. In 2003, he started photographing gang life and drug addiction in and around New York's most notorious housing projects. The result was his first book, It's All Good (Miss Rosen Editions/powerHouse Books, 2006). His eponymous second book features a more personal selection from his archives and was published in 2007. Two more books will come out in 2008, one on São Paulo and another on Belgrade. He had solo exhibitions in 2007 in New York, Tokyo and Istanbul, and was presented at the Paris Photo and London Photo festivals. In 2004, he was commissioned by Nike to do the first in a series of ad campaigns, a relationship that continues to this day. His other recent clients include LEE Jeans, Japanese fashion labels Shellac and Nano Universe, as well as Element Skateboards. But his biggest accomplishment was probably becoming a dad to Maya, who was born on September 26, 2007.

Victor J. Blue is a San Francisco-based photojournalist. He has worked in Central America since 2001 concentrating on social conflict in Guatemala, as well as photographing stories in Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras. In the United States he has documented news stories and social issues including Hurricane Katrina and it's legacy in New Orleans, prison overcrowding in California, and the lives of illegal immigrants. His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Le Monde, San Francisco Chronicle, and on the Discovery Channel. He has shown photographs in solo exhibitions and in group shows at Juice Design, 111 Minna Gallery, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, all in San Francisco.

David Uzzardi’s love for capturing real life through images, albeit the roughness we sometimes shine away from, lead him to a four year stint at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Uzzardi’s photographs capture America in all its glory and candidness. “My photographs of people shopping, waiting, hurting, concentrating, smiling and etc. are all part of my never-ending passion to find harmony between people and their environment,” Uzzardi explains. “This harmony that I strive to illuminate is not always positive. It is sometimes a struggle for harmony, and even a harmony with the unpleasant. Regardless of its degree, this harmony represents an existence, a real life, an emotion. My images seek to emphasize the small details and nuances of people in order to capture something much more elusive and transcendent then what appears to be merely everyday life.”

Brian David Stevens was born in Cambridge, England in 1970. He is a self-taught photographer working on long-term self-assigned projects. Funding for these projects comes from shooting for commercial clients. He is currently half way through a 10-year project shooting veterans of the World War II.

Mark Murrmann recently returned to the Bay Area from Washington, D.C., after a stint as a freelance photojournalist covering Congress. In 2004, Murrmann won an Alexia Foundation grant to study photography in London, where he bailed on classes to cover Ukraine's Orange Revolution. He got into photography taking pictures of bands and that's still mostly what makes him tick—shooting live shows and taking pictures on tour. Street photography, covering politics and shooting overseas gets him juiced too.

Jai Tanju comes from a long line of artists. His late father, Sinan Cemil Tanju and grandfather Haluk Cemil Tanju were both respected painters from Istanbul, Turkey. Born in 1968 in Long Island, New York and raised in San Jose, CA, Tanju started taking pictures at age 25 with a camera his grandfather gave him. He took a photography class at a local community college where he got a D. That was the end of his class instruction, but just the beginning of his love for photography. At the time he was living in downtown San Jose with his two friends, Jason Adams and Tim Brauch who were both pro skateboarders. He then started taking lots of pictures of them and their amazing skateboarding abilities. Slowly, he started to make something off of these pictures and a few years later he was offered a job at Skateboarder magazine where he worked for about four years traveling, skateboarding and taking lots of pictures along the way of his friends, surroundings and other proskaters. He also shot photographs of Horiyoshi III for two books, Bushido: Legacies of Japanese Tattoo, then Tattoos of the Floating Worlds.

While a lifetime of professional work can often taint one's vision, Michael Jang has managed to not only retain his original style and enthusiasm for over three decades, but has also enjoyed success in both the fine art and commercial worlds. His work (which can be seen at www.michaeljang.com) has been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and he is currently represented by Getty Images. He is a California Institute of the Arts graduate and received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Clients include Rolling Stone, Apple, The New York Times, and Paramount to name a few. His work is in the permanent collections of SFMOMA, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland), and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Matt Weber was born in New York City in 1958 and studied oil painting with Nicolai Abracheff , who was one of Picasso's contemporaries and a noted cubist as well. He attended Music & Art high school, but dropped out to pursue "art" by decorating New York's subways in 1975. A self-taught photographer, Weber’s work has appeared in Popular Photography, Photographica, Daily News, Neon, and many other publications. His photographs have been used by EMI Records for the band, The Fun Lovin' Criminals, as well as by Zoo York for two skateboard lines. He has had a solo exhibitions in New York City, Newport News, VA, Cambridge, MA, and East Hampton, NY, and sold prints at auctions for PPOW and Aperture. Weber’s monograph The Urban Prisoner, was published by Sanctuary Books in 2004.

