X Libris Closing Reception: Friday, November 30, 2012, 5-8 pm
Curated by MicroClimate Collective: Glenna Cole Allee, Victoria Mara Heilweil, and Guest Curator Sarah Ratchye
Featuring live readings and interactive book making with San Francisco Center for the Book!
Readers: Kiala Givehand, Wendy Kramer, Bonnie Kwong, Myron Michael, Brian George Vifian, and a special reading of the collaborative sculpture Biblio Babel by Yulia Pinkusevich & Glenna Cole Allee
X Libris is an exhibition exploring the book as a mode of communication in flux. As we transition from the printed page to digital communication, our relationship to print changes as we enter the literary realm of binary code and multi-directional referencing and browsing. Once valued as a solitary activity requiring deep concentration, perusing written language is incrementally measured, and our attention fragmented. X Libris explores the book as a vulnerable, ephemeral, morphing form, in this time of accelerated transition to digital communication and “real-time.”
Samuel Levi Jones
Kate Jordahl with Don Drake
Pantea Karimi Michael Kerbow
Steven Vasquez Lopez
Yulia Pinkusevich with Glenna Cole Allee
Exhibition Dates: November 7 – December 1, 2012
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 2-6 pm (or by appointment)*
Support for MicroClimate Collective and the publication accompanying the exhibition X Libris is provided by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program.
Gallery | BEAUTY IN LANDSCAPE | Kathy Aoki
Project | INVISIBLE GESTURES | Camilla Newhagen
Reception Saturday, October 13, 2012 6 – 8PM
Curator Talk on Thursday, November 8, 2012 7PM
Swarm Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition “Beauty in Landscape; A Blockbuster Exhibition from the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Historical Makeovers” by Kathy Aoki on view from October 13 – November 25, 2012. “Invisible Gestures”, an installation by Camilla Newhagen, will be presented in the Project Space.
Kathy Aoki revisits her role as curator of the fictive Museum of Historical Makeovers in her second solo exhibition at Swarm Gallery. This time, Aoki presents work in multiple media — drawing, etching, photo, and painting — that cheekily centers around the concept of the Landscape. Learn about an ill-fated attempt by one artist to create a Hello Kitty Mount Rushmore on a Canadian cliff, reminisce about the Princess effect on the urban landscapes as depicted in editorial cartoons, and enjoy the beauty of watercolored mascara forestscapes.
In the Project Space, Camilla Newhagen builds on her performance-based practice of sculpture, photography and video and explorations of geological layering and material conditions. In her multi-media installation, a video of the artist in a cubicle-like structure will be presented. Her recorded actions relate to and communicate with various objects placed on the surrounding walls and floor. Her focus is the conceptual gap between place and object, and her concern is the physical impact of the wireless age on one’s body.
In its sixth year, the goal of Introductions 2012 is to showcase the talent of emerging artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering them exposure to the art community and beyond. This exhibition is a keystone of our 2nd Saturday Series, giving the public a chance to view the cutting edge of local art production. Selected from over 230 submissions, this year’s jurors — Sergio De La Torre, Valerie Imus, and Kimberly Johannson — chose 13 finalists for the conceptual & formal strength of the work presented. The exhibition includes an array of painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, and installation.
Sergio De La Torre, Artist; Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco
Valerie Imus: Exhibitions Program Manager, Southern Exposure
Kimberly Johannson: Director/ Owner, Johansson Projects
Carlo Abruzzese, Katey Crews, Leeza Doreian, Adrienne Heloise, Amy M. Ho,
Rhonda Holberton, Cathy Lu*, Kate Nartker, Daniel Nevers, Camilla Newhagen,
Christine M. Peterson, Yulia Pinkusevich, Abel Rodriguez
* Root Division Affiliate Artist
The Last Show on Earth
Exhibition Dates: April 28–May 27, 2012
Camilla Newhagen works across mediums, creating works that engage ideas as seemingly diverse as portraiture, performance, gravity, and geological layering. Yet, her projects intersect through a sensitive use of materials and actions. Clothing plays an important role in her pieces, both as a stand-in for an individual and as a way of marking space and time: layers of clothing are stacked in a confined space, individual pieces are photographed as they are thrown one-by-one into a pile, or are propped up by a structure of two-by-fours. These simple actions serve as visual experiments in the relation between time and the human body.
–Stephanie Hanor, Currator and Director at Mills Museum