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Big Return Project, 2009 -2012 Http://Cargocollective.Com/Bigreturn Social Sculpture, Real Time Performance And Online Project Video, Photography, Performance Na © Heather Sparks
Curated by: Katya Min

1769 15th St.
San Francisco , CA 94013
January 7th, 2012 - February 18th, 2012
Opening: January 7th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thu-Sat 12-5 and by appointment
photography, mixed-media, digital, installation, graffiti/street-art, video-art, performance, conceptual, modern, sculpture


icTus Gallery is pleased to present Disrupture, a collection of multimedia installations by C. Ree, Heather Sparks and Jenifer Wofford.  Please join us on Saturday January 7th, from 6-10pm for the exhibition opening.

In the wake of Arab Spring and its waves of revolt, and Occupy movements in every corner of the country, the topic of political disruption has hopefully entered our daily dialogue. The artists in Disrupture take the conversation further, disfiguring the very spaces in which we live, upsetting the cherished ritual of shopping and depicting the greatest ruptures of all: the explosive volcano.

By inflecting everyday spaces with both specters of past trauma and a presence which resists the rational, C. Ree’s new installation work Overhead explores the monstrous underbelly of the heroic, and troubles the real into a space that is unexplainably urgent. She uses suspended ceiling components often found in mass produced spaces – both commercial and domestic – and incorporates dripping leaks from horror movies, fibrous tiles which sag over time, or mirrors which confuse vision and location. C. Ree filmed an accompanying video, Aimless Bullet, which documents a large-scale ceiling’s complete destruction, single-handedly sabotaged by an unknown figure.

As a meditation on consumption and desire, Heather Sparks developed the Big Return Project, a collective performance with participants across the US and parts of Europe. Inspired by her experience within the fashion industry, which she says “de-mystified the lure of luxury brands”, Heather invited participants to shop and then return their purchases as performative actions, a binging and purging of a desire to consume. Documentation of actions, including a collective ‘workshop’ shopping experience, were uploaded and shared through social media, and were included in the performance series Capitalism is Over. The project continues, attracting new contributions and dialog.

Moving from the disrupture of the material realm to one of the natural realm, Jenifer K Wofford focuses her sights on rendering volcano plumes in ink and acrylic works on paper. Part of a very new body of work begun this year, Wofford has been constructing a global history of volcanic eruption columns—or rather, the depiction of eruption columns, and the ways in which these have been documented or retold in centuries of media ranging from  imagined paintings and etchings of the AD 79 Mount Vesuvius catastrophe to hyper-contemporary photography and video of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption. In part a formal challenge to render the ephemerality of smoke and ash in a line-based drawing, Wofford’s Volcano project is also an enquiry into pressure, change, cataclysm and consequence, and a study of natural phenomena on a global scale, focusing on historic and recent eruptions in the Philippines, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan and Italy. 

About the Artists:

C. Ree is an artist based in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Bay Area. Recent shows include group shows Nothing Comes from Nothing, Las Cienegas Project, Los Angeles, Breathed Unsaid, SomARTs Gallery, San Francisco,  Ground Control, University Art Gallery, UC Irvine. She received her MFA in Studio Art from University of California, Irvine.

Heather Sparks is a conceptual artist whose work spans installation, sculpture, and video as well as drawing, painting, performance, and collective actions. Heather’s work has been exhibited internationally. Her work has been included in the Lyon Biennial, the Observatori Festival in Valencia Spain,  and was recently screened at the Sotheby’s Institute, NY as well as featured on the Big Screen Project on 6th Avenue, New York, and in The Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas, in conjunction with Creative Time. Heather received her MFA from Stanford University in 2007. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, received a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship in 1994, and was a Kala artist in residence in 2000. In the Bay Area, her work has been exhibited at Southern Exposure, New Langton, Camerawork, the Walter Mcbean Gallery, the Richmond Arts Center, the MacPherson Museum, Kala, Cummings Gallery at Stanford University, The Berkeley Museum, and Catherine Clark Gallery.Web:

Jenifer K Wofford is a Filipina-American artist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born in San Francisco and raised in Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and her MFA from UC Berkeley. Her work has been exhibited in the Bay Area at the Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, Richmond Art Center, and Kearny Street Workshop, nationally at New Image Art (Los Angeles), Nora Eccles Harrison Museum (Salt Lake City), thirtynine hotel (Honolulu), and internationally at Future Prospects (Philippines), Galerie Blanche (France), and Osage Gallery Kwun Tong (Hong Kong).