Sunday, November 22, 2020

BREAKING LEFT | San Jose State University Painters at Right Window

Organized by Shawn O'Dell and hosted by Brett Goodroad

San Francisco’s Valencia Street gallery Right Window presents Breaking Left, an exhibition featuring work made by San José State University students enrolled in Pictorial Art’s Advanced Painting course taught by Shaun O’Dell. 

Each semester Advanced Painting focuses on a core topic. This fall our topic is ‘processes of abstraction,’ which we have explored through a survey of more than fifty-thousand years of painting in art history. In the course students are asked to consider abstraction as elemental to the production of art, whether it is deployed pictorially, formally or conceptually. 

The origins of the word abstract derive from the latin meaning to ‘pull from’. In effect each work in this show may be considered a piece that has been pulled from or taken away from the whole and temporarily perceived as standing apart. Art critics, historians and artists like Adam Pendleton, Isabelle Graw, Griselda Pollock, Richard J. Powell, Kobena Mercer, Tirza True Latimer and Thomas McEvilley who have applied the framework of colonialism, cultural misappropriation, erasure, exclusion and fragmented economic and political circumstances to better understand modernist movements of abstraction have been central to our understanding of the core topic. 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Scott Hewicker | FREE PRATIQUE

New works by Scott Hewicker
April 2020


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Julz Kelly | BE SAFE

Opening reception
Thursday, Feb 13th, 6pm

BE SAFE in the window February 2020

Organized by the great Kevin Killian

24 hours a day

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Colter Jacobsen | San Swong

Door Mirror (on the dream a street) running till the 30th of January, 2020 and open 24 hours.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Fair Fenzy Kite | Joan von Briesen

Right Window presents Fair Fenzy Kite in the month of November, curated by Ajit Chauhan:

November 1st - November 30th

Fair Fenzy Kite | Joan von Briesen

Joanie has the frugality of a gleaner, she's like a magpie. It's the first thing that comes to mind: Joanie is a scavenger. I think what many would consider junk or trash she is able to use in startling ways. I chose the word "use" but it could just as well be "transform" or "transcend". How do we choose what leaves the role something used to be and enters into the space of art? 

Hector the Collector  Collected bits of string, Collected dolls with broken heads  And rusty bells that would not ring.  Pieces out of picture puzzles, Bent-up nails and ice-cream sticks,  Twists of wires, worn-out tires,  Paper bags and broken bricks.  Old chipped vases, half shoelaces,  Gatlin' guns that wouldn't shoot,  Leaky boats that wouldn't float  And stopped-up horns that wouldn't toot. Butter knives that had no handles,  Copper keys that fit no locks,  Rings that were too small for fingers,  Dried-up leaves and patched-up socks.  Worn-out belts that had no buckles,  'Lectric trains that had no tracks,  Airplane models, broken bottles,  Three-legged chairs and cups with cracks.  Hector the Collector Loved these things with all his soul,  Loved them more then shining diamonds,  Loved them more then glistenin' gold.  Hector called to all the people, "Come and share my treasure trunk!"  And all the silly sightless people Came and looked ... and called it junk.

Shel Silverstein, Where The Sidewalk Ends, New York, Harper Collins, 1974, p. 46


Right Window (ATA)
992 Valencia Street
(between 20th & 21st)
San Francisco