Upcoming show - You Knew This Was Coming - opens Sept. 17thAugust 18th, 2010
You Knew This Was Coming: A group show at Park Life Gallery
September 17 – October 18, 2010
Opening Friday September 17, 2010
Sahar Al-Sawaf, Sadie Barnette, Rich Bott, Mike Calway-Fagen, Thomas Helman, Vincent Manganello, Clare Parry and Louis M Schmidt.
Curated by Louis M Schmidt.
This show brings together a group of artists based in Southern California whose works employ various styles of visual language and media that intersect across themes of culture, humanity and social critique.
These artists take-on an intimidating array of concerns and employ a wide variety of formal and conceptual strategies in order to do so. Through meticulously rendered collages, drawings, paintings, prints, found materials and photography, each of the works in this exhibition, whether beautiful, grotesque, enigmatic, absurd, crude or polished- push, pull and tease-out biting critiques and welcomed social assessments. The artist’s works strive to strengthen our capacity for critical reflexivity and help us to see what gets lost in humanity’s patterns.
Sahar al-Sawaf is an Iraqi-American experimental filmmaker and artist
currently residing in Los Angeles. Sahar’s films and art have been
exhibited at numerous venues internationally. She received her Master of Fine
Arts from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Sadie Barnette was raised in Oakland, CA. Using drawing, photography, and
objects, she creates a visual language system out of sub-culture codes and west
coast vernacular, geometric formalism and economy. She received her BFA from
CalArts in 2006, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Visual Arts at the
University of California, San Diego.
Rich Bott is a media artist and performer who lives and works in southern
California. As one half of the duo Animal Charm, and independently his work has been
shown in The Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Pompidou, Wexner
Center For the Arts, LACMA, MOCA, New York Video Festival, San Francisco
International Film Festival, Videoex Festival Zurich, and Lux Center for the Arts,
Mike Calway-Fagen has solo shows coming up at The Good Citizen in St. Louis,
MO; Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA; Sewanee University in Sewanee, TN; and
will take part in upcoming group shows at California State University Long Beach,
Nurture Art in Brooklyn, NY, and the KY7 Biennial in Lexington, KY.
Thomas Helman is a Los Angeles-based experimental media artist and software
developer whose work has been exhibited internationally. Growing up in the
darkly surreal post-modern dystopia of Las Vegas provided him with a deep-rooted
understanding of the desensitized overstimulation and hyper reality
echoing within the hollow vacuum of the undead American Dream™. His current
work focuses primarily on the development of non-linear immersive environments
through non-traditional use of software, interactivity, image, and sound.
Vincent Manganello is a painter from Southern California. He received his BA in
studio art from the University of California, Irvine after study for several years at
Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. Most recently Vincent has completed
his MFA degree in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego, where
he met his sometimes collaborator Rich Bott.
Clare Parry grew up in New York City, spending equal amounts of time on both
sides of the Hudson between Brooklyn and the suburbs of New Jersey. She
recently received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego and
received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2004.
Clare has exhibited her work nationally and has recently participated in shows in
Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and San Diego. Most recently, she
installed a permanent site-specific piece at Flux Factory’s new location in Long
Island City, New York.
Louis M Schmidt grew up in Illinois, in a rural town of 300 people. Skateboarding has been the
most important influence upon his life. He worries a lot that he is dumb. He’s worn
glasses since the third grade, which he thinks was 1983. He’s been in love more than
once. He loves peanut butter and crossword puzzles. He’s a collector. He’s a
misanthrope. He’s an optimistic pessimist. He want the straight story. He prefers plain
talk. Rumors abound that he smiles more lately.
220 Clement St.
SF CA 94118