Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Out of Order

An exhibition by NAIL

1111 8th Street, San Francisco
December 9-11, 2008, 3-7pm
Reception: Thursday, December 11, 6-9pm

NAIL is pleased to present Out of Order, a group exhibition at CCA's PLAySPACE gallery. PLAySPACE will host an artist reception on Thursday, December 11 from 6-9pm. The exhibition includes thirteen emerging and established artists. As a model, NAIL borrowed the Surrealist game Exquisite Corpse. In response to only the preceding artwork, each member of NAIL, in turn, invited one artist to contribute a piece to the exhibition. Fractured landscapes, unearthly nature, and dark humor emerge in the selected artworks. Out of Order includes work in a variety of media and sizes; many are shown here for the first time.

Chosen in response to the premise of the Exquisite Corpse game, Jamin An's multi-media piece addresses the dynamics of one-on-one interaction, in personal and public space. Elena Tejada’s video documents a series of performances that push the boundaries between private and public space, raising questions of femininity and modernity. Camille and Jenifer Wofford's video documents the creation of the corresponding painting, a collaboration between the two sisters. Tara Mateik's music video humorously interprets the gender issues socially embedded in the mythos surrounding Peter Pan and Michael Jackson. Kevin E. Taylor's work adds a comic twist to the tradition of battle scene painting. The overly stimulating video collage by Johnny Rogers combines imagery and sounds from nature and outdated video games. Hilary Pecis creates layered landscapes through collage, manipulating advertisements and abstract elements into environments. Joanna Bielski's delicate triptych refers to maps and natural landscape through the use of intricately placed, mass-produced plastic beads. Cynthia Ona Innis' work depicts a vivid and bleak landscape, glowing red with the aftereffects of what might be an industrial or natural disaster. A 49-minute soundscape by the well-known jazz musician Sun Ra greets visitors with a disquieting alien composition. Dustin Kelly's massive, sculptural collage combines cuttings from discarded comic books to produce a visual mosaic of disjointed figures. Through craft, Jaime Lakatos' work playfully comments on the spoils of hunting as decoration. Alicia Escott in collaboration with Jan Van Woensel, will unveil a new installation of objects made specifically for Out of Order.

NAIL is a group of curators focused on experimenting with exhibition forms in a workshop setting, the results of which will be shared with the public in a variety of venues. NAIL:1 took the form of an apartment show, and NAIL:2 was a walking tour. NAIL is: Jacqueline Clay, Nicole Cromartie, Courtney Dailey, Emily Gonzalez, Jacqueline Im, Kristin Korolowicz, Sharon Lerner, Katie Morgan, MarĂ­a Elena Ortiz, Arden Sherman, Joanna Szupinska, and Josephine Zarkovich, and for Out of Order, special guest curator Jan Van Woensel. For futher questions you may email

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