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3x Juan Matos, Zach Clark & Angela Willetts, Long Hu (Jon Axtell)

AT 40TH STREET NEW LIFE STOREFRONT (644 40TH ST)

3x is an ongoing series of micro-performances and presentations every Wednesday night at the Wolfman New Life Quarterly Bookstore (644 40th Street). Two or three artists will perform or present three roughly five minute sets at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30. 3x offers an experimental, serial space for audience and performer to break up the predictable dynamics of an evening of performance. Performers/presenters will include writers, visual artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and practitioners of all sorts. Come for one "set" or stay for all three!

Juan Matos is a multimedia artist and friend. His art practice stems from his father’s constant nagging and teachings about his own life philosophy although he has never taken philosophy seriously. His most recent work combines video, performance and music in order to make “once-in-a-life-time” experiences. 

Zach Clark was born in 1983 in Denver, Colorado. He studied photography at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs until he dropped out to join a rock and roll band and spent several years living in vans, busses, and hotel rooms, even though his professor tried to tell him he was a much better artist than he was a musician. Zach is inclined to agree with her in hindsight. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago to complete his studies and graduate with a BFA in Painting. Shortly after graduating, he relocated to Oakland, CA where he fell in love with printmaking, letterpress, and baseball. He completed his MFA at the University of California at Davis, where he focused within printmaking, book arts, and photography. His work is concerned with themes of locational memory, heritage, and community. He is the founding editor of Composite, a free quarterly electronic arts magazine, as well as the publisher of the small press National Monument Press.

Angela Willetts is a multi-disciplinary artist, working primarily in performance-for-camera.  She received her MFA from UC Davis, and her bachelor’s degree in Literature and Education from the University of Cambridge, in the UK. She won graduate fellowships to both the Headlands Center for The Arts, where she is currently an affiliate artist, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2016. Her work has been exhibited throughout Northern California, including at The Lab, The Berkeley Art Center, Verge Center for the Arts, and the Manetti Shrem Museum. Her work is also included in the collection at the di Rosa Center For Contemporary Art, Napa, CA.

Long Hu is the performance project of Oakland artist, Jon Axtell. It is also the name of a polluted and beautiful lake in Bengbu, Anhui Province, China. Long Hu’s current installment “G-H-S” - explores loss, remembrance, possession, societal corruption, life after life, determination, and insanity. G-H-S is presented through the three elements of Dirt, Water, & Fire. It is dedicated to the victims of the Ghost Ship fire, and specifically Alex Ghassan and Hanna Ruax. The EM Wolfman performance is an annotated version of a three-part, site specific series leading up to the anniversary of the fire.