Gallery Wendi Norris’ final exhibition at 161 Jessie Street, Threads of Memory: One Thousand Ways of Saying Goodbye, presents a celebratory survey of the gallery’s program, including emblematic works by each of the 18 represented artists. The exhibition highlights the rigorous and richly varied artworks that anchor the gallery’s transcultural approach, while tracing threads of influence and connection between the artists. Leonora Carrington’s Operation Wednesday (1969), an exquisitely rendered canvas commemorating and mourning students who were killed in violent uprisings in Mexico in 1968, is juxtaposed by Ana Teresa Fernández’ new small canvases from her Erasure series, paintings that document a performance by the artist to honor the 43 students who were unjustly killed as a way to silence their protests in a more recent 2014 tragedy. Firelei Báez’ Study for Flight No.1 (archived, the order of Anacaona) (2017) is juxtaposed with Dorothea Tanning’s 1960 oil, Visite jaune(Visite éclair), two paintings that strike a deft balance between abstraction and figuration. Also on view are video works by Julio César Morales, Ranu Mukherjee and Miguel Angel Ríos, experimental photographs by Christine Elfman, Chris Fraser, Yamini Nayar, and Eva Schlegel, paintings on canvas by Marcel Jean, Wolfgang Paalen and Peter Young, and a precious wooden object by Remedios Varo.
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present Yorgo Alexopoulos: Drifting on a Memory, the Los Angeles-based artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.
(ism): 80 Years of Nonconformity
July 13 – September 15, 2017
Gallery Wendi Norris presents new and never-before-exhibited modern and contemporary artworks by Firelei Baez, Chitra Ganesh, Yamini Nayar, Wolfgang Paalen, Eva Schlegel, Dorothea Tanning and Peter Young. Spanning the years 1935 – 2017, the careful selection of works represent important art historical moments of the last 80 years, while never fitting neatly or distinctly within their respective categorical ‘boxes’. The presentation will weave together early perspectives of Paalen on the spirituality of abstraction from the 1930s, with the whimsy-infused formalism of Young that emerged in the 1970s and the sculptural photo explorations of Yamini Nayar; simultaneously, Tanning’s kaleidoscopic 1960s abstractions that subtly suggest human form, with the bold, mythological feminist figures of Chitra Ganesh and Firelei Báez.
May 18-July 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6-8PM
Seeking Civilization: Art and Cartography
March 23 – May 13, 2017
Opening Reception: March 23, 2017, 6-8pm
January 18 – March 18, 2017
Opening reception: January 18, 6-8pm
November 10, 2016 – January 14, 2017
For Italian/German artist Michael Fliri’s debut solo exhibition in the United States, Becomings features seven Artistone, paint, metal and MDF sculptural objects in the form of masks on finely crafted custom podiums. These works are from his series Where Do I End and the World Begins. Utilizing the collection of the International Mask Museum, Germany, as source material, the work inverts the mask as a sculptural object and redefines its meaning. These sculptures express a space between cultures or a moment in one’s own personal evolution. They describe the process of building identity and the construction of personas. Fliri achieves this by casting the interior surface of traditional ethnic masks for use as the exterior of a new mask and then uses casts of the exterior of another culture’s mask as the interior of the first mask. In this way, the artist inverts a cultural signifier of ritual and identity and enables a mask from Mexico to “look through” a Japanese mask, and the inside of a mask from Korea to be in contact with a mask from Tibet.
November 10, 2016 – January 14, 2017
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present Stellar Games, a debut solo exhibition of the distinguished work of Surrealist French artist and scholar Marcel Jean (1900-1993). Stellar Games presents a rare collection of 15 intimate gouache, ink and flottage paintings on masonite and 11 India ink, graphite and gouache drawings on paper produced between the years 1939-1975. Holding a preeminent position amongst Surrealist scholars and artists, Marcel Jean was an explorer of the psyche and a pioneer of the imagination whose works convey narratives of psychic spaces and transformative landscapes. Objects, landscapes and figures flow between layers of symbolic, sexual and subconscious meaning. The motif of a head, bound, affected or abstracted, which the artist used to great success in his earlier work The Spectre of Gardenia (1936), returns in some of these later paintings, alluding to the way dreams can disrupt the seat of consciousness. Jean’s pioneering use of the flottage technique remains unique amongst artists, and explores chance operation while advancing the Surrealist practice of the automatic painting. These intimate and complex works demonstrate the artist’s inextinguishable creativity in the creation of psychological dreamscapes and the founding of delicate, impossible worlds.
