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Please stop by the SMUD Gallery and check out “Paper Work”, a new exhibition featuring works on (and incorporating) paper by local Sacramento artists. I have a new large scale ink and collage piece included. The show will be up from July 13th – September 12th and an artist reception will take place on Thursday July 12th from 4:30 – 6pm.

 

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I’d like to invite you to “Altered,” a group exhibition that I’ll be part of opening June 19th at Minnesota Street Projects.

There are Saturday events happening from 3-6 pm each week for a month:Saturday June 23rd, June30th, July 1st, July 8th, from 3-6pm.

Details and a list of participating artists is below. I’m really excited to be part of this amazing exhibition!

 

Altered

Exhibition Run: June 19th through July 14th 2018

Location: 1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco CA94107 Gallery 104

Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-6pm; Artist Receptions Saturdays 3-6pm

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Since our inception in 2007, OFFspace has staged a dozen exhibitions in unexpected spaces and host galleries. Featuring the work of over 100 artists from across the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Besides being pioneers of site specific curation in the Bay Area, OFFspace has singled itself out by creating shows with an wide range of artists and practices; bringing together emerging, mid-career and established artists, Bay Area and international art makers..

 

To celebrate passing the 10-year mark OFFSpace is proud to present Altered, a show part retrospective and part curatorial experiment. Alteredwill shift/mutate/evolve throughout the run being “re-curated” weekly by OFFSpace and invited partner curators, featuring a different theme and works with each iteration.

 

Over thirty artists* who have shown with OFFspace throughout our 10+-year career will share work to create a physical library in one portion of the gallery space. OFFspace will then draw from this resource to formulate the first in a series of exhibits. Thereafter, on a weekly basis, guest curators will select work from the library to create a unique exhibition on a specific theme of their choice. Additionally, the entire library will be available for perusal by the public with the help and supervision of gallery attendants.

Partner curators include Dasha Matsura, San Francisco Director at Spoke Art Gallery (spoke-art.com) Justin Charles Hoover, Founder & Director at Collective Action Studio (collectiveactionstudio.com) and from Aggregate Space Gallery co Directors S. Willis & Conrad Meyers (aggregatespacegallery.org).

learn more at off-space.org & FaceBook

Participating artists include: Alan Hopkins, Alexis Arnold,  Alicia Escott,  Andréanne Michon,  Angela Pryor,  Ap-art-ment (Laura Boles Faw and Cathy Fairbanks),  Christopher McNulty,  Cigdem Kaya,  Claudia Huenchuleo, Diane Chung,  Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov,  Gillian O’Shea,  Gioj De Marco,  Glenna Cole Allee,  Gwynne Stoddart,  Jan Blythe,  Jesse Walton,  Jinyoung Youm,  Justin Hoover,  Karrie Hovey,  Kathrine Worel,  Linda Trunzo,  Luther Thie,  Madeline Dignadice,  Marya Krogstad,  Michael Kerbow,  Michelle Morby,  Michelle Wilson,  Peter Foucault,  Rachel Dawson,  Ruth Santee,  Victor Barbieri,  Winnie van der Rijn and  Zeina Barakeh.

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Please stop by Milagro Center on Sunday May 6th and help support “Art For Babies”, a fundraiser for the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery Program. I will have a new suite of drawings available for purchase at the event and a piece in the silent auction. A wonderful event and an amazing cause!

https://kidshome.ejoinme.org/ArtForBabies

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Hello Friends,

I invite you to stop by the California Museum on Friday April 6th and check out my new Mobile Printmaking Lab. We will be printing interactive posters from 4:30 – 6:30PM as part of the exhibition “Passion & Perseverance: A Year at Encina” curated by Jesikah Maria Ross.

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Hello Friends,

I invite you to stop by CK Art Gallery and check out Earthen Abstracts, a group exhibition featuring a selection of my new drawings. Info is below and artist reception is tonight from 5:30 – 8:30pm. Hope to see you there!

