Euan Macdonald: 9,000 PIECES

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9,000 PIECES, 2011 Video © Euan Macdonald
Euan Macdonald: 9,000 PIECES
Curated by: Julio César Morales

701 Mission St.
94103 San Francisco

April 9th, 2011 - June 12th, 2011

Other (outside areas listed)
Thu-Sat: noon-8pm; Sun: noon-6pm; First Tuesdays of the month (FREE) 12-8; Summer Hours (May 28 – Aug 31) include Wed 12-6 PM
digital, installation, video-art, conceptual


Euan Macdonald works with video, drawing, and installation, playing with the power of images to subtly undermine widely-held notions of truth.  His new exhibition at YBCA, 9,000 PIECES, showcases five new multidisciplinary works exploring perception and globalization through a single object, the piano.  Macdonald’s 9,000 PIECES will be the former San Francisco resident’s first Bay Area show since exhibitions at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and other local galleries over five years ago.

The show’s title video work, commissioned by YBCA, portrays the durability testing of a piano at a secret factory in Shanghai, China, at which instruments are made for sale with labels deceptively indicating high-end European manufacture.  Through this and other works, Macdonald reveals cracks in the reality offered to consumers in today’s globalized society.

The exhibition also includes: Shades, a series of five large graphite drawings of pianos owned by renowned artists including Elvis Presley and John Lennon that explore class, historical, and social associations; Kimball, a stop-motion video in which Macdonald uncovers an abandoned antique piano from underneath a pile of discarded books; Out of the Wild, a two-channel video work on the use of two tuning forks; and Play the Piano Drunk… a silkscreen series based on text from poet/writer Charles Bukowski’s 1979 book, Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit.

Public Programs:

Sat, Apr 9, 2-4 pm: Lecture on the history of the keyboard by Chris Brown, Chair of the Electronic Music Program at Mills College

Thu, Apr 14, 6-8 pm: Alternative Artist Lecture by Euan Macdonald

Sat, Apr 16, 8-11 pm: Piano Conversations and DJ Mixes with Bay Area Performance Artists Cliff Hengst and Scott Hewicker


Euan Macdonald: 9,000 PIECES – 701 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103 – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Upstairs Galleries

Lecture on the history of the keyboard — 701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103—Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Large Conference Room

Alternative Artist Lecture by Euan Macdonald —701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103—Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Location TBD

Piano Conversations and DJ Mixes —701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103— Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Loading Dock

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