“WHAT THE MOUTH SEES” PAINTING EXHIBITION AT ALTER SPACE
“WHAT THE MOUTH SEES” PAINTING EXHIBITION AT ALTER SPACE
First-Time Curator and Year-Old Artist-Run Gallery Bring in Surprising Artists from U.S. and Abroad
Exhibition dates: May 25 – July 6, 2013
Opening reception: May 25, 7-10pm
Location: Alter Space Gallery, 1158 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Alter Space is pleased to announce “What The Mouth Sees,” a group exhibition curated by artist Joshua Hagler bringing together nine painters from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, New York, and Germany. Artists include Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jennifer Poon, Shiri Mordechay, Heiko Müller, Maja Ruznic, Heather Wilcoxon, Robert Donald, and Kim Weinberg Kei.
Hagler takes the opportunity to showcase a type of painting not often championed among local curators.
“The work featured in ‘What the Mouth Sees’ is painting that delights in itself. I think of it as a Nietzschian cheerfulness, one that is fully involved in a way that’s not diminished by institutional apologetics which can distract from trust in one’s own intuition in the activity of painting and drawing. The work demonstrates an instinct for directness from who the artists are to what they make, as well as a love for the materials they use, often with a distinct sense of play. The mouth is something that bites, chews, eats, kisses, licks, sucks, inhales, exhales, swallows, spits, and vomits. I’ve often felt that any good painting invites the mouth into use. When I look at painting, it’s not enough to be compelled to think, but also to feel, to respond viscerally.”
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Balancing moral dilemmas with wit and a musical sense of language and color, Hancock’s works create a painterly space of psychological dimensions. The artist was featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, one of the youngest artists in history to participate in this prestigious survey. His work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. The recipient of numerous awards, Hancock lives and works in Houston, where he was a 2002 Core Artist in Residence at the Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
“Shiri Mordechay gives us a topsy-turvy world of mundane and mad images…It’s Charles Adams meets Edgar Allen Poe meets Animal Planet. Mordechay never allows us to look at any one thing; chaos and tumult reign…” Jerry Saltz, New York magazine. Born in Israel and raised in Nigeria, Mordechay received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and now lives in New York. Solo exhibitions have occurred in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Italy. Mordechay describes her paintings as if the ideas arrive from outside and yet anyone with an eye for the grotesque and sardonic can spot the humor that could only be her own. Imagery seems to arrive by chance and move about within a pre-moral realm and conjure what Julia Kristeva calls an “oceanic feeling.”
Arriving in the United States as a refugee from Bosnia in 1995, Ruznic studied at UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts where she received her MFA. Hinting at folklore, sexuality and inherited trauma, Ruznic’s ink and water media paintings often conflate seemingly incompatible emotive registers as they depict figures embracing or in conflict. Her painting “The Mother of All Evil” was featured on the cover of New American Paintings in 2011. She is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco and will exhibit new work at Galerie Vidal St Phelle in Paris this October.
Recieving her MFA from San Francisco Art Insitute, Wilcoxon lives and works in San Francisco. Exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, her work is in several permanent collections including The American University Museum in Washington DC and the Di Rosa Preserve in Napa, California. She has received several fellowship awards from the Pollock/ Krasner Foundation in New York and the Buck Foundation in Marin County. Wilcoxon’s semi-figurative work situates itself in a paradox of human brutality and a sense of childlike play. Intentionally crude and deceptively simple, the work is nevertheless complex in implication.
Müller imagines a mischievous natural world that intentionally conceals aspects of itself from human observation. The hidden machinations of the animal kingdom are at play in the paintings. Currently living in Germany, Müller received his degree from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. The artist exhibits throughout Europe and the United States.
Living in San Francisco, Jennifer Poon works mainly in New York, where she enjoys much success. The work explores universal emotions, accessed through the artist’s personal experiences. Poon uses the body as an anchor for discussion of human emotion, death, and decay, ultimately to bring the viewer back to a point of introspection. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and Juxtapoz among other publications.
Kim Weinberg Kei
Now living and working in Los Angeles, Weinberg Kei received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. The artist creates painstakingly detailed arrangements with fabric and detritus evoking the body through its absence. Once the still life is completed, she photographs many versions of it and, through painting, improvises an as-yet-seen composition existing somewhere between representation and abstraction. Alter Space is proud to welcome her back to the Bay Area for the first time in nearly a decade.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Donald received his BFA from the University of Arizona and lives and works in San Francisco where he directs the collective artist space Studio 17. With an obvious love of paint, Donald’s abstract paintings begin without a preconceived notion of what ought to be and allows chance to play key roll. While the work remains loose and gestural, a sense of the human body is evoked if not depicted directly. He has exhibited extensively in California and Ireland and is represented by Toomey Tourell Gallery in San Francisco.
Following an arson at the artist’s San Francisco apartment in 2007, Hagler began working on a concept he calls “The Religion” rooted in painting and spanning sculpture, installation, and animation. Collaborating with the arsonist himself, Hagler created four fictive characters called “The Evangelists” which have since traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and was the subject of his artist talk at Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois earlier this year. New paintings mine North America’s mystical/mythical past imagining a race of super beings called the “Ghost Dancers” and positions this new cosmology as the narrative drive behind “The Religion.” Hagler is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco.