I wanted to share this fundraiser for a great cause, Original Plumbing Online needs your help!!! I could not be prouder of the amazing photo zine and web community Rocco and Amos have created and manifested! The website for the magazine is where trans, queer, genderqueer, partners and more can come together, read about others going through what they are, read so much helpful information, and feel not so alone anymore. Amos and Rocco make this magazine and created the website for our community, and have put their blood sweat and tears into its production. They make NO money from Original Plumbing, it is a labour of love that barely breaks even. Anyone who has self-published can feel that pain.
They NEED a new website and they need OUR HELP to make it happen. It's our turn to give back to them as a community so that a beautiful and functional new website can be created for us. They started the Talk about it campaign and can't post anymore videos, that campaign is very close to my heart and as an LGBTQAI we know how high the suicide rate is in our community. Let's help them make this happen!!! Even if you can't afford to contribute, share the link, blog it, tweet it, facebook it, scream it, do whatever you can!!!
Here are a few words from the founders:
"At this point, you may have heard the rumors or seen links shared around for Original Plumbing’s first ever indiegogo campaign. Perhaps you’re wondering what its all about because you haven’t had time to watch the video yet. Or perhaps you’ve been wondering why you haven’t seen a new Talk About It video update in months. And there’s a tiny chance you might wonder why our website is still purple-grey toned after all these years.
As much as Rocco and I have been fighting these growing pains, there comes a point in every transsexual magazine’s online component’s life where it’s time to grow up.
To put it simply, we — the writers, fan base, editors, activists and artists involved in Original Plumbing online – have outgrown this website. It is disorganized (my bad!), not sustainable (oops!), impossible to find articles by topic (sad face!) and has major video embedding issues (wow, now that’s embarrassing). It does not do justice to the writers who have spent their energy writing for OP over the years. It is because of your interest and support that OP has grown bigger than the size of its tank!"
So head over to the Original Plumbing Indigogo Campaign Page and make some beautiful queer magic happen people!!!!
There are some awesome perks for your donations as well, but really the website, the magazine, the space it provides is the true gift. We have to help each other, that's what we do and it's the very best part of being LGBTQAI, our community is our family. It helps us wade through all the other shit the world puts in front of us, and I feel lucky to be a part of it. Please do whatever you can to help!
Hello January 2013!
It's been a busy year and I'm knee deep in plans and making and creating for 2013 already! I've been working on a website and it has taken me longer than I expected to get it finished up. When it is finished it will house my portfolio and a new blog and everything else. I haven't been posting hoping to wait to unveil it but alas it's taking to long so I'm back to blogging here in the meantime.
I decided to try a 365 challenge this year and I've been working on that without being able to blog it so I'll be posting and catching that up as well. I chose to draw something every day this year! I'm using the book 712 more things to draw as a prompt for my project and it has been fun so far, I imagine some day soon it will become harder to keep up!
Here is a little round up of a few of the things I've been working on:
First I made this, and it has been doing very well which is a nice surprise for a self-published comic!
You can buy it now in my Shop
Then I made this:
It was a lot of work and so important to me. A few copies may be available soon in my Shop as it is almost sold out. Sometime this year I will do a new special print run, with new work and extras.
Finally I made this:
I'm pretty much in love with everything about this comic! This is also almost sold out, I may put a few copies in my Shop I'll announce it here if I do, there are very limited quantity of both Feathers and Heartbeats. I will also be doing a new print run of feathers later this year with a new cover, pages and extras.
Just a few of the things I've been working on and made, I'm also working on finishing the Poor Little Dyke Girl series and will be printing Issue 1 very soon! Many other things are in the works that I can't share about quite yet! I've received so much support, advice, love and encouragement from the alternative press community that I am immensely grateful for! Comics are a labour of love, a hard labour of love and sometimes I wonder why I'm doing it, and then I remember it's because I love the medium, I want to do something different with it and I have some fans (at least 10!).
