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.

July 15, 2013

Chris Johanson Now on View at MOCA PDC

MOCA PDC Facade by Brian Forrest
MOCA PDC Facade by Brian Forrest
Installation View by Brian Forrest
Installation View by Brian Forrest
Installation View by Brian Forrest
Installation View by Brian Forrest
Installation View by Brian Forrest
Installation View by Brian Forrest
Installation View by Brian Forrest
Installation View by Brian Forrest
Installation View by Brian Forrest
Installation View by Brian Forrest

Within The River of Time Is My Mind, a new exhibition by Chris Johanson is now on view at MOCA PDC through September 22, 2013. It includes new paintings, sculpture, and a found wood site-specific installation. Check out these installation views and for more information on the show click here.

July 10, 2013

Now on view: suzannegeiss.net

suzannegeiss.net, a temporary digital platform for emerging artists to utilize the url as a medium in the gallery context. Each week this summer until September 1st, a different artist or group will take over this domain. The content and purpose of suzannegeiss.net will be dictated by the artists during their allotted time, the gallery having no say in what appears on the site. Ah Hole Ah Hole finished last week and now we welcome Joshua Citarella.

June 21, 2013

Chris Johanson in The New York Times

David Colman writes about the work of Chris Johanson and his upcoming shows. Read the article here.

June 19, 2013

Ryan Johnson in "High, Low & In Between"

A new exhibition organized by Sarah VanDerBeek, “High, Low & In Between” opens this Saturday, June 22nd at White Flag Projects in St. Louis, MO. The exhibition is a conversation between three artists who are close. Their proximity to each other in space and in thinking has engendered a dialogue about process and practice, inspiration and realization. As studio neighbors sharing a wall, as friends, and as siblings our doors open to each other. A quick question leads to longer thoughts and talks about where things have come from and where they are going. Read VanDerBeek’s full description here.

June 5, 2013

Chris Johanson Talks with the Huffington Post

Chris Johanson talks with Priscilla Frank of the Huffington Post about his upcoming show at MOCA Los Angeles and the Quiet Music Festival he organized in Portland. Read the interview here.

May 14, 2013

MOCA Presents Chris Johanson Within The River of Time Is My Mind

Being In My Life 1, 2013
Being In My Life 1, 2013

"Within The River of Time Is My Mind" will open at MOCA Pacific Design Center on June 29th and will be on view through September 22, 2013. A new exhibition by Chris Johanson organized by guest curator Andrew Berardini, the exhibition features new paintings, sculpture, and found wood site-specific installation. Read more about the exhibition here.

April 29, 2013

Mary Beth Edelson in ArtForum May 2012

Prudence Peiffer wrote a praising review of our recent show, Mary Beth Edelson, “22 Others, 1973” for the May issue of ArtForum. Read the review here

April 26, 2013

Suzanne Geiss Company Presents The Premiere Screening of "A Clean Sweep"

Portrait by Bibi Cornejo Borthwick
Portrait by Bibi Cornejo Borthwick


The premiere screening of “A Clean Sweep,” will be hosted at the Apple Store Soho at 8pm this coming Monday, April 29th. The short film is in anticipation of his upcoming exhibition opening at SGC on May 8th from 6-8pm. After the film, Lucien will discuss the making of the film with the film’s director of photography Deering Reegan, producer Jake Hanly, editor Benjamin Morsberger, together with Glenn O’Brien and Bill Powers.

April 11, 2013

AVAF at MOCA Miami

avaf VIII, 2004, Mixed media
avaf VIII, 2004, Mixed media

In celebration of MOCA Miami’s 15th Anniversary, the museum exhibited new acquisitions and important works part of MOCA’s history in the show, “Pivot Points: 15 Years & Counting.” Included is assume vivid astro focus’s installation from the 2004 Whitney Biennial. This is the first time the installation has been restaged.

April 10, 2013

NY Times Reviews 22 Others

Mary Beth Edelson, 22 Others, Main Galler Installation View. Photo Adam Reich.
Mary Beth Edelson, 22 Others, Main Galler Installation View. Photo Adam Reich.

Last week Karen Rosenberg of the New York Times reviewed our current exhibition “22 Others, 1973.” It is the first time since 1973, that the works that comprised Mary Beth’s conceptual project “22 Others,” are on view together. Read the review here.

March 16, 2013

Mary Beth Edelson: 22 Others, 1973

Work Box, Photo, paintings, drawings, wood, 1972
Work Box, Photo, paintings, drawings, wood, 1972
Fire Altar, Copper tubing, propane gas, fire, table, 1973
Fire Altar, Copper tubing, propane gas, fire, table, 1973
Passage Series: Dawning, acrylic on canvas, foam, 1972-1973
Passage Series: Dawning, acrylic on canvas, foam, 1972-1973


“22 Others, 1973” is now on view at the gallery through April 20th, 2013. Edelson has installed one of her most seminal projects, 22 Others, for the first time since it was exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in 1973. Edelson is considered to be a pioneer of the Feminist Art movement. Her work has been included in recent exhibitions at The New Museum, The Museum voor Moderne Kunst, The Brooklyn Museum, and others. During an extended study of Jung’s collective unconscious in the early 1970s, Mary Beth invited 22 artists and friends to prompt her to create artworks. The resulting body of work, 22 Others, engaged a fusion of consciousness with her peers and audience.

March 2, 2013

SGC at The Armory

avaf, alter visions after fatalities, 2013
avaf, alter visions after fatalities, 2013


We will be presenting new work by assume vivid astro focus at the Armory Show 2013. We hope you can visit us at Booth #907

February 26, 2013

NEW YORK ARTISTS NOW: KRISTIN BAKER

Hands-Off Man, Succinct Conduit, 2013, Acrylic on PVC
Hands-Off Man, Succinct Conduit, 2013, Acrylic on PVC

In the Observer’s recent feature on “New York Artist Now,” the editors compiled a list of artists contributing to the New York scene- “The Establishment,” “Next Generation,” , and emerging artists discussed in Andrew Russeth’s essay “2013 in 2033″. Kristin Baker has been spotlighted on the list “Next Generation.” Read the full article and lists here.

February 22, 2013

DIS Studio Image Closing Saturday, February 23

DISimages.com is now up and running. Explore the site to view the array of stock photography created in the gallery over the last month. There are only two days left to check out DIS Image Studio- come by to see Xavier Cha and DIS at work.

February 20, 2013

Chris Johanson, Barry McGee, and Laurie Reid in Collaboration


Former City College students, Johanson, McGee, and Reid will come together to collaborate and create new work for “(Almost) Free Formed: Celebrating Old Days and Hoping for New Times at CCSF”. The show opens Thursday February 21 and will be on view through March 20, 2013. To learn more about the City Arts College Gallery visit their site here.

February 14, 2013

Antonio Lopez at SCAD

Norma Kamali, American Vogue, 1984
Norma Kamali, American Vogue, 1984


On February 12th, “Antonio Lopez and the World of Fashion Art,” curated by André Leon Talley opened at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum. The show is an extension of Antonio’s recent retrospective here at SGC and includes over twenty additional drawings selected by Talley. It will be on view through May 5, 2013.