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Untitled (Portal Photo), 2010 Chromira Print 8.5 X 6 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Silverman Gallery

488 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
March 18th, 2011 - April 23rd, 2011
Opening: March 18th, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Sat 11-6 and by appointment
photography, sculpture



Silverman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Scott Treleaven.  The artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery includes a series of photographs, drawings, and sculptures.

Combined, these works advance Treleaven’s ongoing meditation on the cinematic image, the aesthetics of analog media, and the obsolescence of its technologies. Drawing from his interest in metaphysical and subcultural phenomenon, as well as early theorizations of the medium, Treleaven builds a subtle dialogue, beginning with the ‘portal photographs,’ which are created by refracting handmade dioramas through a series of lenses. Based on techniques pioneered by the early Symbolists, these almost painterly images present strangely formalized glimpses of glyphs and ciphers that gesture beyond what is merely “seen.” These works along with the gestural ‘cell drawings’ provide a contrast to the materiality of the two sculptures: tall, thin pillars garlanded with painstakingly enlarged and photographically printed strips of Super8 film that are used as raw material. These works mark a new approach to collage, underscoring the physicality of the medium, with hanging strips of images that are covered with dazzling points of light, bursts of color, and diaristic sequences from the artist’s own collection of home movies.  Giving form to the otherwise imperceptible flow of light, time and memory, the verticality of the plinths speak to the voluptuous experience of film, while adding an iconic edge to a medium that is delicate, intimate and fleeting.

Scott Treleaven was born in Canada, in 1972. A program of his films was recently presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and his collages were included in the popular Mapplethorpe group show, Night Work, at Alison Jacques Gallery, London. Other exhibitions of note include: Male, Maureen Paley, London (2010); Cimitero Drawings, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles (2010); Silver Make-Up, The Breeder, Athens (2009); Where He Was Going, John Connelley Presents, New York (2008); and the Biennale de Montreal (2007). His work has been featured in ArtforumFriezeThe New York Times, and Interview Magazine, amongst others. Treleaven lives and works in Paris.