The Urge

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Ping Pong Gallery
The Urge

1240 22nd St.
94107 San Francisco
July 16th, 2010 - August 14th, 2010
Opening: July 16th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Potrero District
Tue-Wed by appointment; Thu-Sat 11-5


Ping Pong Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition with artist ERIK SCOLLON. THE URGE presents a new series of porcelain objects that explores the 'complicit relationship between identity, commodity, kitsch, taste and display. By making use of a variety of interpretations on the word fetish, the artist links the impulses and desires of the dining room and the curio cabinet with that of the bedroom, the dungeon and the dance floor, indicating that the tastes and sensibilities that inform one, are not so separate from the others.'

Contemporizing classical porcelain and ceramics, Scollon’s work aims to “queer up our ideas” about what art can do and flirts the chasm between art and craft. The work explores a world where art-value and use-value are buttressed and art culture commingles with commodity culture. Through his re-purposing and remaking of objects that exist between the sculptural and the functional, and his retelling of new histories, Scollon successfully inserts art back into everyday life. Playfully satirizing a quote from Adolf Loos' essay Ornament and Crime: "The urge to ornament one's face, and everything within one's reach, is the origin of fine art. It is the babble of painting. All art is erotic," Scollon's objects are an affirmative over-stimulated celebration of ornamentation, and suggest an individualistic mode of expression that is at once decorative and conceptual.

ERIK SCOLLON is an artist and writer based in Oakland, California. Scollon was recently the artist in residence at Albion College, MI. In 2008 Scollon was selected to participate in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ Bay Area Now 5 show. He received an MFA in ceramics and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts. His work has been exhibited and seen in venues as diverse as galleries, craft fairs, museum shows, and gay biker bars.