Oakland Art Murmur Musings – January 7, 2011

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Every first Friday, a community of artists, gallery owners, musicians, and art lovers (even from San Francisco) gather around the Telegraph and West Grand streets to, not just see art but, experience art as well. One of my favorite galleries, Johansson Projects was showing clever artist, Jennie Ottinger. Unfortunately, the last night to see her work was last night. It was a very fortunate and pleasant surprise to catch her show! Her work is a combination of wit, re-storytelling, and painting. Interestingly, the ability to participate in the exhibition (opening and closing the books to read her versions in book report fashion) made it all the more engaging.

By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, race and technology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Ars Technica, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the program manager for the Processing Foundation.

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