Tag: Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov


Transience

Posted on 3rd June, by admin in 2016, exhibit archive. No Comments

Transience at Classic Car West Gallery in Oakland

Featuring the work of Christopher Burch, Marya Krogstad, Christopher McNulty, Karrie Hovey, MAP (Peter Foucault and Christopher Treggiari).

With all of the movement and upheaval in Oakland, the Bay Area and beyond it’s only fitting that OFFSpace located this, its 11th exhibition, in a car showroom in West Oakland—an epicenter of transformation and tumult with a rich cultural and political history.  The automobile is, after all, the quintessential American symbol of movement and “freedom”.

How then, does an exhibit explore transience, transience being after all an elusive state, a metaphorical place, a terrain fertile with yet unnamed trajectories, possibilities and ideas?

Reaching far beyond this primary symbol, and reflective of this space in flux the work presented in Transience shifts between the concrete and poetic. Embodying both concepts, Marya Krogstad’s Untitled is tangible yet evanescent, displaying … Read More »



Ever After

Posted on 18th October, by admin in 2011, exhibit archive. No Comments

The Chapel of the Chimes, aside from its historical importance and architectural beauty serves as a site of repose, contemplation, transcendence and remembrance. It is, on many levels, easy to draw comparisons of intent and use between the chapel and museums, as places where history, beauty and the sublime—the intuition that there is something powerfully beautiful and fearsome beyond our quotidian experience—coexist.

It is as impossible to consider the fact of death without memorials to the departed and the practice of rituals as it is impossible to contemplate contemporary art practices without the vitality of performance art. Using the idea of “the ever after” as a starting point, artists explore notions of observance, grief, longing and wonder. Poignancy, playfulness and sharp insights into the nature of the eternal are the common threads used to weave a series of site-specific … Read More »



Brave New World

Posted on 12th July, by admin in 2013, upcoming exhibition. No Comments

Image courtesy of artist Michael Bianco

Brave New World, probed the issues, strident conversations and constant state of instability surrounding climate change with unconventional and even flippant responses

What is the role of the artist as citizen in this climate? How might we reclaim our choice, our connection, our social power when immersed in a deteriorating environment? Sixteen artists from around the globe addressed our hopes and fears for the future with objects, images and gestures that are poetic, irreverent and challenging. Ranging from direct actions with the public to meditative sound and video, photography and painting; these artists responded to our dismay, proposed solutions, offered support and tended to the soul with poignant métaphores.

Staged at Spare Change Artist Space in the vénérable offices of Rhodes & Fletcher, LLC. in the Merchants Exchange Building 465 California St Suite 838 … Read More »



Spread

Posted on 10th April, by admin in 2011. No Comments

It is not at all clear where the boundaries of ‘conceptual art’ are to be drawn, which artists and which works to include. Looked at in one way, conceptual art gets to be like Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire cat, dissolving away until nothing is left but a grin: a handful of works made over a few short years by a small number of artists… Then again, regarded under a different aspect, conceptual art can seem like nothing less than the hinge around which the past turned into the present. —Paul Wood

Artists image in order of appearanceSharon Grace, Carissa Potter, Laetitia Sonami, Jacqueline Gordon, George LeGrady, Angus Forbes, Paul Kos, Julien Berthier, Tony Labat, and Guy Overfelt.

It is frequently said that “as goes California, so … Read More »



Shifting Margins

Posted on 18th February, by admin in 2012. No Comments

Shifting Margins included an international roster of artists and variety of opportunities (live cast presidential debates, artist and curator talks and receptions)  to engage in dialog around notions of marginalization.

Artists from Bangkok to San Francisco, Richmond to Istanbul and points between  shared their responses and reactions to hyperbole, brinkmanship, extremism, intolerance, xenophobia, and the social contract. Shifting Margins brought together works that inspire deliberation and argument in order to grapple with the significance and use of the edge, outsider-ness, privilege and what it means to be on the margin, whether by choice or force of circumstance.

Featuring work by Raquel Torres Arzola, ap-art-ment (Cathy Fairbanks & Laura Boles Faw), Victor Barbieri, Jeff Beekman, Jan Blythe, Gioj De Marco, Ellen Dicola, Moritz Fingerhut, Sean Fletcher & Isabel Reichert, Nathan Gorgen,  Elena Harvey, Çiğdem Kaya, Leejin Kim, David Leleu, Angela Pryor, Kat Schneck, Christie Ginanni Stepan, Jesse Walton, Brooke White and Michelle Wilson (with participants from Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center).

Shifting Margins embraced the center, the periphery and the bridge between … Read More »



Shifting Margins at Aggregate Space & Red Poppy Art House

Posted on 13th June, by admin in 2012. No Comments

 Shifting Margins

images courtesy of artists: Jeff Beekman and Nathan Gorgen

 Shifting Margins included an international roster of artists and variety of opportunities (live cast presidential debates, artist and curator talks and receptions)  to engage in dialog around notions of marginalization.

Artists from Bangkok to San Francisco, Richmond to Istanbul and points between  shared their responses and reactions to hyperbole, brinkmanship, extremism, intolerance, xenophobia, and the social contract. Shifting Margins brought together works that inspire deliberation and argument in order to grapple with the significance and use of the edge, outsider-ness, privilege and what it means to be on the margin, whether by choice or force of circumstance.

Featuring work by Raquel Torres Arzola, ap-art-ment (Cathy Fairbanks & Laura Boles Faw), Victor Barbieri, Jeff Beekman, Jan Blythe, Gioj De Marco, Ellen Dicola, Moritz Fingerhut, Sean Fletcher & Isabel Reichert, Nathan Gorgen,  Elena Harvey, Çiğdem Kaya, Leejin Kim, David Leleu, Angela Pryor, Kat Schneck, Christie Ginanni Stepan, Jesse Walton, Brooke White and Michelle Wilson (with participants … Read More »


Ever After

Posted on 13th June, by admin in 2011. No Comments

The Chapel of the Chimes, aside from its historical importance and architectural beauty serves as a site of repose, contemplation, transcendence and remembrance. It is, on many levels, easy to draw comparisons of intent and use between the chapel and museums, as places where history, beauty and the sublime—the intuition that there is something powerfully beautiful and fearsome beyond our quotidian experience—coexist.

It is as impossible to consider the fact of death without memorials to the departed and the practice of rituals as it is impossible to contemplate contemporary art practices without the vitality of performance art. Using the idea of “the ever after” as a starting point, artists explore notions of observance, grief, longing and wonder. Poignancy, playfulness and sharp insights into the nature of the eternal are the common threads used to weave a series of site-specific … Read More »