Strata, solo exhibition
Robert Koch gallery, San Francisco
July 7 - September 3, 2016
Arches, 2014, 20 x 24 inches, gelatin silver print
The Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to present Strata, the first solo exhibition at the gallery for French-Canadian artist Rachelle Bussières. Blurring the lines of photography, painting, and sculpture, Bussières employs experimental photographic processes and materials to fabricate abstract geomorphic images that explore time and the changing natural world. By investigating the transformation of photographic paper through layering materials in the darkroom, her creative process mimics the earth’s geological stratification. The result is is an imaginative dialog between topographical images of the natural world and photographic materials. Much like an action painting, the process ultimately defines the artwork.
I’ll Tell You Later, group show
Curated by Joanna Szupinska-Myers
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito
Avril - May, 2016
Yuba River (Marie), 2016, 20 x 24 inches, gelatin silver print
Although we may conceal or otherwise bury something, it inevitably reappears in a new form. I’ll Tell You Later presents the work of seven Bay Area-based artists who engage the concept of time in various ways, exploring connections among people, nature, and truth as they interact with both productive and entropic results. Representing a wide variety of media and aesthetic styles, works by Rachelle Bussières, Tanja Geis, Kaveh Irani, Sara Kerr, Christopher Nickel, Brittany M. Powell, and Jonathan Sprague all speak to complex notions of time—from geological time, to the abstract space of human memory—and the transformations that occur in those spans.
Heart, 2016, gelatin silver paper, 30 x 40 inches
Co-organized with Alejandro Almanza Pereda
Present Company, Brooklyn
March 11 - April 24, 2016
Wood Mountain, 2015, gelatin silver paper, 20 x 24 inches
JULIO CÉSAR MORALES
JOSÉ LUIS CÓRTES SANTANDER
KEITH ALLYN SPENCER
JESS WILLA WHEATON
Present Company is proud to collaborate with artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda on Fine words butter no parsnips however fine parsnips can butter words. The group exhibition features national and international artists working in sculpture, installation, photography and mixed media, and opens alongside the artist’s solo exhibition at Y Gallery (New York).
Conceived as a selection of artists that are both influential to Almanza Pereda’s neo-Arte Povera practice and in conversation with Present Company’s curatorial program, the fifteen artists in the exhibition signify a loose community of practitioners working with humble materials to guide ideas to fantastical ends. Fine words butter no parsnips however fine parsnips can butter words also aptly suggests that the artist’s intrinsic role in pushing the limitations of what forms and images can do, often imploding and upending them, is a language more translatable than words and concepts alone.
Things are made from stuff.
Stuff is material.
Material desires action.
Action demands ideas.