A collage is a way of taking what is already there and making it say what you want it to, transforming an article or advertisement in such a way that the original product has different, and sometimes new meaning. “Leave No Trace” is an exhibition spotlighting two artist’s playful way of ruminating on the topics that concern them by making the most of a range of media content. Please join us for the opening reception of new works by Elisheva Biernofff and Elizabeth Cayne, Wednesday, July 14th 2010, from 7-11pm at Heart Wine Bar and Art Gallery.
Elisheva Biernoff employs a broad collection of differing mediums–collages, small paintings, sculptures, and large-scale installations–to search out significance in things that are easily overlooked. “I think of collages as part choose-your-own-adventure game and part archaeological dig. Sometimes I begin with an idea in mind, but more often than not something utterly unexpected will halt my thumbing through an old magazine, and I’ll feel compelled to incorporate it, changing what I set out to do.” Her work ponders the effects of human action upon the natural world, and the impact of images on human consciousness.
Elisheva Biernoff was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1980. She received her B.A. in Art from Yale University and her M.F.A. from California College of the Arts and currently lives and works in San Francisco, California. A recipient of the Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship and a Kala Art Institute Honorable Mention Fellowship, Biernoff has shown at Federal Art Project in Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Coney Island Museum in New York. She is currently preparing for an upcoming solo show at Triple Base in San Francisco in September 2010.
Elisabeth Cayne pastes together intriguing collages that examine the contemporary American ideal of domestic bliss. Sourced primarily from lifestyle catalogues, her work is pitted against a backdrop of photographs taken by Cayne herself, while exploring the pristine beauty of the Redwoods. This particular body of work contemplates ideas of home and nostalgia, nature versus nurture, and concepts pertaining to that of materialism, capitalism, and environmentalism; her smaller, sister series of collages explore a more contemporary view of identity, domesticity and femininity. These “Femme Maisons” take their inspiration from the late, great Louise Bourgeouis’ drawings and sculptures of women encased in houses.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Elizabeth Cayne studied film and art history at Yale before falling head-over-heels for San Francisco. Elizabeth’s art explores a tantalizing mix of domesticity, femininity, and mythology as she adopts collage, video, photography, paint and performance to express such ideas. The artist has exhibited at SFMOMA, Queen’s Nails Annex, Root Division, The LAB, and San Francisco’s own City Hall.
“There is something poignant and ironic in the repurposing of magazine advertisements that delight in consumption to question the assumptions by which we live.” - Elisheva Biernoff