September 8 – November 4, 2016
For the first exhibition with Peter Young, Gallery Wendi Norris will exhibit nine large paintings on canvas and eight small paintings on paper from the artist’s “Ellipse” series. The show will encompass the entire gallery with works completed between 1989-2001.
July 14 – September 3, 2016
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to announce Christine Elfman’s second solo exhibition, Even Amaranth. With this new body of work, Elfman continues her exploration of photography’s defining features as a medium, both its capacity to capture a subject and its corresponding fugitivity. Even Amaranth—titled after the flower called “unfading” by the Greeks and associated with Diana, the goddess of the hunt and fertility—will feature a selection of images that represent this central tension both in theme and substance. Through landscapes, photograms and anthotypes, Elfman reveals the elusive character of the subject in photography and the fleeting, fraught relationship between viewer and the viewed.
Miguel Angel Ríos
April 28 – July 5, 2016
For A Trilogy, Miguel Angel Ríos’ first exhibition with Gallery Wendi Norris, he will exhibit three of his most recent video works: Piedras Blancas, Mulas, and Landlocked. Ríos first became recognized in the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s for his paintings and collage works, and has since gone on to create video work that has influenced contemporary artists working today. The exhibition highlights his unique artistic practice that addresses issues of power, apathy and violence, while incorporating an innovative use of social and political narratives and original production techniques.
April 28 – July 5, 2016
For Bay Area artist Val Britton’s second solo exhibition with Gallery Wendi Norris, Transmissions, she will present a series of new, large-scale painted collages, a suspended column-shaped paper installation, and her first ever free-standing sculptures. The two-dimensional works are boldly hued and tightly composed, with large, flat swaths of color and intricately cut-out sections. The free standing sculptures are delicately constructed of hand-painted paper in shapes that recall space-age industrial towers of the 20th century. Using both hand-cutting and a laser machine, she employs a technique that uses careful painting and layering to give unusual depth to two-dimensional components.
Ana Teresa Fernández
March 10–April 16, 2016
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present Erasure, artist Ana Teresa Fernández’ second solo exhibition at the gallery. The artist will be exhibiting her latest video, also titled Erasure, the film of a performance she enacted where she carefully painted her own body black until only glimpses of color remain visible. Additionally, she will be showing four new paintings produced in her characteristic hyperrealist style, as well as a new sculpture and text installation. One painting will depict a mouth, another shows eyes, another reveals arms, and the last shows the back of a head, all painted on flat black backgrounds. She will exhibit a new sculpture, a larger than life wooden ladder set atop destabilizing rockers. A text installation describing the act of listening will be embedded into the gallery wall. Together these artworks, each representative of a component of the human body, suggest a political body being torn apart.
Trust Memory Over History
January 27–March 5, 2016
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present Trust Memory Over History, artist Firelei Báez’s first solo exhibition at the gallery and the first time her work will be presented publicly in San Francisco. The exhibition will open on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 with a discussion between Báez and María Elena Ortiz, Associate Curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, followed by a public reception. Trust Memory Over History will be on view through March 5, 2016.
Julio César Morales
November 5, 2015 – January 22, 2016
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to announce Emotional Violence, artist Julio César Morales’s third solo exhibition at the gallery Morales will debut his latest video work as well as a series of prints, a photographic installation, hand-drawn text works, and ceramic sculpture. Emotional Violence will open on Thursday, November 5 with a discussion between Morales and Lucía Sanromán, Director of Visual Arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 6–7PM followed by a public reception from 7–9PM. It will remain on view through December 19.
September 10 – October 31, 2015
In Protest Fantasies, Chitra Ganesh continues to address issues that are central to her practice, including mythologies, gender and sexuality politics, and the fantastical possibilities of bodies in excess. This new body of work features richly painted canvases that build upon the mixed media works on paper for which the artist is known. Here, Ganesh enhancies the vivid hues and color saturation characteristic of her digital collages by integrating sculptural materials in these paintings and drawings, as in her large-scale wall installations. The works, which range from groupings of small works to large individual pieces, feature areas of saturated color overlaid with three-dimensional ephemera, including fake fur, silk flower petals, sequins, plastic snakes, gold chains, broken glass, hair extensions, and peacock feathers, among other materials. The works in Protest Fantasies act as poetic meditations on images of protest, aligning them with performative actions in contemporary cultures across the globe. Ganesh says, “The themes I’m focused on in this new series range from widespread demonstrations against police violence in the United States, to protesting land grabs and mining of ancestral forests, to commemorating garment workers’ rights in South Asia, to honoring the Russian punk activists Pussy Riot. This series explores the connections, aesthetic and political, that these moments of resistance share.”
