October 2, 2014

MARY BETH EDELSON AT THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

The Aldrich Museum is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with the installment of a series of exhibition including Mary Beth Edelson’s Six Story Gathering Boxes (1972-2014). This exhibition presents six boxes of Edelson’s life story as a Feminist and artist. A project initiated in 1972, this ongoing series will be on view from October 19th along with numerous other artists’ installations. Find out more here.

September 26, 2014

AVAF INSTALLATION TO BE SHOWN AT FAENA

Commemorating Faena Hotel’s 10-year anniversary, assume vivid astro focus is preparing a grand opening to their site-specific roller rink installation, ángeles veloces arcanos fugaces at Buenos Aires. Encouraging visitors to participate in the interactive art work, this neo-disco roller rink will be free and open to the public from October 11th to 13th. Read more about the installation here.

September 26, 2014

JAMES VISCARDI TO SHOW AT SUNDAY PAINTER

New York based artist James Viscardi will be opening his first London-based solo show at The Sunday Painter in October. Whistle and Flute will be comprised of new works and will run from October 12th to Novermber 9th, 2014. Click here for website.

September 25, 2014

VIOLET DENNISON'S "REPLICANT" AT JAN KAPS

Artist Violet Dennison’s exhibition Replicant is on view at Jan Kaps, Cologne, Germany. Displaying her idea of “cognitive labor emerging as the dominant form of production,” Dennison creates anthropomorphic forms by mashing up office chairs, cement, rebar, with other recognizable contemporary objects and materials. Read more about the exhibition on the Jan Kaps website.

September 25, 2014

ILJA KARILAMPI AT SANDY BROWN

Artist Ilja Karilampi, whose show XXXercise is on view at the Suzanne Geiss Company just had an opening for his following exhibition new RELEASES at Sandy Brown in Berlin. A continuation of his first NEW release exhibition, new RELEASES also displays Karilampi’s interest in neon motifs and pop culture. More details here.

September 12, 2014

XXXERCISE BY ARTIST ILJA KARILAMPI

Ilja Karilampi, artist, writer, and radio host, has his third solo exhibition at the Suzanne Geiss Company. A Swedish currently based in Berlin, Karilampi seeks inspiration from contemporary branding culture and music. The exhibition includes Karilampi’s paintings made with industrial materials as well as installations of mundane objects and a soundtrack. The show is described as a visualization of one’s internet identity. Read more about the artist and exhibition here.

September 11, 2014

CHRIS JOHANSON'S EXHIBITION "CONTINUITY ESCAPES ME" OPENS AT NICOLAI WALLNER

Chris Johanson is showing his new works at his solo exhibition “Continuity Escapes Me (My Selfishness in Los Angeles)” that opened on August 27th at Galleri Nicolai Wallner. The show consists of vibrant colors and installations of rich texture that manifest Johanson’s motifs from his experience in Los Angeles. The exhibition is on view until October 11. Read more about it here.

August 5, 2014

Chris Johanson & Johanna Jackson works in "I was a double" at Tang Museum

Chris Johanson & Johanna Jackson’s collaborative furniture works have been included in I was a double curated by Ian Berry and David Lang at Skidmore’s Tang Museum. Visit exhibition page here.

July 18, 2014

That's The Neighbor in ARTINFO'S 5 Must-See Gallery Shows

Scott Indrisek names That’s The Neighbor, Always Dressing These Boulders in the Yard as one of five must see shows this summer. Read his description of the show and other picks here.

June 26, 2014

Antonio Lopez in More Material

Antonio Lopez will be included in More Material, a group show curated by Duro Olowu at Salon 94 Bowery. A sequel to the designer’s 2012 installation at Salon 94 Freemans, the show will present selections of contemporary and vintage art and photography, textiles, furniture, ceramics and objets trouvés. Alongside this will be a boutique featuring limited edition fashion and accessory designs from Olowu’s latest collection. The show will be on view from June 26-August 1, 2014. For more information on the show click here.

June 4, 2014

MODERN PAINTERS VISITS ELI SUDBRACK'S STUDIO

Photo Kristine Larsen
Photo Kristine Larsen

For Modern Painters June Studio Check, Wendy Vogel and Kristine Larsen visited Eli Sudbrack’s studio to discuss the many inspirations for his work and his current show at SGC. Read the full article here.

May 30, 2014

WE HEART ON AVAF


Rob Wilkes of We Heart reviews the new paintings by assume vivid astro focus now on view through June 21st. Read the write up here.

