Parker Tilghman

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Kandis Williams cut her teeth in New Orleans and the gritty soul of the southern city shines through in her large-scale collages and sculptures. In the spirit of The Big Easy, Williams’ work carries a veneer of tragedy and violence that hovers on the surface of her images. Traces of the city, its mingling with the occult, and the impact it has made on Williams’ vision are embedded in each work and seem inseparable from their presentation. Her work is not delicate. Far from it, in fact: it... [more]
Lost History of Abstraction, Found   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Hilma af Klint at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart June 15th, 2013 - October 6th, 2013
Posted 7/24/13
It was the perfect day to see this exhibition. Berlin was grey and chilly outside. Summer rains were passing through. The line at the Hamburger Bahnhof was short and I wrinkled my ticket in anticipation as I turned the corner to the first gallery. I had been waiting for months to see this show, ever since I first saw the announcement. The idea of a young woman artist, almost previously unknown, getting a grand and traveling European retrospective that was heavily rooted in the occult and... [more]
Basel has happened. Venice opening weekend has passed. The European art world is about to fall into the languid slumber of summer. If you are like me, also known as poor, and you didn’t get to attend these events then perhaps your art fix has yet to be satisfied. Fortunately for us, galleries are free and open at least until August before the new season begins. Berlin has a few shining stars this summer, so take notes because there is a lot to see and the sunshine is distracting. We’ll begin... [more]
A Transformation Incomplete   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Schwules Museum May 18th, 2013 - August 10th, 2014
Posted 6/12/13
The Schwules Museum is a critically important institution. It was the first museum in the world dedicated to the promotion and exhibition of LGBT-related art and artifacts. It holds an extensive archive of photographs, videos, films, sound recordings, autographs, art works, and ephemera dating back to 1896, much of which plays an invaluable role in the researching and documentation of queer history in Germany and abroad. Its necessity as a bastion of visibility in today’s increasingly heated... [more]
A Slap in the Face!   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Bill Hayden at Société March 27th, 2013 - April 20th, 2013
Posted 4/3/13
Was it Warhol who said that “art is anything you can get away with”? Maybe. I suppose it doesn’t matter. He probably stole it anyway. As I enter Société on a cold, grey afternoon in Berlin it’s the only sentiment I can think about. Bill Hayden’s current solo show at the gallery smacks of this childish insolence, and yet somehow I am not angry about it. The site-specific installation features oversized black vinyl letters wrapping the words DICKFACE.ME around the corner of a room. Accompanying... [more]
Past as Present, a Present   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Isa Genzken at Galerie Buchholz March 8th, 2013 - April 20th, 2013
Posted 3/20/13
I have been thinking a lot about Berlin lately—more as a binary concept, rather than just a city. Berlin is a place that provides for anyone who wants it, but can just as easily take away what has been given. It’s a place for an artist to thrive, but one that also allows for distance and isolation. Berlin is a source of inspiration and struggle, of solace and strife. One can disappear into the crowd or be the darling of the spotlight. It is a city that acknowledges its past and readily folds... [more]
There’s been a lot of talk this week about the current state of the East Side Gallery. Thousands of people, including myself, have expressed their outrage at the city of Berlin and the profit-driven property developers for carelessly dismantling one of the city’s most treasured landmarks. (A current petition on holds over 70,000 signatures.) “It’s a part of history!” we shout. “No more expensive housing!” we plea. Up to this point, the protests and arguments have centered on the Wall... [more]
Withheld Secrets   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Natascha Sadr Haghighian at Johann König January 19th, 2013 - March 2nd, 2013
Posted 1/20/13
I sauntered into Johann König on Friday night with few expectations, but admittedly a bit of excitement. The gallery was buzzing and I was looking forward to immersing myself in the latest installation by Natascha Sadr Haghighian. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery and I am quite fond of her previous work—I find it probing and thought-provoking with a tinge of slapstick. For me, it is the perfect mix for a conceptual practice that rarely takes the same form twice. As I... [more]
Photography for the end of the world   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Lisa Oppenheim at Klosterfelde November 10th, 2012 - December 21st, 2012
Posted 12/11/12
Lisa Oppenheim’s Vapours and Veils at Klosterfelde in Berlin ends on December 21st, the alleged day of our planet’s untimely demise. Coincidence? Probably not. There is something a little bit apocalyptic about Oppenheim’s work with its analog inquisitions in these digital times. The exhibition appears to feature three distinct and seemingly separate bodies of work linked by the artist’s ongoing fascination with the inner workings of the Photograph, its ability (read: inability) to produce truth... [more]
The Magic of the Muse   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Danny Keith at Wentrup November 10th, 2012 - December 21st, 2012
Posted 11/12/12
