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Steve Hurd: When you know it’s curtains , 2017 Gesso On Polyester 98 X 44 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and City Limits
Joint Exhibition

300 Jefferson St.
94607 Oakland
CA
US
October 27th, 2017 - December 3rd, 2017

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WEBSITE:  
http://citylimitsgallery.com/
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EMAIL:  
info@citylimitsgallery.com
PHONE:  
+1 917-267-9587
OPEN HOURS:  
Closed as of January 2018


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Opening ​ ​ reception: ​ ​ Friday, ​ ​ October ​ ​ 27, ​ ​ 7-11pm

Keith ​ ​ Boadwee ​ ​ and ​ ​ Steve ​ ​ Hurd ​ ​ first ​ ​ met ​ ​ in ​ ​ 1987 ​ ​ at UCLA. ​ ​ Boadwee ​ ​ was ​ ​ a ​ ​ student ​ ​ in ​ ​ Paul ​ ​ McCarthy’s class ​ ​ and ​ ​ Hurd ​ ​ was ​ ​ the ​ ​ teaching ​ ​ assistant. ​ ​ I’d ​ ​ like ​ ​ to imagine ​ ​ it ​ ​ was ​ ​ art ​ ​ love ​ ​ at ​ ​ first ​ ​ sight. ​ ​ They ​ ​ shared ​ ​ a mutual ​ ​ admiration ​ ​ for ​ ​ German ​ ​ Expressionist ​ ​ painters and ​ ​ an ​ ​ affinity ​ ​ for ​ ​ provocation, ​ ​ a ​ ​ desire ​ ​ to ​ ​ milk ​ ​ a reaction ​ ​ out ​ ​ of ​ ​ their ​ ​ classmates ​ ​ and ​ ​ the ​ ​ world ​ ​ at ​ ​ large. These ​ ​ traits, ​ ​ along ​ ​ with ​ ​ an ​ ​ unflinching ​ ​ respect ​ ​ for ​ ​ each other’s ​ ​ art ​ ​ practice, ​ ​ would ​ ​ be ​ ​ the ​ ​ glue ​ ​ to ​ ​ bind ​ ​ them together ​ ​ for ​ ​ decades ​ ​ to ​ ​ come.

For ​ ​ their ​ ​ two ​ ​ person ​ ​ exhibition ​ ​ at ​ ​ City ​ ​ Limits, ​ ​ Keith Boadwee ​ ​ will ​ ​ be ​ ​ showing ​ ​ a ​ ​ table ​ ​ overflowing ​ ​ with hundreds ​ ​ of ​ ​ unique ​ ​ drawings ​ ​ that ​ ​ viewers ​ ​ will ​ ​ be ​ ​ able to ​ ​ handle ​ ​ themselves. ​ ​ Some ​ ​ of ​ ​ the ​ ​ drawings ​ ​ are ​ ​ studies for ​ ​ larger ​ ​ paintings, ​ ​ but ​ ​ the ​ ​ majority ​ ​ function ​ ​ as ​ ​ discrete objects. ​ ​ The ​ ​ table ​ ​ serves ​ ​ to ​ ​ map ​ ​ Boadwee’s ​ ​ brain, ​ ​ and subsequently, ​ ​ his ​ ​ art ​ ​ practice. ​ ​ In ​ ​ Boadwee’s ​ ​ world, ​ ​ the drawings ​ ​ may ​ ​ depict ​ ​ a ​ ​ scatalogical ​ ​ vignette, ​ ​ an ​ ​ erotic encounter ​ ​ between ​ ​ mythical ​ ​ beasts, ​ ​ or ​ ​ a ​ ​ combination of ​ ​ both. ​ ​ They ​ ​ are ​ ​ funny, ​ ​ irreverent, ​ ​ and ​ ​ full ​ ​ of ​ ​ just enough ​ ​ mordant ​ ​ humor ​ ​ to ​ ​ make ​ ​ one ​ ​ laugh ​ ​ and ​ ​ cringe with ​ ​ delight.

