"The Family Swan" will be out August 20 on
Kill Rock Stars
West Coast, SEPTEMBER 2002:
the new GAFC church
1311 I. St.
with art show
artists talk at 7:30
art on the mezzanine
artists available for discussion between 8 and 9PM
upstairs 2602 SE 25th studio E
with Nikki McClure
art and workshop
Monday 9 through Wednesday 11
Balazo/Mission Badlands Gallery
2811 Mission @ 24th
Call for hours: (415) 920-0896
workshop: Tuesday September 10
8 PM, $5
1131 Polk St
with Wussom*Pow! and Bonfire Madigan
AK Press Warehouse
674 A 23rd Street
7 PM with art and workshop
Free, but (hint hint) plan to buy something!
Youth Drop-In Center
with Lucid Nation and Family Outing
art and workshop
with Lucid Nation
and an improvised set by Carla Bozulich & Jean Smith
and art show
Casbah (back room, between bands)
at the Elbow show
Center Of Contemporary Art
experimental music series with art show
'Word On The Street'
CBC Radio, Hamilton St.
show is between 2 and 5 PM, we go on at 3
with V for Vendetta
and art show (I hope!)
The Pic Pub
with El Guapo
Not just an underground rock duo
PERFORMANCE, ART SHOW and WORKSHOP:
how art and music can change the world
Using our history in music, art and publishing
to illustrate the reality of being cultural activists,
it is our intention to inspire creativity. Q&A friendly!
The Art of Mecca Normal
David Lester's series of
political prints, Inspired Agitators, was conceived in the spirit of the
protests against the WTO. Every moment of history is embedded with obstacles that seem
insurmountable; achieving social change seems impossible. Yet, again and again, battles
are won in climates of indifference, hostility and brutality.
Check out one of
David's posters in the series.
Jean Smith Artist's Statement
Jean Smith graduated high school with a cash scholarship to attend art school; she went directly downtown, bought a really good stereo, and moved out from under the same roof as her abstract parents, both painters. In 2000, Smith’s series of self-portraits (1973 - 1999) were shown at Olympia, Washington’s Ladyfest Art Show -- laser-copies of the self-portraits will be on display at upcoming shows. The theme: self-portrait has evolved to a larger scale; Smith paints herself, examining the roles of female subject/model and artist.
Jean, who has your art influenced, and how?
Primarily my art influences me; it has turned out to be how I live life.
The scope of our history has started to become a factor now that
we've brought all the aspects together -- music, art, writing, organizing,
self-managing. We didn't really plan to have a body of work to refer to
in this way -- now it seems pretty impressive! Dave has a series of
political posters for our art show, and I've been showing a series of
paintings which I really love, but I don't have to much to say about
them. In a way, I like that, because I'm the one with all the words in the
band and Dave is mostly non-verbal -- the art show reverses that.
Dave's art is based in political philosophies of a selection of activists. I
felt challenged by his work and I decided I wanted to show more
political work. I pulled out the self-portraits I started doing when I was 13.
I've laser-copied them and they'll be up at the shows.
I've been saying fifteen years of Mecca Normal and suddenly
my history sped backwards another fifteen year -- I've
documented thirty years of my face, my image, in self-portraits. And I
dug out and laser-copied an old magazine from 1963 that featured my
family home on its cover. Both my parents are painting large abstracts
at easels set up in the backyard, and I'm sitting on the ground, front
and center, painting my own abstract, my discarded doll, Beverly Brown,
laying beside me. That was forty years ago!
Jean's favorite painting in the Pint Glass series.