Wyeth had Helga. Warhol had Edie. Man Ray had Kiki. Godard had Anna. Ann Demeulemeester has Patti and Collier Schorr has Jens. There is nothing quite like the perfect muse and it’s captivating to think of the power and presence a person must possess to be able to inspire some of the most gifted artists in history. It’s complex, this relationship between artist and muse. It is at once evocative and revealing, exposing the soul of the artist in such a way that an artwork’s emotional connection is... [more]
A Million Pictures   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Alessio delli Castelli at Dan Gunn September 29th, 2012 - November 10th, 2012
Posted 10/30/12
Some might say that Alessio delli Castelli’s view towards art is a bit jaded, pessimistic even. At the center of his practice rests the antithetical notion that every possible image has already been created in various guises. For him, contemporary art is merely a regurgitation of things past only with a glossier veneer. In his current solo exhibition at Dan Gunn in Berlin, this manifesto takes the shape of haphazard collages, failed sculpture, and a simple site-specific installation. The show,... [more]
The Fickle Moon   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Anna Betbeze at Lüttgenmeijer September 8th, 2012 - October 27th, 2012
Posted 9/17/12
O, swear not by the moon, the fickle moon, the inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circle orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable. Romeo has just sworn to the moon that he loves Juliet with all of his being, but for Juliet this is not enough. She finds the moon unstable. She urges Romeo not to promise this way because she worries that his love will not be consistent. This line resurfaces for me each time I catch a glimpse of the scarred surface of our celestial neighbor. A... [more]
A Gust of Glitter, a Resolute Fragility   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Mitzi Pederson at Ratio 3 April 27th, 2012 - June 16th, 2012
Posted 5/21/12
I sauntered in unaware. A faint glimmer on the wall caught my eye after I crossed the threshold of the gallery. There wasn’t much to it, really. A sliver of fabric and a few tiny pieces of wood glossy with silver glitter. I hesitated on the sparkle for a moment—there was a strangely familiar quality to this tiny fragment of wood suspended between the fabric and the wall. Mitzi Pederson’s materials shift, evolve, challenge, but remain recognizable, true. Her language is visible in these... [more]
Meet Matt Connors   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 5/14/12
Seamlessly blending boundaries between painting and sculpture, Matt Connors’ work carries a raw human essence without actually displaying a bodily figure or representational form. His canvases (and their subsequent extensions) are ripe with corporeal trace in their recurring patterns and swathes of demure color. Their surface brings to mind the smell of skin just after waking or the scent of fragrant coffee lingering on an unkempt moustache. Touch plays a critical role. His hand is... [more]
A Human Urgency   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Deana Lawson at Eli Ridgway Gallery April 23rd, 2011 - May 28th, 2011
Posted 4/25/11
Deana Lawson’s provocative West Coast solo debut at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions is comprised of both original portraits and appropriated photographs. The exhibition showcases Lawson’s curious eye in unfolding and understanding a Black aesthetic, especially in relation to the photographic image. Her work speaks to notions of power creating a leveled dynamic, which defines an apparent and visceral communication between Lawson and her subjects that is present throughout the photographs. Her subjects... [more]
Painting within Paintings: Part 2   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Joel Dean at Sight School February 11th, 2011 - March 13th, 2011
Posted 2/28/11
Parker Tilghman: In terms of vocabulary, even though your forms seem abstract or arbitrary I definitely see them being used continuously in other paintings as a way to call attention to the space that is being created. Joel Dean: Absolutely. I think another thing that is important is that everything has the show has some sort of narrative. Like the large shapes, X with Friends, for instance just being that sound of an x. Like a stupid reference to text. Or like the A form on the stage, like... [more]
Painting within Paintings: Part 1   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Joel Dean at Sight School February 11th, 2011 - March 13th, 2011
Posted 2/28/11
I sat down this week with Joel Dean the co-director of Important Projects, an alternative exhibition space run out of his home, to discuss his recent solo exhibition Damn Your Eyes currently on view at Sight School in Oakland. The show is comprised of a series of sculptures and site-specific installations that ultimately function as a single painting.This is Dean’s first solo showing since graduating from SAIC in Chicago and I was interested to hear his thoughts on the installation and a bit... [more]
Katy Grannan’s Abject Subjects Go Free   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Katy Grannan at Fraenkel Gallery January 6th, 2011 - February 19th, 2011
Posted 2/1/11
Using the radiant afternoon sun and her acute technical prowess, photographer Katy Grannan has transformed the nondescript white walls of buildings in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco and on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles into makeshift studios. In this series of portraits, Boulevard, Grannan moves in a sharp new direction, dancing the line between traditional, documentary-based street photography and the finely crafted, staged setups of Postmodernist image-making. As Charles... [more]