September 10 – October 31, 2015
For Animated, on view from September 10 through October 31, Fraser debuts two bodies of work: a group of light-activated sculptures that invite shifts in sensory and spatial perception, and a complementary series of intricate black-and-white photograms produced in the darkroom using the same sculptural materials.
August 6 – September 3, 2015
July 15, 2015––San Francisco, CA––This summer, Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present Group Hang, an exhibition featuring new works by five California-based female artists from the gallery’s roster: Val Britton, Christine Elfman, Ana Teresa Fernández, Helen Rebekah Garber, and Ranu Mukherjee. Group Hang will open on Thursday, August 6 with a public reception from 6–8PM, and will be on view through September 3.
Science in Surrealism
May 16 – August 1, 2015
San Francisco, CA – Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present Science in Surrealism, the first exhibition devoted to Surrealist artists who were interested in investigating the scientific advances of the first half of the twentieth century, especially those related to quantum physics and the Theory of Relativity. The exhibition, which opens Saturday, May 16 and will be on view through August 1, will include a selection of pristine works that have rarely been exhibited, including oils by Victor Brauner, Max Ernst, Marcel Jean, Matta, Gordon Onslow Ford, Wolfgang Paalen, Kurt Seligmann, and Yves Tanguy, as well as a selection of rare 1930s works on paper by František Janoušek. The exhibition will be accompanied by a 70-page, hardbound catalog featuring an essay by Gavin Parkinson, Senior Lecturer of European Modernism at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Parkinson is also the author of Surrealism, art and modern science (Yale University Press, 2008), which served as the jumping-off point for the exhibition’s curatorial framework.
Come with me
March 12–May 2, 2015
February 26, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present Come With Me, the gallery’s third solo exhibition with New York-based artist Tomokazu Matsuyama. The exhibition, which will be on view from March 12 through May 2, will debut a selection of new paintings and a series of steel sculptures rendered in monochromatic gold and silver. With this collection of works, Matsuyama traces the canon of the history of Western art while filtering it through his idiosyncratic imagery, where the flatness of Eastern painting meets the bold vigor of American pop. Matsuyama’s work responds to his own bi-cultural experience of growing up between Japan and America by bringing together aspects of both Eastern and Western aesthetic systems. His practice repositions traditional icons within a broader global context in order to create a distinctive style that resists cultural categorization and embodies what the artist refers to as the “struggle of reckoning the familiar local with the familiar global.” By raising questions of national and individual identity through the formal qualities and subject matter of his paintings, Matsuyama examines the “natural chaos” of our social environments and challenges viewers to confront their own conceptions of cultural homogeneity.
March 12–May 2, 2015
February 26, 2015––San Francisco, CA––Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present C L O U D S, an exhibition of new works by New York-based artist Yorgo Alexopoulos on view from March 12 through May 2. C L O U D S, the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery, features three seven-foot-tall hybrid sculptures that resemble modern industrial data servers but are in fact constructed from a combination of both archaic and cuttingedge technologies. Like Potemkin villages or the faux facades of buildings in Hollywood Westerns, the works in C L O U D S are meant to deceive the viewer into trusting that complex operations are being performed, when in actuality the data is fake and the intrigue purely visual.
The Return to Reason
January 15 – February 28, 2015
Gallery Reception: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6‐8pm
Helen Rebekah Garber
November 6 – December 20, 2014
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present the gallery’s first solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Helen Rebekah Garber.
November 6 – December 20, 2014
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present the gallery’s first solo exhibition by Austrian artist Eva Schlegel. On view will be her latest rotor installation, Rotor (Morse), debuted at the Moscow Biennial earlier this year, as well as new large-scale photographs of blurred female figures, and a trio of paintings featuring found pornographic imagery. The artist traces the ephemerality and fruitlessness of codification, from an obsolete system of communication to the constructed image a woman creates for herself, through to gender relationships.
Sean Cordeiro & Claire Healy
Architects of Destruction
September 4 – November 1, 2014
Gallery Wendi Norris is excited to announce Architects of Destruction, a multimedia exhibition by Sydney-based artist duo Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy.
