Spread—California Conceptualism Then and Now, April 8—28







What: Spread – California Conceptualism Then and Now: April Exhibition Pairing Pioneer Artists and Talent Today
Opening Reception: Friday April 8, 6:00-9:00 PM with short curator introduction at 6:30 PM
Exhibition Dates: April 8 – 28, 2011
Where: SOMArts Main Gallery (834 Brannan Street, between 8th and 9th)

SOMArts Cultural Center presents Spread: California Conceptualism Then and Now, a new month-long exhibition curated by OFF Space, the final Commons Curatorial Residency recepient for the 2010/2011 season.  This large scale participatory and interactive exhibition features five pairs of Bay Area based conceptual or new media artists based in California working across a wide spectrum of media including sound installation, sculpture, photography and even giant plastic balloons.

From the establishment of the Museum of Conceptual Art and The Farm in the 1970’s to the ongoing influence of public and private arts education programs, San Francisco has been home to innovators, rule breakers and unsung heroes. Practices as diverse as conceptual art, relational aesthetics, web, sound and interactive art would be but pale shadows of themselves without the rigorous, energetic contributions of pioneering artists like Sharon Grace, Paul Kos, Tony Labat, George Legrady and Laetitia Sonami. Along with their far ranging personal visions, these individuals have mentored and guided generations of young artists from around the world; Carissa Potter, Julien Berthier, Guy Overfelt, Angus Forbes and Jaqueline Gordon, all emerging or mid-career artists of formidable talent, represent a select handful who have spent time under the tutelage of those vanguard artists with telling effect.2

Special thanks to Broadmoor Landscaping in South San Francisco for their generous support.

Off Space is one of four recipients of a 2010-11 Commons Curatorial Residency at SOMArts. Selected artists and curators receive funding support and access to one of the largest and most beautiful gallery spaces in the heart of the city in order to expand their practice, engage the Bay Area’s many cultural communities, and turn vision into reality.

Image credit: Paul Kos, The Sound of Ice Melting, sculpture with ice and microphones  (left) and Julien Berthier, L’Altoviseur, épreuve chromogène.

SOMArts programming receives support from the Community Arts and Education Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission.

SOMArts exhibitions and events are FREE (unless otherwise advertised). Enter down long driveway. Street parking available and flat rate parking is accessible at Brannan & 8th St.  SOMArts is within two blocks of the Muni lines number 12, 19, 27 and 47.

Insurrection, Connection and Community through the Arts

SOMArts Cultural Center (South of Market Art Resources, Technology, and Services) maintains one of four cultural facilities owned by the City of San Francisco and operated by nonprofit arts organizations. SOMArts serves approximately 450,000 people with its year-round schedule of community arts classes, theatrical performances, gallery exhibitions and technical services’ support of festivals and parades throughout the city.

SOMArts also provides affordable event space for local nonprofit organizations to present showcases, fundraisers and exhibitions. For more information about upcoming events, space rentals and technical services, visit www.somarts.org or call 415-863-1414.