With ​ ​ a ​ ​ series ​ ​ of ​ ​ new ​ ​ sculptures ​ ​ and ​ ​ paintings, ​ ​ Steve Hurd ​ ​ continues ​ ​ his ​ ​ practice ​ ​ of ​ ​ using ​ ​ found ​ ​ images ​ ​ and objects ​ ​ to ​ ​ decipher ​ ​ the ​ ​ American ​ ​ experience ​ ​ of ​ ​ mass culture. ​ ​ For ​ ​ Rolling ​ ​ Rock, ​ ​ a ​ ​ new ​ ​ sculpture, ​ ​ Hurd ​ ​ has assembled ​ ​ beer ​ ​ cans ​ ​ into ​ ​ the ​ ​ form ​ ​ of ​ ​ a ​ ​ peace ​ ​ sign. ​ ​ The sculpture ​ ​ probes ​ ​ the ​ ​ psyche ​ ​ of ​ ​ not ​ ​ only ​ ​ the ​ ​ American hippie, ​ ​ but ​ ​ possibly ​ ​ that ​ ​ of ​ ​ beer ​ ​ drinkers ​ ​ and ​ ​ militant recyclists. ​ ​ The ​ ​ sheen ​ ​ of ​ ​ nonviolence ​ ​ is ​ ​ not ​ ​ unlike ​ ​ the cans’ ​ ​ aluminum ​ ​ exterior, ​ ​ but ​ ​ beneath ​ ​ it, ​ ​ we ​ ​ find ​ ​ a bubbly, ​ ​ highly ​ ​ carbonated ​ ​ mixture ​ ​ of ​ ​ thoughts ​ ​ and emotions. ​ ​ In ​ ​ Kingdom ​ ​ Under ​ ​ Attack, ​ ​ Hurd ​ ​ has ​ ​ made ​ ​ a painting ​ ​ with ​ ​ a ​ ​ substrate ​ ​ of ​ ​ broken ​ ​ egg ​ ​ shells. ​ ​ The painted ​ ​ image, ​ ​ rendered ​ ​ as ​ ​ expertly ​ ​ as ​ ​ one ​ ​ could ​ ​ on such ​ ​ a ​ ​ precarious, ​ ​ uneven ​ ​ surface, ​ ​ is ​ ​ derived ​ ​ from ​ ​ a medieval ​ ​ woodcut ​ ​ print ​ ​ of ​ ​ a ​ ​ castle ​ ​ under ​ ​ siege. ​ ​ The painting ​ ​ seems ​ ​ allegorical, ​ ​ perhaps ​ ​ a ​ ​ reference ​ ​ to ​ ​ the fragility ​ ​ of ​ ​ the ​ ​ male ​ ​ American ​ ​ ego? ​ ​ I ​ ​ suppose ​ ​ you ​ ​ have to ​ ​ break ​ ​ a ​ ​ few ​ ​ eggs ​ ​ to ​ ​ make ​ ​ an ​ ​ omelette.

