Quay Quinn Wolf, Pink Velvet Dress with the Fur Collar
August 16th - September 22nd
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)
Quay Quinn Wolf’s work considers objects and their meaning, recontextualizing them in ways that evoke memories and the ephemerality of experience. Using materials that often adorn or augment the body such as hair gels, oils, velvet, satin, clothing, and flowers, his work considers the body and it’s 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 grandmothers 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 and as such, 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. Angela Hennessy will also host a School of the Dead workshop during 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.