Opening Wed., Feb. 1: In Other Words @ Intersection for the Arts

I’m very excited to be part of this exhibition at Intersection for the Arts. I’ll have over 40 Positive Signs drawings—including several new ones not yet posted on SFMOMA’s Open Space—on view. I am familiar with the work of some of the other artists, and I think it’s a very promising line-up.

Positive Sign #59, 2011, glitter pen, gridded vellum, 8.5 × 11 in / 21.5 × 28 cm

Positive Sign #59, 2011, glitter pen, gridded vellum, 8.5 × 11 in / 21.5 × 28 cm

February 1–March 24, 2012
In Other Words
Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94103

Members VIP Reception: Wed, February 1, 6-7pm
Opening Reception: Wed, February 1, 7-9pm
Gallery hours: Tue–Sat, 12–6pm
Free admission

In Other Words is a group exhibition that looks at language and its capacity to clarify and confuse, convene and separate, inspire and discourage. Language can excite our spirit, comfort our feelings, and inform our intellect; it can also extinguish desire, destroy confidence, and cloud perception. By exploring a range of areas concerning the influence and evolution of language in our lives — the impact of technology, the obscurity of industry-specific terminology, the psychological internalization of language, and the recontexutalization of language — the artists in this exhibition demonstrate through a diversity of media the many ways in which we strive to communicate to each other.

In Other Words features work by Katie Gilmartin, Julia Goodman, Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian, Susan O’Malley, Meryl Pataky, Alex Potts, Cassie Thornton, Annie Vought and Christine Wong Yap.

Related programs:

February 1 | Free
In celebration of our new exhibit, the San Francisco Public Library will share a suggested reading list that reflects the power and diversity of language.

(By coincidence, James Geary’s I is an Other—a book on metaphors that inspired Positive Signs—is on the reading list!)

February 1-March 24 | Free
Every couple weeks, we’ll have a new call out for fun images and stories! Participants email us their content. Top submissions will appear on our website and a handful of lucky contributors are chosen to receive special prizes!

March 21 | 7PM | $10-$15
Do you like word games and team activities? Familiar and foreign terms from the arts, business, finance, and social service worlds set the stage for a game where YOU are the expert. Join us for an uncensored friendly competition where fictitious and honest definitions abound. Sign up as a team for a round of Balderdash hosted by author Michelle Tea to show off your smarts and win prizes!

March 24 | 2PM | Free
The “In Other Words” exhibit comes to a close. Please join us in this candid talk to hear directly from the creative minds that graced our gallery with such fun and thought-provoking art.


Palimpsests at Tarryn Teresa Gallery (LA)

Artist's Reception for Palimpsests, Tarryn Teresa Gallery, LA

Artist's Reception for Palimpsests, Tarryn Teresa Gallery, LA

Just got back from Los Angeles, where I installed recent text-based works, including the kinetic light sculpture Binary Pair, in Palimpsests, a show featuring the work of three artists using text. Curated by Elizabeth Williams, Palimpsests runs at Tarryn Teresa Gallery through October 29.

The other artists in the show are Cara Barer and recent Mills MFA grad, Annie Vought. Houston-based Barer contributed dramatic photos of books, pages sculpturally splayed. Vought is exhibiting her meticulous papercuts of found letters. I think the show hangs together really well, and I’m very pleased to be part of a strong showing completely authored and presented by women (artists, curator, gallery owner and preparator too!). I’m also very appreciative of the opportunity to share my work, and especially my kinetic sculpture, with the Los Angeles art audience.

If you’re in LA in the next few weeks, try to check it out. The gallery is located in a rather industrial part of downtown, but I think you’ll find the space to be worth the visit. Don’t forget to nip in the project space/installation gallery, where you’ll find Binary Pair.

Tarryn Teresa Gallery is pleased to present Palimpsests, an exhibit from guest curator Elizabeth Williams featuring work by Cara Barer, Annie Vought and Christine Wong Yap. Whether done playfully or poignantly, the artists in Palimpsests pay tribute to the associations and meanings we bring to the written word. Collections of words can differ extraordinarily, as can the reader’s response to them. Letters, books, newspapers, magazines or small one-page notes all offer the ability to inspire feelings of attachment or even aversion. An audience’s perception is mainly influenced by the meaning of the words themselves, but the manner of delivery can create an air of legitimacy, sentimentality or stronger emotions. With these visual works, the artists address the continuum of the written word.

September 26–October 29, 2009
Artist’s Reception: September 26, 6–8 pm
Tarryn Teresa Gallery
1820 Industrial St. #230
Los Angeles, CA
hours: Mon.–Fri., 11 am–5 pm, Sat. 11 am–4 pm