Black & White Projects is please to present Klub Rupturre, an interdisciplinary installation by Jenifer K Wofford, a San Francisco-based artist and educator whose work plays with notions of hybridity, authenticity and global culture, often with a humorous bent. She is also 1/3 of the Filipina-American artist trio M.O.B.
Klub Rupturre is an multimedia installation that incorporates drawing, painting, print, video, installation, a 1989 palette, and a late 80s mixtape soundtrack. The exhibition is the artist’s latest in a series of works about earthquakes and takes inspiration from this October’s 30th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that profoundly reshaped much of the culture of the Bay Area.
“I am interested in the idea of seismic shifts, both literally and metaphorically. Tectonic instability is a planetary constant, but there are particular moments where tremors reveal themselves to be larger-scale events of rupture and change … 1989 was significant globally (Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Iron Curtain and apartheid, the stock market crash), but also locally, as evidenced by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake … The ‘89 quake had clear global repercussions, in retrospect: the upheavals that occurred in its aftermath can be seen clearly from Santa Cruz through Silicon Valley to San Francisco, and beyond.” —Jenifer Wofford
Klub Rupturre opens Friday, September 20, 2019, with an opening reception from 7 to 10PM, and continues through October 26. Klub Rupturre Dance Party, a 1989-themed celebration of the anniversary of the quake will be hosted at the gallery on Thursday, October 17, 7–10PM. The artist will be present on most Saturdays, collecting stories and connecting with visitors. Gallery hours are noon to 5PM, Friday and Saturday (appointments encouraged).
Wofford’s work has been exhibited in the Bay Area at the Berkeley Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, YBCA, San Jose Museum of Art, Southern Exposure, and Kearny Street Workshop. Further afield, she has shown at New Image Art (Los Angeles), Wing Luke Museum (Seattle), DePaul Museum (Chicago), Silverlens Galleries (Philippines), VWFA (Malaysia), and Osage Gallery (Hong Kong).
She is a 2017 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Her other awards include the Eureka Fellowship, the Murphy Fellowship, and grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Art Matters Foundation, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. She has also been artist-in-residence at The Living Room (Philippines), Liguria Study Center (Italy) and KinoKino (Norway).
A well-known arts educator, Wofford is part-time faculty in Fine Arts and Philippine Studies at the University of San Francisco. She has also taught at UC Berkeley, Mills College, the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts and San Francisco State University. She holds degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and UC Berkeley (MFA).
Born in San Francisco and raised in Hong Kong, Dubai, Malaysia and the California Bay Area, Wofford has also lived in Oakland, New Orleans and Prague. She lives and works in San Francisco.