Spread Closing Reception, Apr 27

What: Spread Artist Closing Reception
When: Wednesday, April 27 5–-7pm
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan @8th)
Cost: FREE!

To bring the exhibition Spread: California Conceptualism Then and Now, to full completion, we are wrapping up the show with a final reception.  Come by for a last minute game of pétanque with the gallery curators and artists and enjoy this spectacular exhibit one last time!  There are free artist made cards for the taking by Carissa Potter, interactive games by Paul Kos, interactive video installations and many wonderful video artworks.

Spread is a large scale participatory and interactive exhibition featuring 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.  It is one of final Commons Curatorial Residency recipients for the 2010/2011 season.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.  Image credit: Paul Kos, Les Boules de Jacques , courtesy of the artist and Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco.

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.

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.