Alter Space is pleased to announce our most ambitious exhibition to date. In
, the traditional white-walled gallery has been transformed through layers of print and paint to create the fictional setting of an abandoned house.
Serving as a backdrop for works by an exciting group of artists, this immersive environment features paintings, drawings, sculpture and print that bring the abandoned walls to life. This collaborative project recontextualizes the gallery experience and asks the viewer to consider what happens when artist, art and fictional space are in conversation and begin to negotiate the dramatic interplay between forgotten spaces and the remnants of what we leave behind.
provides shelter to those seeking to explore the transformative moment when memory and imagination collapse and become something altogether new.
Marcel R. Patzwald,
During the course of this exhibitions two-month run Alter Space will be hosting a series of live performances and events, please check the calendar below for a list of performances, dates, and ticket info.
was born in 1978 in Baghdad, Iraq. She currently lives in Oakland and works in San Francisco, California. Al-Shukri is an emerging artist whose exhibition history includes Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, and Pulliam Deffenbach Gallery, Portland, Oregon. She received a BA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006 and an MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2009.
Her process takes into consideration the notions of transition, conflicts/hybridity between culture/religion, individuality and shared experience, psychology and social determination, mysticism and science/technology. Al-Shukri’s portrait practice is seen as giving attention or a psychological ‘checking in’ to create a space of dialogue, illustrating the relationship between the individual subjects and their experience of social conditions.
Alexis Arnold is a sculptor and installation artist living in San Francisco. Alexis received her MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010, as well as a BA in Studio Art from Kenyon College in 2005. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area and nationally, including Southern Exposure, Root Division, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Field Projects Gallery, The Crucible, and through the San Francisco Arts Commission Art in Storefronts Project. Alexis’ work has received review in Art Practical, The Wall Street Journal, ArtSlant.com, Beautiful/Decay, The SF Examiner, SF Gate, and KQED’s Gallery Crawl Series. In addition to her own studio practice, Alexis works as a curator and youth and adult art educator.
William Emmert’s art harvests new discoveries from the dusty artifacts of an average childhood. Distorted ephemera aims to highlight forgotten fantasies and the need to time-travel within one’s own personal history. Conveying blurred references to bedroom posters, teenage collections, and hero worship, the artworks serve as stand-ins holding the place for a desired myth.
William Emmert is from Seattle, Washington, and is currently based in San Francisco. He recently received the 2012 Toby Devan Lewis Award.
Meghan Martin is a self taught artist who lives in the forested outskirts of Santa Cruz County. Her detailed and intricate painting has been featured in Spectrum and exhibited around the Bay Area.
Marcel Patzwald is a fine art printmaker attending CCA in Oakland. Working mostly in the medium of color lithography; he presents images of emotionally striking personal experiences and dream material as an attempt to confront and ultimately dispel the trauma and overall sense of delirium inherited by our generation.
Maja Ruznic was born in Bosnia & Hercegovina in 1983. She studied Psychology and Art at UC Berkeley and received her MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2009. Ruznic came to the United States as a refugee in 1992 and currently lives and works in San Francisco. Ruznic’s paintings, drawings and performances explore memory and how it shapes our understanding of reality.
Esther Samuels-Davis was born and raised in the town of Catskill in upstate New York. She received her BFA in printmaking from California College of the Arts in 2009, and is now living, working and drawing in Oakland California.
Cianna Valley is a printmaker and installation artist. She recently earned her BFA at California College of the Arts and now lives/works in Oakland, CA.
Imin Yeh creates sculptures, installations, downloadable crafts, and participatory artist-led projects. She is a recipient of a 2012 commission from the San Jose Museum of Art supported by the Irvine Foundation, 2011 San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, a 2010 Irvine Fellowship at the Sally and Don Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo Art Center and awarded a 2 x 2 Solos exhibition at ProArts Gallery in 2010. She received a 2009 Barclay Simpson MFA Award (2009), the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship (2008) and the Yozo Hamaguchi Endowed Scholarship in 2007. She has had recent residencies at Blue Mountain Center (NY), Montalvo Art Center (CA) and Mission Grafica (CA). She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had shown her work at SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Art, Incline Gallery, Southern Exposure, Meridian Gallery, AbsoluteZero, a street festival component of 01SJ Biennale, Mission Cultural Center, ProArts Gallery in Oakland, 18 reasons, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. She is currently running a year-long parasitic contemporary art space called SpaceBi that takes place in the Asian Art Museum, but she has never exhibited at the Asian Art Museum.
COLPA is a publishing company based out of San Francisco, CA, run by artists and founders Carissa Potter & Luca Antonucci. Colpa specializes in hand-made art books and collectible cards. These publications intend to challenge the relationship between printmaking and concept, creating objects in a reciprocal dialog with the way in which they are produced. Recently, Colpa coupled with the Central Market Street Revitalization Program in opening Edicola – A reactivated newsstand on 6th and Market Street in San Francisco. Edicola showcases over 75 publications, prints, and cards, along with hosting installation work by several Bay Area artists. It has been recently been featured in Daily Candy,
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June 15 – Diane Cluck / Little Wings – SOLD OUT
July 28th – Undoing the Ball with Maja Ruznic and Imin Yeh – free
August 10th – Mariee Sioux / Emily Jane White / Odd Bird – CLOSED