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Seth Eisen

Homo File

MAY 30-JUN 15, 2014, FRI-SAT at 8PM, SUN at 7:30PM

Seth Eisen imageSeth Eisen (Artistic Director) is a San Francisco-based artist creating a hybrid of live performance and visual media as a vehicle to broaden human perspectives and effect social change. He performed as a member of the Butoh companies Harupin–Ha and Ink Boat from 1994-99. From 2000-10 he toured with Keith Hennessy and Circo Zero across the US and Europe. His solo performances and installation projects have been featured in the San Francisco Bay Area at The Oakland Museum of California, Yerba Buena Center, as well as being presented in art spaces on both coasts. For the past 20 years, Eisen staged performance pieces, street spectacles and installations and appeared in a number of collaborative productions created with other Bay Area artists. In 2007, Eisen founded Eye Zen Presents, a theater company that promotes social change by linking Queer history and aesthetics to contemporary Queer culture. The company’s productions have focused on recovering the lost history of Queer ancestors whose lives have been erased from the historical record. The work engenders an aesthetic that communicates across multiple genres and frameworks, blurring boundaries and expanding the dialogue between theater and visual art.

 

Eye Zen Presents: Mission, Vision and History

Eye Zen Presents promotes social change by employing the arts to reclaim the history, stories and traditions of Queer culture. Founded by Seth Eisen in 2007, Eye Zen creates visually dynamic, interdisciplinary devised theater productions that promote community dialogues on a wide-range of LGBTQ historical, social and political issues. All of Eye Zen’s productions have resonated deeply with LGBT audiences because they artistically examine periods when social and political repression erased most of the evidence of the nation’s LGBT community from the pages of history. In addition to artistically expressing and recapturing our community’s little-known past, our productions have explored the many self-protective disguises queer people have worn to conceal their private lives from the public.

Artistic Director Seth Eisen began creating original work in 1994 and, in 2007, Eisen founded Eye Zen Presents to raise funds to support the production of Blackbird: Honoring a Century of Pansy Divas, and became a fiscally sponsored client of San Francisco’s CounterPULSE. This production examined the lives of seven culturally diverse Queer artists of the 20th century such as disco diva Sylvester, New Wave operatic siren Klaus Nomi, film and stage star Danny Kaye and Brazil’s Ney Matogrosso, whose work subverted their era’s prevailing cultural norms by inventing innovative ways to be out, queer and vocal. Blackbird premiered at the 2010 National Queer Arts Festival and was subsequently staged 11 times in San Francisco.

In 2011-12, Eye Zen originated Buffet FlatsQueering Slow Food, a series of 5 sold-out performance events that took place in individual homes and at community sites. A racially diverse creative team of Queer actors, musicians, performance artists, chefs, farmers and ecology specialists worked with Eye Zen to stage these events. Part Queer history cabaret, part dinner theater and part environmental education program, they  informed the audience about the Pansy Craze of the 1920s, Gay history, local food sources and diverse culinary traditions within the LGBT community.

 

About Homo File

Homo File, a multidisciplinary theatrical production chronicling the life of Samuel Steward (1909-1993). Steward was a college professor, a prolific author of homoerotic fiction, an influential tattoo artist, and a sexual rebel who lived in the Bay Area for 30 years before dying at age 84, nearly forgotten. Homo File was developed at CounterPULSE as work-in-progress through the ARC program where we created the work during our residency (May-September 2012). In September 2012 we staged eight sold-out performances at CounterPULSE of a 40-minute work-in progress. Since then the creative team has been developing a 90-minute production that will premiere in May 2014.

Since 2007, our productions have told the stories of little known and under-recognized LGBT people whose lives contributed to the formation of contemporary Queer culture. Our current production, Homo File, presents Samuel Steward’s complex life through a devised theater piece incorporating, puppetry, live and recorded music, visual projections and other multi-media forms. It is the first full-length performance about this unique pre-Stonewall pioneer who was connected to many gay luminaries but not widely known.

