Eff

June–July 2016
Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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Installation view of Eff. From L to R: Eff (Yellow), Qui Vive* (Be Alert!), Red, and Kitty in the Middle

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Installation view of Eff. From L to R: Eff (Yellow) and Qui Vive* (Be Alert!), Red

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Installation view of Eff. From L to R: Qui Vive* (Be Alert!), Red, Kitty in the Middle, and Moscas

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Installation view of Eff. From L to R: Moscas and Giovanni's Room

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Installation view of Eff. From L to R: Giovanni's Room and Qui Vive* (Be Alert!), Denim

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Installation view of Eff. From L to R: Giovanni's Room and Qui Vive* (Be Alert!), Denim

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Eff (Yellow), Acrylic and fabric dye on cotton, digital print on polyester (underside of flap), 78 x 48 inches, 2016

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Detail of Eff (Yellow), Acrylic and fabric dye on cotton, digital print on polyester (underside of flap), 78 x 48 inches, 2016

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Detail of Eff (Yellow), Acrylic and fabric dye on cotton, digital print on polyester (underside of flap), 78 x 48 inches, 2016

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Detail of Eff (Yellow), Acrylic and fabric dye on cotton, digital print on polyester (underside of flap), 78 x 48 inches, 2016

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Qui Vive (Be Alert!),* Red, Vintage garment, acrylic, thread, cotton batting, and powder-coated aluminum frame, 24 ½ x 30 ½ inches, 2016

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Qui Vive (Be Alert!),* Red, Vintage garment, acrylic, thread, cotton batting, and powder-coated aluminum frame, 24 ½ x 30 ½ inches, 2016

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Detail of Qui Vive (Be Alert!),* Red, Vintage garment, acrylic, thread, cotton batting, and powder-coated aluminum frame, 24 ½ x 30 ½ inches, 2016

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Qui Vive (Be Alert!),* Denim, Vintage garment, acrylic, thread, cotton batting, and muslin, 30 x 60 inches, 2016
*Early motto and logo of the Daughters of Bilitis

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Detail of Qui Vive (Be Alert!),* Denim, Vintage garment, acrylic, thread, cotton batting, and muslin, 30 x 60 inches, 2016
*Early motto and logo of the Daughters of Bilitis

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Kitty in the Middle, Fabric dye and remover, acrylic on cotton, 54 x 42 inches, 2016

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Detail of Kitty in the Middle, Fabric dye and remover, acrylic on cotton, 54 x 42 inches, 2016

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Detail of Kitty in the Middle, Fabric dye and remover, acrylic on cotton, 54 x 42 inches, 2016

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Moscas, Fabric dye and remover, acrylic on cotton, 42 x 36 inches, 2016

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Moscas, Fabric dye and remover, acrylic on cotton, 42 x 36 inches, 2016

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Detail of Moscas, Fabric dye and remover, acrylic on cotton, 42 x 36 inches, 2016

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Giovanni's Room, Fabric dye and remover, acrylic, and rabbit skin glue on cotton mounted to panel, 24 x 19 inches, 2016

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Giovanni's Room, Fabric dye and remover, acrylic, and rabbit skin glue on cotton mounted to panel, 24 x 19 inches, 2016

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Detail of Giovanni's Room, Fabric dye and remover, acrylic, and rabbit skin glue on cotton mounted to panel, 24 x 19 inches, 2016

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Protection for the Disquiet, Acrylic and rabbit skin glue on canvas with artist frame made of casein on oak, 11 x 12 inches, 2016

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Eff – shorthand for effigy and also short-shorthand for the colloquial “f,” as in fuck – leads these new works in a summoning of states of passion, self-possession, and responsive activity.

While some works in the Eff series are direct tributes to actual individuals (track star Flo Jo, poet/activist Adrienne Rich, activist/librarian Barbara Gittings), the works in this exhibition focus less on individuals and more on states of being. Colorfully loud and wall-based, the works employ textile processes such as dyeing, printing, masking, patterning, negative and positive image construction, garment construction and re-construction. Traditions of Icon painting serve as an underpinning for these works to be (about) ways of being in the world.

Formal relationships in the works test out metaphors of margins and centers. Time-shifts are evoked in works that are “branded” – much like a tattoo on skin – with logos and dates that span a past and future timeline. In some works an ancient Neapolitan symbol for protection is employed in the service of this time-travel (much in the way a medium asks for protection when dealing with the spirit world). This looking backwards is not motivated by nostalgia but rather by a need for models, comrades, and a wider understanding for dealing with our current troubling times. Curreri’s is a dialogic practice creating conversation between and beyond the works, viewers, and within actual and constructed feminist, radical, and queer historiographies.