Archive: The 24 Hour Art Show

The 24 Hour Art Show is dead, long live the 24 Hour Art Show.

About the 24 Hour Art Show

With a motel as muse, studio and gallery, Twenty Four Hour Show was an intensive incubator for the emergence of new ideas and new work. As a group of workaholics, community leaders, activists, and of course artists, the women of the Twenty Four Hour Show are constantly at odds with the clock. The show provided them with opportunity and challenge as they literally put everything aside for the sake of art. The Twenty Four Hour Show began in 2005 and ran for 3 consecutive years.

“The Twenty Four Hour Show was conceived out of the observation that all of us spend our entire waking life working. Whether it’s the 9-5er or helping our friends produce whatever wild plan they have up their sleeves, we rarely have the time or energy left to do our own work. Workaholics by trade, each of us has at least two jobs, multiple collaborations, a handful of relationships, and the list goes on and on…I asked the question, what if we all just took a 24 hour period and devoted it strictly to our own work? The 24Hour Show was the answer to my question.We all find ourselves caught in that cultural drive of production, overproduction, exhaustion, mixed in with dashes of perfectionism, egotism, and a general need to overachieve. It’s what we do with it that makes it important. Welcome to the Twenty Four Hour Show. Enjoy the ride.”- Shawn Tamaribuchi


Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik is an artist and writer based in San Francisco with a B.A. in Studio Art from Scripps College and M.A./M.F.A candidacy in Visual and Critical Studies and Interdiscipliniary Art at the California College of the Arts. She has exhibited her work at venues such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SOMArts, Whitman College, and Root Division. She is the art editor for Hyphen magazine, a founding member of the 24hourshow art collective, and a board member at Kearny Street Workshop. With an extensive background in marketing and event production, Sita has worked with Dwell, Maker Faire, and Wired magazine and is known to throw a killer party. (

“My work explores the duality intrinsic in the literal flatness of representation and its complexity. The themes of fragmentation, multiplicity, hybridity and pop culture in all its fizzyness pervade my work. Captured by a camera, embodied in an object, or connoted through a process, meaning is the substance of my art practice. I am fascinated by mechanical reproductions of skin such as pantyhose and makeup because they involve discussions of beauty and race in simple, mundane items. It is through a conscious art practice that I explore the space between and create the spaces that are absent. Because the possibilities in representation not only foreshadows but also creates possibilities for existence.”

Elokin is a dirty femme. You can find her in the garden in high heels, or up to her queerest miniskirt in mud- building houses and turning compost. Food, dirt, and seeds inspire Elokin’s artwork and activism, combining to create living structures and edible installations. What comes out is everything from bike jewelry and home-grown veggie paints to ceramic lizard chicken teapots and public art planting seeds for decolonization. .. overgrow the government! beet the system, squash the state!

Jiz Lee is a genderqueer porn star who is known for a gender-bending androgynous look, female ejaculation, vaginal fisting, strap-on performance, and fun sex-positive attitude about sex. The award-winning performer, who prefers the pronouns “they/them” instead of “she/her” is an advocate for ethical empowerment of realistic bodies and equal gender agency in pornography. In their short years in the adult industry, Jiz has performed for celebrated directors and renown female pornographers, and has contributed as a writer to numerous print and online publications. With a background in arts management, Jiz is also a philanthropist and created the Karma Pervs membership paysite as a creative outlet benefiting sex-positive, queer and kink-friendly non-profit organizations. Ever fascinated by the radical potential of sex, love, and art, Jiz runs a personal blog about sex work as a medium for social activism at

Mia Nakano is an artist, activist, teacher, and perpetual student. Nakano has honed her skills working on international and national photography projects primarily focused on creating visibility in the queer community. The intent behind many of her images is to create a politicized commentary on race, gender, sexuality, and the environment. Her work has been published in Hyphen Magazine, Curve, Colorlines, and she has contributed to numerous publications and organizations throughout the U.S. Mia is passionate about creating social justice through media, and equally as passionate about cooking and eating. She’s the Co-Director & Digital Manager of RayKo Photo Center, loves everything from digital to historic processes, and yes, she still shoots with film. ( |

Born and raised in Southern California, Christine Pan is a Los Angeles based self-taught photographer. She received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999 as a Women’s Studies major. While working for various minority based non-profits after graduating, Christine started to develop her hobby of photography into an avenue of expression for herself and her community. As a queer woman of color, Christine is dedicated to developing her voice and style in order to increase visibility for diverse women and a diverse community.

