Doghkats Journey screened at TEMESCAL STREET CINEMA

Veronica De Jesus and I created this short stop motion animated film based on her drawing series Dogkhat's Journey!  screened June 16th 2011

stacked/multiplied: group exhibition co-curated by Katie Hood Morgan and Devon Bella, Adobe Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, California

Upcoming GROUP SHOW at Adobe Books Back Room Gallery!

stacked/multiplied: group exhibition co-curated by Katie Hood Morgan and Devon Bella. Dates: Feb 24-March 25, 2011. Opening reception: Thursday, February 24, 7 - 10pm

Solo Exhibition: BEAUTY FORMS, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA

Royal NoneSuch Gallery
Oakland, CA
October 1-31, 2010

Beauty Forms draws from the artist's interest in Fredrich Froebel, the inventor of kindergarten and 'Froebel Gifts', an object making exercise, which encouraged geometric thinking and pattern building activity in kindergarten children. Seeing the action of crafting these gifts as a kind of spirituality of form, Greer will revisit the pseudo spirit of making these objects through labor-intensive cut paper nets, weavings and parquetry, which will be used as lenses to cast shadows from projected videos and light.

Woodwork by Drew Prober

Video Screening (AUDITION) at Martina Johnston Gallery

October 23rd to December 4th, 2010
Reception: Saturday, October 23rd, 4 to 8 p.m.
Hours: Sundays 1 - 4 p.m. or by appointment

Lydia Greer will be screening a work, Audition (DV, 2009)., that is itself enfolded within her brilliant animated film A Self Made House. This work consists of multiple takes of amateur actors auditioning for a single role. Presenting multiple images of a person both historical and fictional, personal and archetypal, Audition fuses and confuses the representation with the represented.

Night and Day, John Greer, Martina Johnston Gallery, Berkeley, CA

John H. Greer
with Lydia Greer

October 23rd to December 4th, 2010
Reception: Saturday, October 23rd, 4 to 8 p.m.
Hours: Sundays 1 - 4 p.m. or by appointment

The Martina }{ Johnston Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Night and Day, featuring the beautiful and profound work of John H. Greer, father of our good friend and fellow artist Lydia Greer, who will be screening a video entitled Audition.

John H. Greer will be presenting two interrelated bodies of work. In the first, a series of paintings from 1998 - 2004, vibrant, primary-colored stripes intersect, swoop around each other, and weave themselves together to form energetic interference patterns.John H. Greer At first glance, the second and more current body of work almost seems to be by an entirely different artist; loosely rendered but carefully observed brush and ink drawings of simple interiors whose subject is the state of light. On bright days sunbeams stream through the window panes, reflect off the surfaces of walls and furniture and settle into glowing corners. At night the lamp spreads its warm light through the room and the shade casts its arch onto the wall, while solitary streetlights haunt the dark space outside. Then, on second glance, you notice familiar striped paintings hanging on the apartment walls...

Memory Mine, curated by Rose Khor, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University, Department of Art and Art History presents Memory Mine featuring artists Lydia Greer, Farley Gwazda and Azin Seraj

In this collection of video work, the artists use the camera as a tool to engage memory and reexamine personal history. When the video camera turns on, the subject becomes an actor and the story changes with each retelling. Fixed notions of personal history and cultural identity are complicated through differences in representation.

Opening: Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010
Artist Lecture: 5-5:45 p.m. in Fine Arts room F
Reception and artist talks: 5:45-8 p.m.
Exhibition runs from October 25-December 3, 2010
SCU Art Department Gallery, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, Ca, 95053
Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

A Self Made House opens with the artist Lydia Greer’s stepfather telling a family folktale of two sisters, a violent hog, and a house that forms itself. Much like the way the story is told, Greer shapes this film through hand-made animation, performance, and shifting narratives. Greer lets the story (and the house) build itself through the assemblage of divergent genres, interpretations, and narrative devices.

Farley Gwazda initiates intimate interactions between participants through modest materials and tactile games. In this new work, Gwazda constructs a dimly-lit box in which family members place their hands inside to hold and talk about the contents, largely household and childhood objects. In this safe confessional space, family members describe the nostalgic, remorseful, and humorous memories these objects evoke. Gwazda’s unassuming use of play allows the participants and viewers to engage with the work in a sincere way.

