Bill Fontana

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Lost in the Funhouse   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Andy Coolquitt, Martin Creed, Olafur Eliasson, Bill Fontana, Jeppe Hein, Julian Hoeber, Carsten Höller, Gareth Long, Mungo Thomson at Western Bridge May 27th, 2011 - July 30th, 2011
Posted 7/12/11
The latest offering from Seattle's Western Bridge gallery, Funhouse, seems intent on leaving a lasting impression: vertigo, a lack of breath, seared retinas. Granted that the carnival image conjured by the title is more Britney or X-tina than Turrell or Nauman, but the carefully pruned selections both support and belie this whimsical touch. This is not to say the sideshow allusion is dumped. Rather, one gets the impression that each of the major “attractions,” Mungo Thompson's Skyspace... [more]
Bill Fontana’s Sonic Sculptures   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Bill Fontana at SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art November 20th, 2010 - November 6th, 2011
Posted 6/6/11
The texture of a city can be difficult to get a handle on. But once grasped, it becomes a special pleasure to run your hands across it; the anxiety of inarticulateness is assuaged by material expression. I’m speaking here of the actual textures of a city that we take for granted, the stucco or clapboard, pavement or cobblestone, real brick and mortar, that is only thrown into relief once we left behind, but one may view art itself as a sort of manifest antidote to the insufficiency of... [more]
Expanding Space & Time   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Bill Fontana at San Francisco City Hall February 12th, 2009 - August 14th, 2009
Posted 5/30/09
Standing at the base of the grand staircase in the Rotunda of City Hall, one will immediately hear the echo of birds chirping, warbling, and wings fluttering in different directions.  Upon this, a category of horns and bells – belonging to cable cars, fog horns, buoys, and nearby elevators – clang and ring about the vast space below the fifth largest dome in the world. Once in a while, the whisper of water lapping against an invisible surface or the strains of garbled speech drifts... [more]
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