May 23, 2014

Forever Opens at the Metropolitan Art Society

Forever, a group exhibition curated by The Suzanne Geiss Company is now on view at the Metropolitan Art Society in Beirut, Lebanon. The exhibition engages today’s shifting networks of human interaction, identity, and art making through the work of Kristin Baker, Brian Scott Cambell, Mira Dancy, Chris Johanson, Ryan Johnson, Melodie Mousset, Ben Wolf Noam, Torey Thornton, Tim Noble & Sue Webster. View the artworks here. The show will be on view through July 31, 2014.

May 14, 2014

NUE A Film by Melodie Mousset

NUE/NAKED (english) from melodie on Vimeo.

"Naked" is an experimental documentary directed by and starring Melodie Mousset premiering at SGC in October 2014. The film continues Mousset’s exploration of the body, the space where negotiations between self and society take place. As she travels across the world meeting with healers, doctors, and curanderos, Mousset seeks to emancipate herself from the functional organization of her body. In the final stages of editing and production for the film, she is seeking support to complete the project and fund her collaborators. Make a pledge through WEMAKEIT

May 6, 2014

The New York Times Interviews Eli Sudbrack

Eli
Eli" sudbrack in his brooklyn studio. photo adam reich

Guy Trebay visits avaf’s Brooklyn studio to talk with Eli Sudbrack about his upcoming show with SGC opening tomorrow at 76 Grand Street from 6-9pm. Read the full article here.

April 23, 2014

Radical Presence at the Walker Art Center

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art Installation View, CAM Houston, 2012, Photo Jerry Jones
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art Installation View, CAM Houston, 2012, Photo Jerry Jones

Radical Presence travels to the Walker Art Center opening on July 24, 2014. The exhibition, organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver, chronicles the emergence and development of black performance art over three generations, beginning with Fluxus and conceptual art in the early 1960s through present-day practices. Featuring more than 100 works by some 36 artists,Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, includes video and photo documentation of performances, scores and installations, interactive works, and artworks created as a result of performative actions.

April 16, 2014

Energy That Is All Around

Chris Johanson, Energy That is All Around, 2011
Chris Johanson, Energy That is All Around, 2011

ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND is an exhibition opening tomorrow, April 17th, 2014 at the Grey Art Gallery and is curated by Natasha Boas and organized by the Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute. The show focuses on rarely seen early work by five key Mission School practitioners. Johanson, Kilgallen, McCarthy, McGee, and Neri often collaborated and showed their work in the same alternative venues. Moreover their art evokes a paradox: while it appears to be slapdash and unfinished, it is actually highly considered and resolved. With the exception of Margaret Kilgallen—who died prematurely in 2001—they remain friends and still share an affinity for humble and/or discarded materials, a devotion to community, and an anti-consumerist stance. Highlighting their aesthetic contributions as well as subversions, ENERGY THAT IS ALL AROUND provides a raffish and spirited introduction to the distinctive work of some of California’s most innovative contemporary artists. The exhibition will be on view through July 12th, 2014.

April 9, 2014

NY Times Critic's Pick: Particular Pictures

Particular Pictures is a critic’s pick for gallery stops in Soho. Read about Karen Rosenberg’s gallery crawl for the Times here. The show is on view through April 29th, 2014.

March 27, 2014

The New York Times Reviews "Sorry, Excuse Me, Thank You"

Molly Lowe, Sorry, Excuse Me, Thank You, Installation View, 2014. Photo Adam Reich
Molly Lowe, Sorry, Excuse Me, Thank You, Installation View, 2014. Photo Adam Reich

Karen Rosenberg reviews Molly Lowe’s “Sorry, Excuse Me, Thank You” for the New York Times. Rosenberg writes. “They offer exactly the sort of interactive art experience contemporary viewers seem to desire, but then complicate it with feelings of anxiety and repulsion.” Read the full review here.

March 27, 2014

The New Yorker Reviews "Sorry, Excuse Me, Thank You"

Sorry, Excuse Me, Thank You, Detail View, Photo Adam Reich
Sorry, Excuse Me, Thank You, Detail View, Photo Adam Reich

The New Yorker reviews Molly Lowe’s “Sorry, Excuse Me, Thank You”. Read the full review here. The installation will be on view through Saturday, March 29th, 2014.

March 20, 2014

avaf for Henzel Studio

avaf design for Henzel Carpet, Henzel Studio, 2014
avaf design for Henzel Carpet, Henzel Studio, 2014

Henzel Studio from Gothenburg, Sweden, is launching a collaboration with an international group of artists, that includes Juergen Teller, Richard Prince, Anselm Reyle, Linder, assume vivid astro focus (avaf), Jack Pierson, Marilyn Minter, Leo Gabin, Robert Knoke, Mickalene Thomas, Scott Campbell, and Helmut Lang, The group of artists was curated by Joakim Andreasson of cultureEDIT. The collection will debut during Frieze Art Fair, New York, May 2014. assume vivid astro focus created new artwork specifically for the project.

