Root Division & QCC present
ISO Queer Gods & The Gods Sure Are Queer Vol. 2
Zine Release & Artist Made Book Fair
Opening Reception: June 11, 7 pm
Zine Release/Artist Book Fair: June 23, 4pm
1131 Mission Street, San Francisco
Curated by Amy Cancelmo & billy o’callaghan
ISO Queer Gods features contemporary queer artists whose work mines historical religious iconography and responds to diverse representations of homosexual, transgender and non-binary content that has been preserved through the mythology of world religion. This project is accompanied by an inclusive artist zine, The Gods Sure Are Queer Volume 2. This exhibition and publication offer the opportunity to look back and examine the preservation (and erasures) of queer representation through artifact and mythology, and to look forward to how these histories might manifest visually and conceptually in contemporary queer experience. Featuring: Corey Brown, Craig Calderwood, Gerardo Castro, Orlando de la Garza, Nicki Green, Julz Hale Mary, Dorian Katz, Carol Queen, Gardener Miller, Shayne Punim, Mohsin Shafi, Michael Starkman, William Ulrich, Charlie Watts, Angie Wilson and Meng Yu.
Amy Cancelmo received her MA in Queer Art History from San Francisco State University in 2011 and a BFA in painting from Syracuse University in 2004. Her recent curatorial project “Strange Bedfellows” was a nationally traveling exhibition and catalogue (2013-2015) exploring collaborative practice in queer art making. Strange Bedfellows was first presented in San Francisco as part of the National Queer Arts Festival in June of 2013, before touring 5 cities. Cancelmo is currently employed as the Art Programs Director for Root Division where she oversees twelve exhibitions and works with over 350 artists annually.
billy ocallaghan received a BA in philosophy and political science from the University of Redlands (1991), a JD from U.C. Hastings College of the Law (1995), and an MFA in studio arts from San Francisco State University (2012). in art grad school, billy focused on the creation/self-publication of zines and was included in multiple juried exhibitions outside of SFSU, including Boom! (at Southern Exposure), the Phelan, Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship in Fine Arts, and MFA NOW 2012. since that time, billy has continued to develop new works, participated as an exhibitor at top art book fairs (including the New York Art Book Fair (at MoMA PS1) and the L.A. Art Book Fair (at MoCA Geffen)), and had his works acquired by special collections libraries of public institutions (including the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK), the Museum of Modern Art (NY), and the New York Public Library).