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.


List of Artists:

Moir Clements (1924-2015) with Mel Day and Laurence Upton
Mark Clintberg
Miriam Dym
Carissa Potter Carlson
Jonn Herschend
Mark Stock (1951-2014) in collaboration with Gary Janis
Chris Komater
Kija Lucas
Linda Mary Montano
Jillian McDonald
EfrenAve in collaboration with Pedro Alvarez Perez
Joel Daniel Phillips
Peggy Phelan
Dario Robleto
Welcome Project

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:

Video installation by Linda Mary Montano and multi-media wall works by Efren Ave


Installation view (Left: Moir Clements/Mel Day; Right: Jonn Herschend)


Joel Daniel Phillips (left) and Mark Stock in collaboration with Gary Janis (right)


Mark Clintberg


Installation view: Miriam Dym (left), Jillian McDonald (video), Mark Clintberg (poster multiple); Photo credit, Kija Lucas


Love & Longing (video installation by Jillian Mcdonald, audio installation by Chris Komater (Photo credit: Kija Lucas)


Carissa Potter Carlson


Perhaps the One & Only Love & Longing Choir (I Will Survive) Carissa Potter Carlson, Love & Longing from Mel Day on Vimeo.