Thursday, December 9, 2004

Shoot Yourself

Artists In Their Own Light

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Pointing their cameras at themselves, the artists in Shoot Yourself use their own images to frame their explorations of body, psyche, sexuality and social construct. From Sharon Hayes’ Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) Screed #16, a re-enactment of a kidnapped Patty Hearst’s letter to her parents, to Kerry Laitala’s auto-romantic dance of light and body Torchlight Tango, to the lurid deflowering of Joe Gibbons’ Barbie’s Audition, these artists use the camera’s unblinking eye to record their most human and unguarded moments. Also: Bridget Irish’s Nude Ascending a Staircase, Dara Greenwald’s Bouncing in the Corner #36DDD, Haruko Tanaka’s I Love You, Mexican artist Amaranta Sanchez’s Máxima Protección and Deshielo Manual, Brian Frye’s Strip Tease, Scott Stark’s Chop, and a special live performance of Jun Jalbuena’s Eating Raisins and Moving Mountains. (Scott Stark)