Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00 pm

School of Chairs: Your Eye Would Glide Over the Grey

Presented in association with The David Ireland House


500 Capp Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

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NOTE: As of April 17, 2018 this screening is SOLD OUT!

Your eye, first of all, would glide over the grey…
                                                                           — George Perec

This screening is presented in the context of School of Chairs, the first group exhibition presented at The David Ireland House, on view February 17–June 9 . Curated by Bob Linder and Diego Villalobos, School of Chairs presents works in diverse media from a wide-ranging coterie of artists (including Forrest Bess, Jo Hanson, Los Jaichackers, K.r.m. Mooney, Anicka Yi and others) who “through expanding and redefining their respective mediums, have by consequence reshaped how we think about social and gender politics, the environment, and the role institutions play in shaping art history” while (in the spirit of David Ireland) creating relationships between artworks, domestic and non-domestic spaces, and devalued artifacts.

In sympathetic resonance with this ambitious exhibition, Your Eye Would Glide Over the Grey presents film/video works which explore the secret lives of objects; the interplay of intimacy, identity and consciousness as modulated by constructed (and deconstructed) space; and conceptual contrasts between art and non-art objects.

Program opener Ken Kobland’s The Toy Sun (2011) is a despairing ode to T.S. Eliot, Gordon Matta-Clark, old friends and the ravages of time. As counterweight, cryptic fragmentary works by Julia Dogra-Brasell (Mirror Without LIkeness, 2016) and Karissa Hahn (In Nothing Flat and Reveries, both 2013) talk back and question notions of completion and the fixity of identity. Jean-Paul Kelly’s Movement in Squares (2013) contrasts the eloquent expressivity of Bridget Riley with the devastation of 2011 home foreclosures, ruined lives and disgorged homes. Bettina Hoffmann’s choreographic Myopia foregrounds sounds in a strangely lush and attenuated interior while Coral Short’s similarly dance-like between us presents a polymorphous genderfuck fusion of flesh and furniture. Finally, Dana Berman Duff’s post-Warholian Catalogue Volume 10 (2017)—part of the artist’s ongoing post-Warholian examination of advertising and home decor—layers the cryptic text of Georges Perec’s Things: A Story of the Sixties (1965) over a tragically submerged flock of Arne Jacobsen knock-offs, a drowning flock of schooling chairs. (Steve Polta)

Catalogue Volume 10 (excerpt) from Dana Berman Duff on Vimeo.

Image Credit: Catalogue Volume 10 (2017) by Dana Berman Duff

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