It has been a century since the Surrealist movement exploded across the global cultural scene. Surrealism championed the creative power of the unconscious and the value of irrational thoughts and imagery. It was a movement with enormous impact in the visual arts, film, performing arts, and literature; yet the spirit of Surrealism preceded the movement itself, and extraordinary antecedents can be found across many centuries and in cultures around the world. While the Surrealists sought out feelings of strangeness—of the improbable, uncanny, mysterious, and miraculous—the strange has always been a source of artistic inspiration, and continues to fascinate us today.
I'm sitting here looking at the sleeve for this record Bruce Springsteen made called The River. These guys look so good I can't even believe it. It's a double album. It is its own beauty. I don't think Bruce Springsteen knew what the hell he was going to do. Maybe he did but that takes all the mood out of it. It is better to be thrust into some kind of destiny. That is LIVING. I used to write my name a lot. When I asked myself who I was all I had to do was write my name. That was my fortune. Mary George. THE END. I still think this is all I need to know about destiny. Knowing is being. I'm in love with coming home. All the things that I do when I come home. The things that I want to do. I want to play guitar whenever I want. I want to make paintings with all kinds of soul. Black party lights make me feel good in my heart. I like materials that have secret forces that need to be revealed. I want to make art that is contagious like good rock n' roll. I want to make art so I can go to heaven.
The title of the show came from a discussion I had with the poet Robert Hass, when asked: What is the role of the artist/writer/poet in the current climate? He responded: “The famous saying is Robert Duncan’s: The responsibility of the artist is keeping the ability to respond. In the present climate that’s everyone’s responsibility. My wife says we should try to do something that takes us out of our comfort zone every day. For me that tax is too high, so I try three days a week.”
Ajit Chauhan (b. 1981) lives in the sanctuary city of San Francisco, California. His work has been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, White Columns NY, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, the Berkeley Art Museum, Jack Hanley Gallery, Annarumma Gallery Naples, Italy, SVIT Prague, Czech Republic, and most recently the KMAC Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. His work is concurrently being shown at Fused Space in the exhibition Seven Places of the Mind curated by Margaret Tedesco.
Opening Thursday 11 October, 6-8p
1401 16th Street, San Francisco CA 94103
Catherine Fairbanks & Dylan Crossman
Claudia La Rocco: I am trying to do the assignment [ limited edition chapbook
Curated by Margaret Tedesco
[ Freeways ]
“Make you feel they had some reason in mind when they built them—I mean, it makes you feel you might understand.” —Maria (Tuesday Weld), Play It As It Lays, 1972
It begins in what we remember. Subtraction. Names of streets. Venice. Los Feliz. Hollywood Blvd. Lincoln Blvd. Cahuenga and Lankershim. Santa Monica Blvd. Glendale. Whittier. Sepulveda. The 405, the 10, the 605, Pico. Paci c Coast Hwy. Sunset & Vine. Normandie. Topanga Canyon. Marina del Rey. Compton. Beverly. Imperial & Crenshaw. Gower. Centinela. So. Central. Western Ave. Laurel Canyon. Wilshire. Slauson. Inglewood Ave. Names of streets. Say them. Fairfax. Let them roll off your tongue. La Cienega. Equalizers. How to talk about landscape. Ground cover. Desert. Clay. Freeways. Freeways. Ice plant. Sun. The coast. Ethos. The Texas Hop. Minimal line. Tent revivals. Norton Simon Museum. Golden State. Vincent Thomas Bridge. Barstow. Strip malls. Horizon. Jacaranda trees. Shipwreck. Lawns. Orange Skies. The Source. Fields. Lake Shrine Temple. Port of Los Angeles. The Woman’s Building. The Valley. Paris, Texas. Grif th Park Observatory. Paramount lots. Red Rubber Ring Floating in a Swimming Pool. Bunker Hill. Paci c Ocean Park. Freeways. Ask the Dust, John Fante, John Fahey, John Baldessari. Octavia Butler, Curtis Harrington. Aimee Semple McPherson, David Hockney, Sister Corita Kent, Robert Irwin, Judy Baca, Joan Didion. Joan Didion. Kenneth Anger. And Vito’s Dancers.
Baby, baby don’t cry, baby, baby don’t cry,
Baby, baby here’s why,
Because love is here standing by,
Love is right here standing by. —Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
Seasons slip by. Los Angeles does stand still sometimes.
