Readings of Jerker performed this summer and fall!
Artists Maxe Crandall and Emmett Ramstad present a semi-staged reading of Robert Chesley’s 1986 play Jerker, or The Helping Hand: A Pornographic Elegy with Redeeming Social Value and a Hymn to the Queer Men of San Francisco in Twenty Phone Calls, Many of Them Dirty. Jerker tells the story of two strangers who develop an erotic fraternal relationship through phone sex. As the two characters get each other off, they demonstrate the power of sexual fantasy in processing the grief, rage, and loneliness of living in pandemic.
Inspired by their obsession with Robert Chesley’s archive at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco and supported by a Eureka Commission from Onassis USA, Ramstad and Crandall are at work on a performance installation focused on “corresponding intimacies,” a term they use to describe deep bonds people create through experimental relations. This event launches their national tour, which is organized to provide free performances at archives and queer/trans spaces while allowing them to conclude their research.
This reading of Jerker is given courtesy of Victor Bumbalo of the Robert Chesley Foundation, Broadway Play Publishing Inc., and through funding from the Eureka Commission from Onassis Foundation USA.
65 min semi-staged reading followed by 25 min discussion.
Content Warning: graphic sexual description, kinky/BDSM scenarios, death, AIDS
I am honored to be asked to do a virtual studio visit with Second State Press! I used to be a FOB holder at SSP and it is great to be going back. I hope you can join! Here is the eventbrite link for the talk: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-studio-visit-with-emmett-ramstad-tickets-222214669057
Come join me for the opening of The Human Scale at Rochester Art Center! https://rochesterartcenter.org/exhibition/the-human-scale/
In 2011 I curated a show called "5 Objects and a Story" at Million Fishes in San Francisco. I came across this picture documenting the show recently and was reminiscing about how much this show shaped my current practice. This shot captures me and Ariel Springfield's collections. Mine are the brushes, spools of beige thread, the foot forms and the dust pan. Cleanliness, function, repair, yes yes yes. What you can't see here is the pile of invaginated white socks that I would work on/with for the next 5 years. Memories!
Maxe Crandall and I were awarded an Eureka Commission from Onassis USA for: Twenty Phone Calls and Many of Them Dirty, a performance installation created by playwright Maxe Crandall and visual artist Emmett Ramstad about intimacy, community building, and pleasure in times of isolation. HOOOOOOOOORRRRRRAAAAAAYYYYYYYY. Stay tuned for more information.
I am so pleased to be on the Compas roster of amazing artists! Read my spotlight interview for an overview of how my teaching and sculpture work together. Hooray for arts and education!
I am looking out my window at the snow falling and thinking about how things felt when it was warm still. This is a picture of me and Travis McEwen on my shitter sculpture during our studio exhibition Dry Fingers. No shoes! Bare legs! Art together!
I am teaching in the MCAD MFA Program this semester, which corresponds with the MCAD BIENNIAL exhibition! So through the window of the gallery, or if you are a student with access to the building, you may see my sculpture "It's ok" along with the works of my amazing colleagues. Perhaps a walk around the neighborhood will find you in front of the window? Warning: no public bathrooms. There is a great lecture series that accompanies the exhibition whether you are in Minneapolis or not!
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