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Interrupting a Beam of Light is an exhibition that fo cuses on contemporary works that deal with the wonder of natural and man-ma de phenomena\, the nuances of magic\, and the importance of retaining lore and myth in our everyday lives.

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Myths are formed through the prolon ging of stories\, histories and images. Through time\, the imagined becomes real and the real becomes imagined. Artists utilize folklore\, natural occ urrences\, and other esoteric studies to comment on our contemporary unders tanding of the world. This exhibition documents phenomena\, classifies obje cts\, expands on basic symbols\, perpetuates myths\, and magnifies alternat e realities. The artists in this show work both with the natural as well as the constructed\, borrowing from the past and project their ideas on the f uture. They look to fantasies that cross into reality\, and to revealing se crets. Either by happening upon the phenomenal\, researching symbolic objec ts\, or creating their own lore\, each artist perpetuates their myth\, and creates a sense of spirituality within their practice. Romantic notions are apparent in the works\, whether through the idea of natural transcendence\ , innocent imaginations\, or through the study of symbols and signs.

Facundo Argañaraz studies the magnetism of monolithic subjects and their role as mediators of dualism and consciousness. Using collage to create psychic spaces\, David Bayus works with childhood mythologie s. Each work involves the individual desire reinterpreted with appropriatio n and the visual language of adolescence. Michelle Blade’s interests lie in the uniting of the natural world and the human condition. Her work is both influenced and filled with the imagery of history\, anthropology\, nature\, spirituality\, and phenomena. She is represented by Triple Base Gallery in San Francisco. Ryan Fenchel’s practice involves subj ects such as alchemy\, and freemasonry\, the world of codes and rituals. In Gigi Gatewood’s work\, she continues a search for answers about the unknown\, photographing and examining everything from scientific to spirit ual. By focusing on the world of the uncanny\, Japeth Mennes directs the ideas of repetition\, query\, and inconsistency into his work. Using l aborious techniques\, his work seems simple and jarring at the same time. W ith Aliza Morell’s explorations of light and landscape\, she uses ge ometrical forms as ways of creating a new language.  John Opera’s ph otographs embody the spirit of transcendentalism and emphasize an idea of s elf-knowledge that comes from connecting through nature. By exploring the p ower of the landscape as well as through abstraction\, links between emotio n\, intellect\, and perception are forged. He is represented by Andrew R afacz Gallery in Chicago. Adela Svobodová introduces her viewers to her own curiosities about the world. Playful and intimate\, her work ve ry much expresses her intricacies and views on art making.

DTEND:20091031 DTSTAMP:20140424T012333 DTSTART:20091001 GEO:37.7664356;-122.4154379 LOCATION:David Cunningham Projects\,1928 Folsom Street \nSan Francisco\, CA 94103 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:INTERRUPTING A BEAM OF LIGHT\, Facundo Argañaraz\, David Bayus\, Mi chelle Blade\, Ryan Fenchel\, Gigi Gatewood\, Japeth Mennes\, Aliza Morell\ , John Opera\, Adéla Svobodová. UID:71912 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20091001T220000 DTSTAMP:20140424T012333 DTSTART:20091001T190000 GEO:37.7664356;-122.4154379 LOCATION:David Cunningham Projects\,1928 Folsom Street \nSan Francisco\, CA 94103 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:INTERRUPTING A BEAM OF LIGHT\, Facundo Argañaraz\, David Bayus\, Mi chelle Blade\, Ryan Fenchel\, Gigi Gatewood\, Japeth Mennes\, Aliza Morell\ , John Opera\, Adéla Svobodová. UID:71913 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR