I used to love visiting Jancar Jones Gallery back when they had their cozy SOMA space, but since they moved down to Los Angeles they've kept up their schedule of reliably excellent exhibitions. The Dear Geometry group show from last year caught my eye in particular thanks to its inclusion of one of Nate Boyce's mesmerizing video/sculpture hybrids, though I would have been curious to see Anissa Mack's spray paint and aquaresin piece in person too. From the press release:
Each of the works in their own way remember when geometry could be declared pure
form, but don’t look back through any one clear frame. The memory becomes an evolving version of itself as the
recollection has been reprogrammed, reimagined, and reprocessed over time. Through the layering of histories,
materials, and methods of representation, these three works tunnel through generations of geometric form and
display the mediations and interferences they acquire along the way.
If you live closer to LA than I do also keep an eye out for upcoming shows at Jancar Jones that will feature work by Joel Dean and Rick Bahto.
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.
Sarah Klein, an amazing artist herself, also puts together film programs of the best in contemporary stop-motion animation. Her latest, Stop & Go 3-D, has been making the rounds over the past year and screening in venues like the Exploratorium and Interface Gallery:
Strobing effects, afterimages, anaglyphic experiments, optical elements and three-dimensional spoofs are all part of the show...Several of the animations in the program require the audience to wear red/cyan-colored glasses to fully appreciate the work.
Check out Klein's site for a sample of the program and to see where another showing might be popping up soon.