my gaze / / / yr gaze
denah a. johnston presents canyon cinema

april 27
7 - 11 pm


n/a is excited to present a selection of shorts by denah a. johnston, director of operations, at the canyon cinema foundation, who co-present this program. this special presentation features the following works on 16mm motion picture film:

this is it by james broughton (1971) 10 min. 
scar tissue by su friedrich (1979) 7 min. 
geography of the body by willard maas (1943) 7 min. 
a visit to indiana by curt mcdowell (1970) 10 min.
amphetamine by warren sonbert (1966) 10 min.
chiquitita and the soft escape by michael robinson (2003) 10 min.
no no nooky TV by barbara hammer (1987) 12 min.
removed by naomi uman (1999) 6 min.
invocation of my demon brother by kenneth anger (1969) 11 min.

my gaze / / / yr gaze is a screening program that explores what cinema seen through a queer perspective can tell us about itself, ourselves, the worlds we live in, and the worlds we imagine. it is curated by irwin swirnoff. 

image from chiquitita and the soft escape by michael robinson.


denah a. johnston is a san francisco based filmmaker, writer, teacher and director of operations at canyon cinema foundation. her first book no future now: a nomadology of resistance and subversion was released in spring 2012. an editor for agnè, she is always on the lookout for new and challenging works on female filmmakers. her current research explores cinema produced by women, transcending gendered representations in the production of their work regardless of form or substance. >


irwin swirnoff (b. pheonix 1977, lives in the bay area) received his mfa from the san francisco art institute, and teaches in the cinematic arts department at cal state university monterey bay. 

using film, photography, creative writing, and his background in zine & d.i.y. culture, he creates intimate work with a queer sensibility, exploring intimacy, longing, loss, desire, physicality, sexuality, and the constant struggle to remain in the here and now. a longtime dj, he's hosted the popular radio show, sleeves on hearts and served as the music director of kusf 90.3fm, in san francisco.

irwin's work has been shown throughout the united states and europe at festivals like outfest, the new york film fest, frameline, seattle queer film festival, toronto inside out, etcetera, and he's been featured in the new york times, sf weekly, maximum rock n roll, punk planet, and the bold italic.


jaimie healy
Night Window. 

april 12 - may 18 2014


'an urge, at the cost of nervous collapse in cheap rooms, propels poetry toward something that detectives call perfection. dead-end street.' roberto bolaño

n/a is proud to present Night Window. a new body of work by jaime healy. gently repealing legibility through gestures inscrutable and sloppy, incisive, doubtful, draped and carefully cut, her concrete, neon and found material sculptures are assays into the nature of articulation.

concerned with being as a condition of language and meaning as a product of consent, healy creates gaps – material gestures that de-construct syntax and allow for new articulation; gasps of air that circumvent hierarchies typically established through the body. with an opaque, unattached and accidental air, the work seems simultaneously without affect and terribly alarmed — it is artwork that has been found, kicked around, delivered: a careful debris. a sentence without a clause: an invitation.

Night Window. will include a series of readings, participants to be announced.

image by jaimie healy.


jaimie healy (b. 1977, new jersey) creates work that moves across disciplines from painting, to sculpture, and performance, often also drawing from the written word in poetry, philosophy, and psychology. considering her art a form of writing, one encounters objects as words and arrangement, a syntax in which none of the relationships are manifest.

healy is interested in ideas of consciousness, started her schooling studying art and revolution of 1789 france at hampshire college, traveling to the ukraine as a christian missionary, and later receiving her bfa from the san francisco art institute and her mfa from the california college of the arts.


n/a is an exhibition and event space with a focus on the queer experience in contemporary art practice, centered in oakland, california. support for n/a is provided by southern exposure's alternative exposure grant program > 4304 west street oakland, california 94608