Friday, April 30, 2010



Opening May 6th 2010 6-9PM
Closing May 27th 2010 6-9PM

Featuring new works by:

Erik Wilson
Chris Ritson
Shalo P.
Shemoel Recalde
Josh Roberts

Shalo P.

Shalo P. is a San Francisco audio/visual artist interested in emotions and ways of describing feelings. His projects, spanning out into various media, including installation, live performance, drawings and video, seek to intermingle explosive form with dazzling light shows charged in the desperate energy of longing, desire and hope. When asked what he does in particular he usually says he's just "surveying the digital apocalypse and embellishing it with rainbows".

With WINDOUUS, Shalo will be unveiling AWESOME STUFF 2 during the third week - a special screening of vibrant eponymous material and performing a special suite of music at the show's closing (along with his musically inclined companions featured in the show) as FRIENDSHIP FRIENDS FOREVER (rainbow band), a musical project that defies simple description.

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Erik Wilson

Erik Wilson is a Bay Area Artist working in video, animation, and sound. His work explores early motion graphics and the synthetic re-creation of naturally occurring systems. He has recently gone back in time with consumer grade technology in order to create new interfaces for experiencing video environments.

Shemoel Recalde and Joshua Roberts

Shemoel Recalde is a multi-media artist based in San Francisco, specializing in creating live rainbow interactive dream experiences, in sound and video. Joshua Roberts is a San Francisco based artist working in sound composition and sculpture. Through using found pieces of wood and rocks from the earth, Shemoel and Joshua create a harsh, yet delicate relationship between electronics and natural elements through interactive sound and video. The duo also performs together quite often, as the 2-piece electronic band Shimomitsu, which integrates audio and video with physical computing to create live interactive experiences. Their newest piece, Stone in the Sword, will be a gentle, tactile experience in the hands of a highly visceral, psychedelic tsunami.

Chris Ritson

---Mimesis (a critical/philosophical term pertaining to the ideas of mimicry, representation, copies, the act of expression and the presentation of the self)

Historical usage (traditionally) starts with Plato's distinction of mimesis as a mimicry of nature in the arts (mimicry in the sense of showing, rather than telling (see diegeisis). Conceptions of mimesis run through the cannon of western philosophy and become particularly relevant with the advent of reproducible mediums (from classical painting, print and photo - see Walter Benjamin's The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction)

Mimesis is more relevant than ever when we look at the relationship of art to digital mediums, where the possibility for infinite reproductions (with no loss of quality) is possible for the first time in history. Post-colonial/feminist theorists have claimed the term in relation to "strategic essentialism", which refers to a strategy that nationalities, ethnic groups or minority groups can use to present themselves against oppression.

Most relevant is the relationship of mimesis to our conceptions of the self in terms of "the act of expression and the presentation of the self." In sociological terms, this translates to impression management: the process through which people try to control the impressions other people form of them. It is a goal-directed conscious or unconscious attempt to influence the perceptions of other people about a person, object or event by regulating and controlling information in social interaction. Thus we have the dynamics of social networking sites on the internet, emails and the whole cloud of digital auras we shroud ourselves in everyday.

This is a dynamic that humanity has constructed to reproduce an idea of NATURE in a way that seems more real. One example constantly reused to express mimesis is the architecture of the Parthenon. The columns are not built straight, but instead, built in a way that makes them appear optically straight - a standard perceived as truer than its reality.

"... Or Oblivion..."

New work by Owen M. Takabayashi

Please join us for the opening of Owen Takabayashi's second solo show “…Or Oblivion…” at the Ever Gold Gallery. This striking series of new work is based on the Major Arcana of the divinatory tarot and will be on display as an all-involving installation in the gallery’s back room.

Takabayashi’s palette is a blend of the economical use of materials characteristic for Minimalism and Arte Povera combined with Dadaist humor and the deceptive qualities of Op-art. On one hand the artist’s work can be viewed as meditative exercises in endurance and efficiency. On the other hand the audience is urged to read the art as critical commentary on current global issues such as the Olympics, ponzi schemes and social inequality.

Takabayshi grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles. He claims a dubious high-school prank got him grounded for a year, which subsequently sparked a fury of art making. He holds a BFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently employed as a freelancer. The exhibition will be on view until May 27th 2010.

Closing Reception April

Closing Reception for

Ryan Coffey and Jason Grabowski

Nicole Buffett

Friday, April 23, 2010

closing Reception April

Please join us next Thursday for our monthly closing reception with live music

Thursday at Ever Gold Gallery
music starts around 8

441 O'Farrell between Taylor and Jones