Picture Books   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Eric William Carroll, Sarah Hotchkiss, Sean McFarland, Paul Schiek, Parker Tilghman, Suné Woods, Kelli Yon at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery January 13th, 2011 - January 13th, 2011
Posted 1/24/11
Books litter the narrow aisles, sometimes literally piling up to the ceiling in teetering towers; and genre classifications, while noted with weather-worn signage, feel at best like well-meaning suggestions, loosely given. The Adobe Books Backroom Gallery's inaugural 2011 exhibition, “The 770 Show,” addresses the site of the bookstore itself, a space as cramped and contoured as the gallery with which it shares a roof. Curated by Arden Sherman, the latter observation, underlines the rather... [more]
Job Piston’s Affective History   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Job Piston at Jessica Silverman Gallery December 17th, 2010 - January 29th, 2011
Posted 1/3/11
The holidays are over. We have boomeranged back home after visiting our far-flung relatives and have taken countless new family portraits; someone’s face always blurry, a smile or two relaxing into a strained frown, a squirming baby angling a little hand towards the family dog. It seems appropriate that Job Piston’s second solo-exhibition at Silverman Gallery, , would be shown this time of year. Despite it’s title, however, Piston’s show lacks the literal presence of a family. Instead, the... [more]
Domestic Exchange   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Lauren Anderson, Aylor Brown, Derek Chan, Paul Cowan, Smith + Linder, Lee Lynch, Mylinh Nguyen, Megan Plunkett, Jon Rafman at Important Projects November 6th, 2010 - December 3rd, 2010
Posted 11/22/10
          The humble tote bag has become something of an art world standby. Bagged at every international festival, biennale, art fair, and other art carnivals, these simple canvas carriers have found their way however oddly, into the annals of art. A good a record as anything, frankly utilitarian, and not without, especially in the hands of artists, art. But in this sense, they’ve invested this simple object with something almost of a glamor, one easily taken up in their own ways... [more]
Glossy Geometries   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Shannon Finley at Jessica Silverman Gallery November 5th, 2010 - December 11th, 2010
Posted 11/22/10
          Do not let size fool you, for it is in their scale where Shannon Finley’s paintings carry the most weight. For his first solo exhibition at Silverman Gallery, Berlin-based Finley has produced a series of small, yet complex, brightly-hued paintings. From afar, the alternating colors and geometric patterns crack kaleidoscopes into distorted illusions of depth and movement. That’s just from afar. Upon closer inspection, the picture plane of these acrylic-on-canvas paintings... [more]
Color Processing   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Mariah Robertson at NOMA Gallery September 25th, 2010 - October 30th, 2010
Posted 10/18/10
      Saturated colors meld and melt onto phantasmagoric forms of the anonymous nude male, urban vegetation, and multi-hued geometric patterns that New York-based artist Mariah Robertson sketches onto transparent acetate before exposing the paper in her altogether sculptural forays into photography. Upon entering the gallery the viewer is immediately confronted with a long sheet of paper that has been suspended from the ceiling and folded over itself running the length of the gallery... [more]
Illusive and Stunning   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Klea McKenna, Rebecca Najdowski, Jessica Skloven at Togonon Gallery October 5th, 2010 - October 30th, 2010
Posted 10/10/10
        The edges of Contemporary Photography are lined with a select group of individuals deeply concerned with the medium’s rapidly disappearing analogue processes and materials. Togonon Gallery’s newest exhibition, Peripheral Vision, features the work of three such artists: Klea McKenna, Rebecca Najdowski, and Jessica Skloven. The three recent California College of the Arts MFA graduates each utilize and manipulate their craft to produce visually stunning and conceptually gripping... [more]
Vertigo   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Chris Duncan at Eli Ridgway Gallery September 11th, 2010 - October 16th, 2010
Posted 9/13/10
          Vertigo has returned to San Francisco. In his most recent solo exhibition, artist Chris Duncan has transformed the main gallery space of Baer Ridgway Exhibitions into a disorienting spectacle of verisimilitude. A new hallway built at the front of the gallery blocks the room from  immediate view. Apprehensively turning a corner to enter the space, I felt the overwhelming sensation of falling through the floor. Mirrored acrylic has been placed on the ground and its dizzying effect... [more]
                A couple of years ago I found myself at a labyrinthine group show titled “Queerity” at the Million Fishes Arts Collective. I was milling about one of the back galleries when I caught sight of a small, unframed portrait on the far wall. Immediately drawn to it, I walked over to take a closer look. The photograph vibrated with an understated carnality, a physical violence difficult to pin down. Exaggerated pixels surfaced and a distorted image emerged: a lone male figure... [more]
                A couple of years ago I found myself at a labyrinthine group show titled “Queerity” at the Million Fishes Arts Collective. I was milling about one of the back galleries when I caught sight of a small, unframed portrait on the far wall. Immediately drawn to it, I walked over to take a closer look. The photograph vibrated with an understated carnality, a physical violence difficult to pin down. Exaggerated pixels surfaced and a distorted image emerged: a lone male figure... [more]