Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Three Shows in the Mission (SF)

If you’ve ever felt schizo, here’s the show for you. Mission 17 presents an exhibit of video and photography by young artist Mark Lee Morris, under the title “Mark v. Mark.” The artist plays TV game shows against himself, he attempts to bluff himself in a poker game, and he partners himself in modern dance poses (photo above, from the gallery website). Is this narcissism or a critique thereof? You be the judge. There is an opening reception on Friday, April 21st, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The location is 2111 Mission St., at 17th St., on the 4th floor.

Not far away, at Artists’ Television Access, there is now a video in the window by an artist also claiming to be Mark Lee Morris. On the ATA website, he denounces the Mission 17 show. On the postcard for the Mission 17 show, he denies any involvement in the ATA show. Will a lawsuit be next? The ATA presentation runs through April 30th. The address is 992 Valencia St., at 21st St.
On April 7th, a small show called “Not for Sale” opened at Triple Base. Curator Nancy Meyer asked a few artists to lend favorite pieces from their own collections that were given or traded by other artists. There are good photos by Erik Seidenglanz (above top) and Roxanne Lowit, and also a vintage photo by Karlheinz Weinberger (above bottom, taken from Eyestorm site). Oliver Halsman Rosenberg did a mysterious wall installation, arranged in the form of a stick man, using materials from family life. Triple Base is the storefront at 3041 24th St., between Folsom and Harrison Sts.
Finally, an offbeat little show of photography opened on April 14th at Arc Café, near Theater Artaud. It’s all about mistakes in photography, and it’s a good reminder that a mistake can be an opportunity. I stopped by before the lighting and the artist list were ready, but I managed one bad photo of Mariah Gartner’s two pieces (photo above) and noted interesting examples from Joshua Churchill and others. The café is on the corner of Mariposa St. and Florida St.

1 comment:

Lisa Hunter said...

The "Not for Sale" show sounds like a fabulous idea -- and a great chance to see works that have been hidden away in a private collection. I wish other galleries would do something similar.