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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Too late: Sculpticle Transmated Needs Bling

I have a small backlog of items that are too late -- pics of shows or events that have passed, but which still constitute a set of images that are worth looking at, and demand to be represented as figments of SNC's institutional memory.

One such "too late" jag is Scott Oliver's show "Sculpturally Translated Means Things," which ran during the month of March this year. I took these pics as the show was in the process of being installed.

Scott was a visiting artist, and gave a wonderfully entertaining talk. His work is very playful and humorous. Not that he's trying to bust anyone's gut, but his work seems to follow that Bay Area conceptualist strain where art is a form of sanguine stand-up (Lucas Murgida provokes the same sort of conceptual-whiplash laffs).

His website is currently a bit spare, under some sort of construction I think, but there's a nice Flickr set of work that came out of his residency at SF Recycling & Disposal. His "Pruning & Painting," featured there, is a ladder that's growing an unruly nest of twiggy branches at the top -- like a crowning tuft of abrasive pubic hair. It may not have the mass appeal of "Git R Done," but it makes me chuckle.

"Sculpturally Translated Means Things" employed a number of SNC students. As the project description had it:

Ten individuals from neighboring communities were interviewed in their homes about an object of personal significance. Recordings of the interviews were paired with SNC art students who were then asked to recreate their prospective objects based only on the interview. The gallery became a temporary studio for the production of these recreations—a place where the students could gather, share materials, discuss the project with one another and assemble their recreations. They had exactly two weeks from the time they received the interviews in which to produce “finished pieces.”

The title of the show (like the work itself) was arrived at through a game of telephone. Unfortunately I can't recall the originating phrase.

You can read more about the show, from the inside angle of a couple student participants, through Becca and Logan's blogs.

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