EARTHEN ABSTRACTS

March 1-31st

WED-SAT 10am-6pm

Artist Reception:  this Thursday (3/8, 5:30-8:30pm)

ArtWalk Reception:  this Saturday (3/10, 6-9pm)

CK Art

2500 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816

916-497-0278

www.CKart-gallery.com

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The 19th century neoclassicist painter J.A.D. Ingres famously said that drawing — this during the era when painters drew from plaster casts of Greco-Roman statuary — was “the probity of art,” i.e., the source and origin of good, rational design. In the 21st century Peter Foucault combines drawing made by small robots with supplementary/complementary handwork that are in synch with the digital age. The process is all about going beyond one’s taste, predilections and facility to express the needs of the present with the latest available tools. “Drawing in Dystopia” includes eight abstract drawings on paper, wood panel and alupoly (a polyethylene foam core faced with aluminum sheets, typically used for signage) that exploit chance and deliberation in order to comment on our cultural and political moment, with human institutions and natural systems veering out of  control, or on the verge of it, in what seems a devolution into chaos and entropy. Foucault employs technology to question technology (albeit in the service of irrational, short-sighted goals).

The social critique underlying the work is not, however, overt. The works are beautifully executed calligraphic abstractions. Some include collaged excerpts from US Geological Survey maps. Stylistically, these would not look out of place in an Abstract Expressionist or even Surrealist show. The visionary drawings of Henri Michaux and Wols, and the paintings of Klee, Miro and Gordon Onslow-Ford are relevant antecedents. “Subdivision 1, “ with its blown-ink orthogonals are counterpointed by diagonal blown-ink sprays. “Confluence 2” adds collaged bits of topographical maps, suggesting astronomic vistas punctuated by wormhole views. “Doomsday Machine,” with its reference to nutter apocalypses, is equally absorbing. Also noteworthy are two drawings on wooden panel, with the loosely woven grid set down by the robot — there really ought to be photos of this collaborator — repainted in ink by hand, in what must have been a meditative frame of mind, like a medieval copyist for our dark ages.

Written by: DeWitt Cheng, October 2017

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Peter Foucault, Confluence 2, 2017, ink, blown ink, and collaged antique USGS maps on paper, 50″ x 38″
PETER FOUCAULT

Drawing in Dystopia

October 4 – 28, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5th 5:30 – 7:30pm

K. Imperial Fine Art is pleased to present its second solo show of the work of Peter Foucault.

Foucault creates works on paper, videos, and installations that are fueled by his love of drawing and mark-making.  He has created a series of Drawing-Projects, which utilize systems developed by the artist that produce complex abstract compositions.  At the root of these projects is a constant tension between control and the loss of control.  Viewer interactivity plays an integral role in his drawing installations – large-scale artworks in which participants influence the outcome of a drawing that is created by a small robot over the duration of an event or exhibition.  His work is concept driven, and often utilizes objects that reference printmaking and multiplicities.

Drawing In Dystopia internalizes the current political and environmental stresses, pressures, and disillusions and focuses them into a new body of work that is raw, dark, and chaotic.  Some of the works play reference to tearing themselves apart by elemental forces while others hang onto a complex rigid structure that is also constantly in flux.  The works also reference the formation of galaxies, the explosive death of stars, and matter being drawn into black holes to better put into perspective the current state of our earth.  Ultimately, and as always, our current parameters will evolve, reconsider and re-shape. The paradigm we are in now is just the blink of an eye.

Foucault has participated in numerous exhibitions nationwide, and his work has been included in shows at the Getty Museum and Getty Villa, Oakland Museum of California, Torrance Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Smithsonian Institutes’ Freer and Sackler Gallery, The University of Salford (Manchester, England), and The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.

His interactive robotic drawing installations have been presented at The NASA Ames Research Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Lab, Robert Berman E6 Gallery, the Seattle Next50 (Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle Worlds Fair), and Zero1 San Jose.

In addition to his own practice, Foucault is the Co-Founder of the Mobile Arts Platform (MAP), a Bay Area based art-making and curatorial team that creates interactive “pop-up” mobile exhibitions that directly engage the public.  The MAP project was included in the American Association of Museums 2012 annual report’s “Trends Watch”.

Drawing in Dystopia will be on view October 4 – 28, 2017 with a reception for the artist Thursday, October 5th 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Copyright © 2017 K. Imperial Fine Art, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
49 Geary Street, Suite 440
San Francisco, CA  94108
kimperialfineart.com
415-277-7230

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