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Roll Call: Bay Area Arts and Culture
ART BEARS: The World as It Is Today, 1981
The Song of Investment Capital Overseas
The Song of the Martyrs
The Song of the Monopolists
The Song of the Dignity of Labour Under Capital
CLOUDS CARVED THE MOUNTAINS 2007: A Dialog Between Sound and Space. An installation and sound series by artist Drew Bennett. Bennett and selected Bay Area sound artists and musicians responded to the broad concept of architecture. A project of Triple Base gallery.
Dj Margaret is joined with artist JASON HANASIK, and curator and founder of KROWSWORK in Oakland, JASMINE MOORHEAD on the two-person exhibition THIS MEANS WAR IS PERSONAL: Jason Hanasik and David Gregory Wallace, on view September 2–October 15.
Founded in 2009, KROWSWORK is a gallery/project space devoted to video and photography located in the art district of Oakland, directed by Jasmine Moorhead. Krowswork is named for crows, genus corvus, which are ubiquitous, democratic, ornery, smart, serious, funny, community-oriented, watchful, and fearless. “I see the same thing in video and photography.”
Krowswork is pleased to present This Means War Is Personal, with video and photography by Jason Hanasik and video and installation by David Gregory Wallace. Both artists have devoted much of their recent practice to isolating and prying open the signifiers of the all-pervading but rarely discussed ongoing US-led wars. Their approaches are different: Hanasik regards and illuminates the lives of soldiers and soldiers-in-training who are also his friends, while Wallace tries to bring an intimacy to the remote-controlled drone planes being piloted from the a military base in the Nevada desert 7,000 miles from their targets. Together, both artists’ recent work presents specific and compelling evidence that points undeniably to the oxymoronic fact that despite society’s efforts to codify and mechanize war, forced abstraction gives way very quickly to the real, which is incriminatingly personal. Far from acceding to any knee-jerk political judgment, however, each artist is poetically sensitive to his special assignment as conduit between the people, places, and objects that make up the daily tableau of war and us. (www.krowswork.com/war.html)
JASON HANASIK has an MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and a BFA Summa Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Purchase. In 2011, the Magenta Foundation selected him as one of the US winners for its Flash Forward Emerging Artist Exchange. He recently had a solo show at Iceberg Projects in Chicago and was part of a group show at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia. (www.jasonhanasik.com)
DAVID GREGORY WALLACE is a recent graduate from the MFA program at University of California, Berkeley. His work will be presented in a forthcoming show at Sonoma State Museum of Art. (www.davidwallaceprojects.blogspot.com)
JASMINE MOORHEAD is the daughter of two artists, a photographer and a sculptor, and grew up in Oxford, Mississippi. She received her BFA in Art History from Yale in 1996, writing her thesis on Bruce Nauman’s use of language in his art. From 1996 to 1997 Jamine lived in a tiny village in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, studying pottery making. She has worked at numerous galleries and museums including The Museum of Modern Art and the Dia Center for the Arts in New York. She co-curated a video screening series called Jaraf at The Culture Project in NY from 2001-02. She has lived in Oakland since 2003 and founded KROWSWORK in the fall of 2009 in order to provide an instinctual, intellectual, and poetic framework within which to examine the mediums of photography and video in a larger art/historical context. KROWSWORK received the Alternative Exposure grant from Southern Exposure in 2010, and has participated in two art fairs: the Moving Image Art Fair in New York, and ArtPadSF in San Francisco in 2011. (www.krowswork.com)
Images: Jason Hanasik and David Gregory Wallace
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