Fem Salon: DOMESTICITY UN-HinGED

March 31–April 23, 2011

PLAySPACE, San Francisco Campus
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Opening Reception: Thursday, March 31, 6-8 p.m.

PLAySPACE is free and open to the public. Gallery hours for the duration of this exhibition are Monday, 1-4 p.m. and Friday, 2-6 p.m., or by appointment. For further information, please contact codirectors Liz Glass and Amanda Hunt at playspace@cca.edu or see PLAySPACE.

PLAySPACE Gallery and Ann Schnake, as part of the Fem Salon series, present DOMESTICITY UN-HinGED. Taking the form of an immersive installation based on the space of the home, DOMESTICITY UN-HinGED interrogates the latent tensions of domestic life that arise from shifting economic conditions, rapid changes in gender roles and expectations, and the instability of a globally mobile age.

A slightly feral form of domesticity will be enacted in the space of the gallery, a collision of actual use, engagement, visual elements, and ideas where materials defy standard places and contingency remembers the fixed. One room of the gallery evokes a library aesthetic with handmade books; works of stitchery or other forms of domestic craft; and periodic film showings. The other room will rework a living space, where the elements—including giant spoons, a couch encumbered by a meteor, and a “laundry” made of pigskin—push against our senses of comfort, our sense of home.

Artists in the exhibition include Ann Schnake, Sita Bhaumik, Johanna Barron with James Rexroad, Elizabeth Dorbad, Alex Hernandez, Nance O’Banion, Radka Pulliam, Julia Robertson, Sharon Sisken with Claudia Bernardi & Robilee Frederick, Hilary Schwartz, Amber Stucke, Cassie Thorton, Natasha Wheat, Alison Yates, and Jake Ziemann.

70s Feminist Film Shorts, Contemporary Queer Readings
Monday, April 18, 6–8 p.m.

Crème Brulee Dessert
Thursday, April 21, 6–8 p.m.

Stories of the Work: Closing Dinner and Conversations with the Artists
Friday, April 22, 6–8 p.m.