Friday, September 10, 2021

David Bell and iris yirei hu | Infinite

Look to the nematodes! Squiggly and ravishing, their glittery bodies seduce soil critters to the garden jiggle. Pulsating in luscious worm poops, footloose and fancy free, they swim in delicious castings and swirl in our infinite feedback with their microbial neighbors. Our decay is a sexy thing, boo. With your fingers, take a deep dive into the dance pile to make a nutrient ball. Feed me! Let’s merge our bacterial communities in this steamy heat! My decay is your delight, and when you’re healthy, I’ll be as cute and sweaty as the millions of microbes that eat and excrete and live and die, so that your human is as alive as humus.


— iris yirei hu and David L. Bell

Infinite is a delightful plunge into the microbial world of our home compost. Under a microscope, we were introduced to nematodes swimming alongside their healthy kin of protozoa and actinobacteria by a soil scientist. Hoping to uplift the joy and surprise in seeing life in our compost, we handcrafted an infinite world within a storefront window from the sentient beings within the radius of our home, where life and decay are composted into healing and creativity. How can we work with wood, indigo, food waste, textiles, and paper in ways that are surprising, decaying, and regenerating as we breathe, feel, and make? Our experimental display — a collaborative seed blanket pieced together from hand painted portraits of plants native to California and their seeds, hand carved bowls, and our friends’ hands; fish spines that point to fragility and resilience; and a poem we wrote together and painted in the microbial mother indigo — is a loving tribute to the infinite workings of our immediate environment, where a multitude of earthlings continue to teach us to reimagine waste, climate resilience, and the sacred journey of emergence. 

 

 iris yirei hu (b. Los Angeles, CA) is an artist who paints, weaves, dyes, tells stories, and composts her lived reality into installations, color, and embodied collaborations that reverberate through time and space in tangible and cosmic ways. She works with artists, scientists, historians, keepers of traditions, and organizers to limn connections between people, places, and practices to explore possibilities of kinship. She sees making art and working with soil and fibers as ways to redeem the embodied intimacy we, subjects of empire, once had with the natural world. Selected exhibitions include Plug-in ICA (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Feminist Center for Creative Work (Los Angeles, CA), Lenfest Center for the Arts (New York, NY), and Visitor Welcome Center (Los Angeles, CA). Public art commissions include a collaborative human sundial at Los Angeles State Historic Park with ICA LA and Los Angeles Nomadic Division (2021), mural wraps at California State University Dominguez Hills (2020), and bus and rail posters for LA Metro (2016). She has held residencies at the Feminist Center for Creative Work (2018), Carrizozo AIR (2020), and LA Cleantech Incubator (2021). She earned her BA from UCLA and MFA from Columbia University. http://irisyireihu.com

 

David L. Bell (b. Tampa, FL) is an artist and independent arts organizer who directs the Los Angeles-based art gallery Visitor Welcome Center, which he founded in 2016. Much of his work and collaborative projects are inspired by his upbringing on a southern California ecological preserve, where he was raised in a family of environmentalists. He is interested in storytelling, lyricism, and craft, and through the artist-run space Visitor Welcome Center, he works with artists to cultivate tangible and creative possibilities of lifelong artistic and soulful connections. Through connection, acknowledgement, and relationship building, art becomes a possibility towards truth and reconciliation. In the past, Bell worked both as a firefighter for the US Forest Service and as a park ranger at Upper Tampa Bay State Park. His education is informed by hip hop, and he studied visual art at Metafora School of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain and at UCLA. Currently, he is an MFA candidate in Environmental Art and Social Practice at UC Santa Cruz. http://visitorwelcomecenter.art


Right Window is an exhibition space located in the ATA building at 992 Valencia Street in the Mission District of San Francisco, California. Collectively ran by Ajit Chauhan, Takming Chuang, Norma Cole, Linda Geary, Craig Goodman, Brett Goodroad, Tanya Hollis, Colter Jacobsen, Karla Milosevich, Cintia Santana, Steven Seidenberg, and Carolyn White, we have shown work by over 170 artists since 2007. Infinite was organized by Takming Chuang, in the loving spirit and memory of our beloved friend and founding member, Kevin Killian.

 

For inquiries contact David at info@visitorwelcome.org. 



Sunday, August 1, 2021

Tommi West | Ornate Tassels

August 2021

An opulent look at hyper-decorative reality

Right Window invites you to gaze upon a curated selection of resplendent objects, an homage to the interior decorations we choose to adorn our living spaces with as a means of comfort and cushioning. Tommi West’s generous use of fringe, trims, notions, and baubles encourages your immersion into a diorama of extreme ornamentation.

Tassels are a form of embellishment — originally the termination of a cord to prevent the unraveling with a knot. Over time, the simple knot transformed into intricate gilded bindings with bands of silk threads hanging vertically, secured to a center form.

Pause to marvel at a sumptuous display of silken ribbonry, twisted threads, faceted beads, and intricate
tchotchkes as you proceed through the labyrinthine kaleidoscope known as the Valencia Corridor on your
way home.

Each of us feathers our own nest with non-necessary adornments as a soothing antidote to the harshness of the outer world. How do aesthetic objects enhance our perceptions of reality? Does the innate form of a tassel provide a sense of security, helping prevent us from becoming unraveled?

 

Friday, June 4, 2021

"let me go outside" | Conrad Guevara featuring Joseph Rayo & Nancy Guevara

Curated by Tanya Hollis. On view at Right Window through June 2021.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Ebtihal Shedid | De/constructing home

De/constructing home

May 1-31 2021

Curated by Norma Cole

open 24 hours a day via the street window


We didn't part but we will never meet again, photographs printed on faux silk, 2021.


Using the space in Right Window as both a space to invite her father into San Francisco after being denied a visa to the US in 2017 and to recreate her childhood home, Shedid creates a portal that flattens and twists space allowing multiple stories to exist at the same time.

Here is there and there is here.

You have no reason to go back, cut inkjet prints, projection, 36x57in, 2020.


























Instagram: @ebti_shedid

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Musette Perkins | Revolutionary Petunias

A solo exhibition of Musette Perkins’ work

Curated by Leeza Doreian

04.03.21 - 04.28.21

992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA

hosted by Ajit Chauhan 




















The Nature of This Flower Is to Bloom from Revolutionary Petunias.

by Alice Walker

 

Rebellious. Living.

Against the Elemental Crush.

A Song of Color

Blooming

For Deserving Eyes.

Blooming Gloriously

For its Self.

 

The work presented in Revolutionary Petunias, created by Musette Perkins, emerges from the depth of her ongoing investigation of color, pattern, and unwavering commitment to beauty.

 

The majority of the work was created at Perkins' kitchen table studio while sheltering in place and sourced from four books of clip art, which she reimagined through her process of editing, cropping, and combining images. The largest painting in the exhibition was created in the fall of 2018 when Perkins was able to work for three months at Art Explosion Studios in San Francisco, a smaller and more private space. Within this intimate setting, Perkins experimented with a drastically different scale, and with a challenging set of compositional concepts.

 

Through the clarity of her lines, the application of marks, and her highly personal exploration of color, each painting and drawing becomes its own visual world.



Artwork from the exhibition will be available for purchase by request. Interested patrons are invited to place an inquiry via email at gallery@creativityexplored.org.











Monday, March 1, 2021

Imitation of Imitation of Life | Johnny Ray Huston + Flotilla | Dina Marshalek

Imitation of Imitation of Life (Johnny Ray Huston)

Flotilla (Dina Marshalek)
Right Window, March 2021