Saturday, May 24, 2008

Drawn Bad; Kinky Art Salon

Today at the gallery we had an event called the Kinky Art Salon in which artists and models come together in a shabby chick bohemian den with pillows and draping fabric, candles, sangria, fresh fruit and dark chocolate. We rotated through 3 models(Raina Degre,Francesca - our fab volunteer, and moi. The event was 4 hours long and it was a blast. We had photographers, painters, pen/paper, charcoal and a cute couple on a first date. What a great place for a first date? Oh the craziest thing was that the girl on the date went to grade school with Francesca in San Diego. What a small arty world we live in? Creation was cultivating for hours and hours while Billie Holiday sang from our cheap little boom box. So now I'm exhausted. Depleted. But I will wake up tomorrow morning, head to the gallery and then scurry off to the Masturbatathon which I do hope you will either be watching from your computers or at the event. I'll be one of the featured performers along with Nina Hartley. You can check it out here http://www.masturbate-a-thon.com/. It is a benefit for the Center for Sex and Culture. I will be taking monday off to regroup.
xxo
Madison Young

Friday, May 23, 2008

We've got some really exciting events scheduled for the beginning of June, with some awesome people coming in to speak. Hopefully you guys will be able to make it out for some of them.

On Friday, June 6th at 8pm, we're hosting a sexy film screening and panel. We'll be showing some of the hottest queer films and porn titles on the market. After that, (almost) all of the cool San Francisco queer porn people will be speaking on a panel about...you guessed it: "Making Your Own Porn." The presenters include Shine Louise Houston of Pink and White Productions, Dana Dearmond (director for Vivid Alt), Julie Simone (director for Abigail Productions and Julie Simone Productions), Trouble Royale (No Fauxxx), Trannywood Pictures, Madison Young (director for Madison Bound Prouductions) and Morty Diamond (director of "Trannyfags" and "Trans Entities)." Phew! THEN, we're having an open screening where you can bring your own hot erotic films and DIY porn. We'll be serving vegan cookies and wine, so it should be an all-around awesome evening. Space is limited, so buy tickets now, online here. Admission is $10.

On Saturday, June 14th, we've got two events centered around the new book Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction by Sabrina Chapadjiev. The first is a writing workshop with the author. Sabrina will lead people through the themes in the book and talk about why she felt a need for the book to be published- touching on the myths of women and madness, and starting to lead people in creating visual and written work based on their own struggles. The workshop starts at 3pm and admission is $10-$15 on a sliding scale.

The second is the June edition of SIZZLE, the monthly Bay Area award winning literary series. SIZZLE heats up the Castro on the second Saturday of every month with noted queer and erotic authors, spoken word artists and performers as well as an open mic for all who dare to make their voice heard. This month, cutting-edge artists featured in Live Through This will explore their use of art to survive madness, abuse, incest, depression, and the impulse toward self-destruction manifested in eating disorders, cutting, addiction, and contemplation of suicide. We've got some really cool people on the panel including Daphne Gottlieb, Carol Queen, Cristy Road, and Inga Muscio. The event starts at 8, but doors open at 7:30. If you want to speak at the open mic, come early and sign up. Admission is $10-$15 on a sliding scale for audience and $5 for open mic performers.

Femina Potens is located at 2199 Market St @ Sanchez, San Francisco 94114 in real life, and online at feminapotens.org. Email us at feminapotens@gmail.com.

Monday, May 19, 2008

I'm really excited about this Kinky Art Salon. I've been wanting to do something like this for a while and can't wait to see how it turns out. Hope to see all of you there.

This Saturday May 24th from 3 – 7pm at Femina Potens engage in a hot and sweaty debauchery of art and the erotic power of flesh and body. Femina Potens Art Gallery will transform into a cozy bohemian artist den while we invite artists armed with their weapon of choice ( camera, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink, watercolors – whatever suites your fancy). Femina Potens will provide 3 hot creative models who exude sex and powerful eroticism including fetish model Raina Degre and hosted by award winning bdsm performer Madison Young. Sweet nibbles and sangria will flow freely through out the day. Space is limited so buy your tickets online now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/35201.

Femina Potens is located at 2199 Market St at Sanchez in the heart of the Castro. For questions please email feminapotens@gmail.com.www.feminapotens.org. Tickets are $20.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

You could cut the tension with a knife...or a hacksaw

Last nights opening for " I touch Myself" was brilliant. Femina Potens was packed full of artists and art lovers enjoying an evening of incredible art and performance. Ellen Staggs photography is captivating a stunning capturing luscious women in the throws of self love as well as several photographs from her series "Jerking Off" of hot men in mid ejaculation and coming for the camera. The men's faces are cut off so we only see their bodies and hands stroking their cocks. This gives the viewer that feeling that they are the subject cumming in full force and it also objectifies the male subject with is so often the viewer and on the other side of the camera objectifying women. Cristy Roads powerful illustrations of her journey to an orgasm hung proudly on the wall while Suzanne Shifflet's lush sensous paintings give us a graphic peek into self pleasure. Chrystal Powell's window installations combined safer sex materials., text,melted lip stick, 3d sculptures of hands and cocks for a powerful explosion of emotional and physical intimacy. And twincest... the crowd was on pins and needles while the collaborative couple screened slides below a suspended rack of beef. The couple performed in an open bathroom, dressed in button up white shirts,breasts peeking out, wearing tighty whities and red unicorn horns on there head. One of the performers sat on the toilet while the others body spooned gently betwen their legs. We wittness a cello like erotic performance as a hacksaw bows the other performers cunt until blood is seen through the underwear. With each motion of the saw the "cello" moves into their lover. We are wittnessing and exchange of power and erotic energy set to the soundscape of "God Speed You Black Emporer". Yes.. If you didn't come last night you missed out on a hell of a show. Our fabulous volunteer Lexi came to the gallery bearing gifts of delicious bakery goods for the reception which were consumed at a record breaking speed. FP Volunteers are the best. We couldn't do this with out all of you.
- Madison

Friday, May 2, 2008

Touch Yourself

May is here and it's National Masturbation Month. Femina Potens is celebrating with the show I Touch Myself, featuring women artists exploring the subject. Ellen Stagg, Suzanne Shifflett and Cristy Road offer stimulating visual art, along with powerful performance art by Twincest.

Femina Potens' display windows will feature a provocative installation by Chrystal Powell (an artist who is one of the awesome Femina Potens volunteers - Happy Volunteer Week, everyone). It's part of the San Francisco Arts Commission's "Outside Looking In" public arts program, and we're glad to be participating.

Come to the opening this Saturday, May 3, 7-10 pm, to check it all out.

For a tease, Cristy Road's print Emancipation Masturbation (shown above) is available online (only $20!) in the Accessible Art Store, along with a handful of her older works. But you'll have to wait for I Touch Myself to access all of her gorgeous prints.

A shout out to Jennifer Lynne, who has just started a blog for her design label Porcelynne Lingerie. She's revamping the business, coming out with new sexy eco-chic designs and clearing out the old fashions in a big sale. It's nice to hear her plans, and there's a sweet picture back from a time she was a cigarette girl posted to the new blog.

Finally, don't miss Friday's double bill at Femina Potens. May 2 at 6:00 Cake and Kink presents a Q&A with author Laura Antoniou, followed at 8:00 by Open Eyes Queer Film Night with Jed Bell, Samara Halperin, Katastrophe (a.k.a. Rocco Kayiatos), Trannymals, Debra Wilson, and a short film open mic for your creations under 5:00.

-Sandra