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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Priscilla Frank examines Powell’s photographs and her relationship with Jean-Michel Basquiat for The Huffington Post. Read the full article here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Colman writes about the work of Chris Johanson and his upcoming shows. Read the article here.
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.
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.
"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.
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
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.