Friday, July 25, 2014

Mixed up! Curated by Shingo Francis at the Galerie Paris, Yokohama

MIXED UP!      

July 31st - August 20th, 2014     

Opening reception: July 31st, 9:00pm~

Taiyo Kimura
Bodo Korsig
Kaori Tazoe
Shingo Francis

Galerie Paris 
Mitsui Busan Build. 1F  
14 Nihon Oodori
Naka-ku, Yokohama 

GALERIE PARIS is pleased to announce the international group exhibition Mixed Up! curated by artist Shingo Francis, featuring works by Taiyo Kimura , Bodo Korsig and Kaori Tazoe. 

Mixed Up! comments on the individual, existential aspect of art making versus the shared exchange of knowledge and ideas found in the art community. No matter how removed one tries to become, the history and personal contact an artist is exposed to perhaps informs the work. 

As a satellite project of the 5th edition of the Yokohama Triennale, the international contemporary art exhibition held every three years, this special group exhibition examines the subject of space, resonating with the historical attributes which Yokohama and the Mitsui Bussan building, where GALERIE PARIS is located, has to offer. An artist panel discussion is scheduled for the public. In this exhibition we bring together four artists working in three separate continents and who have developed their own individual studio practices. 

The concept of a group exhibition challenges the idea of a "group", something deemed to have a coherence and inherent relationship. Besides identifying themselves as artists, we pose the question of what these artists have in common? How their artistic practice relate as contemporary artists and peers? Mixed Up! explores this question of bringing together a group of artist under one theme and in this case, a single space. History has repeated this concept of a group show starting from the days of the Salon in 17th century Europe. 

The question we would like the viewer to ask himself is: is this a successful model for presenting an artist's work? Does the reality of being an artist and being exposed to history and a broader art world create a cohesiveness that is interesting or helpful to the artist's practice? What relations de we see in their practice? Is a group show a means to a economic and practical ends given how many artists there are relative to opportunities for exposure? 

Or can a group show be as cohesive as a singular exhibition by one artist? Ultimately, what is the true value of a group show? I argue that I wanted to exhibit along side my peers to mix the results of our studio practice under one banner and theme. Allowing the random selection of work each artist brings to the exhibition determine the answers to the questions previously posed in this essay. 

Let's mix it up and see! 

- Shingo Francis

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Self-Portraits by Sam Francis in "Psychological Perspectives," the journal of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles

 Cover Image: Untitled Self-Portrait, 1974, acrylic on paper, 29 1/2 x 22 inches

A group of Sam Francis Self-Portraits recently appeared in the first 2014 issue of "Psychological Perspectives," a quarterly journal of Jungian thought published the the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles. Color images appear on the front and back covers of the journal, complimented by seven images of black and white self-portrait lithographs appear illustrating articles in the interior. The issue also includes a short essay, "About the Artist: Sam Francis" by Sam Francis Foundation Board Member Nancy Mozur. 

The essay mentions how Sam Francis, who had a lifelong interest in Jungian psychology, was committed to the exploration of his interior life. 

For more information about the C. G Jung Institute, click here...

Sam Francis: Exhibition at Bernard Jacobson Gallery London extended through August 29th

Untitled, 1964, Acrylic on paper, 90.17 x 62.9 cms (35 1/2 x 24 3/4 ins).

Exhibition title: Sam Francis
Exhibition dates: 5th June – 29th of August, 2014
Location: Bernard Jacobson Gallery, 6 Cork Street, London, W1S 3NX
Opening hours: Monday- Friday: 10-6pm, Saturdays: 11-1pm except bank holiday weekends when we are closed.

Further information: 020 7734 3431,,

The Bernard Jacobson Gallery was founded in 1969 and is a major dealer specializing in modern and contemporary British and international art. Situated in the central London district of Mayfair the gallery has two main exhibition spaces and a graphics department all within 6 Cork Street. In March 2011 Bernard Jacobson Gallery opened a new space in New York at 17 East 71st Street, NY 10021. The gallery also has a strong presence at major international art fairs, participating at Art Hong Kong, London's Pavilion of Art and Design, and the prestigious Art Basel.

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Silver Wing Turquoise Bird, "Collective and Individual Works" at Young Projects

Silver Wing Turquoise Bird
Collective and Individual Works

May 23 - August 9th

Young Projects is very proud to present a rare glimpse into the work of one of LA's first visual art collectives working in moving imagery, the Single Wing Turquoise Bird

Formed in 1968, ‘the Bird’ began life as a “light show,” performing and creating live, improvisational, decidedly maximal visuals for groups such as Cream, Traffic, the Who, the Velvet Underground, the Grateful Dead and many more. At the same time, often at the behest of painter Sam Francis, they performed at museums, galleries and loft spaces alike, where musical tracks by LaMonte Young, Terry Reily, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and others provided the score. Today these performative films can now be seen as crucial benchmarks in the evolution of Expanded Cinema, which itself became instrumental in changing the way we think of cinema, the role of the apparatus, and what would later become video art.

Although the group disbanded 1973,  five original members (Larry Janss, David Lebrun, Peter Mays, Jeff Perkins and Michael Scroggins) and two new members (Amy Halpern and Shayne Hood) came together in 2010 to explore a new, wider range of ideas. 

Read about Silver Wing Turquoise Bird in the LA Times here...

For more information about the exhibition, click here...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sam Francis "Red in Red" to be featured in the Anderson Collection at Stanford

Sam Francis' "Red in Red" will be on permanent display in the new Anderson Collection at Stanford. 

The building will be open to the public on September 21st, 2014.