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SFUAD explains controversy over #SolidGoldClit

From a student at Santa Fe University of Art and Design #SFUAD,

"So a student at my school has taken a gold sharpie and has been tagging “Solid Gold Clit” and “SGC”everywhere. I was like, cool, dandy. Sophia Wallace had recently visited our campus and she’d been a hit, and everyone loved the whole deal. 

And like, you gotta understand that I go to an art school. There is TONS of graffiti. SO MUCH. There are tags and spray paint EVERYWHERE. We have a graffiti garden and one time it was positively covered in cartoon penises. Like. Administration does not give a single shit. 

That is. 

Until.

It says the word clit. 

Then suddenly.

They’re threatening to fine every single person in the school $250 for the tags. 

What the actual fuck is happening. 
Are they serious?

It’s sharpie

It comes off with fucking rubbing alcohol. It’s like $10 and a half hour of the janitorial staff’s time if they want if gone SO DAMN BAD. Like. I actually can’t. Since when is there anything so urgently explicit about the word ‘clit’ that it out-prioritizes an entire cinderblock wall full of penises.”

via: http://jellyfishjulie.tumblr.com/post/74041845039/so-a-student-at-my-school-has-taken-a-gold-sharpie

Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

Reblogged from Juliefish

Reviewed in today’s Sydney Morning Herald,"… the women steal the show with their strong sense of metaphor and appeal to feminist history. Sophia Wallace, for example, recalls the imaginative cyberfeminist group VNS Matrix from the early 1990s in her Cliteracy project. Wallace’s text-based works react to the denial of the clitoris in language and even medical science, noting that “though we cannot see the brain or the heart, we do not negate their vital function”. One work asks “can you draw a clitoris?” A brilliant question, because it’s natural enough to draw a penis, an organ happily recognized and celebrated in the prevailing culture. The male form mistakenly becomes, as Wallace says in one work, “the axis of sexuality”, in the same way that primitive science saw the Earth as the spindle for the rest of the universe”Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/review-new-perspectives-emerge-in-feminist-artworks-at-midsumma-festival-20140121-316w9.html#ixzz2r4XBJ6AR

Reviewed in today’s Sydney Morning Herald,
"… the women steal the show with their strong sense of metaphor and appeal to feminist history. Sophia Wallace, for example, recalls the imaginative cyberfeminist group VNS Matrix from the early 1990s in her Cliteracy project. Wallace’s text-based works react to the denial of the clitoris in language and even medical science, noting that “though we cannot see the brain or the heart, we do not negate their vital function”. One work asks “can you draw a clitoris?” A brilliant question, because it’s natural enough to draw a penis, an organ happily recognized and celebrated in the prevailing culture. The male form mistakenly becomes, as Wallace says in one work, “the axis of sexuality”, in the same way that primitive science saw the Earth as the spindle for the rest of the universe”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/review-new-perspectives-emerge-in-feminist-artworks-at-midsumma-festival-20140121-316w9.html#ixzz2r4XBJ6AR

Posted on Tuesday, January 21st 2014

I hold Dan Savage in the highest regard, and have for many years. I grew up in Seattle. As a young lesbian, his radio show and column in The Stranger were foundational threads in the tapestry that became my sense of queer self-hood.

Recently, I had the honor of being a guest on his podcast (espide 371, magnum edition). And just today I woke up to this nod from Dan for
#CLITERACY in his column. This story he shares is 100% true. Enclosed is the xerox I made of the original column. I must have been about 17 years old at the time. This is one of my most precious pieces of ephemera. 

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/45153/my-girlfriend-doesnt-come-when-we-have-sex-well-have/

Speaking about CLITERACY with Dan on SavageLoveCast.

http://www.savagelovecast.com/episodes/371#.UrM3JmRDty4
** My part is only on the Full Edition, not the micro, 45 min version.** 

Posted on Thursday, December 19th 2013

I am exploring presence in absence. 

The above are installation views of a brand new work I’m exhibiting in a group show at OUTLET Gallery.  New Yorkers: the opening is tonight, Dec. 13

ALL BODIES, 2013 
laser cut 300 lb arches water color paper, brass
30 x 22 in.
Sold in sets of 5, ed. 10, 2 AP

15 Artists in Black and White

Opening Reception: Friday, December 13 from 7-10 pm

On View: December 13-29, 2013

OUTLET FINE ART, LLC
253 WILSON AVENUE
BROOKLYN, NY
www.outletbk.com 
info@outletbk.com

ARTISTS

Audra Wolowiec
Brent Everett Dickinson
Brittany Markert
Emily Berger
Jen Hitchings
Joshua Cave
Justin Hunt Sloane
Letha Wilson
Michael Alongi
Reid Strelow
Rico Gatson
Sarah Lee
Shannon Finnegan
Sophia Wallace
Wayne Adams
John Redman
Mary Judge
Ned Shalanski 

Posted on Friday, December 13th 2013

My next major exhibition in Melbourne, Australia at Edmund Pearce Gallery

IT’S THAT SOMETIMES YOU MOVE TOO LOUD makes a case for not-understanding. The artists celebrate or depict rupture from ‘monuments’ or identities. Encompassing lens-based media and live art, IT’S THAT SOMETIMES YOU MOVE TOO LOUD creates space for defying concrete interpretations of selfhood in favour of indeterminacy. The exhibition extends the gap between opposition and confusion to unfold new ways of understanding ourselves, and to enjoy what is sometimes censored.

Edmund Pearce opens the gallery to bodies and lens-based media for the first time with live art events occurring throughout the exhibition period. See online at edmundpearce.com.au for updates. Curated by Sharon Flynn with the support of Arts Victoria, Victorian College of the Arts, Midsumma Festival and Edmund Pearce.

SOPHIA WALLACE
CHRISTOPHER SCIUTO
DREW PETTIFER
CORINNA BERNDT
DIRTY FEMINIST
PHEBE SCHMIDT
WILLIAM MCBRIDE

Are any of you planning to be in Melbourne in January? 

Posted on Monday, December 9th 2013

I also decided, to go back into my archive. I found a text work I had created a few years ago for an exhibition. For various reasons, I backed out of the show, so the work was never seen.

Now seemed like the perfect time to bring it into the world. 

CITIZEN | T-Shirt, Gold on White

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CITIZEN | T-Shirt, Black on White

http://collect.sophiawallace.com/product/person-white-t-shirt

Posted on Sunday, December 8th 2013

NYC's private dining club Omar's comes to Miami for a Lady Gaga Art Basel bacchanal

Posted on Tuesday, December 3rd 2013