Thursday, October 23, 2014

Paul Milosevich: ROOTS (Colorado/Croatia)

November 2014

Right Window is proud to present the paintings and drawings of Paul Milosevich. We will exhibit early and recent work inspired by growing up in Trinidad, Colorado, with a Croatian family from Ledenice.

We hope you can join us for a reception on Sunday, November 9th, 5-7:30.
Paul is scent-sensitive, so please refrain from wearing fragrances or scents to the opening.
992 Valencia at 21st, San Francisco, California

ROOTS will be on view 24 hours a day from the sidewalk, or by appointment.

Dad and brothers Milo, circa 1943       Watercolor 2010

Paul Milosevich (1936 -- Trinidad, Colorado)
Cal State, Long Beach, 1965.  Taught at Odessa College and Texas Tech University.
Studied with A.R. Mitchell, Ramon Froman, Bettina Steinke, Wayne Thiebaud and Charles Reid. Elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the West Texas (Buddy Holly) Walk of Fame. Lives in Santa Fe, NM, with his wife, Patsie.

Selected public collections:
National Ranching Heritage Museum, Museum of the Southwest, Disney Corporation, Buick Museum, PGA of America, US Golf Association, Museum of Texas Tech University, Royal & Ancient Museum (Scotland), National Golf Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Artist's statement:
I've been doing portraits professionally since the 1960's and I usually take a portrait approach when painting objects and landscapes, as well. The generic doesn't interest me nearly as much as the unique and personal aspects of the subject. Also, the physical manipulation of the charcoal and paint is always fascinating.

Curated by Karla Milosevich
For more information: karlamilo@gmail.com, 415-489-8467


Friday, October 3, 2014

Lares and Penates: The Household Gods of East Berlin

photographs by Steven Seidenberg

October 3-28, 2014

Gallery hours:  Wednesday, October 15 and 22, 4-6 pm                        

Saturday, October 18 and 25, 1-4 pm

And by appointment (email sjseidenberg@gmail.com)

Finissage, Monday, October 27, 2014, 6-9pm


 
From the artist:
Devised to allow the easy clearing of debris from roof and balcony drainage pipes, the cast-iron fittings imaged in this exhibition have largely disappeared—replaced by plastic and aluminum plates throughout the East Berlin neighborhoods where they were once prevalent. Each totemic grimace of these decaying visages intimates the history and character of the Soviet era apartment blocks to which they are attached, both in growing state of disrepair and character of ornament unwittingly or illegally affixed. Some glare in eager anger at apathetic passersby, while others seem to hibernate in droll anticipation of an end that can’t come soon enough, but all declare a transit into utter dissolution otherwise unheralded by the denizens they’ve spent the last half century surveying. I seek in turn to witness and portend as witness the stages on the path towards the event horizon of complete elision, a performative decadence that transforms the commonplace of objects in abeyance into testament and sculptural abstraction.

In Roman religious practice, Lares and Penates were the deities of the household and domestic life. Lares were ancestral spirits to which everyday prayers and offerings were made, kept in the family shrine. Every family had its own Lar familiaris, beseeched to ensure familial health and longevity. Penates were the spirits of the pantry, taken out during meal times to preserve the family wealth and keep its members fed.

Composed of 40 x 60 inch prints, this second show of Berlin pipe images presents the totemic structure at a size more commonly associated with public art installation and religious idol alike, a monumentality in turn betrayed as a function of compositional distortion by divulging micro processes of manufacture and decay that are otherwise indiscernible. The tragic banality of the temple ruin revealed in the perversity of iterative archetype and optical deformity.
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Steven Seidenberg is an artist living and working in San Francisco. Seidenberg’s work captures materials that are endangered in the urban landscape—whether through their impermanence, ethereality, threat of replacement, or redevelopment—documenting objects and structures while offering a nuanced reading of a moment in the life of the object. In some cases his reinterpretation is enhanced through repetition of form, in others, he focuses on small bits of paint, splashes and splatters, or trash pressed into crevices, highlighting unlikely groupings of texture, color, and function. He exposes the enduring qualities of his subjects, simultaneously recording the impact of natural and human action on their fragile form through shifts of depth of field and scale.

Seidenberg is also a writer and editor. Itch—a work of lyric, philosophical prose—was published in 2014 (RAW ArT Press). He has three chapbooks of verse, including Songs of Surrender (Gummi-Geliebter Verlag, Berlin, 2013), and most recently Null Set (Spooky Actions Books, 2014). He coedits the poetry journal pallaksch.pallaksch.
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Please direct inquiries to the artist at sjseidenberg@gmail.com or visit www.stevenseidenberg.com.