Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Rail stands as an open invitation to the neighborhood, the San Francisco arts community and beyond.

ampersand intl arts
Opening : Friday, January 18, - From 6:00 - 8: 30PM
Nick Graham Popoganda
Albert Reyes something wicked


Ping Pong Gallery
Reception: Friday, January 18, - From 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Kirk Stoller between dimensions

Monday, December 3, 2007

THE VISIONS COME: Lee Ranaldo (USA,) Leah Singer (CA,) and Philippe Vandenberg (BE.)

Lee Ranaldo (USA,) Leah Singer (CA,) and Philippe Vandenberg (BE.)

Curated by Jan Van Woensel

Whitehot Magazine of contemporary art Booth
NADA Art Fair at Art Basel | Miami Beach, Florida, USA
December 5th – 9th, 2007

The Visions Come contextualizes the artist as an unconventional, independent observer and messenger of his surroundings. The artists of this exhibition edit, transcribe, dissect, repeat and erase imagery from popular culture, news, and history.

Lee Ranaldo's drawings and paintings on paper are based on photographs from newspapers and postcards. By divorcing them from their original context, these artworks become loose elements of time, culture and memory. Ranaldo paints an endless sequence of adopted images that visually and symbolically inspire the artist. This process is a human attempt to subjectively capture and de-contextualize the daily flow of visual information. Leah Singer's images seek a balance between the figurative and the abstract. The artist creates elaborate silhouettes from human figures, and complex layers from drawings on transparent sheets; new compositions and unexpected narratives are seamlessly created. The artist leaves these images open to our interpretation, their sources becoming untraceable and often no longer relevant to the reading of the work. They result in sensitive collages that tempt us to look at the abstract space between the images. The insinuative and suggestive paintings, drawings and texts by Philippe Vandenberg are the result of an intense thinking process in which the artist filters the world to its essence. While embracing the coincidental, the accident or the imperfect, Vandenberg’s paintings, freeze the agonizing moment of writers block or artistic discontinuation. Elements of world history, religion, and literature are fused into a mantra of ambiguous reflective statements that potentially disturb our social context. [JVW]

Lee Ranaldo is a contemporary artist, musician and writer based in New York. Known as a co-founder of the legendary experimental rock band Sonic Youth in 1981, Lee has worked on an impressive body of artworks independently over the years. His work includes sound installations, paintings, drawings, prints, videos, literature and spoken words. Inspired by a wide array of American and European artists like Robert Smithson, Henri Matisse, Jack Kerouac, Stan Brakhage, and Jean-Luc Goddard, his work is characterized by an interdisciplinary journey through sound, images and texts.

Originally from Canada, Leah Singer is an experimental filmmaker and visual artist based in New York. She has worked with film in live settings in areas as diverse as opera, music videos, rock shows and street performance. Ongoing since 1991, DRIFT is her audiovisual collaboration with partner Lee Ranaldo in which spoken words, soundscapes, and live manipulated 16mm film projections are blended. Her drawings and prints evoke a residue of the anonymous stream of images encountered in daily urban life; images that are immediately forgotten but are always vaguely familiar when one sees them again.

Based in Brussels, Philippe Vandenberg is one of Belgium’s most prominent contemporary painters. At the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, he encounters the work by Bosch and Van de Woestijne. He reads Literature and History of Art at the University of Ghent from 1970 till 1972, when he decides to devote himself full-time to the study of painting. Vandenberg remains fascinated by literature and makes a series of drawings specifically made to put between book covers. In 1994 he lives through the Book of Job and the Apocalypse, Augustine, Sophocles, Heiner Müller, St John of the Cross and Cioran. A year later he writes The State of Things and The Lamentation of the ship. Between 1996 and 1999 he frequently visits Marseille, where Rimbaud died and Artaud was born. He creates The Notebooks, a diary made of drawings, watercolors and handwritten notes. He becomes interested in George Trakl and Paul Celan and paints the portraits of Artaud and Ulrike Meinhof. In 1999, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp (MuHKA,) organized his retrospective exhibition. Jan Van Woensel is the New York based manager of Philippe Vandenberg

Jan Van Woensel is an independent curator, writer, lecturer, art dealer, and a Professor at NYU’s Department of Art and Art Professions, based in Brooklyn, New York.

Monday, November 19, 2007


Good Morning Everyone,

Hope all's well with you. Firstly, apologies if you've had this message before...

Next month 'If you could' are taking part in a special christmas fete at Somerset house,
and unsurprisingly will be asking members of the public 'If you could get anything for christmas,
what would it be?'

To set the scene we're going to be building a grotto in the Navy room of Somerset house
and are going to have people drawing all over the walls. They'll then take home a present tag
with their choice of gift on it to hint to friends and family before the big day...

We're hoping to fill the space with some drawings before everyone arrives and would love it if
you had a spare 2 minutes to do a black and white line drawing of what you'd like to receive, or
even just use something relevant you've already drawn that can be printed and pasted on the
wall to get the ball rolling.

Any help would be hugely appreciated, and it should be a really lovely event so it'd be good to
get as many good drawings on the wall before the public get let loose!

