EUPHORION: Contemporary art from San Francisco at PIEROGI Leipzig

Pierogi

January 12, 2007

“EUPHORION: Contemporary art from San Francisco”

Opening:

Jan 20th, 6–10 PM, 2007

Exhibition Dates:

Jan 20–Apr 21, 2007

PIEROGI Leipzig

Spinnereistrasse 7, Halle 10

04179 Leipzig, Germany

http://www.pierogi2000.com

Including work by:

Tauba Auerbach

Elaine Buckholtz

Chris Corales

Harrell Fletcher

Jo Jackson

Xylor Jane

Chris Johanson

Yoon Lee

Alicia McCarthy

Barry McGee

Shaun O’Dell

Clare Rojas

Kal Spelletich

We are pleased to present an off beat collection of work by exciting artists from the San Francisco Bay Area, sometimes grouped as a school but often shunning the confines of such marketing practices. All of the artists included have strong ties of community to the Bay Area, but they represent an array of positions in terms of the length of time and degree to which they have been established in the area, as well as in terms of their associations and practices.

A conversation about the nature of regional scenes was the initial impetus for having a show of San Francisco based artists here in Leipzig. All of us involved in the Pierogi Leipzig project have links to northern California and the San Francisco region. Pierogi itself is a product of the burgeoning Williamsburg art scene, a pronounced alternative to New York’s Chelsea arts complex. Pierogi is currently participating in another regional scene even further removed from Manhattan, that of post-GDR Leipzig which presented itself as an interesting correlation to Williamsburg. There has been a lot of attention, of late, given to Leipzig’s hothouse atmosphere producing first the Leipzig school and then the new Leipzig school.

This show, then, is an opportunity to bring artists from one pocket of alternative culture production to another, with Pierogi the perennial alternative space as the conduit.

The title “Euphorion” comes from Goethe’s Faust, a story about an even earlier Leipziger. Euphorion is an Icarus type character who got a little too hot for his own good, mirroring the double-edged nature of the art world and marketing mechanisms in general.

“If you want to capture us, don’t be so eager. In the end, we are just longing to embrace the form you so sweetly display” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust Part II)

P I E R O G I

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