What: Opening event for ephemeral art exhibition All Good Things…
When: Friday, November 22, 2013, 6–9pm
Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
How Much: Free admission
All Good Things… opens with a free to attend reception featuring an audience-participatory performance by Midori in which the audience is invited to fling and shatter ceramic dishware and crockery. Kristin Cammermeyer, a 2013 artist-in-residence at the Recology Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center, will expose her artistic process live to the public for the first time by establishing a working studio space within SOMArts’ main gallery. There, she will build, deconstruct and alter an large-scale installation intermittently throughout the run of the exhibition. The public may donate objects for incorporation into the work, which focuses on process as a method of resisting the terminality of other more traditional art forms.
Opening event attendees will also have the first opportunity in the United States to imbibe an artwork made by Philip Ross, who creates durable, functional and biodegradable sculptures from Chinese medicinal mushrooms that can be ground and brewed as tea. Monks from Sera Je Secondary School in Karnataka, India will build a Tibetan sand mandala in the gelugpa tradition.
SOMArts offers a table with three chess boards featuring pieces made of clear and colored ice for public interaction, referencing the Fluxus tradition of chess as sculpture. There will be a 15-minute live music set by Cookie Tongue and an “Unscheduled Appearance” by Tom Marioni. In the theater will be a free screening of “Decasia” by Bill Morrison on the hour every hour.
The show is designed and curated to exist and then disappear. For this reason, gallery visitors may not take photos or record video while in the gallery. Instead, cassette recorders will be available for visitors to share their impressions. These recordings—captured live in the SOMArts gallery—will serve as an imperfect, ephemeral record of the exhibition and will be the only archive of its existence aside from hearsay, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the popular internet ethos “pics or it didn’t happen.”
For a more information, a list of exhibiting artists and details on other events accompanying All Good Things… please click here.
Pictured above: “Nimbus Green Room” by Berndnaut Smilde, photograph by RJ Muna, “Nimbus Green Room” was originally commissioned by the San Francisco
Arts Commission Galleries on the occasion of the exhibition Conversation 6