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  • Apocalypse Artist (2011), Christine Shields, 22" x 30" Cell vinyl on paper

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  • Shoulder (2010), Mark Dutcher, pencil, wax, oil, paper, canvas, wood, 57 x 112 x 22 inches

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  • Study for Night Music for Raptors (2010), Fred Tomaselli, Collage and resin on panel, 30 X 24 X 1 1/2 inches, Copyright the artist and courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai

Welcome to See|Saw. What is See|Saw? Simply put, selected artists and writers from different cities respond to each other’s work. I’m excited to present artist Christine Shields and writer Claire Light from the Bay Area, artist Mark Dutcher and writer Eve Wood from Los Angeles, and finally artist Fred Tomaselli and writer Thom Donovan from the New York area.

For this first round, I asked writers to respond to artists’ pieces. Next time, an artist will respond to a writer’s work in this new ongoing feature for Stretcher.

—Maw Shein Win

Christine Shields and Claire Light - click here >>

Mark Dutcher and Eve Wood - click here >>

Fred Tomaselli and Thom Donovan - click here >>


— Christine Shields has a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She was a featured artist in Bay Area Now 4 (2005) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and has had solo shows at S.F. Center for the Book, San Francisco (2005); City Hall, San Francisco (2003) and Adobe Books, San Francisco (2002). Selected group shows include White Columns, NY (2006); Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco (2006); UNLV's Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NV (2006); Aidan Savoy Galley, NYC (2006) and The Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2006). Shields was the creator of comic series Blue Hole and recently published the book The Lonely Bear with Booklyn, New York. She will be releasing her first album In the Sun on Awesome Vistas Records in November. She was a featured artist in Bay Area Now 4 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and continues to show and perform in the United States and abroad.

Claire Light is a Bay Area fiction writer, blogger, critic, and cultural worker. She has worked for twelve years in nonprofit administration, particularly arts in the Asian American community. Her MFA in fiction came from San Francisco State University, and some of her fiction is published in McSweeney's, Hyphen, and The Encyclopedia Project. A collection of her short stories, called SLIGHTLY BEHIND AND TO THE LEFT, was published by Aqueduct Press last December. She has taught writing to teens, college students, and adults, and is currently coordinating free writing classes for teens through the Oakland Book Project. She blogs at Hyphen and her personal blog "SeeLight."

Born in 1963 in Newport Beach, California, Mark Dutcher has been exhibiting his work in Southern California since the early 1990s. He has had solo exhibitions at the Huntington Beach Art Center (2007), Santa Monica Museum of Art (2006), and has been in numerous group shows, including the 2004 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art; 2007 LA Weekly Annual organized by Doug Harvey at Track 16 Gallery; Life Lifelike: Painting in the Third Dimension, and Sweeney Art Gallery, UC Riverside (2008).

Eve Wood is the author of five books of poems, Love’s Funeral, and Six, (published by Cherry Grove Collections), Artistic Children Breathe Differently, (Hollyridge Press), a chapbook entitled Paper Frankenstein published by Beyond Baroque Press and Correspondence (Gegensatze Press, Austria) Wood writes art criticism for ArtUS, Flash Art, Artillery, Tema Celeste, ArtUS, Artext, Artweek, and Artnet.com., Bridge Magazine, Latinarts.com, Flash Art, and Art Papers etc. Also a visual artist, Wood was represented for six years by Western Project and for three years by Susanne Vielmetter; LA Projects.

Thom Donovan is a writer, curator, editor, and archivist. He edits the weblog Wild Horses Of Fire, now in its 6th year! Co-edits ON Contemporary Practice, a print journal for critical writings and conversations about one's contemporaries. He also edits the web archive, Others Letters, featuring correspondence about contemporary practices across the arts, and co-curates The Project for an Archive of the Future Anterior, a live interview series and video archive concerning the immanence of possible futures. His work has appeared widely in print and online and includes critical works in Afterall, BOMB, PAJ, and The Brooklyn Rail.

Fred Tomaselli http://www.jamescohan.com/artists/fred-tomaselli/bio/