Updates from AltEx Grantees: May–June 2014

A bi-monthly round up of past Alternative Exposure grantees and their activities.

Updates from AltEx Grantees: May–June 2014

Et Al., Round 6 Grantee
620 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Open Thursday–Saturday, 1:00–5:00 PM and by appointment

An exhibition featuring works by San Francisco-based artist Cybele Lyle opens at Et al. on May 30, 2014. The works examine architecture, queer space, and printmaking in ways that are both introspective and inquisitive. Cybele Lyle: The Moon is Slowly Rising is on view May 30 – July 4, 2014. The opening reception is on May 30, 7:00–10:00 PM.

Et Al. Curators Jackie Im & Aaron Harbour
@ The Lab
2948 16th Street, SF
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 1 to 6pm during exhibitions

Im and Harbour curate a show at The Lab, That that is is that that is not is not is that it it is. The show opens with a reception on May 23, 2014, 7:00 – 10:00 PM and is on view May 23 – June 28.

Shapeshifters Cinema, Round 7 Grantee
Temescal Art Center
511 48th Street
Oakland, CA

Shapeshifters Cinema, a monthly cinema series, features Oakland artist Chris Pew this May. Pew presents a 20-30 minute live performance based around fundamental assumptions for building an abstract cosmology. Afterwards he presents a mix of previously shown and un-shown video work. The show takes place May 11, 2014, 8:00 – 9:00 PM and is free. Doors open at 7:30 PM.

Dovetailing off recent programming at the Exploratorium, Shapeshifters is excited to present the work of pioneering light artists Dennis Keefe and (the late) Glenn McKay two premiere artists of psychedelic light shows of the 1960s. The highlight of the program is a live light art performance by Dennis Keefe with collaborators Jim Baldocchi and Lori Varga and musical accompaniment by Chris Musgrave (Lumerians) and Sarah R. Brady. The show takes place June 8, 2014, 8:00 – 9:00 PM and is free. Doors open at 7:30 PM.

Interface Gallery, Round 7 Grantee
Temescal Alley @ 486 49th Street
North Oakland, CA
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Interface Gallery's Producing Space is a group exhibition of new site responsive works by Aaron Finnis, Cybele Lyle, Amy M. Ho and Emma Spertus. While pursuing distinct practices, these four artists similarly work with re-purposed images, materials and existing spaces in ways that reference normative modes of representation, while also subverting them, instigating psychological responses and suggesting new possibilities. To varying degrees their architectural and material manipulations call attention to and critique the cultural production of space, exploring relationships between illusion and reality, constructed space, constructed subjectivity and power. Producing Space is an SFAQ Pick and was selected as a gallery pick by Christian Frock for SF Arts Monthly. It is on view through May 11, 2014.

Interface Gallery is also pleased to introduce Fictions, a compelling series of twelve immersive landscape photographs by Tressa Pack. In these works, Pack makes the tools of "photographic fiction" visible, placing lights, stands, silks, clamps, and power packs, in a variety of seemingly passive landscapes. The show is on view May 14 – June 8, 2014 with a reception on May 16, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

In Irresistible Forces, Tamra Seal draws inspiration from such disparate sources as industrial design, film and Tantric tradition to create abstract sculptures that are both strange and oddly alluring. They operate simultaneously as prop, set, and transformational vehicle, drawing us in and eliciting surprising emotional responses. The show runs June 11 – July 13, 2014 with a reception on June 19, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

OGAARD - Textile Work, Round 7 Grantee
5861 San Pablo Avenue 
Oakland, CA 94608
Open Friday – Monday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Workshops at OGAARD in May & June:
May 3: 12:00 – 3:00 PM Woodcarving: The Butter Knife with Silvia Song
May 4: 12:00 – 5:00 PM Introduction to Frame Loop Weaving with Kayla Mattes
May 10: 12:00 – 6:00 PM Sandal Making with Rachel Corry
May 24: 12:00 – 5:00 PM Raw Wool Felting with Ashley Helvey
May 25: 12:00 – 4:00 PM Boro + EmbroiderMending with Cory Gunter Brown
June 1 & June 8: 12:00 – 2:00 PM Two-Day Ceramic Bead-Making with Jessica Niello
June 14: 12:00 – 5:00 PM Intro to Frame Loom Weaving with Meghan Bogden Shimek
Email [email protected] to register!

Martina }{ Johnston Gallery, Round 5 Grantee
1201 Sixth Street, 2nd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94710
Hours: Sundays 1:00 – 4:00 PM or by appointment

Martina }{ Johnston Gallery is pleased to announce The Other Interview, an exhibition by David Snyder, including a new series of videos which explore the performance of the self in the absurdly amped social space of the job interview. Exhibition opens on May 24, 2014 with a reception 4:00 – 8:00 PM. The show is on view May 24 – July 27, 2014.

The Lecturers, Round 6 Grantee

The Lecturers is a series of virtual talks, mostly by artists and curators. These talks are commissioned and produced on video. The videos of talks by Post Brothers and James Tantum are available to view now. Keep an eye out for talks by Cybele Lyle, Zoë Taleporos, Joshua Pieper, Amanda Curreri, and Colpa Press. All content is available both in English and Spanish.

n/a, Round 6 Grantee
4304 West Street
Oakland, CA 94608
Wednesdays 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Saturdays 5:00 – 8:00 PM and by appointment

n/a presents understudy, a new body of work by k.r.m. mooney. Through a series of alterations and gestures, understudy considers the potentials of activity and affect specific to trans-spatiality. Strategizing abstraction as a form of resistance, transfigured forms avoid legible subjectivity, giving priority to objects and theories of embodiment that do not seek totality or coherence of self. understudy is on view June 1 – July 12, 2014. The opening reception is June 1, 8:00 – 11:00 PM.

Savernack Street, Round 7 Grantee
2411 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Open 24 Hours

Savernack Street is a curatorial project by Carrie Katz, which features a gallery that can only be seen through a peephole on the door. Since opening last May, Savernack Street has exhibited the work of 15 artists, the majority being local Bay Area artists. Amongst press from The Atlantic, NPR and more, Savernack Street also won a "Best of 2014" award from SF Weekly titled "Best Ingenious Use of Space."

She Needed Some Space, an exhibit featuring the work of Lucas Murgida runs May 23 – June 23, 2014. The opening reception is June 1, 4:00 – 6:00 PM.

Bogna Burska's 21:21 runs June 24 – July 24, 2014 and features a series of videos where the left and right edge of a video frame meet in one line, creating a ring of film for objects to move in. The opening reception is June 25, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Savernack recently began accepting artist proposals for future exhibitions.