Southern Exposure presents three solo exhibitions:
Jaime Cortez, Universal Remote
Kenneth Lo, every stone tethered to sleep/ every presence wedded to stone
Ginger Wolfe-Suarez, Both Are True
EXHIBITION DATES: January 7 – February 19, 2011
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 7, 2011, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
ARTIST TALKS: Friday January 7, 2011, 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Jamie Cortez’s solo exhibition, Universal Remote, is a meditation on the absence of Michael Jackson. Through drawing, sculpture, photography and hybrid practices, Cortez calls down and calls out the spirit of the late, lamented MJ: one of the most epically brilliant, protean, and ultimately tragic icons of the past 40 years. Cortez’s contemplative depiction recasts Jackson’s particularly fluid self-representations of race, gender and sexuality as the moving tableau of a tender grotesque.
Ginger Wolfe-Suarez treads in memories, deconstructing specific experiences into forms that have been pared back just enough to feel as if they are our own. A piece of sky, a concrete jacket, the smell of fresh mint lingering in the room: for her installation at Southern Exposure, Wolfe-Suarez reassembles these fragments into a sensory landscape that invites us to ponder the elusiveness of what and how we remember. While her work can appear economical from the outside looking in, encountering Wolfe-Suarez’s work in person engages our own sense of memory to fill in the gaps between and around objects. As with architecture, the viewer is the missing piece that activates the space.
For his solo exhibition at Southern Exposure, San Francisco artist Kenneth Lo turns his probing, self-deprecating wit to a subject with more gravitas – death and the life examined. In a new multimedia installation, Lo transgresses the classic markers of death to evaluate his own life and actions. Concerned with legacy and wrought with gallows humor, Lo asks himself, “How have you spent your life, and was it worthwhile?"