A Threeway With Mother Earth
Artists Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens just can't stop getting married. They've married the planet, the sky, the ocean and the moon — 15 weddings in all. The one thing they can't marry? Each other. This ongoing performance-art series began in 2004, when the state halted San Francisco's brief moment of nuptial progressivism just before Sprinkle and Stephens were set to wed. Not ones to waste a good wardrobe or a loaded camera, the pair has been marrying themselves to the natural world ever since. Now, on closing night of their exhibition "The Collaboration" at Chinatown's Jancar Gallery, which details the duo's 30 years of sharing lives and making art together, they finally are throwing themselves a proper engagement party — "An Ecosexual Engagement Party," to be precise. Their work combines a flip and witty attitude regarding the lengths women go to please the male gaze, with a savvy take on the (traditionally male, white and Western) art history that rewards the same aesthetic impulses as pop culture at its most lowbrow. Feminist and political to the end, the pair pride themselves on being entertaining, provocative, fearless, elaborately costumed and frequently hilarious. In a lovely twist of fate, tonight's engagement celebration coincides with Chinese New Year. Don't tell the ladies the fireworks aren't for them. Jancar Gallery, 961 Chung King Road, Chinatown; Sat., Feb. 16, 7-9 p.m.; free; exhibit open Wed.-Sat., 12-5 p.m., through Feb. 16. (213) 625-2522, jancargallery.com.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 12. Continues through Feb. 16, 2013
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