Uri Korn is a photographer living in Oakland, CA. He studied Photography at SMFA at Tufts University in Boston. His work has been exhibited at Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles; SF Camerawork, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, and Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco; and the Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR. His work has appeared in Artweek, Concussion, Skateboarder, San Franicsco Chronicle, and Oakland Tribune.

Film and photo tramp Bill Daniel began photographing the emerging punk and skate scene in Texas in the early eighties. Since then he has photographed a variety of American subcultures and landscapes from San Francisco bike messengers in the early 90s to post-Katrina New Orleans. His documentary film Who is Bozo Texino?, a travelogue-based history of hobo graffiti, has screened in over 250 venues worldwide. Currently he is touring in a '65 Chevy van rigged with sails called "Sunset Scavenger.”


Founded in 1974 San Francisco Camerawork encourages emerging and mid-career artists to explore new directions in photography and related media by fostering creative forms of expression that push existing boundaries. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, Camerawork stimulates public dialogue and inquiry about contemporary image-making in the context of current social and aesthetic issues. Camerawork has presented nearly 400 exhibitions in its thirty years of support and services to local, national, and international artists. Additionally, Camerawork has produced many exhibition catalogs and a publication, Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts. Other educational programs and informational services offered are lectures, workshops, conferences, critique sessions, a reference library, the Camerawork Bookstore, and an active internship program.

For more information, please contact
Sara Rosen, Publicity Director
powerHouse Books
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 212-604-9074 x105
Fax: 212-366-5247
email: sara@powerHouseBooks.com

01.10.08

THE DUSTWARD

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THE DUSTWARD
Opening January 10th 2008
At San Francisco’s
Hamburger Eyes Photo Epicenter

Featuring:
Timothy Walkiewicz, Dan Murphy, Stefan Simikich, Jesse Geller, Kunle Martins, Tim Badalucco, Emily Riedman-Walkiewicz, Rebekah Maysles, Sergei Trudnowski and Mark Cross

Video Flyer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axDQBQq_fqw
Print Flyer:
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t292/duffedout/dustwardflyerjesse.jpg
Work Poster:
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t292/duffedout/dustwardwallpaper4.jpg

Artwork showcased will include paintings, signage, black and white and color photographic prints, mounted digital illustration, collage, screen-printing, vinyl work, projected video, t-shirts, posters, and zines. The artists will also collaborate on a site-specific group installation.

What is the Dustward:

The Dustward is a collective of notable artists emerging from the underground of art, publishing, graffiti, photography, bicycle messenger culture, skateboarding, design and urban music scenes.

From the early 90’s individual Dustward members have interacted with each other on a variety of levels to the present day where they all have indivually risen to prominence in their chosen disciplines.

In 2007 the artists solidified their social and artistic network forming The Dustward uniting artists from Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

As a collective unit the artists work to display their unified vision; a bleak, outside look at the last outposts of a crumbling society refracted and rebuilt into an overwhelming, all-consuming, multi-layered visual, audio, lifestyle collage.

The Dustward looks into itself to see any kind of future; it prides itself on its adaptation and utilization of tools and vehicles, prospers from adversity, and moves in positive forward motion into a millennium not yet formed.

Who is the Dustward:
Board Members:
Timothy Walkiewicz
(aka Tim Artz aka Casual Stroll aka Napolean Grill aka Tim IzOut aka Half Lock aka ARTZ)
Timothy Walkiewicz is an artist who lives and works in lower Manhattan. His recent work revolves around appropriation and the reconstruction of meaning involving found video, visual and audio collage, as well as his work with painting, drawing, cartooning, phonecards, bathrooms and signage. Sometimes he does tags and produces a small zine called Duffed Out. Tim has designed logos and cartoon mascots for graffiti/street brands Krink, and IRAKNY as well as the SNIFA series of flyers in early 2007 for the late aNYthing’s 205 club.
He is one half of international superstars BumRush. He has exhibited work in Philadelphia, NYC and Miami.

