a pause, to contemplate the light.:: recording space

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a pause, to contemplate the light. :: recording space

a pause, to contemplate the light. :: recording space

elizabeth bernstein jordan jurich-weston laura plageman josh smith curated by jessica snow 3 standard stoppage san francisco february 2018

organized on behalf of the telegraph hill dwellers organization

how do we inhabit our most intimate spaces? where we live and wake up, eat, wash, ponder, worry, dress, read, play, make love, cook, talk, fret, laugh, sleep. do we stop noticing the details around us, or are they more deeply engrained than any dream of travel? the artists I’ve chosen for ‘a pause, to contemplate the light. :: recording space’ draw forth in their respective series a tension between the seen and the unseen, between what is noticed and that which is not. the subject matter isn’t definable in a traditional sense —it is the elusiveness of the narrative that holds the viewer’s attention. domestic space is inhabited but devoid (mostly) of people. their presence is suggested rather than depicted. the photos I’ve chosen for the show document lives lived as if seen from the periphery or the corner of the eye. a wrinkled imprint on the couch, a forgotten toy in the yard, light dabbling the curtain. such images can awaken memories banked in the deepest storehouse of the mind. whether the photos contain the narrative or merely suggest it, the experience of looking brings about daydreams —forming, dissipating, forming again. these photographs are suggestive of a state in-between —lived spaces in which a feeling seems to be left over from a previous state.. we can only guess what happened before, and what will transpire there in the future. an ever-present questioning is contained within. these are lived spaces, sometimes urban, but not necessarily. the photos cohere in that they suggest longings for completion, for a summing up of how we might live more fully in the world. jessica snow

elizabeth bernstein, ‘an edge’ series, 2017

jordan jurich-weston, ‘light’ series, 2016

laura plageman, ‘in-between places’ series, 2005

josh smith, ‘places you know’ series, 2017

Elizabeth Bernstein is an artist, educator, and gallery director who lives in Oakland, CA. She grew up in New York City and attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, and then recieved her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007. In addition to being on visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, she is the Co-Director of Royal NoneSuch Gallery, an alternative project space, established in 2009. Her work examines the visual language of our daily lives and how it communicates our complex emotional and psychological landscape. Elizabeth has shown her work at Swarm Gallery in Oakland, Martina Johnston gallery in Berkeley, Soho Photo in NYC, Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA, and Interface Gallery in Oakland. Jordan Rose Jurich-Weston is an artist, builder, and educator based in Oakland, CA. She received her BA in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009, and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2016. She has participated in group shows at the de Young Museum, Rayko Photo Center, Swell Gallery, and uBe Art in Berkeley, and is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship. Most recently Jordan presented her video ‘The stand of the tide’ in a solo show at residence/SF in San Francisco and ‘Portraits of Trinity’ at Walnut Creek City Hall. Laura Plageman earned a BA at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and an MFA from the California College of the Arts. Her images explore the relationships between the process of image making, photographic truth and distortion, and the representation of landscape. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions across the United States and internationally, including the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Heist Gallery in London, Jen Bekman Gallery in NYC and Photo Center NW in Seattle. Laura lives and works in Oakland and is represented by De Soto Gallery in Venice, CA. Josh Smith earned his MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has been living and working in the Bay Area since 2004. Throughout his career he has explored various photographic projects, with his most recent being a body of work exploring the dynamics of family. Originally from Springfield, Missouri, he has exhibited widely within the Bay Area and beyond, including Stanford University, the a.Muse gallery in San Francisco, and with Open Editions at SF Art Market. Josh is a photography instructor at Marin Academy and resides in Pacifica, CA with his wife and two sons.

‘it is better to live in a state of impermanence than in one of finality’

bachelard, ‘the poetics of space’

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