Curator, Love & Longing, Root Division, San Francisco
“Now that my ladder’s gone / I must lie down where all the ladders start / In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart.”
—W. B. Yeats
Nov. 4 – Dec. 2 | Root Division, San Francisco
Opening Reception: Nov. 11, 2017, 7-10pm
Gallery Hours (or by appointment): Wednesday-Saturday, 2-6pm
Love & Longing shares descents into the unknown, artistic responses that perpetuate their own kind of fulfillment—“when the dark becomes another kind of lover” (John Tarrant). Through trying circumstances, a multiplicity of entanglements, and cascading heartbreaks, the works in Love & Longing share a sensibility fraught with loss, and reactions layered over time.
The exhibition includes works that chip—or pound—away at the wall separating art and life—that challenge, complicate, intensify, confront, and grapple with engagement and connection. Drawing upon a wide range of media and conceptual strategies—from the unflinchingly serious to the deadpan, from one-on-one to participatory encounters—the art works selected visually and aurally engage with unlikely, ungraspable hope, and a call for radical empathy and deepening relationships, in our own dark time.
VIEW LOVE AND LONGING LEAFLET & LONGER STATEMENT HERE
List of Artists:
Moir Clements (1924-2015) with Mel Day and Laurence Upton
Carissa Potter Carlson
Mark Stock (1951-2014) in collaboration with Gary Janis
Linda Mary Montano
EfrenAve in collaboration with Pedro Alvarez Perez
Joel Daniel Phillips
and a curated video sampler by in collaboration with
Jaime Cortez, Michelle Wilson, Christopher Scott, Nadav Assor and other guest artists TBA.
Here are a few installation shots from the show:
LOVE AND LONGING LEAFLET & LONGER STATEMENT
Perhaps the One & Only Love & Longing Choir (I Will Survive) Carissa Potter Carlson, Love & Longing from Mel Day on Vimeo.