Taking its title from the two components of binary code, ONES AND ZEROS presents work by a group of contemporary artists from the Bay Area who are reflecting on the digital revolution and its infiltration into our lives. While many artists have used digital technology and the Internet as a creative tool, artists Aaron Finnis, Charles Gute, Matt Lipps, Sanaz Mazinani, Simon Pyle, Stephanie Syjuco, and Margo Wolowiec create work that reflects critically on the condition of living in the computer age. These meditations, which take shape through a range of media, deflect attention away from technology as apparatus in order to focus on technology as subject. Curated by Jeanne Gerrity and Amy Owen. read more
Image: Simon Pyle, 2013-07-09 14.54.11.jpg, 2014. C-print, 18 x 22 in. Courtesy of the artist.
This exhibition highlights a selection of works from di Rosa’s permanent collection by conceptual ceramist Jim Melchert. Melchert’s unique method of dropping prefabricated ceramic tiles and reassembling them into new forms became one of his most well-known contributions to the medium. This technique is underscored in the suite of works dating from the 1990s. Melchert, along with other Bay Area contemporaries such as Ron Nagle, Richard Shaw, and Peter Voulkos, played a vital role in elevating the medium of ceramics from craft to fine art.
Image: Jim Melchert, Feathers of a Phoenix (Red) (detail), 2004. Ceramic, 93.5 x 78 in. di Rosa collection, Napa.
Work from 1957 to the present in all media by Bay Area artists including William Allan, Robert Arneson, Elmer Bischoff, Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Bruce Connor, Imogen Cunningham, Jay DeFeo, Roy De Forest, Wally Hedrick, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, David Ireland, Mike Henderson, Mildred Howard, Robert Hudson, Jim Melchert, Bruce Nauman, David Park, Alan Rath, Raymond Saunders, Larry Sultan, William Wiley, and others.