Please send all artwork to:

The fair will take place on the evening of Saturday the 15th and during the day of Sunday 16th of
December and it'd be great to see as many of you there as possible, more details nearer the time...

All the best,
Alex and Will


If You Could

Creative Projects

+44 (0)7709105590

Friday, November 9, 2007


ampersand international arts + Ping Pong
Gallery + Silverman Gallery + TART = Rail


Rail stands as an open invitation to the neighborhood, the San Francisco arts community and beyond.

ampersand intl arts
Cannelle Tanc CITIES + Frédéric Vincent SEASON 1
Opening : Friday, November 16, 6:00 - 8: 30PM

Ping Pong Gallery
come play ping pong, drink beer and make friends
Ping Pong Happy Hour: Friday, November 16, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Silverman Gallery
Nothing Moments : a collaborative project in art, literature and design
Opening : Friday November 16, 7:00 -10:00 pm

So It Goes
Tony Wilson Tribute Fac51 : Friday November 16, 7:00 - 09:00 pm

“Rail‘s ‘artwalk’was a trip! -- a journey of discovery, sociability, and unexpected aesthetic delights. It’s a perfect opportunity to explore what’s germinating in the San Francisco art scene
and to tour this developing area of the city.”
MARCIA TANNER curator / writer

Rail is an innovative alliance of San Francisco based project spaces and galleries: ampersand international arts, Ping Pong Gallery, Silverman Gallery and TART. As seen on the map, Rail’s project spaces and galleries are located in the path of the new MUNI T train that connects the Third Street, DogPatch, South Beach and Mission Bay neighborhoods.

The Rail galleries are diverse in their programming, but share an understanding of what constitutes an art experience, informed by the intimate nature of their spaces. Through their
collective experiences, Rail spaces ensure the growing arts presence on Third Street. Rail’s actions include monthly coordinated openings, projects across all Rail venues, an online
resource, hosting of national and international visiting artists, curators and critics.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

ARTISSIMA 14: Silverman Gallery and Patricia Esquivias


9 - 11 November 2007
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Lingotto Fiere, Turin
Vernissage November 8, 2007


Artissima takes place in Turin, Italy, from the 8th to 10th of November, 2007. A project by Andrea Bellini, director of the Fair from 2007, Artissima 14 is a window on emerging art worldwide. 131 galleries from 17 countries: a launch-pad for the best research in the field of visual arts on an international scale. The galleries will be showing outstanding works by both renowned established artists and cutting-edge newcomers. The New Artissima is a marketplace of the highest quality, but it is also a flexible tool, a container of art exhibitions, parties and crossover events. At the Fair, together with the traditional booths, there will also be two sections -- Constellations and Present Future -- designed as authentic exhibitions.

PRESENT FUTURE is a special section of the Fair in collaboration with illycaffè, which will include this year 15 projects by artists emerging on the national and international art scene, selected by a team of three curators: Cecilia Alemani, art critic and independent curator, New York; Luca Cerizza, curator BSI Collection and art critic, Berlin; Raimundas Malasauskas, curator Artists Space, New York / Advisor, California College of Arts, San Francisco. Present Future will introduce an exciting new feature for Artissima 14: the artists have been invited to display their works in a separate and independent area devoted exclusively to this section, designed like a real exhibition, enhancing the dialogue between the works whilst creating an itinerary with constant and stimulating surprises. During the Fair, a jury composed by Corinne Diserens, Director, MUSEION, Bolzano, Francesco Manacorda, Curator, Barbican Art Gallery, London, and Susan Pfeffer, Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin will meet to assign the illy Present Future Award to the most significant work. The winning artist will receive a 10,000-euro prize from the event partner, illy, and will have the opportunity to present a design for the “illy Art Collection” of auteur coffee cups

CONSTELLATIONS is devoted to large museum-quality works, exhibited for the first time at Artissima in a museum-style exhibition. 10 artworks from more than 90 projects submitted by the galleries taking part in the Fair have been selected by Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Portikus, Frankfurt, and Marc-Olivier Wahler, Director of of Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

NEW ENTRIES will present 17 emerging avant-garde galleries from 8 countries at the Fair for the first time, selected by the Board of Directors and Consulting Committee of Artissima. The Guido Carbone Award, devoted to the galleries taking part in this section, will be assigned by an international Jury that will consider, as a primary selection criterion, the work of research and promotion of young artists carried on by galleries. The jury is composed by Fabio Cavallucci, Director, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento / Coordinator, Manifesta 7, Vasif Kortun, Director, Platform Garanti, Istanbul / Founding director Project Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art, Anton Vidokle, Artist, curator, founder and director of e-flux, New York, and Laura Viale, jury’s permanent member on behalf of the Award Promoting Committee.

The VIDEO LOUNGE, curated by Cecilia Alemani, is devoted to the latest trends and the most recent creations of artists who work with film, video and animation. Mixing together documentaries, visions and digital perceptions of about sixty international artists, the Video Lounge opens a window onto the world of contemporary art, guiding the audience on a journey through possible worlds and new landscapes of imagination. The program revolves around the themes of “War, Peace, and Ecstasy” which have been chosen as the key concepts for an exploration of today’s art. The artists have been selected among those working the galleries taking part in Artissima.

