MicroClimate Collective is delighted to invite you to join us on the evening of Saturday May 9th, 7-10pm for the opening of Obsidere, an exhibition of artwork in multiple genres fixated upon obsession, at Alter Space in San Francisco.
Obsidere will present the work of 15 artists whose work manifests “obsession” in a multitude of ways. The opening event for this month-long exhibition will feature abstract paintings culled from census data by Carlo Abruzzese, elaborately hand cut paper sculpture by Tahiti Pehrson,never ending spinning office chairs by Calen Russell Hall, and several artist performances, including Rodney Ewing, who will be creating a palimpsest of text and time stamps; Channing Morgan’s meticulous oreo deconstruction performance; and Dimitra Skandali, who will be crocheting nets of seaweed and other materials in the gallery throughout the duration of the exhibition.
We hope you will join us for the opening of Obsidere!
Glenna Cole Allee, Victoria Mara Heilweil and Guest Curator Claudia Tennyson
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Opening Reception: Saturday, May 9th 7-10pm
Artist Discussion: Thursday, May 28th 7-9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 8th– June 6th, 2015
Gallery Hours: Thurs – Sat 1-6pm
1158 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
What is it that inspires a person to accumulate a collection? For example the Collyer brothers’ hoarder’s house in Harlem, or Imelda Marcos’ closet containing 3000 pairs of shoes? The 12 identical velvet suits and 100 umbrellas of Erik Satie? What causes a person to take habits to extremes? Like Nikola Tesla who would circle a building three times before entering it, feared round objects, used 18 napkins, counted his jaw movements before eating, and would never dine alone with a woman…
What can we say about those states in which the world recedes, the horizon shrinks, and we become so singly focused that time does not exist? Where we will fail again and again, but persist until we fabricate some way through the impasse? Is it genius? Is it healthy? Do we care? What is it when we simply cannot turn it off…
The term “obsession” stems from the Latin root “Obsidere”: to besiege. A paradoxical force of creation/destruction, obsession has been variously considered an angelic or demonic “possession.”
Calen Russell Hall
Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky
MicroClimate Collective is an artist created curatorial project that grew
from a conversation between artists sharing a strong desire to foster community and creative dialogue. Our exhibitions have provided a context for cross-pollination and collaboration between diverse circles of local artists since 2008. MicroClimate Collective received an Alternative Exposure Grant in 2011 from Southern Exposure Gallery in San Francisco. MicroClimate Collective is currently Glenna Cole Allee & Victoria Mara Heilweil.