Five-Tone Kit: Janet Delaney & Lou Harrison

04.24.2015  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Projects/Series

This brief, five-part series — named after a section of composer Lou Harrison’s (1917-2003) Rhymes With Silver — pairs an image of San Francisco from the SFMOMA Collection with a piece of music also created in or indebted to the Bay Area at large.

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Nothing That Meets the Eye: Not Pollock

04.24.2015  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Projects/Series

“Nothing That Meets the Eye” is a series of essays in which I think through the aesthetic and affective fallout of some of the odder, ubiquitous, and more stubborn byproducts of our culture of copies, reproductions, and fakes.

Everybody has that feeling when they look at a work of art and it’s right, that sudden familiarity, a s... More

On Being-Hated: Ron Athey, Whip-Its, Envy.

04.22.2015  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Projects/Series

I know these posts usually start with something coherent, like where I am or where I might be going. How I want what I want when I want it, that sort of thing. Maybe it’s weird for me to assume that any of this might be interesting to you, voyeuristically or whatever. But god, I’m so tired I’ve gotta be honest. I did a lot of fucking drug... More

A Seventh Birthday for Open Space

04.15.2015  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

Today, Open Space turns seven. For most kids, it’s a transitional phase marked by new responsibilities, new interests, and (naturally) one’s first cell phone.

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Objects Sublimated to Things

04.15.2015  |  By

The Thing, founded and run by artists Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan, is “is a periodical in the form of an object. It’s like a magazine, except that each issue is conceived of by a different contributor and then published on a useful object.” Four times per year, subscribers receive an iteration of the journal. Over the years those object... More

Collection Rotation: Kirk Stoller

04.13.2015  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

For my installment of Open Space’s Collection Rotation, I’ve selected works that visually inhabit the narrow corridor that is the boundary between cohesion and collapse. It is the hidden stability of these works — a certain veiled resistance to failure — that I gravitate towards.

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On Being-Hated: Damien Hirst, Alli Warren, Kissing the Wall.

04.08.2015  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Projects/Series

Let’s start with where I want to go. I don’t know where I want to go but it’s definitely not here. I’ve just quit smoking for the second time in my life and everything’s just one undifferentiated mass; I don’t know where I want to go, but it doesn’t matter. I just know that staying here means I can’t sleep — that I’m lucid &... More

Nothing That Meets the Eye: An Introduction

04.06.2015  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Projects/Series

Patricia Highsmith’s short story “The Great Cardhouse” (1963) centers on Lucien Montelhuc, a wealthy art collector whose passion is hunting down only the most expertly done forgeries of Old Masters, finding “bona fide masterpieces […] too natural, too easy, too boring” …

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The Edge Effect

03.30.2015  |  By

unexpected projects is a collaboration between Jenny Salomon and Jen Stager. In this series, they interview other collaborative teams in the Bay Area to find out what their projects and processes are all about.

In Conversation: Selene Foster and Christopher Reiger of BAASICS: Bay Area Art and Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions

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A Bop Prosody: erica lewis and Mark Stephen Finein on Raymond Saunders

03.26.2015  |  By
Filed under: One on One

It lifts you up. It gets its way.

It doesn’t want to be understood but it wants to say something.

It wants you to like it.

It is also true.

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