The SEMINAR ON CURATORIAL PRACTICE, curated by Måns Wrange (CuratorLab, Konstfack, Stockholm) consists in two days of intense debate and dialogue, with the participation of twelve leading international curators and artists: Ute Meta Bauer, Luca Cerizza, Caroline Corbetta, Meg Cranston, Joshua Decter, Ronald Jones, Yu Yeon Kim, Vasif Kortun, Marysia Lewandowska, Francesco Manacorda, Chus Martinez, Anton Vidokle. Three emerging curators from Colombia, Ethiopia and India will be guest speakers at the seminar, in cooperation with illycaffé, thus offering evidence of the new frontiers of contemporary art: Meskerem Assegued, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mariangela Mendez Prencke, Bogotà, Colombia, Suman Gopinath,
Bangalore, India.

Artissima will also extend beyond the borders of the fair, exploring the city and its most significant centers of artistic and cultural production.

ARTISSIMA CINEMA will present “Shanghype!”, a video program featuring the new chinese art scene, curated by Davide Quadrio, BizArt/Arthub, Shanghai.

ARTISSIMA VOLUME is a high-impact performances and events with the participation of some of the greatest names in neo-avantgarde music, curated by Nero magazine, Roma.

ARTISSIMA COMICS is an anthological exhibition of GIPI, one of the most notorious Italian cartoonists within the international art scene, curated by Daniele Ratti and Sergio Pignatone, Torino.

NIGHT OF CONTEMPORARY ART - As part of the project “Contemporary Arts Torino Piemonte”, and on the occasion of Artissima, museums, foundations, and art institutions will propose openings and exhibitions of international appeal whilst the streets of Turin will be illuminated by Luci d’artista, light installations designed by artists. The “night of contemporary art” on Saturday the 10th will feature special openings of galleries, museums and other art spaces, concerts and performances throughout the city, followed by a closing party in collaboration with Club to Club, The International Festival of Electronic Music and Arts.

For additional information and the complete list of galleries, please visit our website

Don’t Mess With Texas @ Nathan Larramendy

Please join us Saturday, November 3rd, 5 -7 PM for the opening reception of

Don’t Mess With Texas

Artists: Libby Black, Amy Blakemore, Zoe Carlton, Kelli Connell, Virginia Fleck, Francesca Fuchs, Laura Lark





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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Anne Colvin, The Consequence Screenings.

The Consequence
Curated by Alex Hetherington and Janie Nicoll

ALEXIA De Ville De Goyet, ANDERS Weberg, ANN Vance, ANNE Colvin, ANTONIO Contador, BALDVIN Ringsted, BEN Fallon, CAROLYN KANE, DANA Cooley, HAKEEM B., ISABELLE Prim, JOHANNA Reich, JONATHAN Franco, KATHLEEN Herbert, LAURE Forét, LUCY Keany, MATHIEU Rouget, MELISSA Day, NATHALIE De Briey, PENELOPE Reichley, PETER S. Amantea, POPUP FILMS, STEPHEN Palmer.

LowSalt Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, 19-21 October 2007
265 Renfrew Street, Glasgow
12-5pm, opening Friday 19 October 7-9pm

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh, Scotland, 16 November 2007
25 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh
Event, 16 November 6-10pm

The Consequence features a cast of emerging and established international visual artists curated by Alex Hetherington and Janie Nicoll in association with LowSalt Gallery, Glasgow and the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. These video screening events represent the third project in a series which has included an installation The Consequence devised by Hetherington and Nicoll at Intermedia in May 2007 and House/Lights a performance by Alex Hetherington at ESW in July. The themes of these works include the interrogation of gender and its repetitious repertoire; performance and technology; multiplication of and cross-referencing pre-existing material; the constructions of meaning and the nature of image with allusions to social outcasts, social constructs and scenarios whereupon image (cinema, art, theatre) and social phenomenon interchange. In turn The Consequence sets up a scenario where Hetherington and Nicoll scrutinize through these themes the work of the artists on show in relationship to their own practice.

Following on from a call out seeking video works that mirror these central themes, Hetherington and Nicoll have devised two distinct events that correspond to the spaces these videos will be presented at. LowSalt Gallery will present a selection of raw, disturbing, disconcerting, experimental works that connect the material of the body to modes of technological manipulation, recognizable cultural images to notions of instability and demise, cinema and found film footage to experiences of violent disruption. ESW will re-present this screening in friction and tension with more reflective, durational and performance-based pieces of film and video in a night time event, which will also feature site-specific work and responses from artists who work regularly at the Sculpture Workshop. Linking these works will be an “interlude” devised by the Belgian born Glasgow-based artist Nathalie de Briey.

Essays by Alex Hetherington and Michelle Kasprzak, Director New Media Scotland accompany the events.

For further information please contact Alex Hetherington at or Janie Nicoll at