Quay Quinn Wolf, Pink Velvet Dress with the Fur Collar
August 16th - September 29th
Featuring a new poem by Tongo Eisen-Martin
Opening Reception: Friday, August 16th 6-9 pm (will include a reading by Eisen-Martin)
School of the Dead Workshop, with Angela Hennessy (TBA)
Interface is pleased to present Pink Velvet Dress with the Fur Collar, a solo exhibition by Quay Quinn Wolf. Wolf presents objects in ways that evoke memories and the ephemerality of experience. He often uses materials that adorn or augment the body such as hair gels, oils, velvet, satin, clothing, and flowers, to suggest the body and its transience.
For this exhibition, Wolf will present an installation of new sculptures exploring his relationship to his grandmother and reflecting on her relationship to 1950's cinema, specifically, Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life (1959), which he remembers watching with her.
Sirk’s film is a tale of two single mothers, one white, and the other black. Wolf has memories of his grandmother’s comments during the film as she would imagine the black domestic characters adorned in the opulent fabrics the white female characters wore.
The works consider Wolf's grandmother’s aspiration to own and wear the luxury items she saw white Hollywood movie stars wear. As such, they reflect in a very personal way, on class and racial divides that continue today.
Local poet, Tongo Eisen-Martin has been commissioned to produce a new poem to accompany this exhibition and there will be a reading at the opening. And, Angela Hennessy will host a School of the Dead workshop towards the end of the exhibition (TBA).
This exhibition is part of Interface's Creative Engagements series, an ongoing interdisciplinary series of writings, workshops, performances, readings and talks presented in conjunction with our exhibitions. As part of this series, throughout 2019, Interface is commissioning new writings by Bay Area writers to be presented in conjunction with its exhibitions. The writings and the exhibitions are viewed as independent but are designed to complement and mutually activate one another.
About the artists:
Quay Quinn Wolf (b.1989) is a sculptor living and working in New York City. Wolf’s practice considers objects and their meaning and recontextualizes them. Viewing the work, memory collapses as ephemerality dictates experience. Wolf’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. His 2018 solo show, Arrangements at Jack Barrett (New York, NY) was selected as a critics pick by Artforum.com and featured in print in ARTnews magazine. Wolf is currently exhibiting at NADA House on Governors Island (New York, NY) and working on his 5th solo exhibition, TENSIONS opening fall 2020 at Jack Barrett (New York, NY).
Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book titled, "Someone's Dead Already" was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book "Heaven Is All Goodbyes" was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award.
Angela Hennessy is an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts where she teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death. Through writing, studio work, and performance, she examines mythologies of blackness embedded in linguistic metaphors of color and cloth. She leads workshops and lectures nationally on aesthetic and social practices that mediate the boundary between the living and the dead.