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Current Print Issue. 15


LIA GANGITANO, SHUJI TERAYAMA, REIKO TOMII, CASEY JANE ELLISON, ED FORNIELES, YEMENWED, KEMBRA PFAHLER, HOUSE OF LADOSHA, SAHEI RAHAL, DEAN BLUNT, HOLLIS FRAMPTON & KERRY TRIBE, TRICIA LAWLESS MURRAY, VAGINAL DAVIS, MELISSA WYMAN, DYNASTY HANDBAG, LISA RYBOVICH CRALLÉ, CHRISTOPHER FÜLLEMANN, BAILEY HIKAWA, ALYSON SHOTZ, CY MORGAN, LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI, CARLIE WILMANS, The Possible: DAVID WILSON, Theda’s Island: Chapter 6, ZINE REVIEWS

[SPECIAL EDITION PULL OUT - PRINTED VERSION ONLY] with VITO ACCONCI, PAUL KOS, TOM MARIONI, BONNIE ORA SHERK, LOWELL DARLING, TONY LABAT

SFAQ Pick: “Black Is the New Orange” solo exhibition by Emily Sundblad at House of Gaga, Amsterdam.

Installation view. Courtesy of House of Gaga.

Installation view. Courtesy of House of Gaga.

Installation view. Courtesy of House of Gaga.

Installation view. Courtesy of House of Gaga.

Installation view. Courtesy of House of Gaga.

Installation view. Courtesy of House of Gaga.

 

Currently on view at House of Gaga, Amsterdam is “Black Is the New Orange,” a solo exhibition by Emily Sundblad.  The exhibition is an amazing display of various works that include drawing, assemblage, sculpture, and installation.  Playing in the gallery is 8 old English folk songs played in the gallery and displayed each on it’s own USB stick with hardware. The songs are adapted from early recordings by Shirley Collins and performed by Emily Sundblad and Matt Sweeney.  “Black Is the New Orange” is an attempt to explore how two antiquated institutions- the zoo and marriage- and one institution that will always be a jour- death- illustrate a feeling of imprisonment by love.

 

“Black Is the New Orange” is on view through April 26, 2014.
For more information visit House of Gaga, Amsterdam.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “Pax Kaffraria” solo exhibition by Meleko Mokgosi at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Strike The Sun” solo exhibition by Robert Longo at Petzel, New York.

-SFAQ Pick: “Los Angeles” solo exhibition by Mary Weatherford at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.

 

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SFAQ Pick: “Pax Kaffraria” solo exhibition by Meleko Mokgosi at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Installation view. Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery.

Installation view.  Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery.

Installation view. Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery.

Installation view.  Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery.

Installation view. Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery.

 

Currently on view at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles is “Pax Kaffraria,” a solo exhibition by Meleko Mokgosi featuring the final chapters of his three-year long history painting project. The exhibition will also include a series of charcoal drawings of iconic breeds of southern African dogs and text-based paintings interrogating recent exhibitions of African Art and imagery of Africa. “Pax Kaffraria” as a whole articulates the incommensurable aspects of the post-colonial condition through strategic structuring of moments and fragments that exceed traditional structures of authority and representation. These unmoored narrative pulses are local and particular, a counterpoint to the metanarratives of nationalism.

 

Pax Kaffraria” is on view through May 31, 2014.

For more information visit Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “Strike The Sun” solo exhibition by Robert Longo at Petzel, New York.

-SFAQ Pick: “Los Angeles” solo exhibition by Mary Weatherford at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Caerulea” solo exhibition by Clare Rojas at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco. Opening Thursday, May 1.

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SFAQ Pick: “Strike The Sun” solo exhibition by Robert Longo at Petzel, New York.

Installation view. Courtesy of Petzel, New York.

Installation view. Courtesy of Petzel, New York.

Installation view. Courtesy of Petzel, New York.

Installation view. Courtesy of Petzel, New York.

Installation view. Courtesy of Petzel, New York.

