FOLLOW FOR UNFOLLOW
To follow is an action of desire: to trail in a physical space, to stay updated on social feeds, to pay attention. With the rise of personal information being increasingly made public—whether through corporate and government leaks, publicly available information combed and linked, or self-publicized through social platforms—our relationships with viewing and visibility become increasingly complicated in our society’s needing to be seen, struggling to make oneself seen, and relishing in being unseen. This exhibition showcases the distinct ways that artists confront their relationships with visibility in a world that demands it through new works that question our complicity or wrestle and resist it.
FOLLOW FOR UNFOLLOW is a group exhibition that explores public and private identity, voyeurism and intimacy in a digital age through the works of eight San Francisco Bay Area-based artists: Annika Bastacky, Andrew Win, Cortney Cassidy, Elisabeth Nicula, Elliot Bamberger, Etan Zapinsky, Joy Ding, and Lucia Goodbag.
Annika Bastacky creates abstract works that invite us to contemplate the artist’s hand and the life of an artwork from studio space to social sharing through a new series that resists photography. Andrew Win transforms a digitally mediated experience into a meditative episode. Cortney Cassidy’s texts resists and rewrites a personal history of false hopes with a renewed intimacy with the internet. Elisabeth Nicula’s confessional video explores the voyeuristic nature of her art practice and the consumptive aspect of enjoying landscape. Elliot Bamberger’s video collages provide a view through the windows of our neighborhood and viewing screens. Etan Zapinsky’s infrared-activated work reminds us how cameras have come to mediate our experiences and challenges how capturing and sharing realizes them. Joy Ding provides a lens on mass surveillance by exploring its possible creative consequences. Lucia Goodbag’s hand-sewn textiles question the concept of celebrity as the new American Dream and its activation of self-surveillance.
FOLLOW FOR UNFOLLOW
Works on/off screen about life on/through the screen
June 25 – July 31, 2016