 I began creating Homo File after reading a biography of Steward’s life, attending a scholarly conference about his work, and interviewing several people who knew him. In the 1950s and 60s, civil rights activists employedHomophile’ as an alternative to the word ‘homosexual.’ Samuel Steward lived for almost 85 years and meticulously described every one of his sexual encounters in his notebooks, “The Stud Files.” These prolific memoirs fill in many missing pieces of Queer history during the pre-gay liberation era (1930 through 1969), a period when the vast majority of the nation’s LGBT community lived underground in fear of being outed, fired, jailed and socially ostracized.

Homo File’s chronological narrative structure highlights the key moments of Samuel Steward’s life, as he evolves over the course of the Twentieth Century through his friendships with author Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas, revolutionary sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, playwright Thornton Wilder, renowned gay photographer George Platt Lynes and numerous other LGBTQ luminaries. Steward’s life story reflects the experiences of many Queer ancestors whose lives have been erased from the historical record. His writings provide a window into the life of a gay man who accepted his sexual orientation and examined his sexual impulses as sources of self-knowledge and artistic vision. Steward’s writings are a testament to how difficult it was for earlier generations of LGBTQ men and women to pursue self-empowerment and achieve self-acceptance while living inside a homophobic culture defined by prejudice and intolerance. By refusing to submit to social oppression, Steward paved the way for future generations of LGBTQ Civil Rights advocates and contemporary Queer culture.

 

 

 

Reading Room:

Books By Samuel Steward (Phil Andros)

As Samuel M. Steward:

As Phil Andros:

Books about Samuel Steward:



Seth Eisen and Eye Zen Art

Seth Eisen image

Seth Eisen’s work is a hybrid of visual art and live performance expanding the dialogue between various disciplines. In 1994 he developed the company Eye Zen Art as an umbrella for curating exhibits, producing performance, visual art projects and installations featured at The Oakland Museum of California, Theater Artaud, Zeum, Yerba Buena Center, SOMARTS, Theater of Yugen, and CounterPulse. He performed with Butoh companies Harupin–Ha and Ink Boat from 1994-1999 and from 2000-2010 with Keith Hennessy and Circo Zero touring in the US and Europe. Seth’s critically acclaimed solo show, Blackbird: Honoring a Century of Pansy Divas, sold out two San Francisco runs and received funding from Zellerbach Family Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission (IAC) and numerous individual donors.

Eye Zen Art investigates the transgressive traditions of Queer history, Queer space and Queer culture. Through the expansion of LGBT self-awareness our work fosters the evolution of more inclusive conceptions of gender identities and sexual preferences. By harnessing and reclaiming the spirit, stories and traditions of historic and contemporary Queer culture, Eye Zen Arts creates hybrid works that combine live performance and visual media that broaden human perspectives and promote social change. Eye Zen Arts current project, Buffet Flats: Queering Slow Food, is a traveling dinner-salon that combines wild cabaret acts, a live cooking show and ecology talks at Bay Area homes and gardens. Info: buffetflats.org

Eye Zen Art is a fiscally sponsored project of CounterPULSE.

 

Press for Blackbird: Honoring a Century of Pansy Divas (2010)

“Only a few moments into Seth Eisen’s exceptional one-man cabaret and the place is alive and kicking: doleful aspects of the decor making ample room for a sly, vigorous, soulful performer and a completely unexpected journey through some vibrant underground queer history … A multifaceted performer with quick tongue, nimble steps, and hearty voice, Eisen uses drag, dance, puppetry, and performance art techniques to give flight to worthy exotic blackbirds known and forgotten… a rollicking and poignant act of resurrection, insurrection, and homage.”
— Robert Avila, SF Bay Guardian

“Long before Antony warbled in the indie-rock spotlight, there was the lipsticked, harlequin-stylized Klaus Nomi, singing beside David Bowie on “Saturday Night Live.” Decades before Joel Grey scored an Oscar for his turn at androgynous Master of Ceremonies, there was Jean Malin, the drag emcee of the “Pansy Craze” of the early ‘30s. Those are two of the singer–some shimmering with renown and others sadly lost, and still others languishing in obscurity–that Eisen portrays in Blackbird: Honoring a Century of Pansy Divas.”
— Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Chronicle