Han Pham is a storyteller. Her stories have been featured on the radio, in the McGraw-Hill anthology “Encounters: Essays for Exploration and Inquiry,” and in publications such as Hyphen Magazine, Ostrich Ink, Nguoi Viet News and Nha Magazine. Active in the Asian American art community as a performer, artist and producer, Han has her performance roots with the Vietnamese theater ensemble, Club O’Noodles, for whom she has written, choreographed and performed on stage and film.
Han is a founding curator of Fling!, a multi-disciplinary art show uniting artists, writers and performers to explore the art of relationships and is an advising curator for several San Francisco arts organizations, including Kearny Street Workshop’s Space 180, APAture (a multi-disciplinary arts festival presenting the work of emerging Asian Pacific American artists in the San Francisco Bay Area) and the Mission Community Council. A member of the San Francisco Bay Area art collectives The 24HourShow and the Vietnamese Artists Collective, Han is a contributor and editor of “AS IS: A Collection of Visual and Literary Art by Emerging Vietnamese Americans”.

When days are marked by obligations, you face reality with humor and fantasies. In the day, Elizabeth Sy faces reality armed with pots, pans and spices, her bike, and the vibrant world of her non-profit program, Banteay Srei. At other times, Elizabeth wanders in her fantasies, installing cheeky store fronts that inspire dialogue about appropriation and ignorant consumerism, walking along river fronts cooled by the breeze of running rivers on hot and humid nights, and spending the night sewing tea cozies for care packages sent randomly to friends. The 24hourshow is the only art show in which she chooses to participate.

Shawn Tamaribuchi holds a BFA in Photography and Digital Media from Scripps College, and has completed studies at the Glasgow School of Art. For the past six years she has worked as a creative director, print and web production artist, web developer and manager. Her artistic interests reside in the realm of digital-media and experimental performance art, and her performances and visual work has been seen locally, nationally, and internationally. Just some of the projects Tamaribuchi has been involved with include: The 24hourshow art collective, the Visibility Project, twincest, and Readjust Economies of Desire. Shawn is invited to lecture at universities and festivals about the politics of representation through the lenses of feminist, queer, and racial theories. She is currently the marketing and web manager at RayKo.

Past Shows

2006 – Phoenix Hotel
The second annual show was in October of 2006, with illustrator and graphic artist Lauren Wong joining the original six artists.

2005 – Castro Travelodge
The twenty four hour show began in 2005 as a brainchild of San Francisco based artist Shawn Tamaribuchi. The location was unveiled online, with only an address. Actual room numbers were blasted out that day, as six artists took over two motel rooms, and had 24 hours to come up with finished pieces of artwork. What came out of the delirium, collaboration, and madness was outstanding…at least we thought so. Check it out and decide for yourself.

The Work

[scrollGallery id=7]Mia and Jez’s Collaboration 2008
Mia and Jez collaborated on this short animation for the 2008 3rd annual 24 Hour Show.Thanks Elizabeth for the dia de los muertos dolls!

Random Ramblings…

first crack
January 19th, 2008

It’s nearly 4am.

Han is putting on make up.

Sita paints pepper and cinnamon.

Mia and Shawn join Elokin, Christine, Elisy and Jez, all unwinding from some unwanted guests. Two wandering drunk boys desperate to update their facebook profiles. Or hit on hot Asian artists. Or both.

Boys: “Are you surfing the web?”

Boys: “Are you Asian?”

I was busy trying to make a royal throne out of cardboard so I missed their replies. I imagine Mia’s to be a blank stare.

Before I hit “save” Christine and Sita will have fallen asleep. An hour nap or so, before we prepare for a sunrise photoshoot in the SOMA. I’m not a blogger, or a storyteller, but I did take some photos. Maybe someone else will pick up the laptop and complete the story…

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