Way Bay is a sweeping exploration of the creative energies that have emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area over the past two centuries. An innovatively organized exhibition of art and film, plus poetry, performance documentation, and archival materials, Way Bayfeatures nearly two hundred works that reveal the depth and diversity of artists’ engagement with the region’s geographic, social, and cultural landscape.
The exhibition takes a nonlinear form and is organized around diverse poetic themes that cut across time periods, media, styles, and artistic cultures, bringing together voices from a wide range of practices and representing diverse communities and sensibilities. Works by artists and filmmakers such as Bruce Baillie, Lutz Bacher, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Enrique...
In contrast to a conventional historical survey, Way Bay is organized to suggest poetic currents and connections among works from disparate cultures and communities, highlighting transhistorical affinities among artists, filmmakers, authors, and other creative practitioners who have contributed to—and drawn inspiration from—the region’s distinctive character.
Ajit Chauhan, Candela Bado, Dimitra Kousteridou Curated by Antonakis
Snehta Residency is pleased to present a show by current artists-in-residence, Ajit Chauhan from San Francisco, Candela Bado from Uruguay who is based in The Hague and Dimitra Kousteridou, who lives and works in Amsterdam. The exhibition is a map to decipher "materials" the three artists encountered during the period they stayed and worked in Athens. A handbook - in narrative form - for the deconstruction of objecthood.
Ajit Chauhan’s work is characterized by slow, minimalist, often repetitive gestures. He has a preference for working with modest materials. One body of work that will be shown was made by erasing selected portions of record album covers. They are housed inside crates that function as architectural models of the Art Deco apartment buildings in and around Kypseli. Another body of work is a series of textiles that are unwoven, a process of removing material to find an inner essence or structure within the material.
Ajit Chauhan, Candela Bado and Dimitra Kousteridou
Επιμελητής : Antonakis Christodoulou
Ajit Chauhan, Candela Bado and Dimitra Kousteridou
Curator : Antonakis Christodoulou
Curated by Joey Yates
Spin: Turning Records Into Art is a show of artist made records and record covers, alongside recent projects by contemporary artists who make use of the record in their sculptures and installations, including Rutherford Chang, Ajit Chauhan, Jamal Cyrus, David Ellis, Terrence Hammonds, Jennie C. Jones and Cynthia Norton. A substantial portion of the show features records from the collection of Michael Lowe, a Cincinnati based art collector with over 2000 records that is international in scope and reflects the myriad historical relationships between the artist and the record, a range that extends from conceptual works by artists like Joseph Beuys, Lawrence Weiner, and Christian Marclay to albums with iconic images by Jean Michel-Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Barbara Kruger and Yoko Ono. Artists from Kentucky are included, featuring album covers by Lexington based artist Robert Beatty, and Louisville artists Kathleen Lolley, Joanne Oldham, Letitia Quesenberry, Jason Noble, Jeff Mueller, and Michael O’Bannon.
Over the last century the record has become an effective tool for artists seeking new creative possibilities. Artists of the avant-garde in the early 1900’s, most notably the Dadaists and the Italian Futurists, used the record to document their radical ideas, and to disseminate their political and social experiments in sound, language, and music. Spin explores the current intersection of records and visual art, demonstrating the album’s remarkable position as art object and cultural artifact in contemporary artistic practice.
Featuring works by Tauba Auerbach, Sarah Cain, Ajit Chauhan, Veronica DeJesus, Colter Jacobsen, Sahar Khoury, Alicia McCarthy, and Will Rogan.
Opening reception: Thursday March 15, 6:30–8:30 pm
7pm: Musical performance by The Dirty Ditches
Panel: Friday, March 23, 7:00 pm
Sarah Cain, Colter Jacobsen, and Sahar Khoury, and co-curator Maddie Klett have a conversation at the McRoskey Mattress Company.
Artwork for Bedrooms tells the story of eight artists living in San Francisco 2000–08, a period that until now has been framed by the Mission School, artists known for sprawling assemblages that took inspiration from graffiti culture. Artwork for Bedrooms draws a parallel narrative from the same moment of young artists who were similarly invested in “poor” materials, but who put them to work in more abstract, fragile, or conceptual ways.
Artwork for Bedrooms is curated by CCA’s Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Class of 2018 Maddie Klett, Zhaoyu Lin, MK Meador, Cristiane Ulson Quercia, Rosa Tyhurst, and Qinyue Xu.