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Spiders from Mars

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Textiles and Video
by Sabrina Ratté and Ben Venom

Curated by Clark Buckner
In partnership with The Foundation at St. Joseph's Arts Society

January 17th - February 20th, 2020

Opening reception:
Friday. 1/17, 7:00 - 9:00
Artist Talk:
Wednesday, 2/5, 7:00 - 9:00

Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 10 - 6
Address: St. Joseph's Arts Society, 1415 Howard St (at 10th St.),
Website: https://www.tttelematiccc.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 415-359-6613

Image: Ben Venom, Don't Tread On Me II, hand-made quilt with recycled fabric

Apocryphally, in 1968, David Bowie conceived of Ziggy Stardust, his androgynous alien alter ego, after attending a screening of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. In Kubrick's film, science-fiction is an existential meditation on the limits of reason and experience, a journey to the outermost reaches of the universe in which we find ourselves confronted with the alien irrationality of our own orienting contradictions. Bowie's Ziggy Stardust gives these existential conflicts a throbbing pulse, marrying the cosmic ruminations in Kubrick's film to the subversive power and alien strangeness of adolescent sexuality in Rock and Roll: as an uncanny figure of the future, an avatar of what's to come.

This show takes its inspiration from Bowie's starman, and the broader, varied intersections between Science Fiction and Rock and Roll - from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Queen's soundtrack to Flash Gordon to Laurie Anderson's Big Science and the afrofuturism of Parliament-Funkadelic - by juxtaposing Sabrina Ratté's digital animation with Ben Venom's heavy-metal textiles.
Textiles and Video by Sabrina Ratté and Ben Venom Curated by Clark Buckner In partnership with The Foundation at St. Joseph's Arts Society January 17th - February 20th, 2020 Opening reception: Friday. 1/17, 7:00 - 9:00 Artist Talk: Wednesday, 2/5, 7:00 - 9:00 Gallery Hou...
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