As part of Inside Bleak’s opening, Rojas – under her stage name of Peggy Honeywell – will debut several new songs written over the past two years. The performance will begin at 9 PM.
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February 26, 2011 – April 2, 2011
PRISM is pleased to present Inside Bleak, a new solo exhibition of San Francisco-based artist Clare Rojas. Transforming the PRISM space, the exhibition features what Rojas calls domestic abstract interiors, the newest installment of her ongoing investigation of domesticity through a wide range of media, including painting, installation, and video. Her works – which share the guileless, homespun aesthetic that reveals Rojas’ origins in print-making and folklore – are nested within a larger site-specific installation that also serves as the stage for a set of videos and performances. The opening reception for the artist will take place from 7 – 10 PM on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 8746 W. Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood.
Striking notes of loss and nostalgia, humor and effervescence, Rojas’ work culls from the Bay Area print scene, Native American textiles, Amish quilts, Art Brut. Her explorations of portraiture, American folk art, quilting, and storytelling plumb the anxieties and comforts of domestic interiority – while frequently exposing the complications of gender dynamics through subtle, clever depictions of violence.
Inside Bleak features smaller framed works on panel, realistic linen portraits of female characters and full-scale installation panels that implicate the viewer in the larger narrative of the space. The videos in the gallery are in collaboration with the Philadelphia-based artist Andrew Jeffrey Wright, and include Ich bin ein un manipulator (4:21) and The manipulators (2:35), which won top prizes for animation at the New York Underground Film Festival and the New York Comedy Film Festival. Rojas also performs as a musician under the name of Peggy Honeywell, and has produced several CDs of original songs, including Faint Humms (2005) and Green Mountain (2006). As part of Inside Bleak, Rojas – as Peggy Honeywell – will perform new songs written over the past two years, and a Peggy Honeywell video, Bower Bird, will also be screened.
Since 2000, Rojas has since participated in over 40 international exhibitions and several film festivals. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Rojas earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design and her Master’s degree from the Art Institute of Chicago before landing finally in San Francisco. Rojas has received numerous accolades for her work, including the prestigious Tournasol Award and grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and Joan Mitchell Foundation. She has had solo exhibitions at Deitch Projects in New York City, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León in Spain, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Museum Het Doemien in the Netherlands and various international group exhibitions. Most recently, Rojas exhibited a solo exhibition, We They, We They, at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco. Inside Bleak is her first exhibition at PRISM.