“Eisen ingeniously morphs into his characters telling their stories not only in song and poetry but also with shadow theater, puppetry and video. His characterizations are nothing short of mesmerizing and his instinct for the theatrical make Blackbird a performance piece full of wonder.”
— Leslie Katz, The San Francisco Examiner

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Queer Tattoo History and my visit to Modern Electric
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Apr 4th, 2014

Sam Steward’s fascinating life as a shapeshifter linked many disparate worlds: literature, sexual research, academia and tattoo art.  For this iteration of Homo File I’ve taken a dive into researching Steward’s life as a tattoo artist. In this world he went by the name Phil Sparrow. I recently read his fascinating and really well written book Bad Boys and Tough Tattoos: A Social History of the Tatoo with Gangs, Sailors and Street-Corner Punks 1950-1965It’s pretty pricey since it is a rare book. So I borrowed it from the vaults of the SF public library page desk for a few hours and I was enchanted by its humor and candor. No pictures, but who needs them with a writer as visually descriptive and poetic as Steward.

His book tells the personal and social history of a tattooist  in the pre-Stonewall era navigating a very homophobic world from the point of view of a gay man. He was 41 and still working as an English professor at De Paul University when he took up the art form. And in a little over a decade Phil Sparrow became one of the most popular tattooists in Chicago.

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                                                            Phil at work @ Phils Tattoo Joynt, Chicago 1950s

Phil’s Tattoo Joynt was always packed with sailors, motorcyclists, hustlers and guys seeking a good ink slinger. When he moved to the Bay Area in 1965 he opened a shop in Oakland called Anchor Tattoo Shop on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland.  He went on to mentor Ed Hardy and Cliff Raven who both became well respected tattooists in their own right. Ed Hardy went on to open several very popular tattoo parlors in SF and then in LA and now around the world with our very own Ed Hardy’s Tattoo City down in North Beach till this day.

Cliff Raven was perhaps the best known queer tattooist in the US until his death in 2001. As I see it, the queer tattooists  are part of a lineage of American queer tattooists following in the footsteps of Sparrow and Raven that is still very alive today. But when I went seeking out the guys in the queer tattoo scene I came up  with very little. What I discovered is that the tattoo world is very guarded and still very much dominated by a heteronormative paradigm. Well, except for a few radical queers who do things differently. Enter Suzanne Shifflett.

Suzanne Shifflett of Modern Electric Tattoo

                                                              Suzanne Shifflett of Modern Electric Tattoo

Suzanne (also known as Fish) “apprenticed under Wayne Bruce Lee. Who apprenticed under Cliff Raven. Bruce Lee, as he goes by, was also a gay leather biker. He’s part of the queer family tree of tattooing”. She invited me to her tattoo and painting studio Modern Electric a few weeks ago and it was like coming home. Just a few blocks from CounterPULSE, Modern Electric is an inspiring place filled with art and a very homey and relaxed environment. She opened in 2007 after moving here from Portland where she had another very successful tattoo business. Suzanne was really open to my questions and sharing her wealth of knowledge about the life of a tattooist. Some questions that came up in that conversation were:  Why are there so few queer male tattooists? Have Queer tattooists influenced the form and content of tattoo art over time? What does queer sexuality have to do with queer tattooing? Steward in his book sees a huge connection between the two. And finally, is there a queer aesthetic?

Now I get that these are not such easy questions to unpack but I did get a feel for a bit of the tattoo scene and the straight male conventions that have been part of the tradition for a few centuries at least. I learned how HIV and the fear and ignorance about it  has helped to keep queer male tattooists in the closet. That is of course an oversimplification and an idea I will unpack in further postings and events we will do with Homo File. But I got a feel from Suzanne and others that the larger tattoo world  is one that is largely homophobic and heterocentric. One look at the advertising for the recent Tattoo Expo where they touted hot chicks and beer as the central draw, says a lot. I get that it is a very competitive world especially with the growth of popularity of body modification and tattoo art in the past 25 years. So my quest for the lineage of Phil Sparrow continues. And it seems that with Suzanne I have found where the queer tattoo lineage is at now. She shared lots of cool books from her collection and I was impressed with the warmth and creativity and queer aesthetic that filled her bright studio. She is mentor to a younger generation of queer tattooists both trans guys and women. Her generosity of spirit was infectious. I think Sam would be happy to see that her practice and business is as creative and sexually liberated as he might have hoped for 30 plus years ago when he closed his Oakland based Anchor Tattoo shop.