September 4 – November 1, 2014
Over the past few years, Nicolas Lobo has narrowed his interdisciplinary practice to hone in on the peculiar life-cycles of various mass-produced consumer goods. Purple cough syrup, breakfast cereal, energy drinks, and donut frosting are just some of the unorthodox substances Lobo reduces to their chemical substrates in order to recast them in customized distribution networks of his own devise.
June 5 – August 2, 2014
We are pleased to announce Passage, Val Britton’s first solo exhibition at Gallery Wendi Norris. Presenting a sitespecific sculptural installation alongside a collection of twodimensional, mixed media works, this exhibition continues Britton’s exploration of memory, imagination and the potential of abstraction.
Fix and Fade
June 5 – August 2, 2014
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of works by artist Christine Elfman, recipient of the 2014 San Francisco Artist Award.
June 5 – August 2, 2014
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to announce the West Coast debut of acclaimed New York-based artist Simone Leigh. This solo exhibition will feature ten new works, including sculptures, installation, and a collaborative video, and will give Bay Area audiences a substantial introduction to Leigh’s artistic practice, which explores black female subjectivity through her interest in African art, ethnographic research, feminism, and performance.
The Celtic Surrealist
April 3 – May 31, 2014
Gallery Wendi Norris presents Leonora Carrington: The Celtic Surrealist, a traveling subset of works from the critically acclaimed 2013 exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin. In the gallery’s second solo show for Carrington (English, 1917-2011), and the first since Carrington’s death in 2011, The Celtic Surrealist comprises paintings, gouaches, and rarely exhibited tapestries from 1948-1974.Carrington’s otherworldly narrative paintings comprised of hybrid creatures, twisted mythological narratives, and politically charged and humorous fairytales are further understood by revisiting her Irish ancestry as well as referencing the epic tales told to her by her Irish grandmother and mother. Carrington’s upper-class English upbringing mixed with her inherent unorthodox and mischievous nature fueled the visual vocabulary of much of her work. Her singular vision may be even better explained through the multicultural references inherent in the work. Themes such as metamorphosis and transformation prevail throughout the artworks in the exhibition. For example, a seven-piece gouache series, exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s seminal exhibition, Two Private Eyes (1999), depicts humans transforming into fish, scorpions, and assorted mythological gods and creatures. Sanctuary for Furies, a substantial painting from a later period, portrays a periodic table of sorts that revisits many of the iconic figures from her lexicon.
Ana Teresa Fernandez
April 3 – May 31, 2014
Gallery Wendi Norris presents Foreign Bodies, an exhibition of new work by Ana Teresa Fernández exploring how women navigate the geographic, social, and physiological boundaries between the United States and Mexico. Documenting her performances and installations using photography and the painted image, Fernández’s work reveals how women’s bodies become surfaces imprinted with political and social upheavals.
Philosopher of the Possible
February 6 – March 29, 2014
Wolfgang Paalen: Philosopher of the Possible features a selection of works by one of the twentieth century’s most catalyzing Surrealist artists. In its second solo show for Paalen (Austrian, 1905-1959), Gallery Wendi Norris presents works dating from 1932 to 1954, including the artist’s largest sculpture and painting ever produced.
November 15 – December 21, 2013
Gallery Wendi Norris presents Apparitions, an exhibition of recent work by Ranu Mukherjee including an installation of textile prints, ink paintings and collage on paper and a new hybrid film. The works and their installation articulate relationships between the compressed spaces of the body, stage and picture plane. Operating as a conduit between the liminal and the social, these ‘Apparitions’ are reflections of multiple and simultaneous senses of time travel, catastrophe, fragility, desire and identification with the natural world.
Flight of the Dodo
September 5– October 26, 2013
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to announce Flight of the Dodo, a solo exhibition of sculptures by San Francisco artist Laurel Roth. With extinct and endangered animals as subject matter Roth reformulates the conceptual frameworks of interior design and religious artifacts to explore both the moral angst and the humorous ramifications of humanity’s impact on the environment.
Journey Forth: contemporary landscape between technology and tradition
July 11– August 31, 2013
and tradition, the first thematic group show at the gallery in several years. Artists in Journey Forth include Brice Bischoff, Val Britton, Castaneda/Reiman, Kevin Cooley, Gregory Euclide, Patrick Jacobs, Tania Kitchell, Mary Anne Kluth, Matthew Moore, and Clement Valla. The artists in this exhibition work with images of the world around us, both natural and human-made, constructing new visions rooted in traditional landscape genre painting. Traditional landscape pictures have served as representations and metaphors for generations. People have envisioned idealized situations, imaginary alternative worlds, and metaphysical possibilities, throughout art history.
