Last year in California we experienced wafting clouds of smoke and ash for months, constant reminders of our changing ecosphere and human-enhanced tragedy. Like those miasmas, we drifted–but with no toxic effects–across the Pacific. OFFspace took a small cohort of artists to Hong Kong, China to partner with a pop-up exhibition space (The Clubhouse) in conjunction with Hong Kong Walls. We curated a wall span of work in a disused light manufacturing building in the Wan Chai district. Exploring fire and its consequences, from the recent wildfires throughout the state, arson fires in the Bay area to metaphorical fires in the political arena and personal “fires” on the home-front. The artists of Drifting include Diane Chung, a photographer documenting class schisms; Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov, with abstracted images of arson burnt buildings in San Francisco; Goij de Marco who harvested ash from the Woolsey fire to make … Read More »
For 2019 Photoville LA, OFFspace is proposing Dear Anthropocene, our first (but not last) venture to the southlands!
What does it mean to the human species to be confronted by a new paradigm of its own making?
“Dear Anthropocene” seeks to encapsulate tensions between the “removed” eye of the observer and the human desire to impose beauty and order on the tragic.
There is great suffering caused by greed with personal and universal impacts. The images chosen for this exhibition both document and transform the evidence of human folly into aesthetically compelling memoria.
“Dear Anthropocene” is a love letter, warning and gift from artists using the generosity of the medium.
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The other at its core points to polarizing dichotomies whether of race, religion, social class, gender, sexual preferences. To imagine the other one need not look far, perhaps there is someone standing next to you, and that person then is the other.
Conversely, the other can be as close as ones own reflection in a mirror. Throughout history the other has been a moving target as various cultures merge and blend through territorial expansion, war, and trade—today we can add to the list of factors television, trans-continental flight and the Internet. Our world is shrinking; people and ideas move over distances and through time in a way almost unimaginable twenty years ago. Yet we live in a world where cultural homogeneity as concrete fact has never been experienced. The lines of delineation are razor thin; we are all the other dealing … Read More »
On the evening of March 6, 2009 over 4,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area came to experience the Warhol phenomena through art, music, food and community, validating the Warhol prophecy in a double entendré of spectacle, reproduction and persona.
An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks it would be a good idea to give them. ~Andy Warhol
With oh, Maybe… OFFspace investigated key methodologies of Warhol’s practice, specifically reproduction, persona and spectacle; artists were chosen based on their ability to contemporize and expand upon these methodologies while the exhibition as a whole poses the questions; what might Warhol’s practice look like were he alive today? How might he have approached the explosion and accessibility of media? … Read More »
Since our inception in 2007, OFFspace has staged a dozen exhibitions in unexpected spaces and host galleries. Featuring the work of over 100 artists from across the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Besides being pioneers of site specific curation in the Bay Area, OFFspace has singled itself out by creating shows with an wide range of artists and practices; bringing together emerging, mid-career and established artists, Bay Area and international art makers, as well as diverse genders and races.
To celebrate passing the 10-year mark OFFSpace proudly hosted Altered, a show part retrospective and part curatorial experiment. Altered evolved throughout the run being “re-curated” weekly by OFFSpace and invited partner curators, featuring a different theme and works with each iteration.
Over thirty artists who have shown with OFFspace throughout our 10+-year career will share work to create a physical library in one … Read More »
Featuring the work of Claudia Huenchuleo, Derek Cracco, Gillian O’Shea, Marie-Pier Frigon, Nina Wright, Victor Barbieri, Walter Aprile and Winnie van der Rijn
Inspired by the coyly adventurous calendar girl hanging on repair shop walls, we have brought together artists who explore representations and notions of femininity, feminism and gendered identity. Notions of whom or what is “ideal” are shifting along with standards of masculinity and the resultant imagery.
In an effort to embody the current debate in this charged landscape OFFspace presents “Pin Up!” with work alluding to, defying and epitomizing the new/post/disrupted ideal. Taking on fascination with weaponized sexuality, cheeky twists on the traditional supine, passive nude and the “candid” snapshot artists bring an array of views and perspectives to challenge and celebrate the idealized (fe)male form.
Gillian O’Shea re-examines the time-honored trope of the watercolor nude, her paintings are lush … Read More »
Ruptures, staged at 21 Grand Gallery in Oakland, CA examined the uncanny and familiar at the edges of our everyday. Artists often function as oracles, imagining the future in a fast changing world. Dan Grayber, Marya Krogstad, Yael Zaken, Ashley Harris and Jeremy Newman contributed works that required a double take, and questioned just what lies within the bounds of normalcy.
Loosely defined as doubts as to whether an apparently animate being is really alive; or conversely, whether a lifeless object might in fact be animate and encompassing notions of anxiety, the abject, synchronicity and simulacra; the uncanny has migrated from the fringes of our collective consciousness into the realm of the quotidian. Artificial intelligence, smart machines, biological and genetic alterations no longer belong solely to science fiction or futurist scenarios but are ubiquitous in our daily lives. As the boundaries between … Read More »
OFFSpace’s inaugural exhibition at Art Engine Gallery in San Francisco, CA featured three artists playing with dolls- making them, becoming them or just watching them.
Sara Harrell-Lai, Victor Barbieri, and Goody-B. Wiseman explored the margins of this childish pre-occupation exhibit works both playful and alarming.
Victor Barbieri’s ultra slow motion videos of young girls sleeping capture in vivid detail the childish, doll-like perfection embodied in his passive subjects. Visceral and engrossing, innocent and disturbing, these pieces elicit strong reactions. The subversive power of these gorgeous images puts a twist on the age-old relationship between the artist/viewer and the model/subject. Derived from her museum of a fictitious colony of feral children, Pentegoet Park: The Terrible Ones, Goody-B. Wiseman’s small bronze sculptures conjure dark places we’d rather not acknowledge—The Beastly Baby meets Aesop’s Fables. The museum of feral children documents the terrifying voyage of … Read More »