Allegorical Procedures: Bay Area Collage, 1950s - Present
SF State University Fine Arts Building, Room 238
San Francisco, CA 94132
This show surveys collage practices in the Bay Area, including related practices of décollage, assemblage, photomontage and détournement. Collage will be conceived broadly as an “allegorical” technique of signification that relies on methods of “confiscation, superimposition and fragmentation,” as Benjamin Buchloh observed in his 1980 theorization of collage and montage.
The exhibition looks back to such well-known precedents as Wallace Berman, Jess, Bruce Conner and the Bay Area Dadaist/Mail art scene of the 1970s, as well as other contemporary artists employing and/or expanding the practice of collage. The Sept. 20 opening features a series of brief performances by Chris Froh, playing on artist Terry Berlier’s work “Pan Lid Gamelan II.”