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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Press Release for OVER MY DEAD BODY

ROOT DIVISION PRESENTS: Second Saturday August 2011

OVER MY DEAD BODY: A Collaborative Installation about Artistic Survival

Reception for Phase I: Creation -- Saturday, August 13, 7-10 pm

Reception for Phase II: Connection -- Saturday, August 20, 5-8 pm

SAN FRANCISCO, CA- Root Division presents Over My Dead Body: A Collaborative Installation about Artistic Survival, curated by Laura Boles Faw and Hava Liberman.

What happens when you revamp the idea of an Exquisite Corpse to make a group installation that unfolds to occupy an entire gallery? Instigation, chance, and spirited play will ensure in Over My Dead Body, an installation-based, collaborative exhibition inspired by the Surrealist parlor game Exquisite Corpse, in which members of a group add to a piece without seeing what came before. The emphasis is on collaboration, and the rules dictate that the artists work in groups, focus on one of several physical and creative necessities of surviving as an artist, and must connect their work to each other in some fashion. This evolving exhibition will therefore have two phases: Phase I: Creation, in which artists view others work for the first time; and Phase II: Connection, which reveals the changes that take place as artists connect their work. In the spirit of the Surrealists, the exhibition will involve food, drink, performance, and participatory work. Artists will be available to discuss work and socialize with visitors during Artist Hours on Thursday and Friday afternoons as well as during the two receptions.

Through collaboration and the surprise inherent in the making and viewing of an exquisite corpse, Over My Dead Body will offer a contemporary take on the generative process of artists.

Artist Collaborative Groups:

Luca N Antonucci & Carissa Potter // Christi Baker & Colleen Mulvey // Johanna Barron, Christy Chan, Helen Lee, & Cybele Lyle // Peter Belkin, Evan Engstrom, & Joe Melamed // Amanda Curreri, Llewelynn Fletcher, Hannah Ireland, & George Pfau // Nancy de Y. Elkus & Matthew Marchand // Cathy Fairbanks // Bryan Hewitt, Vita Hewitt, & Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov // Pete Hickok, Jennie Lennick, & Rachel Mica Weiss // John-Mark Ikeda & Nicholas Price // Ryan Jones*, Scott MacLeod, & Jesse Walton // Seth Lower & David Wolf // Cathy Lu* & Rochelle Youk.

* Root Division Resident or Affiliate Artist

Reception for Phase I: Creation -- Saturday, August 13, 7-10 pm

Reception for Phase II: Connection -- Saturday, August 20, 5-8 pm

Exhibition Dates: August 10-20, 2011

Gallery Hours: Wednesday- Saturday, 2–6 pm (or by appointment)

Artist Hours: Thursdays & Fridays, August 11-19, 4-6 pm


3175 17th Street (between South Van Ness & Shotwell)

San Francisco, CA 94110



Root Division is an arts & arts education non-profit located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Root Division's mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and professionally by teaching art to underserved youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area.

Root Division is supported in part by grants from Grants for the Arts: San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Zellerbach Family Foundation, W A Gerbode Foundation, and Fleishhacker Foundation.

For further information regarding events and/or press materials, please do not hesitate to contact Dana Hemenway at 415.863.7668 or