Progression Minus Progress

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Untitled (The Moment I Realized My Hair was Getting in the Way of My Art Practice), (Unrealized 2007), Somewhat Realized (Lighter), 2009 © Courtesy of the Artist and Romer Young Gallery
Progression Minus Progress
Curated by: Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer

1240 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
January 21st, 2011 - February 19th, 2011
Opening: January 21st, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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


Romer Young Gallery (formely Ping Pong Gallery) is pleased to present "Progression Minus Progress," an exhibition curated by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer featuring work by Dianna Molzan, Brian Kennon, Lisa Williamson, Erika Vogt, D'Ette Nogle, and Piero Golia. There will be an opening reception on FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 6-9pm.

"There is no tidy unity and this is not about one thing. Except for the shared ground of my mental space. Look for and follow tangential logics, directional arrows, and broken lines of connectivity between two or more artworks (artists) that seesaw and flip-flop kind of like slats on jacob's ladder. Arrive at a sense of group-show-ness that has no patience for the filler of themed-ness. Go from one thing to the next—turning an idea over and over, flipping and tripping it through time until it forms a continuous, coded narrative without characters—just relations.

And push forward—with a sidelong glance ricocheting back. It’s about pushing forward, which sometimes leads us in a circle, lapping around the circumference of the inside of our skull. This has something to do with the anti-teleological but rigorously motivated agenda of progression minus progress or, put differently, the development of a line of thought indifferent to (or failing) someone else’s expectations of profitable ‘progress’. So there may be flares of frustration and stymie, but they are welcome because the tension hurts so good.

Most of all it's about claiming, even demanding a way of thinking through things that prolongs and extends and multiplies the privately plumbed recesses of time. I’ll be honest, this model way is not unlike certain fleeting states of mind catalyzed by certain volatile plant matters. My teacher once said it best so that I could repeat him here: I had certain works and certain artists I wanted to see together so that they would have to be thought about together, one thing influencing or becoming or turning to the other. The group assembled here may begin to describe a faction of thinking in a particular time (now) and place (Los Angeles). Even more likely, it describes me at this particular time. What more can a group show possible hope to do. The sequence of adjacent viewings (variable) takes on great importance." - SLG

Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer is a writer, critic, curator and educator in Los Angeles. She regularly contributes to Artforum, ArtReview, and Artslant among others. As part of her continuing research and work on Lee Lozano, her book, Joint Dialogue: Lozano/Graham/Kaltenbach, is due out next month from Overduin and Kite. She is the founding editor of the limited-edition zine journal Pep Talk.

For additional information please contact Vanessa and Joey at the gallery at 415.550.7483 or email