Dan Murphy
(dance murphy, aka skater dude aka white bough, aka G-ginger aka switchie cunningham, aka bhakta blunt, aka dynamic daniel)
Lifelong Philadelphia cultural icon and artist Dan Murphy has been steadily amassing a distinct, expansive visual identity for the past 10 years. He has published Stuck on the Map as zine and a book since 2000 and is the co-publisher of internationally recognized Megawords Magazine. Dan recently, along with Tony Smyrski, published Public Wall Writing in Philadelphia. Dan grew up in the same neighborhood as Jesse Geller. He did graffiti in the 90's and has lately been trying to make up for the spots he missed since he "quit". Dan enjoys traveling, Kathryn, Germantown, health food, and has recently become a novice farmer. He has exhibited in Philadelphia , NYC and Miami.

Stefan Simikich
San Francisco photographer and artist Stefan Simikich is known widely for his stark, black and white photography and his co-founding of SF based HamburgerEyes Photo Periodical and Art Empire. As a member of the Dustward his work with collage, drawing and media manipulation has become essential in setting a standard in the group aesthetic. Stefan was born at a very young age. He spends his days climbing scaffolding and fixing broken shit, by night he may be found wandering the streets of SF shooting fotos and kicking it with his squad outside somewhere. He has exhibited in many places.

Jesse Geller
(aka nemel aka d.gene aka geffrey nelson aka dj narombo aka jess.t.d aka gellerstein aka gellerburg aka j.gels aka ruben aka icy prez)
Philadelphia Born Lifestyle Artist Jesse Geller resides in San Francisco where he creates signs, paintings and takes photographs. He is the founding and only original member of international superstars BumRush, still performing with the group. Jesse also likes doggies and avocado sushi. He lived in SF General Hospital for three months after being attacked with an axe and falling off a roof. He gets epic and loves his mom. Jesse owns an original DeMartini bag. He likes to do art shows and has had his exhibited in Philadelphia, NYC, San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles.

Who is the Dustward:
Contributing Artists and Dignitaries

Tim Badalucco
(aka Gkae aka Germantown vampirer aka Mr Weasel aka Gremlins Gang aka Gary Knight, aka Gents aka Gank aka Chevy aka Eleven aka The vampire vampire, California Inmate Number P48xxxxx)
Tim Badalucco was made a martyr by the LA county Penal System in the mid to late 1990’s serving jailtime for his supposed crimes as epic graffiti writer Gkae MSK. In the years following his incarceration he continued making a mark on the country by living in a number of US cities, he paused in New York City for a number of years and finally settled in the Germantown Region of Philadelphia in 2005. He has exhibited work in LA, NYC, SF and Philadelphia as well as most other American cities.

Kunle Martins
(Ace Boon, aka Kool-Aid aka Faggot Nigger Asshole aka El Prez, aka CanKoon aka Fola aka Earsnot aka Shnoty, aka hey you.)
Ultra-New Yorker artist Kunle Martins has gained notoriety and fame as much for his work as graffiti and shoplifting legend Earsnot IRAK as for his revolutionary IRAKNY clothing label. His section of the graffiti documentary “Infamy” has become a cult classic amongst graffiti writers, normals, and jocks of all generations. He works in a variety of mediums from enamel on metal, and silkscreened t-shirts to digital illustration and media manipulation and video. He has exhibited in NYC, LA and London.

Emily Riedman-Walkiewicz
Lifelong New York resident and artist Emily Riedman-Walkiewicz has been an art educator in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx for the New York City Public School System and Parsons School of Design for the last 6 years . She teaches her students the value of new art and media with inspirational, hands on demonstrations of technique and style. Her personal work highlights the underside of the suburban and rural areas surrounding New York City using a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking and digital manipulation to create her nostalgic, foreboding imagery. She lives in Lower Manhattan and enjoys spending time with her dog Jackie, talking, and looking at sea otters on the internet. Emily has exhibited in New York City many times.

