Tuesday, August 25

“Play With Your Own Marbles”


Last night was the art opening and it was a huge success! The pieces are beautiful, especially those by Karl Haendel who happened to be at the show last night. Here are images from a few pieces in the gallery. The show runs until October 3rd and is wonderfully put together.

Walead Beshty

Karl Haendel

A friend is curating a show at Noma Gallery in San Francisco!!!

Walead Beshty, Karl Haendel & Patrick Hill

Opens September 3, 2009

At NOMA GALLERY, San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, August 24th 2009: Curated by Betty Nguyen, Creative Director of First Person Magazine, NOMA GALLERY's “Play With Your Own Marbles” is a bold attempt to challenge the viewer's usual access points into an artwork. In “Play With Your Own Marbles,” Nguyen brings together three contemporary Los Angeles-based artists who examine the finite moment when a work becomes defined as finished or in progress. In their common concerns and motifs, these artists exemplify a shift from the indulgence of art back to a more humble, raw approach to conceptualizing and crafting art. The narratives of artistic and curatorial process are not only foregrounded in the content of the works – crafted with raw materials, portraying utilitarian tools, and addressing everyday apparatus – but additionally, the temporality, disposability, and pervasiveness of “art” is addressed. Whether it be a piece purposefully conceived as art or an everyday commodity that, through its re-contextualization, incites appreciation of craftsmanship, and triggers some form of critical evaluation, the works chosen are in a continuous state of flux. Decoding the artist’s surfaces and content, the participant begins to process the sublimation of art as a part of life, one that is as rich in semiotics as it is in aesthetics.

Image by Patrick Hill, "Fabric and Piss"

First Person Magazine

Noma Gallery

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