Discussion and images by photographer Brittany Powell | Reading by poet Emily Hunt | Reading by Harmony Holiday | Performance by Clumsy
Pro Arts Gallery is excited to announce the second of its Hybrid Series events, blurring the traditional boundaries between artistic disciplines. Curated by Sara Mumolo, the Hybrid Series #2 explores the boundaries and the dissolution of boundaries between artistic media.
Pro Arts' Hybrid Series serves as a departure from the conventional mode of presentation by subverting traditional groupings to create new connections and dialogues.
Brittany M. Powell was born in Naples, Italy and grew up in the Washington DC area and New Orleans, LA. She moved to San Francisco in 1999 to study photography at the California College of the Arts with Larry Sultan and Jim Goldberg and graduated in 2003. Since then she has worked as a freelance and fine art photographer and filmmaker. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Slate Magazine, Fast Company, Featureshoot, Hyperallergic, USA Today, the Huffington Post, National Geographic, the San Francisco Chronicle, Yoga Journal, Chronicle Books, and Edible San Francisco. Powell earned an MFA from San Francisco State University in 2015 and is an adjunct professor of photography and video at Napa Valley College. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Murphy Cadogen Contemporary Art Award, gifted by the San Francisco Foundation. In 2015, Brittany was a finalist for the Dorothea Lange prize in documentary, and was awarded fellowships from both the Vermont Studio Center and the Headlands Center for the Arts.
Emily Hunt is the author of the poetry collection Dark Green (The Song Cave, 2015), named a “standout debut” by Publishers Weekly. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her poems have appeared in the PEN Poetry Series, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Feature, The Poetry Society of America’s “In Their Own Words” Series, The Iowa Review, TYPO, The Volta, Diagram, and many other journals. In 2013, Brave Men Press published This Always Happens, a book of her drawings, and Floating Wolf Quarterly published New Clouds, a digital chapbook. Emily has provided cover art for several poetry collections and illustrations for various online publications. She currently lives in Oakland, CA.
Born in Waterloo, Iowa, poet and choreographer Harmony Holiday is the daughter of Northern Soul singer/songwriter Jimmy Holiday. Holiday was educated at the University of California, Berkeley and at Columbia University. Her debut collection of poems, Negro League Baseball (2011), won the Fence Books Motherwell Prize. Holiday’s work tests the limits of language and memory, pushing at the elasticity of both poems and prose. As a reviewer for Publishers Weekly noted of Negro League Baseball, “Chaotic and mesmerizing, with sex, violence, music, history and semantics moving at breakneck speed, Holiday’s debut is a rare event: in prose poems and in isolated lines, her long unruly sentences take in a mother’s funeral, a tumultuous love affair, Mississippi family roots, Northern branches, and the partly improvised, often confrontational styles of advanced African-American music from be-bop and post-bop to hip-hop and whatever lies beyond.”
Spaced out and dreamy, self-described “bedroom psych” band, Clumsy are the underage makers of the future from Oakland, CA. The three-piece jazz-inspired, and pop-infused and that performs with a pronounced asceticism.