May 2– June 29, 2013
Parallel Play, Kelly Barrie’s first solo exhibition at Gallery Wendi Norris, is inspired by ephemeral free play sites. Originating in Europe in the 1940s, they gained popularity with the social movements of the 1970s, and became catalysts for children’s rights as well as contestations over public space. Since then, non-authoritarian play spaces have largely disappeared. The installation includes work that draws on the Junkyard playgrounds of Barrie’s childhood in London, as well as new work based on archetypal structures from the last remaining adventure playground in the US, which is located in Berkeley, California.
Julio César Morales
May 2– June 29, 2013
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to announce Forever Now! an exhibition of interdisciplinary works by conceptual artist, Julio César Morales, which will examine ideas of boundaries, barriers and limits through installations, sculptures, works on paper, photography, and video.
Amir H. Fallah
March 14 – April 27, 2013
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to announce The Collected, the first solo exhibition of paintings by Amir H. Fallah. Drawing inspiration from not only the subjects of Renaissance portrait and vanitas paintings, but also the economic models in which those works were produced, Fallah’s exuberant compositions also incorporate distinctly contemporary visual concerns.
Unknown but Knowable States
January 10 – March 2, 2013
“Unknown but Knowable States” comprises over thirty paintings, sculptures and drawings by the late artist Dorothea Tanning (American, 1910-2012), perhaps best known for her early Surrealist paintings. This is a rare opportunity to view the adventurous breadth of Tanning’s prolific art practice through a group of works created between 1960 and 1979 while she was living and exhibiting primarily in France, several of which have never before been exhibited. An eighty-page exhibition catalog will feature an essay by the Scottish scholar, Catriona McAra, who examines Tanning’s unique vision in the context of art history. With pieces ranging from small intimate studies to canvases of monumental scale, this exhibition will span the entire 5,000 square feet of Gallery Wendi Norris, the first time in the gallery’s history.
November 1 – December 22, 2012
Over the past ten years, Chitra Ganesh has gained international recognition for her multi-directional drawing-based practice producing lush, explosive narrative works animated by a striking line quality and the insistent exploration of mythic narratives and female subjectivities often relegated to the margins of literature, history, and art. Ganesh draws from a broad range of visual and literary languages that seek to or tease the macabre out of everyday life, and push the visceral boundaries of the human form. Ganesh’s work encompass art historical referents such as German Expressionism, Kalighat painting, Surrealism, and Yu-Ki-O-E woodblock prints, and draw from literary forms of folk tales, fairy tales, song lyrics, and Buddhist, Hindu and Greek epic myths.
Lovers and Intellectuals Among Surrealists and Their Peers
September 6 – October 27, 2012
Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present Stellar Orbits, a group exhibition of works by Surrealist artists Max Ernst, Gordon Onslow Ford, Wolfgang Paalen, and Dorthea Tanning. Notorious for adventurous social lives, inspired by both intellect and eroticism, the artists and thinkers influenced by Andre Breton shared a web of influence, emotion, and inspiration. The works in this exhibit attest to the inextricable bonds between each artist, relationships that span decades and continents, and forming conceptual networks across multiple methodologies, orthodoxies, and artistic missions.
The Future is Always Bright
May 3 – June 30, 2012
Tomokazu Matsuyama, “Matsu” for short, is an artist fascinated with how we live, particularly with the reciprocal bleeding of cultures into one another powered by new communications technologies. These technologies play on ubiquitous devices, allowing constant e-mails, texting, and updates to social media. Urban centers have transformed into a patchwork of intermingling cultural signifiers born of locales near and distant, sometimes in multiple languages and with clashing symbologies. We experience a new conflation of the local and the global, giving rise to a glocal community, something the artist himself experiences every day in his adoptive New York City. “Glocal” is a term coined in 1990 by Dr. Manfred Lange in Bonn, Germany that combines “global” with “local,” and in many manners is the fertile soil from which a polished and meticulous art is created by Matsu.
Cults of Serendipity
May 3 – June 30, 2012
A pair of figures from antiquity seem modestly bound in love-making among floating foliage in the upper right corner of one of Jagannath Panda’s newest mixed media paintings; the rest of the canvas appears to be a remembrance and excavation of this pair of lovers, depicted as in a Kama Sutra illustration, but also a broad play on scale, toying with archeology and construction sites. In the modernity of the backhoes, there is a personal and cultural exploration of human history, both recorded and earlier. It is a bittersweet vision for the frenetic development of the quintessential Indian metropolis.
