Weight Perception, opening at Guerrero Gallery on Saturday, is an example of the nexus of activity in the current arts climate of San Francisco. It is a group show including some remarkable Bay Area artists like Casey Jex Smith and Kyle Ranson, and also includes work by curator/artists like Laure Steelink and Ping Pong Gallery’s Vanessa Blaikie.
Curated by local art darling, Andrew Schoultz, Weight Perception considers the metaphorical weight of current reality. Our shared experiences can seem immeasurably heavy because of memory, history, inherent value or potential rejection, and the work included in the show confronts this metaphor in a variety of ways.
The curatorial principle also accepts that we all share in the anxiety and dread in the face of environmental, social and political events, but Weight Perception does not dissect the origins of what holds us down, instead focusing on we what do share in our responses to these events. Whether it is laughter, sarcasm, beauty or simple joy, many of us share in the desire to escape and fight through the density of our perceived world.
When:July 17-Aug 07, Tues-Sat 11-7, Sun 12-5
Where: Guerrero Gallery, 2700 19th St. between Bryant and York
The show is set in Andres Guerrero’s own gallery, in an airy, brick laden space on 19th Street between Bryant and York. This site, which opened earlier this year after Guerrero left the popular White Walls Gallery, promises to be a place of art alchemy where artists, art lovers and anybody else can come together to experience art and art exhibitions in a fresh and inviting way.
Image: Glen Baldridge, The End’s Not Near It’s Here, 2009