NAKED METAPHYSICS: paintings, drawings, and assemblages

Found Frequencies_Brian Lucas_14 x 11 inches_mixed media   on paper

Ava Koohbor, Brian Lucas, and Derek Fenner

Artist Reception: January 30 2015, 7-10pm

with a special performance by Dire Cloud Building

Artist statement: Ava Koohbor

My artworks are the result of a relationship between material found on the outside world and me, a person with a conditioned mind inside. In my artwork I am dealing with the same principles we face in our daily lives: things that are out of our control and things that are within our control.

In my assemblages, the element I don’t have control over is the found object with its existing form, and what I have control over is the creation of an imagined world which manifests itself as an artwork. Usually, this imagined world evolves from my reflection on the concepts which for centuries have been the subject of human existence, such as the matter of time as a limitation versus time as eternity.

Form emerges as the process proceeds; the final piece gradually unfolds its shape to me as I deliver my idea to its new form. In this process, the artwork will become a living object coming into manifestation by its own force of energy. You may notice that I have used concepts such as decentralization, asymmetry, motion, sound, and language in order to create a paradox to break the conditioned perception from accepted values to bring about a dynamic imagination into being.

As living objects most of the pieces have a hidden function or story which will be revealed with audience interaction. I want the audience to establish their own relationship in a two way conversation and not just view the work as an art piece on the wall.

Artist Statement: Brian Lucas

Micro-telescopic, nova and neuron, the grotesque and the ethereal, solar landscape and private glyphic grammar, horror vacui and ritualized nature, faux-symmetry and utopian savagery, alien flora and maps of mirabilia, eternal autonomous zones and Pacific dreamtime, atmospheric anomalies and translucent cromlechs, wet trance and a seamless possession, peripheral flash and gross totality, simultaneity explained and sense lost, pineal rodeo and void by the gallon, denuded star and jejune levitation, epignostic frost and clandestine spaceway, burnt myth and trampled glade.

Artist statement: Derek Fenner

“Where are you going? Where are you coming from? What are you heading for? These are totally useless questions. Another way of traveling and moving: proceeding from the middle, through the middle, coming and going rather than starting and finishing” (Delueze / Guattari). “Sigils are the means of guiding and uniting the partially free belief with an organic desire, its carriage and retention till its purpose served in the sub-conscious self, and its means of reincarnation in the Ego” (Austin Osman Spare). “The rhizome is a map and a tracing. The map is entirely oriented toward experimentation in contact with the real. The map constructs the subconscious. The map is open and connectable in all of its dimensions. It can be drawn on a wall, conceived of as a work of art, constructed as a political action or meditation. Perhaps one of the most important characteristics of the rhizome is that it is always multiple entryways” (Delueze / Guattari). “Anyway, Art [making] is a magic which makes the hours melt away and even days dissolve into seconds” (Leonora Carrington).

Music: Dire Cloud Building

Dire Cloud Building includes members of local improv groups Cloud Shepherd, Dire Wolves, and Mountain vs. Building working in extemporaneous solos, duos, trios, and possibly as an octet tonight, their debut and their last show combined. Expect ekphrastic responses to artworks in the form of sonic gymnastics emitted from the likes of wheezy synths and Nepalese bells, a communist theremin and cosmist’s ramble, herculean horn and serious abyss rumbles.

NAKED METAPHYSICS: artist reception
Friday January 30th 2015, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
Free. Delicious complimentary refreshments.

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