Ping Pong Gallery is pleased to present LIVE & DIRECT, a group exhibition opening May 8th and running until June 5th, 2009. This exhibition will feature the work of Erin Allen, John Chiara, Renée Gertler, Scott Hewicker, Donna Huanca, Bessma Khalaf, Travis Meinolf, Nyeema Morgan, Erik Scollon and is curated by Amanda Curreri.
Each artist was asked to contribute an Artwork and (an) Action to be presented for one month, Live & Direct. For some, the artwork and action become intertwined, others have chosen to keep them mutually exclusive. The gallery is full to capacity, and then some. Events are scheduled throughout the month in satellite locations and at the gallery. You’ll find a Goon Squad boutique, a shameless shrine, and a pile of cast assholes. One artist invites you to join him in crafting one of his large scale photographs. Another will perform a song he wrote for a painting he made, both for the occasion.
As a test of what can be expected from a gallery experience, LIVE & DIRECT challenges the artists, the visitors, and the gallery space to up the ante. What do we desire from art exhibitions? What do we need? From each other, and from ourselves? LIVE & DIRECT presents and promotes the work of the artists involved but also implores all involved to consider an expanded relationship of artwork and the world around us. See Calendar of Events for ongoing events throughout the month.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Friday, May 8, 2009
6-9pm OPENING RECEPTION
7:45pm SCOTT HEWICKER SOLO PERFORMANCE
Hewicker will perform a song he wrote for a painting he made, both for the occasion.
8pm DONNA HUANCA PRESENTS GOON SQUAD HEADQUARTERS*
Taking for inspiration the interior design blueprints of the legendary London boutique, Biba, The Goon Squad Headquarters will be a structure that will showcase Donna's garment creations.
Biba is often regarded as having been the most beautiful department store in the world. It was conceived during the 60s, in a decadent mélange of retro design styles. However this very luxe style was created in a definite departure from the kind of slickness we have grown accustomed to in current designer stores. Everything in Biba, employed artisnal crafting methods instead of impersonal mass production.
The Goon Squad would like to take this method of working as a point of departure. We want to build a prototype of fabulousness suitable for our times and means. This structure will document this attempt towards retail utopia.
*The Goon Squad = Marcella Faustini and MIHLK Design
Saturday, May 16, 2009
7:45pm RENÉE GERTLER LEADS A STAR GAZING EXPEDITION
2009 is the International Year of Astronomy. Meet Renée at Ping Pong Gallery at 7:45pm for carpooling over to the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley. Or meet at the plaza of the Lawrence Hall (Centennial Drive, Berkeley, California; 510-642-5132) at 8:15pm. Stargazing at the Lawrence Hall of Science: See the sky from one of the most beautiful spots in the Bay Area and talk to volunteer astronomers. They hold FREE stargazing nights twice-a-month with telescopes provided. * Star gazing runs for two hours, dress warmly and check visibility before coming; foggy and overcast skies can cancel star gazing at the last minute.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
7pm JOHN CHIARA PHOTO-OPP.
Chiara invites a small group to accompany him in his pinhole camera truck to produce a large scale photograph for the exhibition. Details regarding participation can be found at the exhibition.
Friday-Sunday, May 22, 23, 24, 2009
12-4pm TRAVIS MEINOLF’S take it with you, DOLORES PARK, SF & GORLITZER PARK, BERLIN
Blanket and media performance concurrently happening in Berlin and San Francisco.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
8pm ERIN ALLEN AND SARAH BERNAT PRESENT W.O.R.K.
Allen and Bernat jointly form the band, W.O.R.K. They will perform a short set at Ping Pong Gallery in front of their installation sometime around 8pm.