I was lucky enough to be featured as one of Sacramento's top 25 up-and-coming talents, super flattered. Thanks to the lovely Rachel Leibrock for reaching out to a queer artist! I'll post some photos of the print version soon. I'm gearing up for SF Zine Fest and working and working on a grant proposal whooo busy tired! I'm working on finishing a special limited print run full color 24 page mini-comic for SF Zine Fest, crazy work time. Please grab a copy if you are local or check out the article and talent online here if not! I'm not a fan of the photo but I was stressed out and forced a smile against my better judgement as I hate fake smiley photos and photos of me in general. Le sigh, I'll live.
Also don't forget dissection is up at The Lexington Club in San Francisco through Sept. 6th, I'll also post some photos of the show, I just didn't get great photos, my friends got some better ones. The pieces are selling well already!
I have been very bad at keeping up to date here with all of my activities and work because well I've been working like a crazy person, all the time, this will continue until after APE in October then I can take a little break. I think the hard work is paying off, very excited about everything that is happening! Stay tuned!
It's happening tomorrow!!!
The show opens tomorrow!! If you are in the area please stop by, it will be showing through September 6th. Here is a little about the show:
Katie Kaapcke: dissection [dih-sek-shuhn, dahy-] noun 1. The process of disassembling and observing something to determine its internal structure. The intention of this work is to guide the viewer on a magical journey through the fluidity of gender and sexuality.
All the details are below!
New Work by Katie Kaapcke
Opening Reception Tuesday, August 2 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Please join me for the opening reception of dissection at the lex. Sparkley virgin drinks, libations and nibbles. Let's party like it's Friday.
Shows through September 6th.
I'm super excited to announce my upcoming solo show in San Francisco! I've been working like crazy and can't wait for it to open! If you are in the area please stop by, it will be showing through September 6th. All the details are below!
New Work by Katie Kaapcke
Opening Reception Tuesday, August 2 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Please join me for the opening reception of dissection at the lex. Sparkley virgin drinks, libations and nibbles. My famous cupcakes may or may not make an appearance. Let's party like it's Friday.
Shows through September 6th.
dissection [dih-sek-shuhn, dahy-]
1. The process of disassembling and observing something to determine its internal structure.
me and my totally gorg and talented artist friend Megan! You can see Megan's work here it's beautiful. Another photo from Lesbians in San Francisco Pride 2011by Cat Perez the genius behind the blog! There are tons of amazing photos that really capture the spirit of pride on the blog so go check it out!
(from Lesbians in San Francisco)
2011 Pride Photoshow, called Stereo (based on lesbian stereotypes). I’ve photographed 15 girls twice; First photo in their stereotype of choice, and the second in their everyday look. These photos will be displayed staggered on the walls of the Lexington for Pride.
So even if you can't make the openingf on June 21st at the Lexington Club the show will be up for PRIDE 2011 so you can check it out, because really I know you will be in SF for Pride :)
I'm reading tonight!!!! Comics available please come and laugh!!!!
Sunday, June 5 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Eros-the Center for Safe Sex
2051 Market St.
San Francisco, California
Break out your singlets, your elbow macaroni artwork and your hot glue guns. It's June. And at K'vetsh that means Unbridled Excellence.
For your visual and auditory pleasure we bring you
Stevie Ann is the Lesbian in Chief of the Lesbian Lexicon, a new San Francisco transplant and student of Chinese medicine.
Katie Kaapcke is a queer artist and comic book creator. She has shown her work at Homo a go go, Old City Art Gallery and Beatnik-Studios. Katie Kaapcke has provided poster art for Sister Spit: Next Generation 2010 and 2011, read her comic book called Poor Little Dyke Girl with Sister Spit and at Femina Potens and she has also been featured on many art and design blogs including Design for Mankind and Design Sponge. You can read more about her on her blog www.kiki.typepad.com.
This Sunday, June 5th. 7:30 open mic sign-ups, 8:00 show. Always on time! Open mic people are welcome to present one piece of less than five minutes, or five minutes of a longer piece. Two pieces? No. Medleys? Check with me (Kirk can't be trusted to be firm). BUT PROBABLY NOT. The admission is $3 to $5. We are comfortable saying that is an incredible deal. You must be 18 or over to regard the dong throng inside Eros. Please feel free to dress in a tiny white towel for the show. Eros is located at 2051 Market St. at 14th St. in San Francisco. There are a couple little coolers with non-alcoholic beverages for sale, including Fresca and Muscle Milk.
