Wattis Institute News

Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by Laura Braun

Wattis Institute // K.r.m. Mooney : En, Set = An absolutely stunning solo show of sculptures, easily the best thing I’ve seen in the Bay Area this year. Mooney has transformed the back portion of the Wattis with a ring of fluorescent lights with a group of works coexisting on it, and worked with it as is, laying works on the gallery's rough, stained concrete. The walls were mostly bare save for a small escape hatch of sorts, a pet door whose odd metal construction and exposed workings sit very comfortably within the style of the other objects here.

Posted on Monday, August 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

 We are big fans of The Artist’s Institute‘s programmatic focus on a single artist, so we were thrilled to follow the Joan Jonas programming at The Wattis Institute, initiated by Anthony Huberman.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Laura Braun

The first thing to do when coming to see En, Set is to take a breath, pocket your phone and take a look around. Shift your gaze from the walls and look to the floor and the ceiling. Since Anthony Huberman took the helm in the Fall of 2014, the exhibitions at the Wattis Institute have been an exercise in patient art viewing, in approaching the artwork on its own terms. For their first institutional solo presentation, Oakland-based artist K.r.m. Mooney extends that sensibility with a collection of restrained and thoughtful works.

Posted on Friday, July 24, 2015 by Laura Braun

CMA is the first American museum to add a work by Carissa Rodriguez, artist and director of Reena Spaulings Fine Art in New York, to its collection. It’s Symptomatic/What Would Edith Say is from a series of photographs of artists’ tongues that have detailed diagnoses by Rodriguez’s acupuncturist scrawled across them in black marker. Acupuncture and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) use the tongue’s appearance to diagnose overall internal health, and Rodriguez uses that connection to explore the physical demands of being an artist as well as the play between surface and depth.

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco will present an exhibition of new work by the UK-born, Berlin- and London-based artist Josephine Pryde (b.1967) May 5 through August 1, 2015. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

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Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

The first, not insignificant challenge to viewing K.r.m. Mooney’s elusive but rewarding exhibition at the Wattis Institute is to recalibrate your perspective. There is little on the wall in this minimal collection of works made from deceptively prosaic materials. You have to look down, up and around to notice the small monochromatic sculptures that seem perfectly at home on the cool concrete floor. The sculptures are small tangles of industrial materials, works made from wire, cable, electrical conduit and various pieces of hardware arranged in seemingly loose configurations.

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

I was thinking about the delicate balance of secrets and messages again earlier this month when I spent some time at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco, where Julia Heyward is getting her first monographic survey, “Consciousness Knocks Unconscious,” a finely honed selection of video and performance documentation from 1971 to 1984, curated by Jamie Stevens. (You can feel the weight of the boxes he had to sift through to choose what he chose.)

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Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

SOLO EXHIBITION:
More Heat Than Light
Sam Lewitt
September 10–November 21, 2015

Curated by Anthony Huberman

San Francisco, Calif., June 22, 2015—The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts is pleased to present More Heat Than Light, an exhibition of new work by New York–based artist Sam Lewitt (b. 1981, Los Angeles), September 10 through November 21, 2015. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Laura Braun

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EXHIBITION:
Amboy
Frances Scholz & Mark von Schlegell
September 10–November 21, 2015

Curated by Jamie Stevens

San Francisco, Calif., July 1, 2015—The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco will present the premiere of a new film project by Cologne-based artists Frances Scholz (b. 1962, Washington, DC) and Mark von Schlegell (b. 1967, New York), September 10–November 21. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Laura Braun

New York artist Julia Heyward utilises language as a central tie in a career that spans video, performance, music, installation, photography and collage. Named after her 1979 video, her solo exhibition Conscious Knocks Unconscious at the Wattis Institute in San Francisco explores her multidisciplinary output between 1971–84. Heyward, who at the time went under the moniker Duka Delight, was involved in New York City’s thriving downtown scene.

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