March 15, 2014

Interview Magazine Talks with Molly Lowe & Molly Surno

Molly Lowe, Sorry, Excuse Me, Thank You, Installation View, 2014
Molly Lowe, Sorry, Excuse Me, Thank You, Installation View, 2014
Molly Surno, Ivar, Installation View, 2014
Molly Surno, Ivar, Installation View, 2014

Colleen Kelsey interviews both Molly Lowe & Molly Surno for Interview Magazine online, examining both artists’ sense of sight and the art of looking on display in their installations. Read the full interview here.

March 4, 2014

A still from Molly Lowe's CYCLE, 2012, a 20 minute HD video
A still from Molly Lowe's CYCLE, 2012, a 20 minute HD video

Wendy Vogel explores the surrealism and montage in Molly Lowe’s sculpture, video, and installation work. Vogel points to Lowe’s relevance to a 21st century audience, as she writes, “In Lowe’s weird world, the Surrealists’ chance meeting of an umbrella and a sewing machine on a dissecting table is updated for the age of the meme.” Read the full article here. Check out Lowe’s first solo show in NYC at SGC Thursday, March 6th from 6-8pm.

January 21, 2014

The Huffington Post on Paige Powell's Photographs

Jean-Michel Basquiat Reclining Nude Installation View, 2014
Jean-Michel Basquiat Reclining Nude Installation View, 2014

Priscilla Frank examines Powell’s photographs and her relationship with Jean-Michel Basquiat for The Huffington Post. Read the full article here.

February 21, 2014

Melodie Mousset in Motopoétique

Mousset is one of 42 artists whoe work is presented in Motopoétique, an exhibition exploring man’s relationship with machines through the lens of biker culture and poetics. Work by Pierre et Gills, Olivier Mosset, Jeremy Deller, and others will be on view. For more information visit the Contemporary Museum of Lyon here.

February 27, 2014

Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor at Gallery Met

Kristin Baker, Prince Igor, Acrylic on PVC, 2014
Kristin Baker, Prince Igor, Acrylic on PVC, 2014
Ryan Johnson, The Keeper, Cedar, oak, bronzy, acrylic paint, burlap, rope, and staples
Ryan Johnson, The Keeper, Cedar, oak, bronzy, acrylic paint, burlap, rope, and staples

New works by Kristin Baker and Ryan Johnson are featured in Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor, a group show on view the Arnold & Marie Schwartz Gallery Met through May 10. Each of the participating artists has created a portrait of the 12th-century Russian warlord Prince Igor, the subject of Borodin’s opera of the same name, who made a significant impact on medieval Russian history but left behind no definitive visual record. For more information and other participating artists click here.

February 25, 2014

Chris Johanson Catches up with KQED at Adobe Books

In this episode of Art School, Adobe Books in San Francisco’s Mission District catches up with Chris Johanson as he reflected on the past decade of his career and shared his philosophies on art making. In a second video, Johanson demonstrates how to create a painting based on personal expression in a Venn diagram format, an art lesson developed for students in partnership with SFMOMA for their project, Open Studio: Artist-Designed Classroom Activities. Watch both videos here.

January 9, 2014

avaf's NEW MURAL at Brooklyn's OMW

avaf talks with The Creators Project about their new mural (and first permanent public work in New York) for Brooklyn’s Original Music Workshop and the link between the duo’s ambitions in art and music. Read the full interview here.

November 27, 2013

Anita of New York Panel Discussion December 7, 2013

Please join us at the gallery on Saturday, December 7th at 5pm for a panel discussion on “Anita, New York, Feminism, and Fantasy,” with Michael Bullock, Martha Edelheit, Rachel Middleman, Molly Surno, and moderated by Richard Meyer.

Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 5pm, 76 Grand Street, New York

October 16, 2013

Mary Beth Edelson Collaborative 1971-1993

Cycles 2: Thinking Things into Being, University of Cincinnati, Ohio,1980
Cycles 2: Thinking Things into Being, University of Cincinnati, Ohio,1980

Collaborative 1971-1993 will open at the Accola Griefen Gallery October 24, 2013. This exhibition is the first to address the more than 25 collaborative performance rituals and community based workshops produced by Mary Beth Edelson starting as early as 1969. In planning and presenting these programs Edelson collaborated with organizations such as A.I.R Gallery, the utopian community of New Harmony, Indiana, and artists from The Women’s Building in Los Angeles. The collaborations will be represented by drawings and a chronology of photo documentation as well as a study area with scriptbooks, texts by and about the artist, and other documents. Collaborative will also include two Story Gathering Boxes, works which Edelson has created since 1972 and constitute an archive of participants’ personal thoughts.