Installation view. Courtesy of Petzel, New York.

 

Currently on view at Petzel, New York is “Strike The Sun,” a solo exhibition by Robert Longo in partnership with Metro Pictures. At Petzel, Longo looks to the U.S. Capitol building and the American flag, two highly polarizing national symbols. In Longo’s enormous seven-panel drawing of this historic building, the immutable monumentality of the U.S. Capitol image is particularized by subtle variations in the molding above each of the building’s windows and by their individual curtains. Longo’s most recent confrontation with the contentious nature of the American flag as symbol of both nationalism and protest is a 17-foot high black wax surfaced sculpture that appears to collapse into or fall through the gallery’s floor. A mediating note is a drawing of the poignantly solemn image of the riderless horse that led JFK’s funeral procession. A concurrent exhibition at Metro Pictures, “Gang of Cosmos,” includes twelve charcoal drawings of well-known Abstract Expressionist paintings.

 

Strike The Sun is on view through May 10, 2014.

For more information visit Petzel, New York.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “Los Angeles” solo exhibition by Mary Weatherford at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Caerulea” solo exhibition by Clare Rojas at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco. Opening Thursday, May 1.

-SFAQ Pick: “Alvor” two person exhibition at Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles.

 

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SFAQ Pick: “Los Angeles” solo exhibition by Mary Weatherford at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.

Installation view. Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery.

Installation view. Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery.

Installation view. Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery.

Installation view. Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery.

Oxnard Ventura, 2014, (detail) Flashe and neon on linen, 112.5 x 100 x 4.375 inches (285.8 x 254 x 11.1 cm). Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery.

Oxnard Ventura, 2014, (detail) Flashe and neon on linen, 112.5 x 100 x 4.375 inches (285.8 x 254 x 11.1 cm). Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery.

 

Currently on view at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles is “Los Angeles,” a solo exhibition by Mary Weatherford. “Los Angeles” is the latest of the artist’s exhibitions to address notions of place through painting, as well as the use of sculptural elements––in this case neon lighting––to expand painting’s formal reach. It also finds Weatherford experimenting with new scale and formats, and a broader, more intense range of color relationships. Each painting in “Los Angeles” begins with a gestural abstraction made in thin layers of Flashe paint. The fields of overlapping color that result are at once atmospheric and rooted in the physicality of their application. They are juxtaposed with one or more neon tubes arranged according to preliminary sketches that take wiring and power source into account.

 

“Los Angeles” is on view through May 31, 2014.

For more information visit David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “Caerulea” solo exhibition by Clare Rojas at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco. Opening Thursday, May 1.

-SFAQ Pick: “Alvor” two person exhibition at Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Depression” group exhibition organized by Ramiken Crucible at François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles.

 

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SFAQ Review: “Here Lies Space” group exhibition at Heaven Gallery, Chicago.

“Here Lies Space”

Heaven Gallery

1550 North Milwaukee, 2nd floor

Chicago, IL 60622

April 4 – May 11, 2014

 

By Amanda Roscoe Mayo

 

 

Installation view. Image credit Robert Heishman and Heaven.

Installation view. Image credit Robert Heishman and Heaven.

 

“Here Lies Space” is an exhibition that does not investigate space in terms of installation, but rather, one in which each individual work expands and contracts its own perception of capacity. The notion of space is one that many artists have explored throughout time. Most notably of which was Yves Klein. Through painting, sculpture, and photographic record Klein challenged the identity of space. The title of this show (also the title of a Klein work from 1960) indicates that space resides here, in this moment and place. “Lie” of course can mean something other than “to be situated.” It can indicate a position in space when it reveals that a body or object is flat, fully reclined, or horizontal. Most commonly known, however, it can mean something that is actually fiction passing for truth. The work found hovering above Milwaukee Avenue in Heaven Gallery’s second floor space adheres to one or all of these definitions.

