Thursday, March 8, 2007

Queens Nails Annex, Julio Morales @ Galerie de la raza

Please come to a solo show entitled, There is Gonna Be Sorrow at Galeria/Studio 24 this Friday-it opens 7PM to 9PM and a great curatorial project called Beats Per Minute, at The San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum and features artists from Tijuana, Chicago, Hawaii and the Bay Area, this coming Tuesday. (PLEASE SEE DETAILS FOR BOTH PROJECTS BELOW).

There’s Gonna Be Sorrow, is Julio Cesar Morales’ first solo exhibition at the GalerĂ­a de la Raza. The exhibition is inspired by singer David Bowie’s 1974 failed theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which later became the concept album Diamond Dogs.

There’s Gonna Be Sorrow is a stunning sonic and visual landscape that evokes the dystopian future explored by Orwell’s novel and Bowie’s music. In Morales’ work, peril, expectation, desire and disillusion create a field of tension. Working from a Latino perspective, Morales uses mutated sound samples of Diamond Dogs, language, typography, and idiosyncratic symbols from the Latin American urban landscape —such as the broken bottles that are often found embedded in the concrete atop walls to protect and define property boundaries—to create a dangerous topography that evokes issues of immigration, alienation, dystopia and surveillance.

The project includes multi-channel video, sculpture and sound with original music by Los Creamators and additional audio of the artist’s aunt singing obscure Mexican songs. Morales utilizes digital media in the broadest sense – as a printed mural, recorded sound, LED signs,
video etc. His artistic practice can be described as employing the DJ’s method of remixing as a means to analyze the politics of culture.

Morales’ work has been previously shown at The 2006 Singapore Biennale, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany; 2005 ARCO International Art Fair, Madrid, Spain; Swiss Cultural Center, Paris, France; The Rooseum Museum of Art, Malmo, Sweden; Peres Projects, Los Angeles; 2004 The San Juan Triennial, San Juan Puerto Rico; Fototeca de Havana, Cuba; Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York City; MUCA ROMA, Mexico City; and The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.

There’s Gonna Be Sorrow was made possible thanks to an Individual Artist Grant from The San Francisco Art Commission.

Exhibition Dates:
MARCH 9 - APRIL 28, 2007
Opening Reception:
Friday, March 9, 7 p.m.
Artists' Talk :
Friday, April 6, 7 p.m.

Galeria/Studio 24
2857 24th st, sf, ca 94110

Beats Per Minute: Contemporary Artists Influenced by Craft and Folk
Art Practices
Tuesday, March 13 – Sunday, April 29, 2007

Beats per Minute features recent sound-based and visual artworks by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists Walter Kitundu, N. Trisha Lagaso Goldberg, Mung Lar Lam, Christy Matson, and Christine Wong Yap, plus a collaborative work by the artist collectives Torolab and Nortec. The exhibition’s title refers to the term BPM, used by disc jockeys who blend sounds from various sources to create a new piece of music. Beats Per Minute explores how traditional art and craft practices and forms are referenced by contemporary artists in the
making of unique, provocative works that blur the boundaries of music, visual arts, and new media.

Reception: Tuesday, March 13, 5-7 pm Meet guest curator Julio Cesar Morales and enjoy the music of DJ Sal plus the visuals of VJ Chucuchu.

The San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum
51 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco California 94103
(@ Mission between Third & Fourth)

Tue – Fri: 11 am – 6 pm
Sat & Sun: 11 am – 5 pm
Closed Mon. & Major Holidays

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