Art Reception for the Work of David Spiher

January 26, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
470 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
Baruch Porras Hernandez

The Art Reception is back on! Please join us the last Friday of this month to celebrate the work of David Spiher.

The Reception starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go till 10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided

I live in the East Bay and make art—currently producing prints and paintings—at the Compound Studios in Oakland. I have been an assistant for a number of artists, designers and crafts people so I am really used to helping others make work. However, very often I have found it really hard to make my own, to justify my own choices, sometimes even to myself. As a way to free myself from these self-imposed restrictions, I have shifted personae depending on subject matter and interest in various media. From 2004 to 2009, I produced hand-painted pornographic ceramic plates as Virginia Trembles. As David Six, I was producing print work. My current body of work under my own name centers on my husband Dr. Ralph Thurlow and his struggle with HIVAIDS Neuro Dementia. The work submitted for Strut has all been completed in the last two years and revolves around Ralph’s decline, my increasing caregiving responsibilities and staying alive creatively. So that Ralph is not just the subject but also a participant in the making of the image and artwork he is involved in the generation of the paintings actively drawing on the images, generating subject matter and in ongoing critical conversations as the work progresses. Ralph and I are both long term HIV survivors, long term 12 recovery and are actively working out the ways and means of dealing with our physical, mental and emotional health.