Drawing Contemporaries

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The world is filled with things made for a specific purpose. When their purpose has been fulfilled, or their valued properties diminish, there is often some material remainder. Our projects attempt to extract or exploit that history, a celebration of the human and biological labor embedded in materials, as a means of investigating the complex relationships between humans and things, objects and images, representations and their referents.  The work is an inquiry into the various forms of being, an elaboration of the western interest in found materials from Duchamp's experiments with ready-mades to driftwood figurines, from Rauschenberg's combines to ethnographic artifacts and religious reliquaries, a symbolic or tactical intervention, an antidote to expansionist economics, alternately apocalyptic and utopian.

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Josh Greene is a San Francisco-based conceptual artist. His work usually is focused around creating interactions between people, and he is probably best known for his work with creating funds and grants, and by enabling others to create and show their art through a new medium, namely, his projects. In keeping with an interest in the interpersonal and relationships, he ran an unlicensed therapy practice (since ordered to cease and desist by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). He has also focused on the distribution of wealth and the concept of money in his work selling money for less than its face value, giving away money on a street corner, placing the entire contents of his apartment for sale, and in buying signs from the homeless and having them redesigned by a graphic designer.

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Joanna Spitzner is an artist whose recent work seeks to make direct connections between everyday experiences and larger social issues. It often takes the form of experimental organizations as artworks, including The Art School in the Art School, The Joanna Spitzner Foundation, Inc., The Union of Undercover Artists, CoAct, and the Urban Art Rangers. The forms her work takes are temporal; employing performances, exchanges, discussions, video, audio, and documentation. She has been has involved in several collaborative projects with artists in the UK, including Exit Review in Liverpool, UK; Exit Cork in Ireland; Press Corps at Static Gallery in Liverpool, UK; Prime: Part-Time; and Hen Weekend. She works with the Red House Arts Center in Syracuse as director of programming for Red House Art Radio, and internet radio station that produces and presents experimental audio, interviews, and independent music.

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Marisa Olson is an artist and media theorist whose interdisciplinary work addresses  the cultural history of technology and the politics of participation in pop culture. She's exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Whitney, Centre Pompidou, Tate(s) Modern + Liverpool, the Nam June Paik Art Center, the British Film Institute, Sundance, PERFORMA, and PS122 and been reviewed in Artforum, Art21, Liberation, Folha de Sao Paolo, the Village Voice, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. As originator of the term 'Postinternet Art,' she has contributed to several notable anthologies and has forthcoming books in English & Spanish devoted to the subject. She has also written for Wired, Flash Art, Art Review, Afterimage, and Art on Paper and curated exhibitions and programs at the Guggenheim; SFMOMA; White Columns; Artists Space; Zero1; SF Camerawork, where she was Associate Director; and Rhizome, where she was Editor & Curator.

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Lee Walton is an Experientialist whose projects and performances are full of humor, detailed planning, and interaction with the outside world.  Serendipitous combinations of rule and chance, Walton’s projects are always playful, precisely calibrated, conceptually on-target and deeply attentive to the everyday patterns and rhythms of contemporary city life. After a two-year affiliation with the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, Walton has received many accolades, from the Video Selections at the 8th Havana Biennale, to multiple residencies and fellowships as well as an induction into the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

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Julia Schwadron's paintings are derived from combinations of observations of landscapes, photographs, objects or images of other paintings.  Recently, she has been using the book covers of specific Self Help books to serve as a reflection of, or a mirror for our constant search for truth within ourselves.  She finds the trope of “painting as a window to the world” a useful starting point for the possibility that the subject of a painting can portray itself, and simultaneously conjure up far more complex relationships.

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Darren Kraft uses powdered graphite to photorealistically reproduce icons and logos associated with consumer and political culture.

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Photos from Drawing Contemporaries are up on Flickr. I have also posted full res versions, and a video here

Drawing Contemporaries

 
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