Rebekah Maysles
Rebekah Maysles (with a s) is an artist who was born and raised in Manhattan. She spent a formative ten years of her life living in Philadelphia where she met Dan Murphy and became a contributor to Megawords Magazine. Rebekah, in collaboration with her sister Sara, and Dan are creating illustrations for a book focusing on the lives of the Beales of the influential 1975 documentary film Grey Gardens. Her interests include beautiful women, broken baby strollers, overloaded shopping carts and things that try not to fall apart. Rebekah’s artwork is as much documentation and demonstration of lifestyle as it is craft and design. She takes photographs, records sound, paints, and works with printmaking. She is also a tie-dyer and glass-blower. She produces the publication Ha Bie Bie. She currently lives in Harlem and is the proud parent of a black cat named Danger. She has exhibited her work in NYC, Philadelphia and North Carolina.

Sergei Trudnowksi
(aka sima aka cannonball aka cb)
Sergei Trudnowski is an artist, photographer and pioneering street skateboarder who lives and
works in Philadelphia, PA. He retired from his years of pro street skating in 1999 after years of touring and representing for Love Park and the Philadelphia skateboard and hardcore scenes. In 2000 he began his graffiti career as SIMA, a key component in the early 2000’s NYC downtown graffiti scene. In this era he played a key role in the introduction of many Dustward members. He is a father and still skates the streets and parks of Philly today. Serge shows a variety of photographs and artwork documenting his and his friends involvement in all aspects of his life from the late 80’s to the present time.

Mark Cross
(aka mark mark mark aka cake)
Mark Cross is a San Francisco artist who produces his zine Mudd Gutts and other artwork.

DUSTWARD GUIDE

Previous Dustward Exhibitions
Destroy and Destroy Oct 2005, KCDC Brooklyn NY
Welcome to the Dustward April 2007, Max Fish NYC
Steve Powers Signarama December 2007 Basel, Miami, FL

Related Inter-Web Addresses:
The Dustward: http://thedustward.com/
Hamburger Eyes: http://www.hamburgereyes.com/
Megawords: http://www.megawordsmagazine.com/
Duffed Out: http://duffedout.wordpress.com/
http://myspace.com/duffedoutzine
Stuck on the Map: http://www.stuckonthemap.com/
IRAK: http://irakny.com/
Stefan Simikich: http://www.hereyouarenow.com/
Emily Riedman-Walkiewicz: http://emilyriedman.com/02.php
MuddGuts: http://www.muddguts.com/
Free News: http://www.freenewsprojects.com/
Smyrski Creative: http://www.smyrskicreative.com/

Dustward Video:
Dustward Transmission #1 (Tim Walkiewicz) http://youtube.com/watch?v=xBv_r_glKpc
Dustward Transmission #2 (Tim Walkiewicz) http://youtube.com/watch?v=vep43Y1oCy4
Dustward Transmission #3/SF Exhibition(Tim Walkiewicz) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axDQBQq_fqw
S.O.T.M. #2 (Dan Murphy) http://youtube.com/watch?v=bSk3LpZU2yE
Duffed Out (Tim Walkiewicz): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KxUn9Ieb8Y
IRAK (Kunle Martins/ Tim Walkiewicz): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU43Wy7Ut6o&feature=related
Masters of the Universe Video (Dan Murphy): http://youtube.com/watch?v=dcXJbIhCt4c
We Buy Diamonds (Kunle Martins): http://youtube.com/watch?v=nrWAudCv7gc

BUMRUSH:
Jesse Geller formed BumRush in Philadelphia in 2005. After numerous lineup changes and firings the group was solidified at Coney Island in the summer of 2006 culminating in an acclaimed 3 hour long barrage of insults leveled at most participants and observers of the Paper Magazine Deitch Art Parade. The group continued to gain media attention throughout 2007. : “…graffiti artists Tim Artz and Jesse Geller, who are members of the avante-gard band Bum Rush, were a tag team of hooliganism, with Mr. Artz swirling a a 76er’s hype towel over his head while Mr. Geller pulled down his pants to flash the traffic along East Houston.” -New York Observer August 2007. The groups long anticipated album is currently in production.
BUMRUSH Messenger music video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Oo7mbjHp_SE

