moonABC, Savernack Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA
January 30 – March 31, 2016
There are only questions to be seen at Savernack Street Gallery – 2411 24th St. San Francisco, CA 94110, Open 24 Hours
Transmissions, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
June 4 – August 9, 2015
Featuring work by artists selected from the 2014 Open Call: Elisabeth Ajtay, Leticia Bajuyo, Candace Hicks, Benjamin McVey, Latifa Medjdoub, Clifton Riley, Ansen Seale, Kenneth Steinbach, Levente Sulyok, and Hyounsang Yoo.
Conveying meaning through verbal and nonverbal methods to relay information, voice an opinion, express emotion, and relate to others is at the foundation of existence. While methods are diverse–utilizing codified signs and symbols, gestures, technology, or abstract expressions, what happens to the message once it is sent? Translation and interpretation of communications is affected by channels and the lenses by which such messages can be read–politically, culturally, socially. While art is widely accepted as a means of expression, how is that message received? In the age of emoticons, when one’s voice can be transmitted around the world instantaneously, what is communication’s role, and how is human interaction affected?
Postal-Collage Project No. 3 – Round Table [Collaboration]
Initiated and coordinated by Marty McCutcheon
Saturday, 22 March • 6–10PM
2571 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California
Hope to see you there!
It is a mystery. Why does something catch our eye? Why do some things draw us in? Altogether, how does this attraction define us? Is it instinct or intellect?
Roland Barthes, in his piece Camera Lucida, refers to the notion of punctum. Contextualizing this concept through the use of photography, the punctum (different from the studium that embodies the whole, the theme, or the general idea) is present in an art piece as a detail that creates an instantaneous connection with the viewer. Indeed, this idea is a symbol of pure attraction driven by a small detail that remains completely subjective.
“Group Study” presents works by Sandro Chia, Rick Oginz, Valéry Grancher, Maya Smira, Elisabeth Ajtay, Jamie Mayne, David Karvasales, Dame Darcy,Ray Fernandez, Tamir Karta, and Marcy Freedman. It elucidates the concept of inexplicable attraction between artists and viewers as mediated by the art object.
Fundamentally, the show simplifies ideas of what our mind registers first and most deeply. It explores the mechanism of desire. The ultimate goal is to authenticate the very root forces that accumulate and coalesce to create our personal vision.
In a surgical way, “Group Study” explores the purpose and trigger of taste. Punctum.
A one day show featuring 30 artists from L.A. and 30 from San Francisco curated by Sarah Tell and Larry Gipe.
Art by Telephone, Recalled…
In 2012 I collaborated in the project Art by Telephone Recalled… curated by Sebastien Pluot and Fabien Vallos with a soundpiece called 5.21. This piece of mine will be re-iterated by art students from ESBA TALM and the Photographic school of Arles, France.
The show will be re-enacted at the Art Center of La Panacée in Montpellier, France. Opening reception is on February 7, 2014.