Mixed Media Exhibition
March 1 – April 2, 2006
Femina Potens Gallery
465 South Van Ness (between 15th and 16th Streets), San Francisco
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday 12pm to 6pm
Admission is free
Opening Reception: March 3rd 2006, 7-10pm
Fresh Meat Productions is proud to present a premiere exhibition of new work by two outstanding mixed media artists, Stacy Nathaniel Jackson and eddie gesso.
“Rebalancing to Calm”
Stacy Nathaniel Jackson: Surfacing, my series of mixed media paintings, was inspired by my fascination with professional free diving. Free diving is the extreme sport where divers attempt to reach incredible ocean depths on a single breath, without aid of any breathing apparatus. While divers have drowned attempting to break world records, the human body has the ability to adapt to conditions underwater at high pressures. On June 30, 2005, Belgian diver Patrick Musimu dove to a depth of 689.69 feet in Egypt’s Red Sea on a single breath. Apparently, Musimu can hold his breath for 7 minutes! In my current body of work, free diving is a metaphor for a gender queer existence, as well as my fascination with those who train and risk their lives for the joy of being at one with the sea.
eddie gesso: In this new body of work, I return to drawing and painting. Largely informed by Judith “Jack” Halberstam’s In a Queer Time and Place, this work situates the body as ambiguous and unlocatable within the gender binary, occupying a temporal space that is both queer and transgender. Similarly, cultural myths set up a binary between urban and rural. These paintings investigate embodiment defined by these structures and seek new ways of envisioning queer space.
Stacy Nathaniel Jackson received a BA in Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and did graduate work at the University of Arizona, Tucson in Sculpture. Several odd jobs later, and with a severe case of missing the ocean, Stacy returned to California. He later received an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. After a successful career as a corporate financial planning and analysis director and a twenty-year break, he has returned to making art with renewed energy and focus. Stacy is also a writer; he is an MFA Creative Writing candidate at San Francisco State University.
eddie gesso is currently pursuing his BFA at California College of Arts (and Crafts). A multi-disciplinary artist, gesso’s work incorporates time based media, sculpture and painting. Ze’s video “Binding” was exhibited at Genderqueer/Queergenders: A Conversation Among Artists, Activists, and Academics, a conference held at UC Santa Barbara in 2005, and the Seattle based conference FTM 2004: A Gender Odyssey. gesso’s book “Lengthen or Shorten Here” was included in the Fresh Meat in the Gallery II’s group show in 2005 and most recently was part of the group show Unexpected Development at Playspace Gallery in San Francisco.