-Micah ​ ​ Wood

Keith ​ ​ Boadwee ​ ​ ​ (b. ​ ​ 1961 ​ ​ Meridian, ​ ​ MS) ​ ​ lives ​ ​ and ​ ​ works in ​ ​ Emeryville, ​ ​ CA. ​ ​ He ​ ​ received ​ ​ a ​ ​ BA ​ ​ from ​ ​ UCLA ​ ​ in ​ ​ 1989 and ​ ​ an ​ ​ MFA ​ ​ from ​ ​ UC ​ ​ Berkeley ​ ​ in ​ ​ 2000. ​ ​ He ​ ​ has ​ ​ had ​ ​ solo exhibitions ​ ​ at ​ ​ Shoot ​ ​ the ​ ​ Lobster ​ ​ (New ​ ​ York), ​ ​ Brennan and ​ ​ Griffin ​ ​ (New ​ ​ York), ​ ​ Salzburger ​ ​ Kunstverein ​ ​ Austria (a ​ ​ collaborative ​ ​ project ​ ​ with ​ ​ AA ​ ​ Bronson), ​ ​ Hacienda (Zurich), ​ ​ Paradise ​ ​ Garage ​ ​ (Venice, ​ ​ CA), ​ ​ ROCKSBOX Fine ​ ​ Art ​ ​ (Portland, ​ ​ OR), ​ ​ White ​ ​ Columns ​ ​ (New ​ ​ York), ​ ​ and Peres ​ ​ Projects ​ ​ (Los ​ ​ Angeles), ​ ​ among ​ ​ others. ​ ​ This summer ​ ​ he ​ ​ had ​ ​ a ​ ​ solo ​ ​ exhibition ​ ​ at ​ ​ Atelier ​ ​ 34 ​ ​ Zero Museum ​ ​ (Brussels). ​ ​ Boadwee ​ ​ taught ​ ​ at ​ ​ California College ​ ​ of ​ ​ the ​ ​ Arts ​ ​ from ​ ​ 2004-15 ​ ​ and ​ ​ San ​ ​ Francisco ​ ​ Art Institute ​ ​ from ​ ​ 2005-16 ​ ​ and ​ ​ in ​ ​ the ​ ​ coming ​ ​ year ​ ​ will ​ ​ be teaching ​ ​ at ​ ​ Maine ​ ​ College ​ ​ of ​ ​ Art ​ ​ and ​ ​ UC ​ ​ San ​ ​ Diego.

Steve ​ ​ Hurd ​ ​ ​ (b. ​ ​ 1956 ​ ​ Washington ​ ​ D.C.) ​ ​ lives ​ ​ and ​ ​ works in ​ ​ Los ​ ​ Angeles. ​ ​ He ​ ​ received ​ ​ his ​ ​ Bachelors ​ ​ of ​ ​ Fine ​ ​ Arts from ​ ​ the ​ ​ San ​ ​ Francisco ​ ​ Art ​ ​ Institute ​ ​ in ​ ​ 1979 ​ ​ and ​ ​ later came ​ ​ to ​ ​ Los ​ ​ Angeles ​ ​ where ​ ​ he ​ ​ studied ​ ​ with ​ ​ Chris Burden, ​ ​ Paul ​ ​ McCarthy, ​ ​ and ​ ​ Mike ​ ​ Kelley ​ ​ at ​ ​ UCLA. There ​ ​ he ​ ​ received ​ ​ a ​ ​ Masters ​ ​ of ​ ​ Fine ​ ​ Arts ​ ​ in ​ ​ the ​ ​ New Genre ​ ​ Department ​ ​ in ​ ​ 1988. ​ ​ He ​ ​ has ​ ​ shown ​ ​ individually ​ ​ at Galerie ​ ​ Vedovi ​ ​ (Brussels), ​ ​ Jack ​ ​ Tilton ​ ​ Gallery ​ ​ (New York), ​ ​ Dan ​ ​ Bernier ​ ​ Gallery ​ ​ (Los ​ ​ Angeles) ​ ​ and ​ ​ Rosamund Felsen ​ ​ Gallery ​ ​ (Los ​ ​ Angeles.). ​ ​ He ​ ​ was ​ ​ the ​ ​ recipient ​ ​ of the ​ ​ Louis ​ ​ Comfort ​ ​ Tiffany ​ ​ Foundation ​ ​ Fellowship ​ ​ in 2005 ​ ​ and ​ ​ the ​ ​ Los ​ ​ Angeles ​ ​ Artist ​ ​ Fellowship ​ ​ Laboratory and ​ ​ the ​ ​ City ​ ​ of ​ ​ Los ​ ​ Angeles ​ ​ Individual ​ ​ Artist ​ ​ Fellowship in ​ ​ 2012.