(event 9/25-11/15) The Bay Area Award Show (fwd)

Lile Elam ((no email))
Mon, 22 Sep 1997 13:49:38 -0700 (PDT)

Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 12:35:19 -0800
From: New Langton Arts <nla_arts@sirius.com>
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Subject: (event 9/25-11/15) The Bay Area Award Show (fwd)

Opening Reception Thursday, September 25, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

For the 1997 Visual Art Awardees of

Castaneda/Reiman (Charlie Castaneda and Brody Reiman)
Halflifers (Torsten Z. Burns and Anthony Discenza)
and Alicia McCarthy

On exhibit September 24 - November 15, 1997

>From September 24 through November 15, New Langton Arts presents new works
by the five visual art award winners in The Bay Area Award Show, now in its
fourth year. Artists awarded this important exhibition opportunity include
San Francisco collaborative sculptors Castaneda/Reiman; the Oakland
collaborative video and installation team Halflifers; and San Francisco
painter and mixed media artist Alicia McCarthy. Langton selected these
artists/artist-teams from over 200 applicants. In the presentation of the
artists' latest works, The Bay Area Award Show exhibition offers audiences
a survey of the region's art practice; identifies these talented new or
under recognized artists; and allows the artists to present bodies of work
in depth and on a scale most of them have not previously attempted.

The opening reception for the artists is Thursday, September 25 from 6 to 8
Gallery hours are Wednesday - Saturday 12 to 5 pm; Tuesday by appointment.
Admission to the gallery is free.
New Langton Arts is located at 1246 Folsom Street
(between 8th and 9th streets and three blocks south of the
Civic Center BART and Muni stop) in San Francisco.
For more information call 415 626 5416.

The San Francisco artist team Castaneda/Reiman creates a new large scale
installation schematically based on the floorplan of a home and evolved
from concepts exemplified in their recent stacked sculptures. Those
sculptures made from industrial residential building material-plywood,
insulation, carpet, wall board, concrete, etc. reference minimalist
practice but load it with the myriad associations imbedded in the mundane
construction materials. Castaneda/Reiman are Charlie Castaneda and Brody
Reiman who have collaborated for over seven years and have exhibited at
Refusalon, SF; Four Walls, SF; and Southern Exposure, SF. They received
MFAs from UC Davis in 1994 and BFAs from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992.

Halflifers present I.S.L.A.N.D.S., what the artists describe as, "an
expansive micro/macro action kit that dredges multiple adjectives for
potential recovery adventures." Stemming from Halflifers video works, such
as The Rescue Series, the installation features an evolving pod-like
vehicle and its accouterments. Halflifers use the vehicle and its auxiliary
components as both a stage site for their video shoots and as an exhibited
object in, and on, which the videos are presented. Halflifers is an
ongoing, five year-old collaboration project between Torsten Z. Burns and
Anthony Discenza, both of Oakland. Halflifers recently participated in the
New York Video Festival; exhibited at The Headlands Center for the Arts,
Marin; and have screened their work at numerous international festivals and
museums. Torsten Z. Burns received a BFA in 1990 from Alfred University and
a MFA in 1993 from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). Anthony Discenza
received a BA in Studio Art from Wesleyan University in 1990.

Alicia McCarthy exhibits new works created almost exclusively from
elementary school supplies. Her paintings, sculpture, and murals comprise
elements of patterning, lettering, decoupage, papier-mch, and weaving and
associatively build meaning around personal and societal priorities.
McCarthy has exhibited at The Lab, SF; The Luggage Store, SF; and Southern
Exposure, SF. She has created public murals in San Francisco for Firefly
Restaurant, the Red Stone Labor Temple Mural Project, and Clarion Alley
Mural Project. McCarthy received a BFA from SFAI in 1994 and attended the
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1995.

Started in 1994 as an annual fall program, The Bay Area Award Show supports
outstanding regional visual artists, media artists, musicians, poets,
writers, and performance artists. Artists present their work and receive
significant honoraria. Over 300 artist submissions to The Award Show are
juried each year by Langton's curatorial committee, specifically by
practicing artists in the relevant disciplines. Criteria and goals for the
Award Show are innovation in the discipline, identification of new talent,
surveying the region's art forms, and providing the exhibiting artist an
opportunity to significantly extend his/her work.

Past recipients of Langton's Bay Area Award in visual art have included the
Clarion Alley Mural Project; Harrell Fletcher and Jon Rubin; Donna Han;
Philip Ross; Teresa A. Smith; and Kathryn Spence. Many of these artists,
following their Award Show exhibition have gone on to create significant
new bodies of work and present exhibitions in larger venues. For example,
Kathryn Spence, an awardee in the 1995 Award Show, has exhibited at Wirtz
Gallery, San Jose Museum of Art, and Center for the Arts and received a
Fleishacker Award. This fall she will exhibit at SFMOMA.

In addition to the gallery exhibition, The Bay Area Award Show features
theater events throughout September, October, and November. Writers Mary
Burger and Renee Gladman read from their latest work. Musicians Matt
Ingalls and Sebastian Robin Craig (with Manifold Acid Symphony) perform new
improvisational and experimental concerts. And performers De la Torre,
Morales + Nuo and Harriet Dodge premiere new works. For more information
call 415 626 5416.

New Langton Arts
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.626.5416 ph
415.255.1453 fx

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