In Azin Seraj’s video installation, the viewer is drawn into a dense visual landscape of everyday life—bustling urban streets, colorful mosques, and evening street vendors. Through the split-screen display, the viewer’s attention is placed on the liminal moments of time, space, and memory. This meditative work resists the illustration of Iran as a media headline, a place of war and unrest. Instead, we see a montage of Iran that moves in real time, rich in subtlety and reflexivity.
-Curated by Rose Khor


The Good-for-Nothing Lover

concert reading with shadows
May 28 & 29, 2010
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, SF
with: Larry Reed, Karen Kandel, Wu Na, Coco Zhao, Safa Shokrai, Caryl Kientz, Lydia Greer, Wan-Chao Chang, Gregory T. Kuhn, Mark Palmer, and ZeJie Zheng.

The Good-for-Nothing Lover is a unique blend of shadow theatre, poetry reading, movement theatre and live music, inspired by a folk love song cycle of the same title from the Ming Dynasty (16th century China) translated in the late fifties by the Bay Area beat poets C. H. Kwock and Vincent McHugh. Driven by the dual origin of these poems, the project will pay homage to both the Beat era and the Ming Dynasty incorporating a stand up bass and a guqin (traditional Chinese 7-string fretless zither), low-tech shadow theatre technique and high-tech video projection as well as singing and spoken words in Chinese and English. The Good-for-Nothing Lover will examine states of love and human relations, which are as true today as when the words were first written centuries ago.

The Good-for-Nothing Lover has gathered border-crossing experimentalists, rebels and risk-takers from around the nation and the world; shadow master Larry Reed, who is constantly challenging the conventions of film and theatre; a NY downtown theatre giant, Karen Kandel, who continues to explore the possibilities of her body and voice as organic parts of storytelling; guqin player from Beijing, Wu Na, a fastidious keeper of the tradition who has unquenchable thirst for avant-garde, jazz, and other styles of music; Shanghai jazz singer, Coco Zhao, often called "Boy Billie Holiday," whose distinct style mixes Mandarin vocals with contemporary jazz sounds as well as the SF Bay Area's own, Wan-Chao Chang, Lydia K. Greer, Caryl Kientz (performers), Safa Shokrai (bassist), Gregory T. Kuhn (sound), ZeJie Zheng (calligraphy) and Mark Palmer (video projection).

The Good-for-Nothing Lover: a concert reading with shadows is made possible by the funds from: National Endowment for the Arts; Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel and Tax Fund; Zellerbach Family Foundation; and generous individual supporters of ShadowLight Productions.



“And I hear, from your voice, the invisible reasons which make cities live, through which perhaps, once dead, they will come to life again.”
—Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
In Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities, explorer Marco Polo describes incredible urban landscapes to the aging Kublai Khan.
A popular interpretation of the text offers that the 55 stories are 55 ways to see a single city.

Invisible City Audio Tours aims to do the same by providing alternative ways to experience urban landscapes, offering transgressive, surreal, even mystical perspectives. Each audio walking tour will guide travelers through neighborhoods---both well-traveled and well-hidden---using original works of literary fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, visual art, sound, and music. The tour guides: local emergent curators, editors, composers, authors, journalists, performers, designers, and artists.

Each tour is available as a free downloadable MP3 featuring original music and writing in response to landmarks along the route. Along with the audio, the tours will exhibit temporary, semi-temporary, and permanent visual art installations.
The inaugural tour, Heliography, launched on September 3, 2010, and guided travelers from the MacArthur BART Station along Telegraph Avenue to Keys That Fit (2312 Telegraph Avenue) in Oakland, California.

Lending Library, curated by BAM Matrix curator Dena Beard, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA

February 5- March 5, 2010

The Royal NoneSuch Gallery is pleased to present Lending Library, a group exhibition curated by Dena Beard, featuring tools, materials, and resources from artists Anthony Discenza, Lydia Greer, Desiree Holman, Trevor Paglen, Matthew Rana, Sunaura Taylor, and Andrew Rottner.

Comprised of source materials, Lending Library takes a chance to display a line of inquiry rather than a finished object. Michel Foucault said, “dreams are no longer summoned with eyes closed, but in reading; and a true image is now a product of learning.” The seven artists included in the exhibition demonstrate the labor intrinsic to this learned image, making available their visual experiments and scholarly research. These personal libraries bear witness to the conceptual undercurrents the artists’ projects but also to the aesthetic process of folding pages, scribbling in margins, and other devices of reclaiming information.
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