This week's find from the archives is an online-only exhibition courtesy of the New Museum:
“3D-Form” is a presentation of four experimental animations selected from the archive Aboveground Animation for the New Museum’s monthly series First Look: New Art Online. Featured artists include Barry Doupé, Kathleen Daniel, Ryan Whittier Hale, and Jacolby Satterwhite. Beyond Pixar, Adult Swim, or the default avatars of video games, these works explore possibilities for 3-D human forms. Their casts of improbable people are hatched out of personal history or emotion—through a longing for intimacy or an uncertainty for the future. Experimental and short-form, all the works were made to be viewed across various screening contexts, from the cinema to the gallery to the browser, and yet their structure reflects a sophistication with a range of digital media and programs, from Maya to 3D Studio Max.
Take some time and watch all four animations, though I admit I'm particularly fond of the one by Jacolby Satterwhite.
Through June 9 - Fictional/Familiar at Swarm Gallery. The first of two shows I'm highly recommending this week before they close, this exhibition features a trio of artists who play with our perception of space and place. Cybele Lyle's photographic landscapes are interrupted by planes of color and other images, and her sculpture in the center of the gallery similarly invites the viewer into her constructed version of reality. Leigh Merrill is more of a trickster and a brilliant one at that, deliberately tweaking her pictures of strip malls and other architecture of banality until the line between true and false is not clear at all. Meanwhile Emma Spertus expands on that topic by creating a veritable staircase into another dimension and stacking it with seemingly common built objects that cleverly comment on perspective in art and in life. Sadly this is Swarm's last show before they close their doors, all the more reason to visit this space that has been a venue for cutting-edge and thoughtful art in Oakland for many years.
Also through June 9 - Present Tense: Graduate Fellows Exhibition at Headlands Center for the Arts. The other must-see this week is this culminating exhibition for the Graduate Fellows after a year of residency at Headlands. It's always genuinely interesting to see how their work has evolved over their time in the Headlands community, and the artists this year clearly thrived. I'm also positive this is not the last time you will be seeing any of them on my blog. Pack a picnic lunch, and go spend a Sunday afternoon (or a weekday afternoon if you can play hooky) with art and nature.
With the annual Headlands benefit auction coming up this Wednesday (yours truly is heading up the docent team for the third year running) I'm taking this chance to listen again to when KQED's Forum featured executive director sharon maidenberg and a handful of artists on their show last year:
A writer who sets up rock concerts for gorillas. A former bicycle engineer who makes art out of scrub brushes and rope swings. A man who designs natural "lightbulbs" with roots and dirt. Those are some of the creative minds who are part of the Artists Programs at Headlands Center for the Arts, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this week. We look at the history of the center, and talk to the artists who find inspiration in the old military fort nestled in the Marin Headlands.
Headlands is hands-down my favorite local arts organization, both for its gorgeous, unique location and for the quality of its public programs where visitors often get to hobnob with the current crop of artists-in-residence. Every time I make a trip out there I find new inspiration.