UNSEEN: MIYA ANDO, MIGUEL ARZABE, CHRIS DUNCAN, KLEA MCKENNA & DEAN SMITH

November 10th -December 21st, 2013
Inaugural Gallery Opening & Unseen Reception: November 9th, 7-10pm

Unseen is the inaugural exhibition of CULT, a new contemporary gallery for cutting edge work by emerging and established artists opening on November 9th, 2013 at 3191 Mission Street in San Francisco. CULT is founded by curator and performance artist Aimee Friberg. Unseen investigates subtle and hidden forces in the works of Miya Ando, Miguel Arzabe, Chris Duncan, Klea McKenna and Dean Smith. Abstraction is employed by each of these artists through sacred geometry, psychedelia, physical phenomena and ethereal light. The work is striking and satisfying, resonating a chord in the cultural psyche in that it satisfies a desire for order while situating itself aside from the material world.

The relationship between spirituality (or the spirit body) and abstraction is a recurring theme in art history. Creative experience, or the act of making, has links to the genesis of 'out of body' experience, which could be expressed as having transcendental, therapeutic, transformative or ecstatic processes.

For quite a few modernist artists, the relationship between abstraction, spirituality, psychoanalysis and the occult was overt and intentional. Hilma af Klint, Emma Kunz, and later Agnes Martin, made work animated by mystical beliefs and influenced by Theosophy. In 1948, Barnett Newman wrote an essay, "The Sublime Is Now," in which he asserts that artists were achieving the sublime by "making it out of ourselves, out of our feelings" rather than out of cathedrals. The artists in Unseen investigate the sublime through subtle forces, using experience that appeals to our sense of being or appealing to our sense of order with geometry and syncopation. Repetition, phenomenological investigations, the use of the body in space, and referencing the sacred in the natural world are themes and tools used to explore ones emotional, psychological, or physical experiences of these works.

The artists in Unseen approach abstraction and the immaterial in different ways. Duncan and Smith question perception and the psyche’s response through various phenomenological exercises, such as pulling our awareness to the periphery, tricking the connection between our retina and our brain, or alluding to the majestic through lo-fi fabrication (Duncan).  Ando and McKenna use landscape, or the suggestion of, to give a sensation of transcendence or a portal to the sublime. Ando plays the alchemist, using steel and phosphorescence in her Shimenawa Sora Study to highlight the mysterious and ethereal connection humans have with nature and the spirit world, as used for centuries in the Shinto tradition. And finally, Arzabe explores the body as temple, using his own to form to illustrate a mapping of sacred geometry in his video Snowflake and with mud on the gallery walls in his installation Sierpinksi Gasket, 2013.

Unseen is up through December 21st, with a number of performances and artist talks peppered through out the run of the exhibition. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday noon to six pm. CULT is operated by Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, LLC. For more information on CULT programming, artists or the current exhibition email the gallery: info@cultexhibitions.com or call 415-800-6604.

Klea McKenna - Magma Study (rising), unique folded chromogenic photogram,11 x 14 inches, 2013 
Klea McKenna - Magma Study (rift zone), unique folded chromogenic photogram,11 x 14 inches, 2013
Klea McKenna - Rainstorm 3 (California, June), unique photogram of rain on gelatin silver fiber paper, 30 x 40 inches
Klea McKenna - [DETAIL] Rainstorm 3 (California, June), unique photogram of rain on gelatin silver fiber paper, 30 x 40 inches
Chris Duncan - Untitled (Bleach), graphite, bleach and mirror paper, 30.5 x 22.75, 2008
Chris Duncan - Untitled (Bleach), graphite, bleach and mirror paper, 24.15 x 27.75 inches, 2008
Chris Duncan - Corner, wood and paint, 85 x 2 x 2 inches, 2013
Dean Smith - untitled (anaglyph 2), archival pigmented inkjet on primed canvas with UVLS polymer varnish, 49 x 47 inches, edition of 3 with 2 APs; published by Magnolia Editions, 2011
Dean Smith - untitled (anaglyph 1),  archival pigmented inkjet on primed canvas with UVLS polymer varnish, 49 x 47 inches, edition of 3 with 2 APs; published by Magnolia Editions, 2011
Dean Smith - focusing #4, graphite on paper, 25.5 x 20 inches, 2012
Dean Smith - focusing #3, graphite on paper, 25.5 x 20 inches, 2008
Dean Smith - intooutof #5, graphite on paper, 25.5 x 20.375 inches, 2009
Miya Ando - Shimenawa Light, Steel Cable, phosphorescence, lacquer, resin, 30 x 27 inches, 2013
Miya Ando - Shimenawa Light [Night View], Steel Cable, phosphorescence, lacquer, resin, 30 x 27 inches, 2013
Miya Ando - Yoru No Umi 1 [Night Sea], Dyed Aluminum, 40 x 40 inches, 2013
Miya Ando - Yoru No Umi 2 [Night Sea], Dyed Aluminum, 40 x 40 inches, 2013
Miya Ando - Yoru No Umi 3 [Night Sea], Dyed Aluminum, 40 x 40 inches, 2013
Miya Ando - Yoru No Umi 4 [Night Sea], Dyed Aluminum, 40 x 40 inches, 2013
Miguel Arzabe - Snowflake, ripstop nylon, wood, screen, video, color, no sound, dimensions variable, 2013
Miguel Arzabe - Sierpinski Gasket (Bernal Heights), local dirt and water, 88 x 88 inches, 2013

Upcoming

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Passenger
September 12 – November 1, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, November 12, 7–9:30 pm

Past Shows

A Pattern Language: Michelle Grabner, Angie Wilson and Lena Wolff
June 20- July 19
Artist reception June 20, 7-9pm

MICHELLE BLADE: Gathering Into Being
April 25th – June 7th, 2014 (EXTENDED through June 14th)

MIGUEL ARZABE /*Reject Algorithms*/
March 7 – April 19, 2014

JACQUELINE KIYOMI GORDON: Drawings
March 7 – April 19, 2014

FRITZ CHESNUT: PURR VALLEY
& RHONDA HOLBERTON

January 10 - February 22, 2014

UNSEEN: MIYA ANDO, MIGUEL ARZABE, CHRIS DUNCAN, KLEA MCKENNA & DEAN SMITH
November 10 - December 21, 2013