Allegorical Procedures: Bay Area Collage, 1950-Present
Saturday, September 20, 2014 to Thursday, October 16, 2014
This show surveys collage practices in the Bay Area, including related practices of decollage, assemblage, photomontage and detournement. Collage will be conceived broadly as an “allegorical” technique of signification that relies on methods of “confiscation, superimposition and fragmentation,” as Benjamin Buchloh observed in his 1980 theorization of collage and montage. Curated by Gwen Allen.
The exhibition looks back to such well-known precedents as Wallace Berman, Jess, Bruce Conner and the Bay Area Dadaist/Mail art scene of the 1970s, as well as other contemporary artists employing and/or expanding the practice of collage.
Opening reception: Saturday, September 20 1-3pm
Featuring performances by Chris Froh, playing on artist Terry Berlier’s work “Pan Lid Gamelan II.”
Fine Arts Building, Fine Arts Gallery
Department of Art
Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11am to 4pm
Anna Banana/VILE Magazine
Marie Johnson Calloway
John De Fazio
Brion Nuda Rosch
Grant’s Tomb Gallery marks the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of The Great WarFriday, August 15 7pm-10pm OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, August 16 Noon-6pm • Sunday, August 17 Noon-3pm
About the Show…
San Francisco, Ca, August 15, 2014 – Grant’s Tomb Gallery in North Beach will be hosting a show to mark the Hundredth Anniversary of the beginning of World War One featuring poster and collage art in The Guns of August!, Featuring the Social Realist work of Erik Chipchase, the show also incorporates works from notable collage artists Winston Smith and Rene Apallec. Guns of August! opens Friday, August 15, 2014.
“This era has always fascinated me visually,” admits artist Erik Chipchase, “with the juxtaposition of the new 20th Century technology and the petrified military culture of the 19th Century. In 1914, a silhouette of a French officer had scarcely changed since The Crimean War in 1830, except for the medals. Modern warfare had not yet made its impression.”
The Great War is also significant in the art world for spawning the revolutionary Dadaist and Cubist movements, which will be well represented by Winston Smith and Rene Apallec.
The French have a saying, “plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose,” which translates roughly as “the more it changes, the more it remains the same”. As the media headlines focus on places like Russia and the Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, and the Middle-East, one does not have to look very far to find the origins of complex, convoluted conflicts occurring in our modern world.
The show highlights images from the beginning of the war, before most of the iconographic events ever occurred. In 1914, there were no trenches and no chemical warfare. However, there were Zeppelins, Armoured Rolls Royces, large battleships, and massive guns.
Please join Grant’s Tomb Gallery for The Guns of August! Opening Party on Friday, August 15th, from 7pm to 10 pm, or come by Saturday, August 16th, from 12 – 6pm, and Sunday, August 17th, from 12 – 3pm.
Grant’s Tomb Gallery in North Beach, dedicated to collage and contemporary art, is located at 50-A Bannam Alley (off Union near Grant in the heart of North Beach) in San Francisco. For more details, visit www.winstonsmith.com/grants-tomb/
For more information contact:
Erik Chipchase, Artist
PO Box 2943, Petaluma, CA 94953