Constance Hockaday, Daniel Alexander Jones and Kristina Wong make performance and multi-disciplinary art works that explore political voice, shared space, disruption and belonging. In this moment of cultural and political crisis, three artists that defy easy categorization share their thoughts on how we can all engage in some radical imagination to create a new future.
Constance Hockaday is a Chilean American visual artist who grew up on the water in Port Isabel, Texas, five miles from where the Rio Grande River dumps into the Gulf of Mexico. She has created outsider maritime projects for more than 15 years, from a boat hotel The Guardian called “a New York City success story” to a floating peep show bobbing in the San Francisco harbor that highlighted the loss of spaces for the Bay Area’s queer community. A 2014 TED Fellow, Hockaday has received grants from The Puffin Foundation, Southern Exposure, the City of Oakland, and the East Bay Artist Fund as well as commissions from Flux Factory and SFMOMA. She was a 2019-20 CAP UCLA Artist-in-Residence and her newest work, Artist-in-Presidents which is part of our 2020-21 Season, was also a commissioned by CAP UCLA.
Daniel Alexander Jones exemplifies the artist as energy worker. While his body of original work includes plays, performance pieces, recorded music, concerts, music theatre events, essays and long-form improvisations, energy is his true medium. The Herb Alpert Foundation notes that he “creates multi-dimensional experiences where bodies, minds, emotions, voices and spirits conjoin, shimmer and heal.” Jones was a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and a Doris Duke Artist Award recipient. He is also a 2020-21 CAP UCLA Artist-in-Residence.
Kristina Wong is a performance artist, comedian and elected representative of L.A.’s Koreatown. When her national tour of Kristina Wong for Public Office (about her run and win for local elected office) was sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic, she pivoted to touring Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Empire on Zoom. Sweatshop Empire recounts how in 10 days she went from out-of-work artist to the Factory Overlord of the Auntie Sewing Squad, a national network of people who have turned their living rooms into homemade mask-sewing “sweatshops” in response to the federal government’s failure to provide proper PPE to essential workers and vulnerable communities. In the “before times,” Kristina toured her award-winning solo shows internationally, was a guest on late night television and created the kids web series “Radical Cram School.”
Funds provided by the Arthur E. Guedel Memorial Lectureship Fund and the Sally & William A. Rutter Endowment for the Performing Arts.