PLAySPACE Gallery Events

Presented by PLAySPACE

April 25–26
"Self(ie) Representation" [Photo: Brittany Atkinson]

Heron Arts | 7 Heron Street | San Francisco 94103

Free and open to the public
More info: playspace@cca.edu

Presented by PLAySPACE and curated by Post Meridiem (PMx), Self(ie) Representation is an exhibition that interrogates the ways in which social media shapes how people perceive other people.

This exhibition focuses on artists who use social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, to explore the notion of "self" both online and then re/deactivated through photography, video, and performance.

Featured Artists

Brittany Atkinson
Alexis Bolter
Irina Contreras
Matthew Kotzin
Melissa Miller
An Xiao Mina
Omar Mismar

Schedule of events for Friday, April 25

3:30 p.m. -- Opening reception
4:30 p.m. -- Conversation with artists
5:30 p.m. -- Post-conversation reception

About PLAySPACE

PLAySPACE, The Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is a graduate student-run exhibition program. It provides the resources for student curators to conceptualize and present programming that is especially appropriate for, and oriented towards, the academic community. This programming is presented in various venues and locations throughout the community.

Presented by PLAySPACE

May 2–4
Jennifer Klecker, "360 Degrees: Rocky Mountain National Park," 2014, performance with projected video and charcoal on paper

Heron Arts | 7 Heron Street | San Francisco 94103

Free and open to the public
More info: playspace@cca.edu

Presented by PLAySPACE and curated  by Lauren R. O'Connell, Activating Site presents five artists whose work puts forward alternative narratives of site by engaging its conditions through their own actions.

Site could traditionally be defined as the location of a physical structure, or a place where a particular event has occurred.

One can recognize readily apparent conditions of a site through its physical presence or historical importance, but how does one perceive conditions that are less visible or absent altogether?

In this exhibition, site can exist in a physical location, but also through ephemeral moments, such as childhood memories and family vacation videos (Jennifer Klecker), or within the stories and histories of displaced and diasporic people (Laura Arminda Kingsley).

Each work embodies a performative quality. In some cases, the artist locates a site by accentuating forgotten or nonexistent elements through subtle gestures (Maral Hashemi), or by enabling the material of the artwork to acclimate itself to the physical and climatic constraints of a place (Jay Atherton).

Others use symbols and language to draw attention to socio-political issues that are often overlooked due to everyday routine (Omar Mismar). 

These works suggest an expansion of the art-site relationship and propose a dynamic reconsideration of the permanence of site.

In this exhibition, site does not determine the artwork, but rather the artwork acknowledges the subtle conditions of the site, whether present or absent.

Featured Artists

Jay Atherton
Maral Hashemi
Laura Arminda Kingsley
Jennifer Klecker
Omar Mismar

About PLAySPACE

PLAySPACE, The Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is a graduate student-run exhibition program. It provides the resources for student curators to conceptualize and present programming that is especially appropriate for, and oriented towards, the academic community. This programming is presented in various venues and locations throughout the community.