COMPANION brings together four new projects by Bay Area artists and writers whose work includes multiple genres and mediums: Rebeca Bollinger, Sofía Córdova, Pam Martin, and Yedda Morrison. Designed by Companion Platform.
The Arrangement by Yedda Morrison
Through images and text, The Arrangement chronicles a day in the life of the Decorator as they unveil a major new project for an important client. Filled with crushing doubt, fueled by class shame and imposter syndrome, the Decorator battles ornate demons and an underdog sensibility to “get it right.” Part memoire, part love-letter, part expose, The Arrangement ekes out visual, economic, and psychic transcendence in the hallowed interiors of the ruling elite. Both victim and arbiter of power predicated on taste, the Decorator is “never not reading the room;” over selling and over delivering, and failing, ultimately, to “make it upstairs.” The Arrangement is a mood board of class anxiety and domestic desire, an upholstered and precarious portrait of objects and systems "in place."
Dear Catalog of Stains (part one) by Rebeca Bollinger
Dear Catalog of Stains includes stain stories, objects, props, incidents, recollections, a partial alphabet of porcelain tube socks, printed cork boards and hat pins, fingers, shorthand in pencil imperfectly transcribed, potatoes of all varieties including hollow, solid aluminum and instrumental, ceramics, flat, round, and sad, flannel nightgowns with eyelet trim, Jesus in an oval on a doorway looking up, an old shoe in glass, Greek goddess, the sound of stains, floral on floral on floral, some shadows and Shadow, flood lights, a Double Mirrored Donut Hole also known as portal to the universe, and more.(part one) is Part One. To be continued.
Three Parts by Pam Martin
An ongoing investigation and record of the process of conflation.
Art historical interventions as scrap book maneuver.
Three Parts asks the question “What do we do with our grief?” It investigates author Pam Martin’s correspondence with artist Mike Kelley who committed suicide in 2012. Kelley's letters usually explored art related materials and Martin's own emotional turbulence. Kelley spoke about “the conflation of psychic reality and mass culture reality”. Three Parts is interested in this conflation. It remains a constant dynamic and personal metabolism even though everything seems like a bleaker territory of sizing right now. Of revelation. Of skin scraping certitude along a stucco wall. Waiting for the blood to appear. Three Parts examines the author’s own reactionary tendencies, inner voices, and self-control.
Everything Must Go by Sofía Córdova
Everything Must Go is a:
1. Set of instructions
2. A map
3. A pile of shit gathered from around and reconstituted here and which might help you re-perform a performance. Specifically the first act to be made in the unchronological performance series GUILLOTINÆ WannaCry. (Though this book also contains notes for future performance, poems, songs, choreographies, conflicts, etc., in case you wish to incorporate them as you assemble your own thoughts about revolution).
4. An absurd proposal that moving absurdly, together is the only way out. Maybe.
Poetry. Women's Studies. Art.
Rebeca Bollinger WebsiteSofía Córdova WebsitePam Martin WebsiteYedda Morrison Website
Yedda Morrison is the author of several books of poetry, including Darkness (Make Now Press, 2012) Girl Scout Nation (Displaced Press, 2008) and CROP, Kelsey Street, 2003). She is a founding editor of Tripwire, a Journal of Poetics, and a founding member of the artist collective, Collective Task. Yedda works as a photo stylist and lives with her daughter in San Francisco.
Born in 1985 in Carolina, Puerto Rico and currently based in Oakland, California, Sofía Córdova makes work that considers sci-fi as alternative history, dance music's liberatory dimensions, colonial contamination, climate change and migration, and most recently, revolution - historical and imagined - within the matrix of class, gender, race, late capitalism and its technologies. She works in performance, video, sound, music, installation, photography, and sometimes taxidermy.
Rebeca Bollinger is an artist, sound maker, and clairvoyant. Her practice spans sculpture, handmade experimental instruments, drawing, photography, moving image, sculptural light projection, artist books, installation, writing, binders and collaborative performance. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at The Armory Show, NYC; Ballroom Marfa, TX; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA; Center for New Music with Dirt and Copper, San Francisco, CA; UC Berkeley Pacific Film Archive; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Republic Gallery, Vancouver, BC; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany and other venues.
Pam Martin's recent exhibitions include Weave, Bundle, Cut, and Layer, Root Division, San Francisco; Dreambody, Tama One, Olema; Big Envelope, Shadow Office, Oakland; Correspondencia/Correspondence, CTRL + SHFT, Oakland; 4 x 40, Southern Exposure, San Francisco. Recent writing has appeared in BENT BOY BOOKS, Re-opened Correspondence, 2nd floor projects; Reverse Rehearsals, Southern Exposure; Way Bay 2 Postcard Project, BAMPFA; Zyzzyva. She lives in Woodacre, CA.