 

Two large rooms hold work by Robert Burnier, Aron Gent, Heather Mekkelson, Robert Chase Heishman and Jessica Taylor Caponigro. The work in “Here Lies Space” offers comprehensive scope as sculptures, paintings, and photographs sparsely find themselves occupying the space on and between these white walls. The way to work through this show is by entering the side gallery first and letting the lightly placed works ease into a broader understanding of the investigation of space.

 

Installation view. Image credit Robert Heishman and Heaven.

Installation view. Image credit Robert Heishman and Heaven.

Image credit Robert Heishman and Heaven.

Image credit Robert Heishman and Heaven.

 

Each artist is represented by several works in “Here Lies Space,” which allows for an active and comparative analysis of the breadth of their work. Robert Burnier deals in large part with collapsing space that only exists in theory. “Lektrinkis” (2013) is a wall sculpture of sorts that illustrates a computer generated object/program/plane that has been collapsed, while these works resemble a John Chamberlain on the wall, they deal much more in systems and volume as a foldable entity. His use of matte paint on metal further implements the surface causing any light that may be reflected to be absorbed. Shadows, if any, sharpen, driving out any depth that may be present. “Atingi” (2014) and “Ten (Sanding)” (2014) are drawings and objects that successfully explain the multi-dimensionality of surface. The marks made by Burnier can’t help but feel dragged even though they are intended to be straight. The surface of the wood interacts with the pen in such a way that it imposes itself on the line causing it to falter as it is carried across the surface. The failed expectation of pattern can be found in Jessica Taylor Caponigro’s paintings. Like Burnier the artist’s mark is perceptible and imperative when reading the work. Caponigro’s “Stone Court” and “What Was, Was” are reminiscent of a décor that exists in the world but isn’t entirely place-able. This arrangement as an image similarly calls into question the inquisition of space in the two-dimensional realm. The facts of the pattern are presented as true but the creation alone is what falsifies their reality.

 

 

Installation view. Image credit Robert Heishman and Heaven.

Installation view. Image credit Robert Heishman and Heaven.

Installation view. Image credit Robert Heishman and Heaven.

Installation view. Image credit Robert Heishman and Heaven.

 

Experiences of chance are palpable in Aron Gent’s “Material Scrape” (2014), which resides on one large wall and consists of 40 framed pieces of butcher paper containing the excrements of a high end professional printer. Colorful peaks and valleys, scrapes and blobs, abstractly explode on each page submitting a sense of wonder as to how such an arrangement could have accidentally arrived on the paper and how the ink literally and figuratively shapes area. Peppered throughout the gallery are small sculptures by Heather Mekkelson. “Unrelated Split” (2013) consists of a mirror bisecting a small piece of metallic gold painted driftwood atop a dark pedestal. “Courser” (2013), half of a piece of wood painted and coated in wax is suspended upon a metal rod about 1 inch in diameter. This coupled with the pedestal holding “Unrelated Split” offer the sense that these pieces are specimens that require the visitor’s attention. Questions of origin and identity as related to the material arise as one circles the sculptures.

 

 

Image credit Robert Heishman and Heaven.

Image credit Robert Heishman and Heaven.

 

Robert Chase Heishman’s three works entitled, “_Img #17” “_Img #18” and “_Img #10” completely confuse real and imagined territory through photography. Visual indicators in the images are provided in the form of tape, creating stripes that flatten the field only to be disrupted by an object of volume beneath the lines. This tension complicates the photograph into confounding space. “Here Lies Space” takes on a topic nearly every visual artist is aware of when working but does so by investigating it on a conceptual level. The artists here are scrutinizing established forms of space rather than offering new definitions, which makes for a much more interesting study on the thing that surrounds and contains everything.

 

“Here Lies Space” is on view through May 11, 2014.

For more information visit Heaven Gallery, Chicago.

 

Previous review by Amanda Roscoe Mayo:

-SFAQ Review: “Teen Paranormal Romance” curated by Hamza Walker at The Renaissance Society, Chicago.

