The sixth edition of YBCA's signature triennial exhibition, Bay Area Now, a roundup of exemplary talent across an array of disciplines, continues with a visual arts exhibition showcasing 18 artists and artist collectives. Included is photography by Tammy Rae Carland and Sean McFarland; paintings by David Huffman and Robert Minervini; video works by Ranu Mukherjee and Richard T. Walker; sculptures by Mauricio Ancalmo, Suzanne Husky, Allison Smith, and Weston Teruya; conceptual work by Amy Balkin and Tony Labat; installations by Chris Fraser, Brion Nuda Rosch, Chris Sollars, and Rio Babe International; and textiles by Ben Venom.
Short films were the normal format for early venues exhibiting hardcore, due mostly to their cheap and easy nature. The San Francisco experimental film world had already glimpsed the possibilities of combining unsimulated sex with avant-garde techniques, evidenced by Jerry Abrams psychedelic masterpiece Eyetoon and James Broughton’s lyrical The Bed. As more and more hardcore theatres opened, filmmakers such as Lowell Picket, whose film Opus integrates trance-like dance between abstract explicit close-ups, decided to distinguish their work from ordinary stags. This program highlights examples (some extremely rare) of this unique sub-genre. Guest curated by Joe Rubin, archivist, writer and researcher of pre-1986 American hardcore cinema.