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Housing_narrow“HOUSING” is an exhibit I curated with 18 Bay Area artists at the office of Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) looking at what the meaning of this place we call home. The artists come from all different backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations, countries of orgin, races, and artistic styles. They represent all the incredible diversity of the San Francisco Bay.
There will be a reception held on Friday, October 13, 2017 in the office of Senator Wiener at 455 Golden Gte Ave., Suite 14800 from 5:00-7:30pm.  This is an after hours event at the State Building, and a RSVP here ( http://goo.gl/SrTAqn ) is needed to get through security.
The artists include Joseph Abbati, Chad Berwald, Julie Blankenship, Jasmin Cañas, Entrophy, Joan Karissa Gallego, Alexander Hernandez, OLE Johnson, Kevin B Jones, Diana Krevsky, Rikki List, Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh, Genevieve Pflueger, Ari Salomon, Shannon D. Schmidt, Debra Walker, Deidre Weinberg,  and Termeh Yeghiazarian.
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Joseph Abbati
“Tent City, San Francisco”, 2017
digital print collage
30″ X 80″
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“Tent City, San Francisco”, 2017(detail)

Trans is a video exploring other personas morphed to myself.  These transformations were collected from my posts on Instagram(@jabbati).   They were originally created in Snapchat from my own photos and others I follow on Instagram.   It’s a study of augmenting my reality with the outside world and creating a new narrative by rendering myself new to the world.

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LARGER THAN LIFE is a solo exhibit of Joseph Abbati’s portraits of San Francisco drag queens turned into large scale tapestries. Those featured included well known drag queens who have contributed to the LGBTQ community:  Sister Roma, Heklina, Peaches Christ, Honey Mahogany, Juanita More!, Creme Fatale, Grace Towers, and Juicy Liu. The exhibit had an opening reception on March 3 and will be exhibited throughout the month at Strut, 470 Castro St., San Francisco.