The Sam Francis Gallery, located in the Peter Boxenbaum Arts Education Centre, is dedicated to the display of student art and to presenting cutting edge exhibitions of work by locally and nationally prominent artists.
Thematically based group exhibitions are often organized by independent curators and participating artists give public lectures and student workshops. Each spring a group of student curators works with the Gallery Director to organize an exhibition of works by local artists.
BILL DUGAN, LAURA COOPER, TERA GALANTI, HILJA KEADING, DANIEL MARLOS, TOM KNECHTEL, VIVIAN SMING, NICK TAGGART, and ALEXANDRA WIESENFELD
Organized by Jessica Rath
DATES: October 24, 2013 - November 22, 2013
RECEPTION: Thursday October 24th, 6-8pm
LOCATION: SAM FRANCIS GALLERY at Crossroads School 2nd floor, Peter Boxenbaum Arts Building 1714 Twenty-First Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
HOURS: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
The works in Animal Intimacies look deeply into our relationships with animals as a locus for human intimacy—connecting us to death, emancipation, love, and a shared land. Organized by artist Jessica Rath, the show was inspired by her father, Bill Dugan, and his portraits of the family beef cattle herd. Also included are works by Laura Cooper, Tera Galanti, Hilja Keading, Daniel Marlos, Tom Knechtel, Vivian Sming, Nick Taggart, and Alexandra Wiesenfeld.
Hilja Keading’s paintings stem from her video record of “Bonkers Devotional,” a performance in which she holed up with an 800 lb black bear in a small bedroom. Clashes between nature and human artifice are counterbalanced by a tactile resonance with another being. Both Tera Galanti and Bill Dugan use the bodies of small dead animals, mice and squirrels, as memento mori. Galanti culls tenderness out their arrangement on cradling grounds, while Dugan creates emblems of mourning for a masculinity gone awry.
Laura Cooper and Nick Taggart draw in collaboration with a spider, allowing the actual web to begin a composition that they imbue with a uniquely human landscape. The asymmetrical strength of a spider web design in Daniel Marlos’ quilt becomes the stunningly bold pattern covering another bed of action, an actual queen-sized bed in the gallery. And a love affair continues with Vivian Sming’s series of adoring electronic ballads calling out to her feline for recognition of her love.
Alexandra Wiesenfeld’s large-scale painting of a nest catches the viewer in a thicket of color--branches made from a sullen rainbow both haunting and comforting. In referring to the story of Scheherazade, Tom Knechtel insists on our equal sentience with animals through narratives with no fixed ending, creatures and humans perpetually dependent and enfolding into each other’s lives.