SINCERELY YOURS: ALMANAC @ BRX
April 23 - May 18, 2011
Baer Ridgway Exhibitions is pleased to present Sincerely Yours, a group exhibition featuring works from various members of Stanford University's Department of Art & Art History, and contributors to the first issue of ALMANAC. Sincerely Yours reconceives the gallery space as an extended reading room, where various publications are displayed in a workspace that functions as a hub for programming throughout the exhibition. Around this central hub will be featured video, photography, works on paper, editioned objects and a collaborative installation that speak to the diverse community of practice upon which the ALMANAC publication draws.
Beginning with a launch party on Saturday, April 23rd, and continuing through late May, Sincerely Yours also presents a series of screenings, lectures, and discussions at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions. Anchoring this month-long schedule are three conversations held with:
Charles Renfro (architecture) - Tuesday May 3rd at 7pm
Gwen Allen (alternative publications) - Thursday May 5th at 7pm
Steven Henry Madoff (art pedagogy) - Saturday May 7th at 2pm
Conceived and produced by the graduate students of the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University, ALMANAC is a collaborative publication addressing the relationship between theory and practice.
ALMANAC draws together the writing and artwork of students and faculty working in Art History, Art Practice, Design, and Film & Media Studies. The project functions as an index of the ideas and labor that link the theory, practice, and history of art as they unfold within, and adjacent to Stanford's Department of Art & Art History. Significantly, ALMANAC is also intended as a platform for members of the department to critically engage areas of interest extending beyond the classroom; ALMANAC therefore strives to establish and foster meaningful exchange about the arts between Stanford University, the greater San Francisco Bay arts community, and a broader intellectual readership engaged with similar ideas.
Works in the exhibition will include Boo Chapple's greenwashing videos, which comment on the enterprising-up of environmental anxiety, and Dorian Katz' drawings, which engage erotica and animal sexuality in re-picturing the classics to invent subversive new visual tales. Sanaz Mazinani's large scale collages mined from the internet investigate our awareness of visual perception in relation to images of war and Jerome Reyes' drawings focus on socio-political inequalities and the unhomely in dialogue with the urban landscape. Amy DaPonte's photographs engage with the act of capturing a portrait as a form of embodied art historical research and David Fresko's deconstruction and recompilation of Hollis Frampton's film Zorns Lemma into a video piece materializes the act of theoretical production.