 

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SFAQ Pick: “Caerulea” solo exhibition by Clare Rojas at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco. Opening Thursday, May 1.

Clare Rojas Untitled (CR1401), 2014 Oil on canvas. 48” x 64” Courtesy of Gallery Paule Anglim.

Clare Rojas
Untitled (CR1401), 2014
Oil on canvas. 48” x 64”
Courtesy of Gallery Paule Anglim.

Clare Rojas - Piecemeal installation view. Courtesy of Gallery Paule Anglim 2012

Clare Rojas – Piecemeal installation view. Courtesy of Gallery Paule Anglim
2012

 

Opening Thursday, May 1 at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco is “Caerulea,” a solo exhibition by Clare Rojas. Rojas’ focus of the past several years has been on abstraction and color, building 2-dimensional compositions from panes of color that meet and interact.  She creates spaces that trigger perceptions of both flatness and depth, playing with the optic energies of blocked areas of colors touching, overlapping or receding in the picture plane.  Some shapes seem to bend or fold.   Perfectly straight edges partner with hand-drawn lines to form her solid shapes, indications that the paintings are not about pure geometry. Making visible brushstrokes, Rojas’ process reveals a hand-made textural quality that, together with unexpected combinations of colors, distinguishes her work from reductive forebears.

 

Opening Reception: May 1, 2014. 5:30-7:30pm.
“Caerulea” is on view through May 31, 2014.
For more information visit Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “Alvor” two person exhibition at Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Depression” group exhibition organized by Ramiken Crucible at François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Striped Knot” solo exhibition by Elise Ferguson at Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco.

 

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SFAQ Pick: “The Stanford Albums” featuring photographs by Carleton Watkins at the Cantor Arts Center – Stanford University.

Carleton Watkins (U.S.A., 1829–1916), Cathedral Rocks, 2630 ft., Yosemite, 1865–1866, from the album Photographs of the Yosemite Valley. Albumen print. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lent by Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries.

Carleton Watkins (U.S.A., 1829–1916), Cathedral Rocks, 2630 ft., Yosemite, 1865–1866, from the album Photographs of the Yosemite Valley. Albumen print. Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Lent by Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries.

Carleton E. Watkins, Three Brothers, Yosemite, 1861, Albumen print. Image courtesy of the Canter Arts Center

Carleton E. Watkins, Three Brothers, Yosemite, 1861, Albumen print.
Image courtesy of the Canter Arts Center

 

Opening Wednesday, April 23rd at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, CA is “The Stanford Albums,” a exhibition of photographs by Carleton Watkins in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant. Carleton Watkins (1829–1916) ventured west in 1849 to strike it rich. But instead of prospecting for gold, Watkins developed a talent for photography—a medium invented only 22 years before. He documented the remote Pacific Coast in the 1860s and 1870s, capturing its vast scale and spirit with a custom-built camera that created “mammoth” 18 x 22-inch glass-plate negatives. “The Stanford Albums” will feature over 80 original mammoth prints from three unique albums of Watkins’s work.

 

“The Stanford Albums” is on view through August 17, 2014.
For more information visit the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, CA.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “Alvor” two person exhibition at Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Depression” group exhibition organized by Ramiken Crucible at François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Striped Knot” solo exhibition by Elise Ferguson at Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco.

 

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SFAQ Pick: “Alvor” two person exhibition at Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles.

Installation view.  Courtesy of Michael Thibault Gallery

Installation view. Courtesy of Michael Thibault Gallery

ANN CATHRIN NOVEMBER HØIBO Hurry - series, 2014. Courtesy of Michael Thibault Gallery

ANN CATHRIN NOVEMBER HØIBO
Hurry – series, 2014.
Courtesy of Michael Thibault Gallery

Installation view.  Courtesy of Michael Thibault Gallery

Installation view. Courtesy of Michael Thibault Gallery

 

