John Houck (‘08), Fabiola Menchelli ('13), Letha Wilson ('09), and others
George Lawson Gallery
315 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103
October 9 - November 8, 2014
For exhibition 42, we are pleased to present Aggregate Exposure, curated by Jennah Ward, and featuring a group of twelve artists from Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, and San Francisco who work with photography using a hybrid approach. The exhibition’s emphasis is placed on looking at the processes through which the work is made, rather than what is represented in the photographic image. For this reason, the images contained in the work have a generalized broad range, extending from landscapes and portraits, to still lives and abstractions. The varying processes result in a type of aggregated form and artifact created by merging photography with sculpture and/or painting. In some cases, as with the work of James Hyde and Kunie Sugiura, the work physically combines painting and photography. In other cases, as with Hannah Whitaker and Carrie Pollack, the work incorporates painting conceptually through multiple exposures or digital layers.
The work of John Houck, Mariah Robertson, and Klea McKenna emphasize both flat and varied perspectival spaces, which are traditionally left to painting. While the work of Letha Wilson, Fabiola Menchelli, Heather Cleary and Sara VanDerBeek allude to painting, it is more invested in the language of sculpture. Wilson actually folds an image into curing concrete and Cleary, Menchelli, and VanDerBeek photograph sculptures, either found or constructed in their studios. Lastly, Phil Chang’s nearly identical triptych suggests with the depiction of a monochrome print, curled at one end, that we can simultaneously see aspects of painting, sculpture and photography. We thank each of the twelve artists and multiple galleries that lent work for the exhibition: Phil Chang and Hannah Whitaker appear courtesy of M B, Los Angeles; John Houck appears courtesy of On Stellar Rays, New York; Mariah Robertson appears courtesy of American Contemporary, New York; Kunie Sugiura appears courtesy of Leslie Tonkonow Artworks Projects, New York; and Sara VanDerBeek appears courtesy of Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco. (via George Lawson Gallery | Exhibitions)