April 17 - May 8, 2013
Future Culture looks at the world as it could be, as it was, and as it should be. The Group Show mixes a curation of sculptural pieces, paintings, mixed-media creations, clay, ceramic, plastic and audio pieces to present the uncertain future of our culture.
In conjunction with Asterisk San Francisco Magazine's future-centric issue tackling the urban landscape and culture of San Francisco in the near future, future culture provides insight in the visions of the mind of today's creative artists.
REENIE CHARRIÈRE | KRISTIN NEIDLINGER | NATASHA DIKAREVA
ERIK OTTO | SCOTT KILDALL | ALBERTO TOSCANO.
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ASTERISK SF MAGAZINE + GALLERY
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San Francisco, CA 94110
Toscano works with polymer clay on wood panels in the search for recurring themes that emerge in the creation of geometric patterns and intricate structures, resembling abstractions and industrial landscapes, contrasted with remote and translucent scenarios.
Dikareva connects reality and dream through clay sculptures based on Ernst Haeckel’s illustrations of fantastical sea dwellers. They are metaphors for ourselves, as they travel between worlds in the vehicle of a protective and stylish shell. Arriving in our world, they ask us if it is safe to leave the comfort of their shell, maybe reminding us to do the same.
Otto’s unique aesthetic of flow and color can be found throughout his paintings, sets and stage designs, installations, murals, and more. His use of varying materials and medias has made him a brilliant improviser who captures moments of beauty and chaos coming together.
In this installation, Kildall creates an aural channel into the future that allows the person interacting with his phone booth to earn a glimpse of information from someone in the year 2049. He connects the virtual and the real by re-purposing communication and production networks in the form of algorithms, sculptures, performances, and videos.
Charrière documents the contrast between synthetic and organic matter along everyday paths and urban landscapes. From discarded materials, she then creates sculptural installations, like tapestries made out of plastic bags, to remind us of the trash that has already accumulated in nature and is leaching toxins into the flows of our lives through air, water, and soil.
Neidlinger enhances sensory perception, bringing us closer to ourselves. In the spirit of communication, physical enhancement, and therapeutic and fun experiences for the senses, she founded SENSOREE, a team that designs enhancements to the nervous system, like smart fabrics to investigate our humanity through an interaction and contrast with machines.