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SF State University Exhibition

On August 31, 2014, in News, by chick

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


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SF State Fine Arts Gallery


Depart­ment of Art

Gallery hours:  Wednes­day through Sat­ur­day,  11am to 4pm



Anna Banana/VILE Magazine

Terry Berlier

Wal­lace Berman/Semina

Matt Bor­ruso

Val Brit­ton

Marie John­son Calloway


Bruce Con­ner

John De Fazio

Jay DeFeo

Emory Dou­glas

Lynn Her­sh­man

David Ire­land


Jas­min Lim

Matt Lipps

Fred Mar­tin

Brion Nuda Rosch

Leslie Shows

Win­ston Smith




The Guns of August — Friday the 15th

On August 9, 2014, in News, by chick

Grant’s Tomb Gallery marks the 100th Anniver­sary of the begin­ning of The Great War

Fri­day, 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


For more infor­ma­tion contact:

Erik Chipchase, Artist

PO Box 2943, Petaluma, CA 94953

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