Additional Dustward Related Media:
Megawords Radio Megawords Radio broadcasts online each week between 8 - 10 pm EST, featuring DJ’s Dan Murphy and Nag Champa megasound dub collage:
http://www.megawordsmagazine.com/radio.php

Public Wall Writing in Philadelphia: “Their expression and declaration of self, or declaration of existence, is what is important. We are in a time now, with our personal freedoms at stake in many ways, where we are constantly overwhelmed by advertising and messages that our not our own. It may have never been more important to remember to ask those questions, and make as much noise of your own as possible.”-Tony Smyrski , co-editor PWWIP., on public wall writing. http://www.smyrskicreative.com/wallwriting/

Landlords Cycling Club: Dustward members are featured in Cheryl Dunn’s short film and book Bicycle Gangs of New York . “The Landlords, never reveal their identities. All biz, just track bikes and rusto...” http://cheryldunn.net/films/bicylcle_gangs.html

Messageboard Transcript #2 Jesse and Tim do Talk Radio and read transcripts from an internet messageboard, Sound by Dan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdZgsQy95eM

Dustward Affiliations:

IRAK: Kunle Martins is the president of New York City’s IRAK graffiti crew. Many Dustward members are also members of IRAK.
MSK: Tim Badalucco has been a key representer of LA based, global graffiti leaders MSK since the early 90’s.
ICY: Jesse Geller is the current president of Inner City Youth a graffiti crew founded by
Suroc in the early 1980’s in West Philadelphia. Members have included Nope and Espo among many other icons of Philadelphia Graffiti.

Mark Surface International: Many members of the Dustward have either contributed to Steve Powers’ Mark Surface International as subjects of his artwork, or have worked behind the scenes in production of Powers’ artwork.

Selected Outsider Representation:
Fun Vampires Tim Walkiewicz/Duffed Out/Dustward Interview: http://funvampires.com/2007/04/02/fun-vampires-meets-duffed-out
Fun Vampires, Max Fish Photos: http://funvampires.com/2007/04/02/fun-vampires-meets-duffed-out
Razor Apple, Max Fish Photos: http://razorapple.com/2007/04/06/duffed-out-welcomes-you-to-dustward/
Colophon, Megawords feature: http://www.colophon2007.com/archive/?mag_id=209
Fecal Face, Max Fish Calendar: http://www.fecalface.com/calendar/NYC/calendar.php?mode=view&id=525
Mass Appeal,Tim Artz Bathroom Show: http://massappealmag.com/2007/08/13/tim-artz-is-all-duffed-out-and-shit

The Dustward encourages a vegan lifestyle and advocates the healthy usage of coffee and marijuana.

12.13.07

HEY, WHAT'S UP?

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Hamburger Eyes Photo Epicenter presents "Hey,What's Up?", a collection of linoleum cut portraits by David Fallis. This exhibition recreates hanging out in a room surrounded by both friends and complete strangers. What do you say when passing a friend on the street? sitting next to a stranger at the bar? meeting someone for the first time? "Hey, what's up?"

Maybe you're thinking," What the hell's a linoleum cut show doing at a photo lab?"
Answer: The more than 150 images that make up this exhibition were reproduced from candid photos taken with either Kodak or Walgreens disposable cameras. Thus making it somewhat photo related.

The interesting part of this exhibition is the capturing of a precise moment in time and the subjects spirit and aura at that moment. Each carving is a meditation on the person whose image I am working on. The stripping of all color and the casting into black and white shows the vulnerability of the subject and is a reminder of the simpleness of...whoa, reel it in there buddy. When did you get all serious? I take random photos of my friends and make linoleum cuts of them. I make a limited edition print of one for each image. This started in 2001 as a way to document a group of friends who went on a roadtrip together. I've slowly been collecting souls ever since. I like my friends and I like making pictures of them. I'll probably be doing this for the rest of my life, unless I move to the woods and become a recluse cut off from all mankind.

David Fallis lives and works in San Francisco. He spends his time painting, printmaking, skateboarding, playing music and running his own picture framing business.

