CCA Wattis Institute Presents "Capp Street Project: Jeanne Dunning"

Jeanne Dunning is the fall 2005 Capp Street Project artist in residence at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. In this exhibition, Dunning elaborates on her continuing investigation of representations of formlessness that evoke disturbing corporeal associations. Centering around a series of large-scale photographs depicting a monochrome color field (composed of smashed stewed tomatoes), Dunning's installation explores boundaries between the sublime and the grotesque, while playing on our perceptions and misperceptions of images connoting physical vulnerability. Organized by Ralph Rugoff, director of the CCA Wattis Institute, "Capp Street Project: Jeanne Dunning" is on view November 30, 2005–February 21, 2006, in the Logan Galleries of the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, November 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public.

"Jeanne's work explores our sense of the boundaries that separate our bodies and the outside world, and that enable us to define a sense of self," says Ralph Rugoff, director of the CCA Wattis Institute. "In this new series of images, she evokes the body at its most visceral—indeed, conjures a scene of terrible carnage—yet does so without depicting literal blood and guts. She keeps us in a state of suspense regarding what we are actually looking at, and how we should be responding to it, whether with horror, fascination or pleasure."

Jeanne Dunning was born in 1960 in Granby, Connecticut, and lives and works in Chicago. Her solo exhibitions include shows at the Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden, 1999, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, 1994 (traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago). Her work was included in New Photography 14 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1998; the Sydney Biennale, 1996; the Venice Biennale, 1995; and the Whitney Biennial, 1991. She completed a web-based work for Dia Center for the Arts in 2002. A selective survey of her work will open at the Berkeley Art Museum in January 2006.

About Capp Street Project

In the 22 years since its creation, Capp Street Project has given more than 100 local, national and international artists the opportunity to create new work through its residency and public exhibition programs. Capp Street Project offers artists the opportunity to formulate ideas and experiment in a variety of exhibition spaces, while discovering and reacting to the San Francisco Bay Area. The project provides artists with time and resources to conceptualize, plan and execute new work. Artists are encouraged to continue their experimentation and dialogue with the community throughout the exhibition period.

About the Wattis

Established in 1998, the CCA Wattis Institute serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of leading-edge local, national and international contemporary culture. Through exhibitions, the Capp Street Project residency program, lectures, symposia, performances and publications in the fields of art, architecture and design, the CCA Wattis Institute fosters interaction among the students and faculty of California College of the Arts; art, architecture and design professionals; and the general public.