March 1 – April 28, 2012
Notions of social upheaval have subtly expressed themselves in artist Sherin Guirguis’ work for some time. The current exhibition, Duwamah (rip current) draws upon current events resulting in the so-called “Arab Spring”, but particularly in the artist’s native Egypt. Guirguis was born in Luxor, raised in Cairo and immigrated to the United States at the age of fourteen. The protests in Tahrir Square that resulted in the overthrow of the Mubarak regime still continue, and have influenced both the content and the formal iteration of the artist’s recent work. This revolution carries with it the potential for both a new democracy or an even more oppressive political regime and it is this threshold moment that she investigates.
January 7 – February 26, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Nearly eight years in the making, Frey Norris proudly presents Remedios Varo: Indelible Fables. This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo show in a gallery since 1962, the year preceding her death. The exhibition will include fifteen works, including oil paintings, drawings, objects and ephemera.
Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro
Par Avion (American Debut)
December 10, 2011 – January 28, 2012
Gallery Wendi Norris 161 Jessie Street (at New Montgomery), San Francisco, CA 94105
November 5 – December 22, 2011
San Francisco based Kate Eric is a decade-old collaborative identity comprised of Kate Tedman and Eric Siemens. The artists have shown with Frey Norris since the gallery first opened in 2002, but “Never Even” will be their first exhibition in the new 5,100 square foot Jessie Street location, comprising some sixteen new paintings, including a 17 foot canvas reminiscent of epic war paintings, but unfolded on a cosmic or microscopic scale.
September 10 – October 29, 2011
“Natural”, Keegan Mchargue’s debut exhibition at Gallery Wendi Norris, demonstrates his flexibility in transcending the limitations of new materials and synthesizing wide ranging ideas. The several dozen paintings, works on paper and two sculptures in “Natural” reflect an eclectic adventure, imagery springing from the artist’s diverse interests and varied investigations. Everything from pop and punk music to snippets of art history (Cezanne, Gaugin, Matisse and Picasso all exert themselves in sublimated ways) to McHargue’s interest in design and branding, to more emotional and personal subject matter; the artist pulls his inspiration from all corners of culture with no real adherence to a hierarchy when it comes to image making. A toilet, a cartoon figure, abstract pattern or imagery from a magazine advertisement may carry similar weight to nuanced ideas by intellectual heavyweights like Walter Benjamin, Edward Bernays or Dave Hickey.
Absorption into the Nomadic and Luminous
June 4 – July 30, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Absorption into the Nomadic and Luminous, Ranu Mukherjee’s debut exhibition at Gallery Wendi Norris, unites two investigative bodies of work; an exploration of the figure of the nomad as it manifests itself in both material and philosophical realms, and a meandering journey through an imagined personal history of relations at the intersections between Indian and European/U.S. culture.
Julio César Morales
April 2 – May 28, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Contrabando is a multi-media exhibition that references the larger sociological phenomenon in which immigrant economic strategies come to infiltrate urban landscapes. The adaptive nature of immigrants is seen the world round and throughout time, but Morales focuses on the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of the Latin American immigrant labor force in California.
Gallery Wendi Norris
PANGEA: Art at the Forefront of Cultural Convergence
February 26 – March 26, 2011
PANGEA: Art at the Forefront of Cultural Convergence marks the inaugural Contemporary exhibition in Frey Norris’ new Jessie Street galleries. Eight artists have made paintings, works on paper, sculpture and videos specifically for this debut, designed to highlight the versatility and sightlines of the Gensler-designed space. Contributing artists are Rina Banerjee, Lionel Bawden, Zhong Biao, Sherin Guirguis, Dana Harel, Kate Eric, Ranu Mukherjee and Laurel Roth. Their art embodies the rapidly evolving and dissolving boundaries that distinguish artists’ interests and approaches across countries, cultures and continents. The similarities between different artworks reflect the rapid dissemination and assimilation of ideas that virally pass around the world on a daily basis, both as popular and as so called “high” culture. They also reveal a deliberate trans-cultural Frey Norris sensibility around the selection of artists and curation of exhibitions. Alternate histories, non-western mythologies and uncommon memes prevail in a fresh and expanded Frey Norris roster. These artists, and world citizens, embody and explore the dissolution of cultural boundaries, while in some cases celebrating and mining their own cultural and intellectual inheritance. Pangea celebrates the new Frey Norris space on Jessie Street and gives audiences a sampling of what to expect in the years to come.