Hey, What's Up?
A Collection of Linoleum Cuts
by David Fallis
Dec 13 2007 - Jan 6 2008

Opening Reception
Thursday Dec 13
5pm - 9pm

PHOTO EPICENTER
26 lilac sf ca 94110
open mon - sat hours 10am-10pm

11. 8.07

ANDROID

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Hamburger Eyes Photo Epicenter is proud to present ANDROID, a collection of photographs by Ray Potes. This exhibition addresses our increasingly cybernetic existence. A common theme although this time our photographer takes a different approach. That is… from the future.

With our dependencies on technology and the advancement of quantum science one can easily imagine a world where humans will have the ability to download their minds to computers extending their lives indefinitely. The day of the biomechanical humanoid brain is inevitable. It is to be distributed, sold, and bought in corner stores worldwide. However it remains to be seen how it will recall information and process emotion.

100 photographs all the same 11x14 size and all black and white suggests the work of a coldblooded analytical machine taking notes on the current natural and un-natural landscapes, yet upon closer look the subject matter is that of the human condition. The trail of a crackhead, a blurry tree, a hound dog wearing clothes, some old ladies, and so on make up a dizzying battle not of man vs. machine, but of a hybrid vs. himself.

Ray Potes is based in San Francisco where he edits and publishes Hamburger Eyes Photo Magazine. It is his insatiable hunger to record and document all that is around him that has led him to question his own inseperability from the mechanics of the camera, which is the basis of this exhibition.

ANDROID
Ray Potes

Nov 8 – Dec 7 2007

Opening Reception
Nov 8, Thursday, 5pm-9pm

Hamburger Eyes Photo Epicenter
26 Lilac St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
415-550-0701

http://www.hamburgereyes.com
http://www.raypotes.com

10.11.07

FLAWLESS VICTORY

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Hamburger Eyes Photo Epicenter is proud to present "Flawless Victory", a dual show of photographs by Oscar Mendoza and Alexander Martinez. The title is pulled from an iconic early 90's video game, a term meaning to defeat your opponent without taking a hit yourself. The term resurfaced in the lives of Mendoza and Martinez as they became roommates in San Francisco and came to mean any person, moment, or event that was perfect in it's own way. In "Flawless Victory" both artists convey what the phrase means to them using their chosen medium and style.

We often define people by what they lack, but what is wrong with them, by how they differ from our own pre-determined guidelines. But when it comes to our friends and families, we look beyond their flaws and weaknesses, and will love them for who they truly are. Mendoza has run with this concept in his series of portraits of the people in his life. He has examined and boiled his subjects down to either how they define themselves, or how Mendoza himself defines them in his memories. Whether it be an old friend playing tennis, his stepfather juggling a soccer ball, or his roommate wielding a weapon; they are all costumed, accessorized, and situated to match what Mendoza feels is their flawless essence. From these meditations we come to realize that it is the flaws that make us who we are, and what makes us truly victorious.

His eye trained in the field of ethnography, Martinez is a constant observer and admirer of the world around him. Martinez chose to focus his thoughts on the idea of victory, and how it unfolds itself in his own life and in the lives around him. These victories are not to be lumped in with the kind of moments captured by sports photographers and the like. No, these victories are much smaller, and more personal for both the subjects and the photographer himself. The photographs on display show four overlapping types of victories as defined by Martinez; public, private, personal, and projected. A fan reaches out from the darkness of the pit to grab the hand of a musical idol, while more hands touch the performers forehead as if to heal him. A grandmother contently floats away in a hot air balloon in a scene reminiscent of an elderly Eskimo being set adrift on an ice floe. The photographer plays a childish game, seeing how long a cookie can remain on his friend's shoulder before she notices (the answer is three minutes). A host and his guest sit on the steps of an Oregon house and silently enjoy the feeling of wearing a fresh pair of clean socks. In his own gentle style Martinez shows us that victories happen all around us, all we have to do is pay attention.

Oscar Mendoza currently lives and works in San Francisco, and is pursuing a BA in photography from Academy Of Art University. Alexander Martinez currently lives and works in San Francisco, and obtained a BA in cultural anthropology from San Francisco State University in 2007. Both are interns at Hamburger Eyes Photo Epicenter.

