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wanted: machine to clone and transport

First Stop: London

I’d love to skip back over the pond to attend the Frieze Art Fair next week in London. Yes, it is a marriage of art and commerce, but it’s also more than that — newly commissioned art projects, featuring the fabulous Stephanie Syjuco, the delightfully perplexing Ryan Gander, and a fellow named Mike Bouchet, whose project involves hiring a motivational speaker to address an audience at the Frieze Talkslove it! There’s also a programme of killer talks, including a Q&A with John Baldessari, a lecture by James Elkins (the esteemed author from Art Institute of Chicago, who I’ve posted about before) as well as a timely talk on the role of state funding for the arts in a recession.

I’d leave my Clone in San Francisco

Of course, I’d have to clone myself first, so I could also be here in San Francisco for Southern Exposure‘s Grand Opening and the opening of the exhibition, Bellwether. The exhibition is shaping up really nicely, with a huge site-specific balsa wood installation by Reneé Gertler, a DIY survivalist’s shed by Whitney Lynn, an outpost for Lordy Rodriguez’ First Colony, among others. I’m also really looking forward to Liz Glynn‘s Banner Year project, which sweetly reminds me of Jeremy Deller’s Procession in Manchester this summer. Don’t miss the festivities October 16 and 17, at 20th and Alabama Streets.

Next Stop: New York

Then, after that, I’d attend Three Pieces, a one-night multidisciplinary event at PPOW Gallery in Chelsea, where Color&Color, a new publication by Amanda Curreri and Erik Scollon, will be unveiled (along with a work of sound and a work of language/performance. I submitted two images to the inaugural publication — can’t wait to see it.

I’d stick around in NYC for another night to attend The Creative Time Summit at the NY Public Library, which is kind of like a TED Talk for contemporary art. There are so many huge names on the roster, like Alfredo Jaar, Mel Chin, Liam Gillick, Julieta Aranda, the list goes on and on…

A recommended virtual stop: Los Angeles Times art review

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Of course, if I had a transporter, I could save myself a lot of staring at the I-5. Since we haven’t got one — yet! — we could have a look at Leah Ollman’s L.A. Times review of Palimpsests, a three-person exhibition I’m in at Tarryn Teresa Gallery through October 29th.

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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.

Palimpsests
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

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