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Through Suzanne I have met Airick Redwolf, another queer tattooist,    body modification artist and activist who is more in the European queer tattoo lineage with the likes of Ron Athey, Mr. Sebastian and Herbert Hoffmann. He shed a lot of light on that part of the queer Euro tattoo lineage for me and I hope he will be able to blog about it here soon. Thank you Suzanne and Airick for preserving the queer spirit in your work and activism.

 

 

 

 

You must check out this video and then come to our video shoot this Sunday if you have tattoos and want to be part of Homo File and keeping the queer tattoo lineage alive.

http://www.vice.com/read/holopaws-very-gay-and-nsfw-music-video-for-dirty-boots

COMING UP: THIS SUNDAY APRIL 6TH

QUEER BOYS AND INK

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This is tom my Pinterest collection of queer tattoos.
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/51439620718258328/

CALLING ALL SEXY BOYS(Z), MEN AND GUYS WITH TATTOOS!!

We are planning a video shoot for our show Homo File about a famous queer tattoo artist that opens May 30th at CounterPULSE. We’re seeking tattooed male models –all ages, shapes and sizes to join us for a fun few hours posing, cruising, schmoozing and showing off your ink. All for the sake of preserving the little known story of queer tattoo history.

Join us Sunday, April 6th at CounterPULSE from 5-8pm 1310 Mission St@9th. We are recreating the always packed 1950s-1970s tattoo parlor of famed queer tattooist Phil Sparrow.

What you get out of it?
**The opportunity to be part of a show that tells the story of one of the most radical queers of the past century–
**Many people will see your amazing ink!
**Food drinks and socializing with other guys about tats.

{{WHO WAS PHIL SPARROW?}}
**Sam Steward (Phil Sparrow)- was a sexual outlaw and one of the most important queer tattooist of the 20th Century– Sparrow was the tattoo mentor to Ed Hardy and Cliff Raven. He was the tattoo artist of the Hells Angels, friends of Gertrude Stein and Dr. Alfred Kinsey. He kept records of all of his sex acts for over 60 years, authored many books, articles and poetry that bring light to the mostly underground life of queer people of the 1930s-to the late 1960s. He was the famed homoerotic author (under the pen name) Phil Andros. He lived in Chicago and moved to Oakland/Berkeley in the late 1960s where he had a shop on San Pablo Ave and lived for 30 years till his death. This is a chance to be part of this amazing tattoo legacy.

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING:
Bring: Simple 1950s, 60′s, 70′s style clothes- Jeans, khakis, boxers, tightywhities, white t-shits, plaid or white tank tops, converse sneakers, boots, leather, chaps, sailor–military garb. Leather boots, Jock straps and —anything that could be from the 1940s-1950s.

WE ARE SEEKING GUYS(Z)–
OF EVERY SHAPE, SIZE, RACE/ETHNICITY WITH
Simple tattoos, American Folk style tattoos, anything queer ODD or unique. Not as interested in tribal or contemporary designs if you are covered in them. More old school preferred- at least on part of your body.

