Saturday, June 26 @ 7pm
Pay Dirt (Bryan Day + Victoria Shen), Erin Demastes, S. Glass
$5-20 sliding scale
Erin Demastes is a Los Angeles-based multimedia artist, composer, and performer whose research combines sound and technology with humor, drama, and absurdity. Her work emphasizes the arbitrariness of product design by subverting the use and perception of materials with play and experimentation. By placing items in theatrical settings, Erin brings out the character of things we normally may not think twice about. She uses everyday, household objects for both her fixed media work and performances and creates hacked and intentionally non-user-friendly electronics, as well.
Erin received an M.F.A. in Experimental Sound Practices and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts and a B.M. in jazz studies and piano performance from Loyola University New Orleans. She currently works as a freelance artist, educator, and instrument maker, and before coming to Los Angeles, Erin worked as a jazz and classical pianist, composer, and arranger for ten years in the New Orleans area.
Victoria Shen is an experimental music performer and sound artist from San Francisco. Shen's work features analog modular synthesizers, amplified objects, and invented instruments, the resulting music eschews conventions in harmony and rhythm in favor of extreme textures and gestural tones.
S. Glass is a long-time member of Bren't Lewiis Ensemble and Glands of External Secretion, two groups where a prowess-averse anti-sophisto can flourish in any number of roles: abuser of instruments, ignorer of proper technique, found sound gourmand.
Bryan Day is a sonic adventurer, painter and inventor of curious things based in the East Bay. Using scavenged electronics, repurposed mechanical components and amplified materials that you might find in your garage or your great uncle's office, he re-imagines them into constructivist sound sculptures. Day has performed, taught workshops, and built sound installations across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
New Deal Work of Arts
Most of the artworks of the New Deal, created under Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration and now in the public domain, are little seen. The public response to the few recent exhibits has been phenomenal. Crises abound from Egypt to Wisconsin to Japan, and people are looking for the inspiration and solutions. How do we give the 1930s/1940s public art a bigger and permanent venue? We need you to contribute to the next Curators' Discussion at the Canessa. Meet with fellow curators, dealers and collectors for a lively, informal salon discussion. Our last session included a former public official, academics, artists, neighborhood historians and activists.
Through the Federal Art Project, thousands of artists in San Francisco and throughout the nation were put to work creating more than 200,000 separate pieces of art during the Great Depression. We encourage Bay Area curators, New Deal activists and historians to take advantage of this rare, informal opportunity to share with one another your views and knowledge of the sculptures, posters drawings, photographs, murals, paintings and other artistic treasures created through the Federal Art Project. Many of these artworks have been out of the public eye or in storage since the 1940s. We hope that this informal salon discussion will be a prelude to organizing a major exhibit to honor and present these “lost” treasures —and the momentous and significant time in history that they represent.
Location: The landmark Canessa Gallery, 708 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Located across the street from the historic Montgomery Block Building – Ground Zero for the New Deal’s Federal Art Project in 1930s San Francisco – Canessa Gallery has been at the center of San Francisco's rich artistic, literary, and cultural history for more than 45 years.