Saturday the 11th, July 2009
Show Me Your Fantasy - Saturday July 11th
REALIZE YOUR DEEPEST DESIRES AT FEMINA POTENS NEWEST VISUAL ART EXHIBITION.
OPENING RECEPTION THIS SATURDAY NIGHT 7PM!
‘SHOW ME YOUR FANTASY’
Femina Potens Art Gallery continues its pursuit of pleasure by fulfilling your desires at our newest visual art exhibition ‘Show Me Your Fantasy’. Fall witness to a brilliant display of artistic expression as we create a fantastical place for desires and erotic longings to come true.
Artist Malia Schlaefer has been reaching out to the community making women’s sexual fantasies become a reality as she documents them in her photographs; illuminating what contemporary female desire looks like. Karen Marisa beautifully photographed Vixen Noir’s twist on a typical fairy- tale, creating a Queer African-American ‘Snow Black’ with a delicious sexual appetite. Amandalynn’s artwork challenges the impossible, creating painted portraits of wondrous headless, walking Victorian ladies. Our favorite Italian import from Rome, Nicoz Balboa takes us through her whimsical world of heroic damsels and life size animals with her drawings and pyrography paintings. Join us as they explore the vital theme of fantasy in the developments of desires and sexual identity.
Come realize your own fantasies at Femina Potens Art gallery, which has long been known for inclusiveness and nurturing the fantastic forays of the queer community. Our opening reception, on Saturday July 11 at 7pm, is a unique opportunity to view the work alongside the artists and curators.
‘Show Me Your Fantasy’ Visual Art Exhibition
July 9 - August 2, 2009 Opening Reception July 11, 7-10pm
Femina Potens Art Gallery 2199 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Malia Schlaefer’s professional, artistic and personal interests lie in art, sex, and community. She creates photographs addressing contemporary female sexuality. Malia grew up in the desert in Tucson, Arizona. She attended the University of San Diego, earning her BA in Visual Art, emphasizing in photography and design. She continued her graduate studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. After graduation Malia annually curated and coordinated “The Open Show,” artwork addressing queer identity issues, for USD’s Social Issues Conference. She has shown her work with various galleries in California and Florida. Featured in the SD Weekly, OC Weekly, and has an upcoming expose in WHORE! magazine. Her latest body of work addresses the hot topic of sexual desire, examining people’s sexual fantasies by recreating and photographing them, producing a provocative and titillating series of photographs.
Waking up in a mass of inspirational and talented artists and spaces, Amandalynn realized her calling at a young age. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she was inspired by several different local artists to expand her talent. Robin Grass, an amazing fantasy painter from that area, was and still is an iconic influence in her art. She moved away from the East and headed West to San Francisco, CA where she attended art school, both from an educational system, but more so from a networking system of creativity that surrounded her. San Francisco has been Amanda’s home base for the past nine years and has connected her to so many different types of art, artists and incredible projects. Amandalynn works by day as a motorcycle and metal sculpture painter and restorator. She crams her fine art career into the hours in between work and very little sleep. Her fine art usually consists of seductive, secretive female imagery that is recognizable by their long ears and sometimes green skin. Amanda also paints her figures on doorways and walls around SF and throughout the country, usually accompanying graffiti mural productions. She also has been commissioned over the years to do several large scale mural projects and gallery shows. Amandalynn lives to create and is constantly striving to make and do more and higher quality work.
Karen Marisa was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Asia and Africa. She has resided in California for over twenty years. Her interests in photography include urban street, portrait, documentary, events, nature, historic, journalistic, and storytelling work.
Vixen Noir aka Veronica C. Combs conceptualized the story of Snow Black and The Seven-Bois Gang for for the 2008 ³The Fairytale² issue (13) of Slit: a dyke trans sex magazine based in Sydney Australia, in which she was also interviewed. Her artistic vision was photographed by Karen Marisa
Nicoz Balboa was born in Rome. She graduated from the I.E.D. (European Institute of Design) of Rome and did a three-month stage at the E.S.A.G. of Paris. In 1996 she started to self-produce her comics with some fanzines called Catholic Girls, Caccapiscia, and several mini-comics called Cuoricini, Pochi Intimi, Axe Rouge, Maison, Adesivi, and Njcoz’s Girls. In 2005, she published her first solo comic-album “Nicozrama” with the Centro Fumetto Andrea Pazienza and in 2008 she published another solo comic book named “Les Larmes the Crocodile” for the French publisher “Diantre!” Her comics, artworks and illustrations have also appeared in magazines such as the French Target Magazine, Rugged, Stripburger, the Spanish Look de Book. She often work for rock bands doing posters ( Unsane, Motorama, the Normals, the Intellectuals, Bloody Hollies, the Smackdown etc…). She participates in lots of collective exhibitions such as “Beautiful Dreamers” at the Angel Art Gallery of Milan, “Don’t Say Motherfucker, Motherfucker” at the MFGallery of New York, “Knock Your Socks Off” at the Head Quarters Gallery of Montreal, the ” Dirty Show” in Detroit, “Immigrant Punk” at Black Maria Gallery of Los Angeles, “Skulls of Rome” in Rome organized by DRAGO editions, “Girls Adventures” at Arkel gallery in Bruxell, “Pop Invaders” and “Money-Lisa” at Mondo POP gallery in Rome. She also did two personal exhibitions in Paris (at the Toast Gallery and at the Tribal Act Gallery). She released a two minute cartoon “les religions sauvages” with the French group Le dernier Cri. She’s currently working on a kid’s book for the French publisher Diantre. She has lived in France since 2001 where she runs the True Hate Art Gallery.
Femina Potens is located at 2199 Market St. at Sanchez, San Francisco, California 94114
Gallery Hours Thursday - Sunday, Noon - 6pm.
Femina Potens is a nationally recognized art gallery and performance space dedicated to the advancement of women and transgendered artists since 2001.
Sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center with support from The San Francisco Foundation, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, the Zellerbach Foundation and Grants for the Arts. Femina Potens is a leading queer organization in San Francisco, and has been featured on the LOGO channel, Q-Television, Bitch, Bust, Spread, Brian Alexander’s book “America Unzipped”, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the San Francisco Chronicle where Violet Blue called Femina Potens, “the most happening art space in the city; a revolution in art and sex.”