There’s a way in which…
October 15, 2010 – November 12, 2010
Opening reception: Friday, October 15, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
PLAySPACE Gallery at California College of the Arts (CCA) presents There’s a way in which… a group exhibition built upon conversations, connections, and community. While the legacy of an artist is oftentimes seen through the lens of their work, exhibitions, or market success, There’s a way in which... remembers the photographer Larry Sultan through his influence as a teacher, mentor to, and collaborator with a diverse group of artists. Through this exhibition, Sultan and his students are once again side-by-side, set in dialogue with one another—as they were during his long career as a professor at CCA.
Beginning as a conversation with several of the artists involved, the scope of There’s a way in which grew swiftly to include over 30 artists influenced by Sultan’s teaching.. Although he is renowned for his work as a photographer, Sultan’s impact at CCA reached far beyond that discipline; the exhibition accordingly features diverse media from photography and sculpture, to installation, video, and fiber. Privileging chance and collaboration over structure and constraints, Sultan’s teaching practice encouraged his students to find their own voice. The exhibition creates both a snapshot of the resulting creative community, just as it reflects the man at the center of it.
Artists in the exhibition include: John Chiara, Liz Cohen, Sofia Cordova, Dru Donovan, Harrell Fletcher, Joshua Greene, Gregory Halpern, Jason Hanasik, Todd Hido, Whitney Hubbs, Jessica Ingram, Josef Jacques, Sean McFarland, Klea McKenna, Tricia Lawless Murray, Kelsey Nicholson, Abner Nolan, Jennifer O’Keeffe, Ahndraya Parlato, Laura Plageman, Brittany Powell, Jon Rubin, Asha Schechter, Paul Schiek, Jessica Skloven, Hank Willis Thomas, Peter Haakon Thompson, Mary Tsiongas, Lindsey White, Carmen Winant, and Kelli Yon.
PLAySPACE is a graduate student–run, experimental gallery. It aims to provide a workspace that is particularly appropriate for, and oriented toward, the academic setting in which the gallery is situated. PLAySPACE also supplies students with additional programming and curatorial insight to help interpret and contextualize these exhibitions. PLAySPACE allows for unique opportunities to engage with work that may not be granted exhibition space elsewhere (due to its form or content) a chance to be seen, heard, and appreciated.
Larry Sultan (1946-2009) was born in New York, and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. After receiving his BA from UC Santa Barbara, Sultan attended the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1988, Sultan began teaching at CCA. Though his practice comprises many projects, including commercial work, Sultan’s most noted series includes the conceptually-driven book Evidence (1977), done in collaboration with Mike Mandel, Pictures from Home (1992), and The Valley (2004).
PLAySPACE Gallery is located on the second floor in the main building of CCA’s San Francisco Campus at 1111 Eighth Street. The gallery is open Wednesday, 2:00 – 6:00 pm, Friday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, and by appointment.
For further information, please contact:
Amanda Hunt and Liz Glass
Curators and Co-directors