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Homo File’s First 2014 Work-in-Progress
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Apr 1st, 2014
Famed painter Sir Francis Rose and his model. Phot: Gary Ivanek

Famed painter Sir Francis Rose and his model. With drawing in background by Diego Gomez
Photo: Gary Ivanek

Here is a photo from our March 30th work-in-progress showing of the new and updated Homo File which will premiere May 30th at CounterPULSE for the National Queer Arts Festival. The show chronicles the fascinating life of queer shapeshifter and iconoclast Sam Steward. In the late 1930s Steward met the painter Sir Francis Rose (played by actor Ryan Hayes) through his most fervent collector Gertrude Stein. Steward remained friends for many years with Rose who had a lasting influence on his artistic life. Besides becoming a well-known author of homoerotic fiction, Steward later became Phil Sparrow one the the most celebrated queer tattooists in American tattoo history. Rose is pictured here with his model and lover Luis (understudy, Maximilian Urruzmendi). Live drawings in the background by the amazing  Diego Gomez.

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A short piece about Sam Steward and Homo File
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Oct 10th, 2012

By Edward Guthmann

-Freelance writer and former SF Chronicle film critic

Thanks for your wonderful “Homo File.” It’s very inventive and smart, and I felt it captured a lot about Sam very accurately. Also liked the casting of your lead actor as Sam. Would love to see how it develops.

I knew Sam for a few years, probably starting in ’78. I was in my twenties, writing for a local gay rag, the Sentinel, and also occasionally for the Advocate. I think we must’ve met when I interviewed him at the time “Dear Sammy” came out. After that I’d visit him periodically at his little cottage in west Berkeley (the neighborhood was low-rent but not, as Justin Spring wrote in “The Secret Historian,”  a “slum.”) I remember his dachshunds and cuckoo clocks; his dapper moustache, turtlenecks and air of Old World gentility. I remember the thick atmosphere of exotic memories he’d surrounded himself with. I remember him complaining about his neighbors, a household of “unreconstructed hippies” who played the Grateful Dead too often and too loudly.

He wasn’t getting around much. He didn’t own a car, and I remember that going to San Francisco on the bus was exhausting for him. There was a sadness in him, deep regret about not accomplishing more as a man of letters. I remember he called himself “a minor literary figure” and I remember his tales of befriending his literary heroes by writing them. He had a formula for currying a friendship through letters: flatter the writer, but not too much; say something intelligent and specific about their work; and never ask for favors.

Sam was very lonely as an old man. I’m sure he missed his friends, most of whom were gone. I’m sure he missed being part of the game: the great sexual hunt, the conquest and the exhaustive documentation of that conquest that absorbed most of his life. I don’t know if he regretted not settling down with someone; maybe he figured it wasn’t in his nature. But I remember how, when I once lamented the loss of a promising love, he chastised me. “But don’t you realize, Edward?,” he said in a harsh tone. “The life of the homosexual is the life of the butterfly! Relationships don’t last.”

In retrospect that sounds like a line from from “The Boys in the Band.” I don’t know if the bitterness in that statement was the result of pre-Stonewall oppression, or specific to Sam’s own history of intense sexual obsession. I know he disliked being old. He was in his early 70s, which , 30 years ago, seemed much older than it seems now.  He said once, for dramatic emphasis, “After all, I’m NINETY” — as if 70 were so ancient that he might as well have been 90.

It was amazing to discover “Secret Historian” and to see what a thorough and intelligent job Justin did with it.  I was thrilled for Sammy to be remembered and validated. He would’ve been surprised — and deeply gratified. It was the kind of recognition he always yearned for, even if it was less for his writing and more for his pioneering perambulations and the varied, extreme, sometimes self-destructive choices he made.

 

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Homo File is loved by audiences. Last chance to catch a glimpse of “the Zelig of 20th Century homosexuality”.
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Sep 29th, 2012

Well the run has been amazing thus far with sell out houses and very enthusiastic audiences for both Homo File and FML. We got wonderful press coverage and  appeared in several blogs. Here are a few.

