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La Nostalgia Re-mix (Best hits and outtakes for an imaginary bar)

Thu Jun 26, 2008 00:00 - Thu Jun 12, 2008

La Nostalgia Re-mix
(Best hits and outtakes for an imaginary bar)
by Guillermo Gómez-Peña and James Luna

Performance: Thursday, June 26, 2008 at 8PM
at The LAB
2948 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tickets: $10-20 sliding scale
Call 415-864-8855 to reserve in advance

Since the early 90's, Chicano performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Native American conceptual artist James Luna have worked in an ongoing project titled The Shame-man meets El Mexican't, in which they challenge stereotypes, assumptions, and lazy thinking about race and culture with a strong dose of melancholic humor and sharp-edged conceptualism.

Last in the series is La Nostalgia, a new collaboration that promises to build on both artists' provocative legacies of performance and installation art. The project researches the cultural, symbolic, and iconographic dimensions of nostalgia both in the Native American "reservation" and the Chicano "barrio," through a series of live performances, writings, photo-shoots and videos.

Gómez-Peña and Luna’s current collaboration, La Nostalgia, deals with varying notions of nostalgia and how the term can be used as a mechanism of cultural defense, as a stylistic device, and also as a way of revising the artist’s careers in a series of re-enactments. The project was launched last year in San Francisco with two performances. First, the artists staged their own ritual deaths inside coffins and then they engaged in a poetic dialogue at the Headlands Center for the Arts, while Luna cooked an Indian stew and Gomez-Peña played roulette.


Striptease Auction and Fashion Trunk Show

Wed Dec 31, 1969 00:00 - Thu Jun 05, 2008

hosted by
2948 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Runway Show, Live Auction, and Trunk Show:
Saturday, June 21, 7-10 PM
(Runway Show / Auction begins at 8 PM)
$12-20 Sliding Scale Admission
Purchase tickets in advance at:

Trunk Show Sale (free admission): Friday, June 20 - Sunday, June 22, 1-5 PM

The LAB teams up for the third year with local indie fashion designers for our most debaucherous event ever. The fashion runway show is simultaneously parodied and celebrated as artistic wearables are auctioned right off the catwalk and given to the highest bidder. Fashion and jewelry designers will also be selling original items in the trunk show. Join the fun and support The LAB and independent local designers! Live performance will also be featured.

Designers include: AC by Amy Cools, Alexandria von Bromssen, Amy Hanson, Andrew Eyman, Averyl Andrews, Charmed Im Sure, Erin Mahoney, Esther Allison, Kimberly Chow, Medium Reality, Miss Be, Miss Velvet Cream, Mittenmaker, Moth Love by Gretchen Jones, Nouveau Motley, Pocha Nostra Couture by Guillermo Gomez-Pena presented by Violeta Luna, and Yara Afshar.

Featuring DJ Noah Bennett and MC Anna Conda.


The Lab Presents: Alterations

Wed May 28, 2008 00:00 - Wed May 21, 2008

Featuring Francesca Pastine in the Front Gallery

Exhibition runs: May 28 - June 14, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, May 30, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 1-6 PM

The work in Alterations manipulates and recontextualizes the actual pages of the New York Times and ArtForum magazine. Pastine’s Artforum Excavations series is an archaeological investigation. Through a process of cutting, slashing and digging, Pastine alters the form of the glossy, oddly proportioned magazine. In this aggressive act of "gutting", she creates a visceral topography of decades of art trends. Re-forming the magazine is also a sly way of manipulating the art scene rather than being manipulated by it. The Invisible Women Series came about from Pastine’s continuing investigation into the invisibility of women's’ work. She blocks out photographs and text through a process of burnishing the newspaper page with a 9B graphite pencil. The result resembles graphite-leaf with the untouched image embossed on the surface. The women are rendered invisible, and the work of covering them mimics the repetitive and often unseen efforts of household tasks. This process is also employed for the Iraqi Casualty series. Pastine edits the content and imagery of the news story by selectively blocking out large areas of the newspaper. The time-intensive task of burnishing the page with graphite serves as a penance for her impotence in the face of the insurmountable tragedy of the Iraqi war.

Content is reconfigured as a result of Pastine’s physical interventions with these print mediums. The sensory process of taking in information is made visceral. In this manner, she draws attention to the physicality of objects that are mentally consumed, and then discarded. Through these alterations, Pastine not only subtly shifts cultural output, she also prompts viewers to engage in an embodied experience of disembodied information.

The Lab is located at:
2948 16th St. (@Capp)
San Francisco, CA


Don't You Know There's a War Going On?

Wed May 21, 2008 00:00 - Wed May 21, 2008

Don’t You Know There’s A War Going On? is a video installation of a cat playing with, dismembering, and eating a bird, paired to a soundtrack of current BBC news radio. The actual event borders on the banal, but the footage is jolting. This piece explores the prosaic nature of violence, its prevalent and consistent presence in our lives, and our obligation, if any, to do something about it. The piece invokes questions of the responsibility of the viewer, and by extension, all of us who bear witness to violence on a daily basis.

ERIKA M. ANDERSON grew up in the low-lit dive bars and rotten graveyards of South Dakota. She has strummed, wailed and whimpered in the deconstructo-folk/noise bands Amps for Christ, Gowns, and Some Dark Holler. Anderson studied Media Arts at the Claremont Colleges in California. Her video work has been included on the Kill Rock Stars Video Fanzine III, 5RC artists the Mae Shi's Lock the Skull, Load the Gun, Miranda July's Joanie4Jackie's Video MixTape, and has shown at various festivals and symposiums. Anderson currently resides in West Oakland, California.


Subversive Complicity

Thu May 01, 2008 00:00 - Wed Apr 23, 2008

Featuring: Laurel Beckman; Chris Barr; Julia Bradshaw, James Morgan, and Bennett Goble; Elisheva Biernoff; Cesar Cornejo; Holly Crawford; Sharon Daniel; Bryan and Vita Hewitt with Chuck, Inc.; Liss and Lake; Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry; Neighborhood Sign Club with Alison Pebworth, Leigh Ann Martin, and Megan Saperstein; Nancy Nisbet; Jennifer Parker with Matthew McGuinness; Sasha Petrenko; Johanna Poethig with VPA Painting and Mural Class, CSU Monterey Bay; Alyssa C. Salomon; Randy Sarafan; and Sherri Lynn Wood.

Subversive Complicity brings together a group of artists whose work inhabits the interstices of contemporary life - physical, temporal, and conceptual gaps within existing structures - in order to subvert everyday systems and raise social awareness in subtle, humorous, and radical ways. What happens when artists working within these spaces adapt and co-opt the strategies, languages, mannerisms, and visualizations from divergent social personas and cultural sources to create alternative modes of action and expression?

This exhibition was developed in association with the Intervene! Interrupt! Rethinking Art as Social Practice Festival hosted by the University of California, Santa Cruz. For more information, please visit: http://may2008.artintervention.org/ .