San Francisco had three fantastic art fairs happening last weekend: SF Fine Arts Fair at Fort Mason, artMRKT at the Concourse Exhibition Center and ArtPad at the Phoenix Hotel. For ArtPad the Phoenix rearranged the hotel rooms overlooking the pool patio and created makeshift galleries to display local art work. I love the vibe of the Phoenix so I dragged Denys to come check out the space for a Black Rock Arts Foundation benefit party on Friday night.

The Phoenix is known as San Francisco’s “rock and roll hotel so I thought it was very fitting to have Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art here featuring black and white photographs of Debbie Harry and David Bowie taken by Richard Peterson.

Simulated sex is the new diamond skull. Borrowing from Andrea Fraser’s intercourse of intimacy and performance, student artist Eliane Lima directed actors into having hot sex performed on-site room at the Phoenix Hotel, then screened it for guests to see. The kinky video is part pornography and part performance/visual art.

In the same room, James Mitchell Perley created an installation to explore spaces that are “haunted by many bodies that successively inhabited them over time…” The shower scene was inspired by the diaries of the late director George Kuchar.


Jhina Alvarado at the 111 Minna room.

Parked outside the Phoenix we found Artis Mobilus (or Art Is Mobile Us?) a brightly decorated bus that doubles as a tiny, funky art gallery. The current exhibition features the punk rock graffiti paintings of Sean Murdock.

ArtPad went on the entire weekend with multimedia performances, panels and ending with live music poolside courtesy of Noise Pop.

BOY TOYS TALK BACK: What do you think of sex as performance art? Can pornography be art?