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Survival of the Satirist 

Wednesday, Nov 13 2013
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All too often an exhibit is described as "important," but rarely are viewers warned that "people who do not see this show will die." Survivalists list food, water, shelter, and fire as necessities when the shit eventually hits the fan, and Jeremiah Jenkins's "Survival Guide" is pitched as a how-to for remaining among the living, demonstrated through photos, mixed-media, video, and performance. But photos show Jenkins hiking a (well-beaten) trail and, although he carries shelter on his back like any capable outdoorsman, his is a dollhouse. Armed with a bow and arrow and a backwoods swagger, Jenkins stands over his prize: a sirloin steak, still encased in plastic, an arrow protruding dead center. One shot, one kill. He says, "My objects are a catalyst for discovering the way the world is and it turns out, the world is a pretty funny place," and the curator clarifies that the show "will be socially and politically satirical," so no need to take notes. A master of the elements, Jenkins has wrestled mud (not mud wrestled) and won, at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he earned his MFA, but based on his cache — feather knives, baseball grenades, and a Swiss Army knife cut out of cardstock — you probably wouldn't want him on your team in the zombie apocalypse.


Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 22. Continues through Jan. 4, 2013

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