This show is really exciting you shouldn't miss it, I'll be there and I can't wait, so many talented inspiring artists! Please try and make it out and support Queer artists!
Saturday, June 4 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm
SomArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St. (btwn 8th and 9th st.)
San Francisco, CA
Opening reception on Sat 6/4 is FREE!
(SomArts is wheelchair-accessible and encourages all folks attending the opening to refrain from wearing scented products for those with chemical/fragrance sensitives)
Inspired by the late 1960s utopian builders’ guide A Whole Earth Catalog, QIY: Queer It Yourself – Tools for Survival presents a forum for queer do-it-yourself culture and alternative world making.
QIY is envisioned as a laboratory for creating a sustainable queer culture and demonstrating the power of self and community organizing, re-creation, speculation, and transformation. As an antidote to anti-sociality theories of queerness (that suggest queerness can only be rendered as a negation of heteronormativity), Queer It Yourself invites artists to forge their own tools for surviving the everyday challenges of contemporary queer existence.
The exhibition is built around artists’ workstations, participatory spaces, hands-on training sites, maps, and user-friendly art that uses immersive and interactive experiences to demonstrate the idea of art as a tool ¾as having active agency within the totality of a meaningful lived world.
The QIY curators have queered the index of the original “Whole Earth Catalog” and adapted its thoughtful and useful categories to frame our own QIY space.
Land Use / Dig it (organic farming, community gardens, eco-projects, cruising sites, earthworks, recycling projects).
Shelter / Sheltering (guides to urban and rural homemaking, greening your living space, creating mood lighting with energy efficient fixtures, housing collectives, polyamorous living).
Craft Making / Queering it (queer arts and crafts, craft demos, how-to guides and workshops).
Commerce / Selling it (selling it, experiments with capitalism, fashion collectives, sexwork, alternative book, art, and product distribution).
Community / Join in (political organizing, queer community organizing, ad hoc political action committees, queer pride, gay shame, organizing your first demonstration).
Nomadics / Roaming (the culture of the road, the runway, the superhighway, transnationalism, queer diasporas, queer immigrant and exile cultures).
Communications / Connecting (zines, homo-core music, queer speed-dating, independent publishing, social networking, blogging, promotional strategies, writing your first press release, street art, queer graffiti).
Learning / Get Schooled (community art and culture projects, health activism, continuing education, grant writing and fundraising, guides for queer survival).
Style / Working it (working the runway, drag king culture, drag queen culture, fashion and make-up tips and tricks, makeover demonstrations, finding the right photographer for your head-shot).
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With artwork by:
Anthea Black, Richard Bolingbroke, Cooper Lee Bombardier, Julie Perini, Wayne Bund, Timothy Bruehl, Esra Canogullari, Liz Collins, Finley Coyl, Greg Der Ananian, DirtStar, Eric Robinson, Robin Field, Florencia Morano, Ricardo Gamboa (curator of the Youth Leadership & Engagement Project), Tammy Rae Carland, the GLBT Historical Society, Stephan Jora, Dorian Katz, Ali Liebegott, Bo Luengsuraswat, Mev Luna, Diana Martin, Million Fishes Gallery, Annie Murphy, Jeremy Novy, Jeremy Sanders, The |wör|iors, Kevin Seaman, Allison Smith, Ernesto Sopprani, The Cockettes - courtesy Rumi Missabu, Visual Aid, A’dra Wilson, Rachel Wood.
QIY curatorial committee:
Terri Berlier, Josh Faught, Jordy Jones, Rudy Lemcke (chair), Matt McKinnley, Pamela Peniston, and Tina Takemoto.
Exhibition Coordinator: Nicki Green
Exhibition Design: Matt McKinnley
Special thanks to: Anthony Privatera
This is my AMAZINGLY fashionable friend Leah, looking hot as ever for Lesbians in SF
What a BABE!!! Follow Leah's super inspiring tumblr workalook.tumblr.com and grab some of that magic!
