Posts archive: October 2009

Cory Arcangel’s recreation of Arnold Schoenberg’s 1909 op. 11 Drei Klavierstücke (aka Three Piano Pieces) made by editing together videos of cats playing pianos downloaded from Youtube:

Much more info from Arcangel’s site here, including technical specs:

- Cheryl Meeker [Tuesday, October 20th, 2009]

about her work “Copystand: an autonomous manufacturing zone” shot at Frieze Art Fair in London - Video from VernissageTV on Rhizome:

- Cheryl Meeker [Tuesday, October 20th, 2009]

A jubilant mood reigned at the opening of Southern Exposure‘s new gallery this past Friday and Saturday. The space debuted with the exhibition Bellwether, featuring work by Ant Farm, Renee Gertler, Liz Glynn, Jonn Herschend, Whitney Lynn, Jay Nelson, Nonchalance, Lordy Rodriguez, Christine Wong Yap and SoEx’s Youth Advisory Board. But the buzz was all about the miracle performed by the SoEx Board of Directors and Executive Director Courtney Fink, obtaining a beautiful, purpose-designed new home for the venerable alternative space. In the recessionary gloom, the lights coming on at 3030-20th Street, San Francisco gleamed extra brightly.

Southern Exposure Executive Director Courtney Fink (left) with Board Vice-President Amy Charles

Artist and SF Gate blogger J.D. Beltran dances on the corner with her son Sebastian. Beltran posted a great history of SoEx’s search for a new space.

Artist (and former Stretcher crew member) Megan Wilson

Executive Director of the DiRosa Kathryn Reasoner

Art historian Whitney Chadwick and artist Robert Bechtle

Revelers Rodney Ewing and Nicole Lattuca

- Meredith Tromble [Tuesday, October 20th, 2009]

The imminence of death is said to concentrate the mind; perhaps the aura of mortality that hangs around the Slaughterhouse Space (which features floor drains marked “blood” and “water”) infuses artists with the courage to do the things they’d like to do that they haven’t done yet. At least two of the artists in The Seduction of Duchamp: Bay Area Artists’ Response, which opened last night, showed firsts. Richard Berger, a sculptor who first came to prominence in the 1960s, contributed his first video piece, and Rebecca Goldfarb, a new generation sculptor, showed her first outdoor work. Of course, the inspiration might be that this Healdsburg space, a former abbatoir, is just offbeat and off-the-beaten-track enough to make artists feel experimental, while close enough to the central Bay Area to attract a rich mix of established and emerging artists. The exhibition, which was curated by Hanna Regev, continues through November 8. November 7 will find the gallery hosting another first, a performance auction conducted by Rodney Austin and Justin Hoover.

Disintegrations, at Johansson Projects has another highlight of October’s exhibitions. Andrew Benson shows two videos in which the original footage is reprocessed by a system he calls “Slorp.” The result is remarkably like watching a fire or a waterfall, with constant movement forming and reforming images that flicker out before the eye can rest on them.

- Meredith Tromble [Sunday, October 4th, 2009]

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