We Carry Each Other
Jan 22 – April 21
Public Reception: Fri, Feb 1 • 6–9pm
YBCA presents the latest Room for Big Ideas project, We Carry Each Other, an installation featuring works of art by Eliza Barrios, Lynn Breedlove, Philip Huang & Theo Knox, and Christraper Sings. Using the mediums of sculpture, projection, movement, and sound, each of these artists explores the intimate complexities — including desire, perspective, and queerness — of individual and group identity. Each work of art offers an alternative narrative of a journey each of us takes, alone and together.
The founder of the donation-based LGBT ride service Homobiles, queer punk icon Lynn Breedlove, presents a multimedia recreation of the Homobiles experience, including a papier-mâché replica of a 1962 Cadillac and an audiovisual loop of a Homobiles ride. Threshold, by Eliza Barrios, will be projected on the RBI’s exterior windows. Each video sequence in the work offers the observer an optical exploration of the alternative self, subtly guiding them through the perceived uniqueness of transgressive identities. Philip Huang and Theo Knox present Golgotha, a wall installation of fluttering paper, which evokes a place that is at once restless and restful on the periphery of society. Christraper Sings’ Liebestod — Love/Death — Verklarung is a sound work that layers and synchronizes historical recordings of the climactic finale of Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde, allowing listeners to experience the sound of thousands of instrumentalists and nearly two dozen sopranos playing and singing together, unencumbered by space and time.
Eliza O. Barrios, based in San Francisco, is an inter-disciplinary artist. Working primarily in new media and site-specific installation, Barrios questions systems of belief by exploring various processes of self-reflection. Barrios holds a bachelor of arts degree from San Francisco State University and a masters of fine arts from Mills College.
Barrios' work has been exhibited at museums, and new media and film festivals internationally and domestically, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Oahu, Hawaii), Mag:Net: Gallery (Manila, Philippines), Intersection for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), Optica Festival (Gijón, Spain), New Forms Festival (Vancouver, Canada) and the International Turin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Turin, Italy). She has received an Honorary Fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and has served as Juror for Alliance of Artists Communities' Visions From New California Fellowship.
Barrios is also part of Mail Order Brides/M.O.B (with Jenifer Wofford and Reanne A. Estrada). Mail Order Brides/M.O.B. have been scheming, entertaining and creating together for over 15 years. Their work ranges from video to performative art to public art. Mail Order Brides/M.O.B. have shown in various museums, galleries and film festivals including the de Young Museum (San Francisco, CA), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), the Mix Festival (New York, NY), SF International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (San Francisco CA) and the Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco, CA).
Philip Huang is the author of A Pornography of Grief and the founder of the Home Theater Festival. A vivacious performing artist, he has been spotted throughout the Bay Area with avant-garde works that often tread the line between public disturbance and art. An immigrant from Taiwan, via Phoenix, Huang grew up in a working-class neighborhood of Los Angeles and is a graduate of UC Berkeley. Huang operates the Dana Street Theater out of his home in Berkeley. A recipient of many awards, Huang is recognized as a trailblazer in the realm of performance-body politics, he is also a YouTube star and is sought-after from high- and low-brow art institutions and theaters alike.
Theo Knox was born in the Red Desert of Wyoming. He has lived in Pennsylvania, New York, Washington, D.C., and New Mexico, and currently resides in the Bay Area. Interested in the intersection of our relationship with the land, ritual and ceremony, and healing, he utilizes art-making as a spiritual practice. Combining printmaking, sculpture, and performance to create personal ceremonies, he divides time in the studio between the indoors and walking in wilderness spaces. Theo holds a BFA (2004) from Alfred University and was artist-in-residence at the Dana Street Theater (2009).
Lynn Breedlove’s Homobiles is a non-commercial, dispatch-only ride service that provides a reliable and secure mode of transportation for the LGBTIQQA community. We serve individuals who, due to their perceived gender or sexuality, are most vulnerable or at-risk for experiencing violence and harassment while traveling, or on public transportation. We believe that economics should never be a factor in safety, and are dedicated to the safe passage of LGBTIQQA people regardless of their economic status.
Homobiles was started by Lynn Breedlove, front man of Tribe8, an iconic punk dyke band of the ‘90s in San Francisco. He also ran Lickety Split, an all-female queer messenger service, and is the author of the books GodSpeed and One Freak Show. Homobiles runs on the support and dedication of a family of queer artists and freaks, who through a love for service and dedication to the community, have managed to keep this 24/7 project going for the past two years.
Christraper Sings is a vocalist, composer, veteran performance artist and video-maker. His work has appeared throughout North American art galleries, festivals and alternative institutions including the Walker Art Center, Mix NYC, Too Much Festival, Intermedia Arts in Minnesota, The Lab, and many others. In 2012 he was the curator of IN PRAISE OF DEAD GODS, a National Queer Arts Festival that sponsored a showcase of musicians from across the US who play with and warp classical music performance-forms. He dreams of composing music for dance.
YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
National Endowment for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
Community Engagement and Youth Education Programs are made possible in part by:
The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Sato Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, U.S. Bank, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Special Innovation Projects in 12-13 supported, in part, by generous grants from:
The James Irvine Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Association of Performing Arts Presenters and MetLife Foundation All-In: Re-imagining Community Participation Program, and EmcArts' Innovation Lab for Museums in partnership with AAM's Center for the Future of Museums and MetLife Foundation