A fabulous article by Kimberly Chun in the SF Chronicle 96 hours

Really interesting article by Richard Dodds in the Bay Area Reporter

Stance on Dance is a really interesting interview blog by Dancer/Writer Emmaly Wiederholt

A lovely review by Rob Avila about Homo File says…”On the bill with FML is a work-in-progress performance of Homo File, writer-designer-director Seth Eisen’s multi-media and cross-disciplinary show. It already sports a formidable narrative arc and aesthetic vision as it explores the life of Samuel Steward (1909–1993), an amazingly well, um, connected English professor, writer of homoerotic fiction, famous tattoo artist, and sexual rebel. The 30-odd minutes of material on display delivers a strong sense of this fascinating figure (played by Ned Brauer, with occasional and evocative recourse to some aerial straps), who kept elaborate record of his astounding range of sexual conquests and liaisons in what he called his “stud files,” a concatenation that forms a backbone to the story of a life told from the vantage of final days. Meanwhile, Eisen and his winning cast place Steward in a mise-en-scène equally as promiscuous, ranging over dramatic scenes, aerial acrobatics, shadow puppetry, and even a hilariously lewd application of the old teacher’s standby, the overhead projector”. (Avila)

A beast in the Jungle has a really well written perspective on the shows.

On Thursday night Sept 27th we had an incredible turn out for the HOMO FILE SALON DISCUSSION at The Center For Sex and Culture, hosted by Dr. Carol Queen. I was honored to be on a panel about Sam Steward and Homo File with special guest Michael Williams, executor of the Samuel Steward estate. Michael was a dear friend of Steward for the last 10 years of his life and very instrumental in making his art and life’s work available to us so that we can get a glimpse of what Carol queen calls “the Zelig the 20th Century Homosexuality.”

We talked about

  • The importance of queer elders pass on the lineage of our tradition to the younger generation
  • Queer Alliances as a path to artistic freedom and personal evolution.
  • Documentation and queer identity and how  Sam’s documentation helps us to get a glimpse of what it was like to be queer back in the pre-Stonewall days.
  • Why Phil Andros books are important (Andros was Steward’s pseudonym for erotic fiction). Michael’s perspective on Sam and the artists of his milieu was enlightening.
  • We Discussed the role of women in Sam’s life and that of Emmy Curtis his one and only long time female lover and dear friend. This is the role played by Elana Isaacs in the show.

 

All in all it was a great event with over 60 people in attendance.

The other amazing piece of that evening was the intimate conversation that the cast of Homo File had with Michael Williams in the dressing room after the show. He was really wonderful to us and filled with stories and tidbits about Sam which was a huge gift to us. It truly felt like the passing on of this really extraordinary lineage. I know it was a big gift to us. Here is a photo of Michael with our lead actor Ned Brauer who plays Sam Steward.

 

And lastly I want to share a very special photo of a few months ago taken my Director’s Assistant,Casey Collins who I am very grateful to for all of his support. These are the hands of the bunraku puppet of the old man Sam in the oven before being painted and added to the body. We have truly met our goal of making a really delicious Sam Stew.

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Audience Reactions to Seth Eisen and Xandra Ibarra
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Sep 21st, 2012

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Re-imagining a Polaroid pioneer
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Sep 19th, 2012

In 1948 The Polaroid Land camera revolutionized photography by allowing people to instantly and privately develop their own photographs. For Steward this was particularly important because any kind of evidence of deviant sexuality could be incriminating and may have cost him his job and led to prison time. He took these photographs in the hundreds and shared them with Dr. Kinsey and The Institute For Sexual Research where they were valued as a brave act of historic and scientific research. There was very little evidence of queer sexuality in these times.

Through the documentation of his sexual acts he was making queer sexuality visible. Along with his other record keeping practices such as the Stud File catalogue, documenting every sexual encounter of his life, Steward has left behind a testament of his sexual activity and a “body of evidence” marking his existence in a social arena that would have rendered him invisible.

In our gallery exhibit in the CounterPULSE lobby  we have re-imagined Steward’s queer gaze. We recreated his polaroids using local guys to pose for photos with our very own Sam Steward–Ned Brauer, the lead of Homo File.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Gary Ivanek

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Homo File articulates desire
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Sep 13th, 2012

We are in the final stages in the Homo File production and very excited by our progress this week. Working with many types of media is very exciting especially where it is related to how Sam Steward documented and articulated his desire in a social arena that would have preferred to render him invisible.

