Tuesday, June 21, 2005

"Strange Days" Show at 600 Townsend

Our current exhibition, "Strange Days" juried by Tara McDowell, curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA, opened June 9, 2005. Tara gave a wonderful talk about her experience chosing the work and spoke with the attending artists included in the show.

Tara's curator statement:
In the process of viewing slides submitted for this exhibition, I was deeply struck by the emergence of a particular sensibility that pervaded much of the work: a kind of self-aware, at times cheeky brand of surrealism that appeared more often than not, begging the question of further examination. This strain of surrealism is far removed from that of the 1930s, though certain works share with those classic examples an uncanniness that led Man Ray to describe them as “disagreeable objects.” Rather, on view here is something that taps into the uneasiness, abjection, disillusionment, and absurdity that is the flip side of a society obsessed with homeland security, primetime titillation, brand-name belongings, and Stepford values. With this substrata of daily life informing the work of each of these artists—either consciously or not, an element of Pop often emerges by use of, for example, materials such as giant Lincoln logs or flags. Equally present is a latent, though sometimes dark, spirituality evident in angelic wings that also resemble lungs or the grotesque yet beautiful portrait busts of goddess figures. Perhaps what unites all of the works in the exhibition is an engagement with the symbolic and an ability to, as Hal Foster once described the not unrelated work of Robert Gober, sustain enigma.

The Bancroft Garden Sculpture Show

The Bancroft Garden sculpture show has been more successful every year for the past ten years. For the last 3 years, it is an exclusive Pac Rim show, so long as we organize it for the all-volunteer garden foundation. In return, sculptors donate 30% of all sales to the garden.

This June 17-19, there were $16,734 in sculpture sales, distributed between 13 sculptors. 38 pieces sold. The average sale was $440, and one sculptor, who does this show every year, sold 14 pieces. The highest price work to sell was $1500, and there were 5 sales over $1000.

Huge kudos to Pac Rim’s David Mudgett, the one-man organizer, fund raiser, design director, promote, curator, set-upper, take- downer, sculptor’s advocate, liaison to the gardeners, chief helper and head coach of this event!

By Joe Bologna

Bancroft Show dates for 2006

Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14 noon-5pm with an artists reception on Friday evening.

Monday, June 20, 2005

News Flash! Blog-tech for PRSG site

Please view our new website www.pacrimsculptors.org.

Web log, or blog, technology has come to PRSG, promising to simplify website maintenance for this organization of West Coast sculptors and their associates. The development crew anticipates separate sections for up-to-date announcements and core background articles (e.g., membership information, resource listings).