Currently on view at Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles is “Alvor,” a two person exhibition featuring works by Thora Dolven Balke and Ann Cathrin November Høibo.  The exhibition’s title is inspired from  the Norwegian word “Alvor” which means to be completely true or honest.”  The works in the exhibition speak to the word “Alvor” through various mediums including video, photographic prints, sculpture, and assemblage. “Imagine a world. Now imagine another. Now imagine the last moment you were laying with a lover in bed contented. Precious genitals pressed upon your thigh. You’ll never know why. Now imagine rhyming clumsily and ironically. Now imagine a world where your irony is both the song of a bird that has come to love its cage and the song of direct
political action. This may take some imagination.” – J.J.S., 2014

 

“Alvor” is on view through May 4, 2014
For more information visit Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “Depression” group exhibition organized by Ramiken Crucible at François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Striped Knot” solo exhibition by Elise Ferguson at Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: “http://youtu.be/7e0F5Y2mjqo” solo exhibition by Paul Cowan at Jonathan Viner, London.

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SFAQ Pick: “Holz & Beton” featuring Jocko Weyland and Axel Görger at Neuwerk – Großer Saal in Konstanz, Germany.

Installation view.  Courtesy of the artists and gallery.
Installation view. Courtesy of the artists and gallery.
Installation view.  Courtesy of the artists and gallery.
Installation view. Courtesy of the artists and gallery.
Installation view.  Courtesy of the artists and gallery.
Installation view. Courtesy of the artists and gallery.

 

Recently at Neuwerk – Großer Saal in Konstanz, Germany was “Holz & Beton,” featuring works by Jocko Weyland and Axel Görger. For the exhibition the two artists managed to forge, across time and space, a twenty-five year connection related to their passion for skateboarding. From a first meeting and discovery of common cause at a college house affectionately dubbed “The Hut” in suburban Clairemont, California, this relationship has spanned two and a half decades through postal correspondence, as well as intermittent personal encounters in Brixlegg, Austria, and Stuttgart, Germany. Both have over the intervening years used photography in relation to skateboarding, either capturing via cameras the actual act, or the structures that skateboarders find and/or build. On view was a large scale installation and a collection of photographs that lined the gallery walls.

 

For more information visit Neuwerk – Großer Saal in Konstanz, Germany.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “Depression” group exhibition organized by Ramiken Crucible at François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles.

-SFAQ Pick: “Striped Knot” solo exhibition by Elise Ferguson at Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: “http://youtu.be/7e0F5Y2mjqo” solo exhibition by Paul Cowan at Jonathan Viner, London.

 

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SFAQ Pick: “Depression” group exhibition organized by Ramiken Crucible at François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles.

Installation view. Courtesy of François Ghebaly Gallery

Installation view. Courtesy of François Ghebaly Gallery

Installation view. Courtesy of François Ghebaly Gallery

Installation view. Courtesy of François Ghebaly Gallery

Installation view. Courtesy of François Ghebaly Gallery

Installation view. Courtesy of François Ghebaly Gallery

 

Currently on view at François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles is “Depression,” a group exhibition organized by Ramiken Crucible.  The exhibition is composed of various works that include sculpture, painting, and installation.  “Depression” is about the knowing of the spectacular heights of feeling, and to see it ending, one work at a time. The struggle of every artist is not to be right, but rather to leave the deepest impression upon the physical world, to change the physical earth as if it were a lump of clay in your hand. The exhibition includes work by Catharine Ahearn, Bjorn Amre, Lucas Blalock, Borden Capalino, Dan Finsel, Charlotte Hammer, Matt Heckert, Nolan Hendrickson, Gavin Kenyon, Andra Ursuta, and Margaret Weber.

 

“Depression” is on view through May 10, 2014.

For more information visit François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: “Striped Knot” solo exhibition by Elise Ferguson at Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: “http://youtu.be/7e0F5Y2mjqo” solo exhibition by Paul Cowan at Jonathan Viner, London.

-SFAQ Pick: “Producing Space” group exhibition at Interface Gallery, Oakland.

 

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