This panel brings together artists who perform clownishness, using humor and wit to oppose outdated notions of gender, power, community and identity. As tricksters, jokers and satirists they embody resistance in the form of foolishness. Though masked as naive, they are highly aware contrarians who highlight the hypocrisy and absurdity of dominant culture in outrageous and hysterical ways. Utilizing video, immersive installation, comedy, performance and social media, they spread their zaniness through digital technology and reflect back to the world the wild inconsistencies of fixed perception.
(b. 1979, Chicago, IL) is an artist working primarily in video, performance and installation to consider how digital technology is reshaping our social identities and perceptual relationship to the screen and moving image. Weitz’s current project is an episodic film and live performance series in which she embodies a contemporary golem grappling with issues of anti-Semitism, gender inequality, xenophobia and digital culture. Weitz has had solo exhibitions at Young Projects (Los Angeles), Public Pool Gallery (Encino, CA), Chimento Contemporary (Los Angeles), Eastern Star Gallery (Los Angeles), Cunthaus (Tampa, FL) and The Suburban (Oak Park, IL). She has participated in group exhibitions and screenings at LAXART (Los Angeles), L.A.N.D (Los Angeles), Untitled SF (Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles), Human Resources (Los Angeles), SOMArts (San Francisco), WEHO Arts Billboards (Los Angeles, CA) and Tampa Museum of Art (Tampa, FL). Her work has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, The L.A. Times, The New York Times, Bomb Magazine, L.A. Confidential, Photograph Magazine, Hyperallergic and on KCRW Art Talk. Weitz is a 2019 nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2013, she was a tenured professor at the University of South Florida. Weitz currently teaches in L.A. and is a regular contributor at Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles.
Rachel Mason is an artist, musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles. Mason has recorded 13 albums, has toured, exhibited sculpture, video and performance at the Whitney Museum, Queens Museum, LACMA, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Henry Gallery in Seattle, James Gallery at CUNY, University Art Museum in Buffalo, Sculpture Center, Hessel Museum of Art at Bard and Occidental College, Kunsthalle Zurich, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The New Museum, Park Avenue Armory, Art in General, La Mama, Galapagos, Dixon Place, and Empac Center for Performance in Troy among other venues. Reviews include New York Times, Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, Flash Art, Art in America, Art News, and Artforum. Her album and feature film, The Lives of Hamilton Fish. has toured festivals and museums internationally and was released in 2016.
Christina Catherine Martinez
Christina Catherine Martinez is a writer and stand up comedian from Los Angeles CA, covering art, fashion, literature, visual culture, and all the slippery convergences between them. Her work has appeared in VICE, ArtForum, ArtSlant, NYMag, and The Art Book Review. She produces the monthly comedy talk show Aesthetical Relations, and is at work on a book about fashion blogging through the lens of art history. She can be found at galleries, open mics, hiking trails, and thrift stores across the city.
Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based artist, writer, and filmmaker whose work focuses on popular culture and digital media. Kate makes films, new media work, and does performance art in public spaces and online. Recent work includes Hello Selfie, which she performed for the Pulse Art Fair in Miami with Transfer Gallery, in Union Square with Transfer Gallery, in Los Angeles with Perform Chinatown, and with Arts Queensland in Australia. Other recent work includes Unfriend Me Now!, about Facebook's rhetorical wars over the 2016 US Presidential election, screened with Peer to Space in Berlin and shown at the Spring Break Art Fair; The Supreme Gentleman, about Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger, featured on Art 21's website; and Cloud 9, about female artists and money, commissioned by New Hive.