Ned Brauer as Sam Steward
Photo: Gary Ivanek

One of Steward’s documenting practices of queer sexuality in the 50s was with his Polaroid camera. The photos were a testament to the enormous risks he took during the McCarthy era. His Polaroids were of  particular interest to Alfred Kinsey and The Kinsey Institute For Research in Sex.

The gorgeous Jake models for Steward’s Polaroid series.
Photo: Gary Ivanek

Steward worked as a tattoo artist under the name of Phil Sparrow and ran tattoo shops in Chicago, Milwaukee and Oakland.  He was a tattoo mentor to famed tattoo artists Ed Hardy and Cliff Raven. Tattooing sailors was one of his favorite past times and another way of creating his homoerotic “body of evidence”.  Here we have Homo File lead Ned Brauer as Steward with a tattoo customer.

Ned Brauer as Phil Sparrow, tattoo artist.
Photo: Gary Ivanek

Here is a video of Ed Hardy speaking about Steward.

One of the ways we are experimenting and integrating Steward’s talents in drawing and tattooing is with live drawing by artist Diego Gomez.

Rich Hutchison as sailor in Homo File. Drawing by Diego Gomez

 

Check out our video for a sneak peek at what we are making.  http://kck.st/P9utau

We open in one week!!

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Rehearsing for Homo File
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Sep 8th, 2012

Here are a few pics of our cast working on Homo File in rehearsal.

Ned Brauer and Michael Soldier rehearsing for the Dr. Kinsey and Sam Steward scene at Kinetic Arts center.

Ned and Michael working with the amazing Emily Park at Kinetic Arts.

See more on our little promo video of the show here:

http://kck.st/P9utau

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Help support Homo File- and get some fabulous booty!
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Aug 27th, 2012

Hey want to see some great video of what we are working on and get some fabulous booty while you are at it?

We have just launched our Kickstarter campaign and we need your support to get Homo File off the ground. In only 1 week we have 25 backers and are $3713 away from our $5000 goal. If you can help us support his amazing project in this first stage you will also be helping to make it possible that our LGBTQ history is not erased.
Here is a link to our Kickstarter page where you can see some cool video snippets of the work in progress. We are giving away steaming hot art work from the show for your contribution. At least take a peek at the video.  http://kck.st/P9utau

And here is a photo of us at a recent rehearsal with our amazing composer Jewlia Eisenberg who we have had the great fortune to work with. It is gonna be good. Trust! Wait till you see what she got us to do with 5 typewriters!

Pictured here left to right: Rich Hutchison, Michael Soldier (aka Precious Moments), Ned Brauer, Elana Isaacs, and the amazing Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess fame.

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Two amazing Homo File shoots last weekend
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Jul 24th, 2012

We had two amazing shoots last weekend for Homo File. The first was with tattoo artist  Zeph Fish who was inking our Sam Steward played by Ned Brauer. Sam was mentored by tattoo artist Amund Deitzel. Sam himself was mentor to tattoo artists Ed Hardy and Cliff Raven here in the Bay Area after he moved here in 1967–(the year I was born). On Saturday Ned had an amazing image of Mercury put on by Zeph Fish at her studio in the Mission.  Here is a link to her site: zephrocious.com  Her work was amazing and she is not only an amazing artist but a very cool person. We are so honored to have her be part of this project.

K Lisette and Rich Hutchison are our video artists and also performers in the show.

On Sunday we did a second shoot recreating Sam Steward’s tattoo parlor and his Chicago apartment where he did much of his research and documentation of tattooing and sex for The Kinsey Institute and for his own archives. Here are some photos by Gary Ivanek, a photographer working with us on the project. Ned Brauer appears as Sam, Brit Zane as sailor and Chris Hammett as a tattoo client. Amazing work by all the models who showed up, Michael Soldier who recruited and choreographed some hot scenes and our incredible film crew: Gary Ivanek, K Lisette, Rich Hutchison, Mark McBeth, Marko Serpas. Thanks to the generosity of Carol Queen and Robert Lawrence at Center for Sex and Culture for letting us use their amazing space for the shoot.

 

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