September 24, 2013

FILMS4PEACE: ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS


avaf recently completed a short film commissioned by PUMA for films4peace 2013, an initiative that brings together contemporary artist to interpret world peace. This short film by avaf is underlaid with a convulsing background of abstract stripes, with gun motifs swirling onscreen as sinister pop-art cutouts. With a manic original score by Hugo Frasa, the film reaches a crescendo as the gun image implodes into symbols of gaudy consumerism. Read more by Dazed Digital and watch the film here.

September 21, 2013

Melodie Mousset in Inherent Vice

Melodie Mousset, Impulsive Control 1, 2013
Melodie Mousset, Impulsive Control 1, 2013

From September 19- 22, 2013 view Melodie Mousset’s Impulsive Control video in the exhibition and performance event, Inherent Vice, the Peckham Artists’ Moving Image Festival in London. Inherent Vice assembles moving image, sculpture, painting, photography and objects. It proposes the term, keyed into medium, materiality and economic value. Installation artists include: Vanessa Billy, Lawrence Leaman, Neil Haas, The Hut Project, Alan Kane, Andrew Lacon, Kate Owens, Jeremy Millar, Sam Taylor-Johnson, and Melodie Mousset. The exhibition preview is Wednesday 18 September, 18.00 to 21.00. For a ticket click here.

September 19, 2013

DIGITAL EXPRESSIONISM PERFORMANCES SATURDAY SEPT 21

Cameron Mesirow. Photo Jonathan Turner
Cameron Mesirow. Photo Jonathan Turner
Matt Connolly. Photo Ellie Lee
Matt Connolly. Photo Ellie Lee
Bree Zucker. Photo Bree Zucker
Bree Zucker. Photo Bree Zucker

This Saturday at 6pm, Matt Connolly, Glasser, and Bree Zucker will perform at Suzanne Geiss Company.

MATT CONNOLLY Reads from Pollony’s Matt Connolly is a Los Angeles based artist. Connolly will be reading selections from his book Pollony’s, released earlier this year with Night Gallery. The Kingsboro Press will be releasing the second edition of Pollony’s this weekend at the New York Art Book Fair.

CAMERON MESIROW/GLASSER Glasser is the stage name of experimental singer-songwriter Cameron Mesirow.

BREE ZUCKER Songs for Snowden Bree Zucker is smart and an artist. By Robert Janitz. Zucker will perform with music composed and performed by Lukas Lauermann. Edward Snowden changed the harmony of things. As we end our relationship with the contemporary state in the survivors bin of 1984 it becomes apparent that the funniest jokes are the ones that aren’t funny. For example: I pretend to live in France and get $600 of social welfare every month. As an artist, the race to get to the punchline first can delay the proper meanings of things. Let’s take a break. Try to relax and deport your worries.

September 17, 2013

BOYCHILD and Thibault Lac Perform at SGC

Boychild. Photo by Elise Galant
Boychild. Photo by Elise Galant
Boychild. Photo by Elise Galant
Boychild. Photo by Elise Galant
 Thibault Lac. Photo by Sophie Corra
Thibault Lac. Photo by Sophie Corra

As part of our current show Digital Expressionism, SGC is staging a multimedia performance series that ties the current installation to similar themes explored in dance, performance art, music, and film. For the first performance, Thibault Lac animated the main gallery space with a dance to an electronic score, while BOYCHILD gave a compelling lip sync performance on Korakrit Arunanondchai’s catwalk. Check out purple DIARY’s snapshots here. Don’t miss next Saturday’s performances beginning at 5:30pm.

August 13, 2013

MOCAtv: Chris Johanson

Film Still from Chris Johanson Within The River of Time Is My Mind, MOCAtv
Film Still from Chris Johanson Within The River of Time Is My Mind, MOCAtv


In this dream-like, psychedelic short film made for MOCAtv, Johanson is transported from his Echo Park home to a high desert where time ebbs and flows, backwards and forwards with a gentle wash, and where the sun rises and sets simultaneously forever. In the shade of a creosote bush he finds his wife, artist Johanna Jackson, and begins his creative process anew. Within The River of Time Is My Mind, featuring Johanson’s new paintings, sculpture, and found wood site-specific installation, is on view at MOCA Pacific Design Center and has been extended through October 13, 2013.