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Exhibition Detail
Remembering Is Everything
1158 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

January 18th, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013
January 18th, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Reconstruction, Melody OwenMelody Owen, Reconstruction, 2012
Thursday-Saturday 1-6pm
conceptual, performance, video-art, digital, mixed-media, memory

Alter Space is pleased to present the exhibition Remembering is Everything

Remembering is Everything features commissioned works by six American artists. In the fall of 2012, all of the artists were shown an original video created by the curators as a prompt to memory. Then, each was asked to formulate a response using the video's structure and elements to create works that centered on their remembrances. The artists were asked to consider the video as they would any other witnessed event; and after they viewed the video, it was destroyed. This experimental exhibition was inspired in part by the 2011 New York Times bestseller Moonwalking with Einstein. In this book, author Joshua Foer asserts three points that connect memory directly to the production of art:

-we don’t remember isolated facts, we remember things in context;

-memory is shaped by sensory information in a “feedback loop”: everything we see and hear is inflected by everything we’ve seen and heard in the past;

-we remember events that are repeated, structured, and easily visualized.

In fact, Foer summarizes his findings in the book’s epilogue by stating, “How we perceive the world and how we act in it are products of how and what we remember. We’re all just a bundle of habits shaped by memories… No lasting joke, invention, insight, or work of art was ever produced by an external memory.” The works in this exhibition span a wide range of media from painting to performance, reflecting the artists’ interests in memory, perception, narrative, and representation. 

Remembering is Everything includes work by artists Yayoi Asoma (New York), David Kasprzak (San Francisco), Kate Nartker (San Francisco), Nancy Nowacek (New York), Melody Owen (Portland, OR), and Stephen Slappe (Portland, OR). This exhibition was collaboratively curated by Bean Gilsdorf and A. Will Brown.

Exhibition Runs:
January 17-February 23, 2013
Thursday-Saturday 1 to 6 p.m. and by appointment

Opening reception: 
Friday, January 18, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Info: (415) 735-1158,

Header image by Melody Owen.

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