Yerba Buena Center


07 May - 15 Sep 2013

7 May - 15 September 2013

Want.Here.You.Now is the latest installation in YBCA’s open-to-the-community art space, the Room for Big Ideas. It features works of art by Kenneth Lo, Ana Teresa Fernandez, and Jennifer Locke in the mediums of light, video, sculpture, photo, and text. These artists explore our complex and often fragmented connections to others, and each piece offers an interactive experience paired with unexpected media, in a combined effort to begin to uncover what we lose and gain as we move through our lives.

Ana Teresa Fernandez’s installation, FIND, presents an abstracted reflection of truth: fragmented and multi-faceted particles of reflections that reveal to us our surroundings.

Kenneth Lo presents his latest monument to one of several of his latest relationships to go awry. His lightbox sculpture, with the long, borderline-TMI, title, your issues vs mine until we both explode into silence (For T. I promised bittersweet art about you in a late night drunk text I sent one week after the last time you left me. sorry if i had more fun than you did.) attempts to redeem failure with beauty, and make heartbreak look fun.

Jennifer Locke’s extremely intimate interactive piece consists of one-on-one performances that take place in YBCA visitors’ homes with only a camera as an audience. Documentation of each piece, as well as instructions about how visitors can participate, will be on display in the Room for Big Ideas.

Ana Teresa Fernandez
Ana Teresa Fernandez was born in Tampico, Mexico. She received her BFA in 2004 and her MFA in 2006, both from the San Francisco Art Institute. She also holds an Alliance Française II Diplome from Ècole Brillantmont in Laussane, Switzerland, which she received in 2001. She has exhibited internationally with galleries including Nan Mitan-an, Fondation d'Art Jacmel, Haiti; Los Ninos Unidos Jamas seran Vencidos, Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa, Juarez, Mexico; the Second City Council Gallery Juried Show, Long Beach, CA; and Tijuana, the Third Nation, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico. She is the recipient of various awards including the Tournesol Award, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA; Fondation D’Art Jakmel Residency, Jakmel, Haiti; the Third Annual National Juried Exhibition, Second Place Award, Novato, CA; and the Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA. Ana Teresa Fernandez explores the double standards imposed on women and their sexuality through performance-based paintings.

Kenneth Lo
Kenneth Lo went to a good school, has shown in good places, has read the right books, actually does have friends, possesses charms that women can't resist, is a good liar, secretly flatters himself in the third person, and has made a bunch of really, really, really good art, but he has won zero awards. He doesn't make art to win stupid awards anyways. He makes art because he wants to make you love him, or at least to like him enough to get laid.

His work consists mostly of different kinds of memorials. Sometimes the memorials he makes are serious, and sad. Mostly they're serious, and kind of funny. Almost always they're about the people he's loved, or should have loved better, or wanted to love all night. Usually, when the work isn't admitting that of all the people he loves, he loves himself the most (all night), his work is about people he's loved and lost. Pretty much always, he loses absolutely everyone in the end—just like we all do.

Jennifer Locke
Working in video and installation-based performance, Jennifer Locke composes physically intense actions in relation to the camera and specific architecture in order to explore the unstable hierarchies between artist, model, camera, and audience. Her actions focus on cycles of physicality and visibility, and draw from her experiences as a professional dominatrix, champion submission wrestler, and artists’ model.

Locke often creates a separation between her live actions and the audience through the use of material barriers, live video feeds, multiple camera perspectives, wireless microphones, and mini-cameras. These audio-visual reiterations produce a ripple effect, flattening, repeating, echoing, amplifying, and displacing the action by turning it—as well as the audience performing its own spectatorship—into an image of itself.

Locke has exhibited in venues such as the 2010 California Biennial; 48th Venice Biennale; Air de Paris, Paris; the 9th Havana Biennial; the Basel Art Fair; La Panaderia, Mexico City; Palais de Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Canada, New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Berkeley Art Museum; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She has curated for Artists’ Television Access and Queens Nails Annex, co-produced a cable access show, sung in punk bands, and given a variety of workshops. Locke received the 2006 Chauncey McKeever Award, a 2010 Goldie, and was recently awarded a 2012 Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship. She lives and works in San Francisco and teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.

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