FLAWLESS VICTORY

opening reception
oct 11, 2007
5pm - 9pm

Hamburger Eyes Photo Epicenter
26 Lilac, San Francisco, CA 94110
415-550-0701

Oscar Mendoza - www.oscardotcom.com
Alexander Martinez - www.stopinternetromance.com

09.13.07

NIGHTMARE STATUS

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San Francisco, September - Photo Epicenter presents "Nightmare Status", a new one-person exhibition by Jason Roberts Dobrin. The title is reflective of the times and status of the world, yet the images are subtle and suggestive rather than overtly political or narrative. The exhibition, which includes massive mural-sized prints and clusters of smaller-scale photographs, is intended to engage viewers to find connections between the images offered on display and interrogate them for what they may conceal, foreground, or conflate.

Dobrin's photographs navigate a complex social landscape, re-positioning different sects of people whose lives and daily realities might typically be thought of as unrelated, but who ultimately operate within the same larger reality. Intimate portraits of family-members and seemingly random images of strangers provide potential inhabitants for contrasting images of solemn landscapes, lone trees, and isolative architectural spaces. Although "Nightmare Status" is comprised of photographic images that stand on their own, there is additional interplay in their display, as each image contextualizes another, creating new layered meanings ­ to view the exhibition is to decode it.

A book is also under construction to coincide with the exhibition, which will be available at Photo Epicenter.

Jason Roberts Dobrin graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005 with a BFA in photography. His work has been shown at Aqua Art in Miami, Diego Felix Gallery in Buenos Aires, New Image Arts in Los Angeles, and various San Francisco galleries, including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, 111 Minna Gallery, and SF Camera Work.

Jason Roberts Dobrin, "Nightmare Status" opens September 13th from 5pm - 9pm at Photo Epicenter in San Francisco, CA. The exhibition will remain on display until October 4th. Photo Epicenter is located at 26 Lilac Street in San Francisco, CA 94110 and is open Monday ­ Saturday from 10am ­- 10pm. For more information, please call 415-550-0701 or visit www.hamburgereyes.com.

related links:
jason roberts dobrin
art business review
opening photos

07.28.07

SWAN SONGS

click here to view and purchase art from the show.
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For Immediate Release:

Photo Epicenter
26 Lilac Street (off 24th and Mission)
San Francisco, CA 94110
www.burgerworldchronicles.com
415-550-0701

Swan Songs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 2007) - Photo Epicenter is proud to present Swan Songs, opening July 28th. Featuring local and international artists, this diverse collection of cross-disciplinary artwork offers a glimpse into various ends that forge new beginnings; some literal, others more poetic. At once visually arresting and conceptually accessible, Swan Songs offers a meditation on death and rebirth presented through installation, video, sound, photography, the written word, and mixed media artwork.

The gallery space at Photo Epicenter creates an intimate setting for this contemplative exhibition. With Swan Songs, curator Chris Fitzpatrick intended to present death in various conceptions as a beautiful transformative process, rather than a lamentable end point. Each project included in Swan Songs deals with transformation, adaptation, and re-composition in very different ways, using different media, informed by different ideas and subjects.

In Robert Gendler's astrophotographs, we see the remnants of stars in their final throes, creating fantastic spectacles of light, gas, and interstellar dust. Some of these forms have become nurseries, birthing new stars and planets, continuing a mysterious cycle that has been happening since the beginning of time.

In a video by Fideelia-Signe Roots, images and audio recordings of Hilda, the artist's senile Aunt, create a haunting reflection on the nature of death. The sound of the elderly woman's repetitive mantra frames the video with the strikingly casual acceptance of a person fully resigned to her fate.

Sham Saenz has captured the determination to create life even within the most abject conditions. His photograph documents two pigeon eggs within a nest built from discarded syringes, plastic spoons, and various inner-city detritus. His video, taken later, shows a hatched baby pigeon breathing its last breaths within this harsh habitat, struggling to overcome nearly impossible odds.

Aaron Sandnes literally erased his own birth certificate in a powerfully symbolic act of negation, refusal, and transcendence. He raises questions of identity and existence and re-contextualizes the document itself, which remains a birth certificate despite its having been rendered officially moot through erasure. Art historical references are also at play in Sandnes' nod to Rauschenberg's "Erased DeKooning".

