Patricia Sweetow Gallery is pleased to welcome Bay Area artists, Michael Hall and Whitney Lynn in 2 solo exhibitions. Michael Hall presents Reclamation, paintings and installation. Whitney Lynn presents Doug, video, photography and sculpture. The exhibitions open Thursday, September 9 through October 16th, 2010. Reception for the artists is Saturday, September 11, 3:00 - 6:00pm.
PSG is pleased to present Whitney Lynn, who received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007. Her project, Doug, is an installation of video, photography and objects. For this exhibition Whitney records her experience with a rescue rabbit from the San Francisco Animal Control, a rabbit that was found living in the environs of Golden Gate Park. Learning that rabbits are behaviorally similar to feline's, (with the requisite quotient of human interaction, and the possibility of litter training), she eagerly became the adoptive parent. The rabbit proved to have other thoughts of domesticity, proceeding to gnaw on her wiring, nest in her furniture, and use her flat as the litter box. Whitney then read that you could "trance" a rabbit by placing it on its back, while holding it, which led her to recollect Joseph Beuys' "How to Explain Pictures to a Live Hare'.
Doug encompasses Whitney's adventure with her rabbit through photographs, video of the rabbit, and items of clothing. Lynn explains, "The process of recording begins with desire. A desire to set something down in physical form, a desire to preserve evidence of a happening, a desire to have a way to relate or tell of an experience. As with any representational process, there are flaws, or perhaps more accurately, gaps, in what can be captured, received and communicated; limits in what can be recorded or expressed. A moment can never be replicated, only substituted or translated."
Upcoming and recent exhibitions for Whitney Lynn include Southern Exposure, San Francisco, East Carolina University School of Art and Design, North Carolina, and Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.