Don't forget to check in on the vast expanse of queers in San Francisco brought to you in jaw dropping beautiful photo montage over at lesbiansinsf.tumblr.com
Come and celebrate the opening of Take Root, a visual art show celebrating the queer tradition of turning trash into beauty and magic. Take Root is a part of Dirtstar 2011 and the National Queer Arts Festival. This show features Jamie Q, Allyson Mitchell, Gabby Miller, Lee Balan, Ector Garcia, Levon Fox, Jen Lorang, Ariel Springfield, Flo McGarrell, Sarah Biscarra-Dilley, Micah Bazant and Lewis Wallace, Dinah Dinova and James, Siobhan Flood, and Adee Roberson.
This Show is going to be complete MAGIC!!! I'm going, you should go, don't miss it because we all need more magic in our lives!
Thursday, June 2 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday, June 1 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
San Francisco Public Library - Main Branch
San Francisco, CA
6pm, Free! Koret Auditorium
CATHERINE OPIE's work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Her selected solo exhibitions include shows at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; St. Louis Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Thread Waxing Space, New York; Art Pace, San Antonio; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York; Stephen Friedman, London; Barbara Gladstone, New York; Galeria Massimo De Carlo, Milan; Foncke Galerie, Ghent; and Ginza Art Space, Tokyo. Opie was a recipient of the United States Artists Fellowship in 2006. In September of 2008, the Guggenheim Museum in New York opened a mid-career exhibition titled, Catherine Opie: American Photographer.
JONATHAN D. KATZ, scholar of post war art and culture from the vantage point of sexuality, is an Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo, and director of its Doctoral Program in Visual Studies, as well Honorary Research Faculty at the University of Manchester, UK and Guest Curator at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. An activist academic, Katz was the founding director of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University-- the first queer studies program in the Ivy League--and chair of the very first Department of Lesbian and Gay Studies in the United States, at City College of San Francisco in 1990. He co-founded the activist group Queer Nation, San Francisco, helped direct the San Francisco National Queer Arts Festival and founded the Queer Caucus of the College Art Association, the professional association of artists and art historians. Katz has curated the groundbreaking exhibition that opened in October 2010 at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery entitled Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture -- the first queer art exhibition at a national museum in US history—and has written its accompanying book.
CHINAKA HODGE is a poet and playwright. Originally from Oakland, California, Chinaka graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May of 2006, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Writing for Film and TV at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She received co-writing credit for Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Scourge, sponsored, in part, by the Creative Work Fund, which opened in May 2005, in San Francisco. She was the Assistant Director of Suzan Lori Parks’ 365 Plays, 365 Days,at its San Francisco debut in November 2006. She also co-wrote The One Drop Rule: A War Piece, which debuted in Fall 2008. Her first independently written play, Mirrors in Every Corner, commissioned by SF’s Intersection for the Arts, is a recent Rockefeller MAP Fund grantee.
PAMELA SNEED is a Boston-born, New York-based poet,performance artist, actress, activist, and teacher. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery (Henry Holt, 1998) and KONG And Other Works (Vintage Entity Press, 2009). She has held readings and performances at Center Stage at The Studio Museum, PS. 122, Creative Time @ The Brooklyn Anchorage, Exit Art, Lincoln Center Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, The ICA London, The CCA in Glasgow, Scotland, The Green Room in Manchester, England, Literatur Werkstat in Berlin. She teaches voice, performance and autobiographical writing at Long Island University.
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YOU SHOULD GO TO THIS SAN FRANCISCO!!!!
I heart this comic! You should go read it HERE especially if you don't understand queerness so you don't say offensive things or ask annoying questions! Sometimes it's OK explaining this stuff but most of the time, it's frustrating, annoying and infuriating. If you are someone who doesn't understand these terms etc. and also doesn't understand why asking a queer a bunch of questions about it would be annoying even insulting...let me tell you:
Anyways this comic illustrates the basics so that people like me don't have to! Plus the artist is RAD. I'll go over the top 10 questions NOT to ask queers next.
This is the cutest effing thing EVER!!!! How awesome are they??? FANS! Lit FANS!! Also they obviously rule because they picked up my comic Poor Little Dyke Girl...this makes me super happy!!!
Please go read the entire blog here because a) it's great and b) there's an edie brickell story.