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Curated by: Mark McKnight

5651 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94608
April 9th, 2010 - May 9th, 2010
Opening: April 9th, 2010 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM



SIGHT SCHOOL is pleased to announce the opening of ICONS & ALLEGORIES, an exhibition comprising works by 9 artists working in a variety of mediums. The exhibition, curated by artist Mark McKnight, includes work in which the artists have assumed roles as motley as mythmaker and iconoclast and who, through either their permutation or scrutiny, have fashioned new cultural icons and allegories ripe with clandestine meaning.


Ron Jude was born in Los Angeles in 1965, spent his early years as a ski racer in the Pacific Northwest, and currently lives and works in upstate New York. His photographs have been exhibited at Gallery Luisotti (Santa Monica), the Photographer's Gallery (London), the High Museum of Art (Atlanta), and Roth/Horowitz Gallery (New York), and have been published in numerous magazines including The New Yorker, Blind Spot, Nest and DoubleTake. Jude is the co-founder of A-Jump Books and the author of Alpine Star, Postcards and Other Nature. He is represented by Gallery Luisotti in Santa Monica.


Ajit Chauhan (b. 1981, Kansas) is currently living and working in Prague, Czech Republic as a Meet Factory artist in residence. His work has been exhibited at the de Young museum (San Francisco), the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (San Francisco), the Jack Hanley Gallery (San Francisco/New York) and most recently The Saatchi Gallery (London, UK). Chauhan’s work is in the public collection of both the Saatchi Gallery (London, UK) and the Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, CA).


Nancy Lupo (b. 1983, Flagstaff, AZ) lives and works in New Haven, CT. She is a graduate of the Cooper Union (BFA, 2007), previously attended the École National Supérior des Beaux-Arts (Paris, France) and is currently an MFA candidate (2011) at Yale University’s School of Art.


Paul Schiek lives and works in Oakland, CA. In 2005 he self published his first book, “Good By Angels.” Soon thereafter he began the independent publishing house TBW Books and has since continued to publish both his own books in addition to an annual subscription series that has included titles by Todd Hido, Jim Goldberg, Mike Brodie, Marianne Mueller and Alec Soth. Schiek’s work has been exhibited internationally and was most recently included in Rizolli’s “SHOOT: Photography of the Moment” published in 2009. Paul is represented by the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco, CA.


Calvin Trezise (b. 1985 Paris, France) lives and works in San Francisco, California. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 and has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the Bay Area and in Los Angeles. This April, his work is the subject of a two-person exhibition at the Queens Nails Projects in San Francisco, CA.


Case Simmons (b. 1983) and Andrew Burke (b. 1982) began their collaboration in 2006, with their Temple series. Simmons studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and Burke received his MM from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Their work is held in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum, New York.


Peter Hurley (b. 1984 Tulsa, Oklahoma) lives and works in San Francisco, California. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 and has been included in various exhibitions in Mexico City, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area.


Whitney Hubbs (b. 1977) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She received her BFA from the California College of Arts in 2007 and an MFA from UCLA in 2009. Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at P.P.O.W. Gallery (New York), Roberts & Tilton (Los Angeles), Southern Exposure (San Francisco) and at the Newspace Center for Photography (Portland). Hubbs’ work has also been featured in Lay Flat, The New York Times and Blind Spot magazine. She is the 2009 recipient of the Toby Lewis Fellowship.


In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition is the release of a limited edition catalog that will be on view and available for purchase. Published by Bread & Butter Books, the 36 page, supplement to the exhibition contains additional works by each artist.