Yvonne Mouser handcrafted a table and chair in white oak, veneer, and oil finish, and then charred them into blackness. With layers of wood and veneer split apart and warped, her narrative installation provides a metaphor for personal transformation and transcendence, while also recalling the role fire performs within nature as a destructive force whose affect ultimately results in renewal.

In Mark A. Horton's unique recollection of his 1992 Near Death Experience, the "afterlife" is described as a revelation and absorption, where geography and time break down and knowledge is unlimited. The account is made more profound by the fact that its author is now deceased.

Resulting in various visions of renewal, Swan Songs alleviates our preoccupying fear of death by refusing it as a singular event in time.

Swan Songs features the astrophotography of Robert Gendler (Connecticut), text by Mark A. Horton (Deceased), installation by Yvonne Mouser (San Francisco), video with sound by Fideelia-Signe Roots (Estonia), photography and video by Sham Saenz (San Francisco), and an erased birth certificate by Aaron Sandnes (Los Angeles).

The opening reception for Swan Songs will be held on July 28th from 5pm ­- 9pm, the exhibition will remain on display until August 24th, 2007. Photo Epicenter's gallery hours are Monday ­ - Saturday from 10am ­- 10pm. For press inquiries, please contact Chris Fitzpatrick at swansongs@chrisfitzpatrick.net or contact Photo Epicenter at 415-550-0701 for general information.

Above image: Robert Gendler, “M42, The Great Nebula in Orion”, Astrophotograph.

Related links:
SF Weekly Review
Art Business Review
Opening Photos

Robert Gendler
Fideelia-Signe Roots
Sham Saenz
Aaron Sandnes

06.14.07

HAMBURGER EYES ISSUE 011 RELEASE PARTY + EXHIBITION

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THE MUSIC ISSUE IS HERE. HAMBURGER EYES ISSUE 011. HAMBURGER EARS - the continuing story of music. come celebrate with us and be the first to pick up copies of the magazine this thursday or be square. lots of stuff for sale, plus an epic all music photo showcase featuring the photographic work of alissa anderson, ryan furtado, alexander martinez, oskie mendoza, michael jang, heather renee russ, ray potes, david potes, ted pushinsky, uri korn, dylan maddux, david uzzardi, and andrew mcclintock..

related links:
photo dojo photos
juxtapoz review

03.29.07

HUMAN REMAINS

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Human Remains
Patrick Griffin
Hamburger Eyes Photo Epicenter
March 29 - April 29 2007

Hamburger Eyes Photo Epicenter is pleased to present a solo exhibition by photographer Patrick Griffin. In this exhibition of over twenty new photographs , screen print and sculpture, everyone has a pile! Whether jumbles of limbs in a human pile, thickets of refuse betraying a recent assemblage of them, or a portrait of one of his friends who… who is kind of a total pile, this new body of work focuses on the various formal possibilities of, and the curious narratives surrounding, piles and puddles and jumbles and stacks.

Training his lens on his community of young people who live in radical ways, not to focus on the hijinks, hairstyles, or scandalous business, but to look obliquely: Patrick tells the truth but tells it slant. His work is of chief interest because it tells a story of lived experience (which may include fashion, folly, drugs, sex, etc) but never tells it the way it is portrayed in advertisements, high-end photo shoots, or whatever lame party photo blogs you can look at. His photos are too authentic for that, and subtle in a way that requires concerted attention; instead of a flashed nipple or a snorted rail, he looks instead at the moment of declension, of the engaging detritus that lies in the wake of a moment.

Laundry piles in isolation look sculptural; boy puddles make lakes in odd, topographical bed maps: Patrick’s wry humor and, sensitive attention to oft-overlooked details direct our attention away from the party to the strange items eddying in the corners. One has probably never pondered, say, the difference in texture and albedo between a serious fast food spill on New York pavement and a boxed wine splatter on an Oakland house party linoleum floor; the confusion in a cloud of spray paint, next to that of a young punk boy fight. One photo of a complete outfit on a crap hotel floor is actually a stunning portrait of the oft- photographed photographer Dash Snow, as the absence of a thing can oft be more telling than the presence of a thing. His photos are not about the subcultural goings-on themselves, but are instead authentically situated within the lifestyle he lives to examine a suggestive something else.

related links :
patt fink (blog)
frienemies (zine)
sf chronicle article
photos from opening
art business review