Record of Succession
January 13 - March 27, 2020
Opening Reception: January 13th, 6-8pm
Curated by Aimee Friberg
January 13 – March 27, 2020
Opening reception: January 13th, 6-8pm
San Francisco, Calif.—Aimee Friberg of CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions is pleased to announce that she will oversee curatorial programming for fused space, from January 2020, taking the baton from gallerist Jessica Silverman. fused space was founded in 2013 by world-renowned designer Yves Béhar as a place to explore the intersection of art and design. Housed within Behar’s fuseproject design firm, Friberg will bring socially-minded contemporary art into this nexus to examine and forward the interconnectedness of these two creative disciplines.
In 2020, Friberg will mount three thematic exhibitions that bring together artists whose practices explore the complexities of our times. Friberg’s tenure at fused space kicks off with the group show, Record of Succession, with artists, Patricia Fernandez, Masako Miki, Rashaad Newsome, Eamon Ore-Giron and Curtis Talwst Santiago. Record of Succession utilizes traditions in craft and design to explore personal ancestry and cultural mythology. The exhibition asks: What is the impulse behind the desire to reconnect with the past and how does it impact visual culture?
Patricia Fernández applies an archeological approach to traditional vessel design. She seeks to investigate histories and literature’s forgotten, misplaced, or buried, and embeds them into the everyday objects. Her boxes, hand-carved with Moorish patterns she learned from her grandfather, signal the intimate rituals of making.
Masako Miki draws on the ancient mythological traditions of her Japanese ancestry to fuse these symbols and stories with modernist architectural shapes and forms. The resulting sculptural works use the Shinto concept of yōkai, or “shape-shifters” as a metaphorical departure point to explore blurred boundaries and dichotomies within the human condition.
Rashaad Newsome, who will be showing concurrently his work across San Francisco this winter at Fort Mason’s Center for Art and Culture, MoAD, and Untitled Art Fair, revisits history and socio-cultural moments of alleged authorship to re-assign credit where it is due. Traditional design aesthetics from West Africa that are often attributed to Cubism are re-inserted to new narratives correcting the inaccuracies of the art historical record.
Eamon Ore-Giron examines art historical legacies of the Global South and those of the Western canon side by side. Traditional shapes from ancient Meso-American painters meet the bold edges of the modern Russian avant-garde. Through this visual excavation he bends time in such a way that the past floats to the present and the historical and contemporary find themselves in direct dialogue.
Curtis Talwst Santiago’s work considers the absence of certain narratives in dominant culture and draws on the tradition of storytelling to question the production of historical understanding. Working in miniature, his ring boxes and African Knight masks present a functioning design that can transport precious and functional objects through generations, becoming symbolic of oral historical practices.
On Friberg’s vision for fused space, she remarks:
I’m honored to collaborate with Béhar, contributing my curatorial vision to fused space by continuing CULT’s direction of giving voice or amplifying artists whose work addresses social context while implementing or responding to traditions and fundamentals of design practice. As a discipline, design has a tremendous influence on our social structures. Our alliance fosters the continued exploration of the power of art and design to shape social change.
On his decision to work with Friberg to continue the exhibition program, Yves Behar states:
Art is one of my passions and fused space is a way to directly engage with and support the art community. We are excited about the contribution we can make to the art and design worlds by working with Aimee Friberg and the artists she brings to fused space.
Friberg will host a concurrent group exhibition responding to Record of Succession at CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions opening January 10. For more information on either exhibition or the artists, visit cultexhibitions.com or contact the gallery.
ABOUT CULT AIMEE FRIBERG EXHIBITIONS
CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions is a contemporary art gallery for cutting edge work by emerging and established artists, founded in November 2013 by curator and performance artist Aimee Friberg. CULT bridges formal, conceptual and process- based investigations, across all media. Since its inception, CULT has quickly become the leading gallery in San Francisco for rigorous work that is both experimental and forward-thinking. CULT engages a broad Bay Area and international audience with programming that encourages artists, especially from underrepresented groups, to take risks with their work. Conceived as a commercial gallery that would engage its audience beyond the white cube, CULT has quickly become renowned for its provocative exhibition programming, as well as unorthodox performances, critical dialogues between artists, curators, and critics, and intimate dinners. The gallery is located at 1217 B Fell Street in the NOPA neighborhood of San Francisco.
ABOUT PATRICIA FERNANDEZ
Patricia Fernández (b. 1980, Burgos, Spain; lives and works in Los Angeles) received a BFA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2002 and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2010. Fernández has had solo exhibitions at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Spain (2015); 18th St. Arts Center, Santa Monica (2014); and LA><ART, Los Angeles (2014). Selected group exhibitions were held at Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana (2017); Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles (2017); Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012); and Clifton Benevento, New York (2010). Fernández is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2017-18); the Speranza Foundation Lincoln City Fellowship (2015), France-Los Angeles Exchange Grant (2012), California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2011), and Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant (2010).
ABOUT RASHAAD NEWSOME
Rashaad Newsome lives and works in New York City. He was born in 1979 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received a BFA in Art History at Tulane University in 2001. He has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals throughout the world, including The Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC); The National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC); The Whitney Museum (NYC); Brooklyn Museum (NYC); MoMAPS1 (NYC); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA); New Orleans Museum of Art (LA); Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris); The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow); and MUSA (Vienna). Newsome’s work is in numerous public collections including The Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC); Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC); The Brooklyn Museum (NYC); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA); McNay Art Museum (TX); The Chazen Museum of Art (WI); The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT); and The National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC). In 2010 he participated in the Whitney Biennial (NYC), and in 2011 the Greater New York exhibition at MoMAPS1 (NYC).
ABOUT EAMON ORE-GIRON
ABOUT CURTIS TALWST SANTIAGO
ABOUT MASAKO MIKI
Originally from Osaka, Japan, Masako Miki resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has exhibited throughout the region at venues including the Headlands Center for the Arts, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Kala Art Institute, and The Lab. She was a resident artist at The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Project 387 (Gualala, CA), Kamiyama Artists in Residency (Tokushima, Japan), Facebook Artist in Residence (Menlo Park, CA) and the de Young Museum with an accompanying solo exhibition in 2016. She received the 2018 Inga Maren Otto Fellowship from the Watermill Center in New York and 2017 Artist Fellow Award from Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. Miki received her MFA from San Jose State University and has been on the adjunct faculty at the University of California Berkeley, Davis, and Mills College. She will have be a part of the SF Art+Action Census Project in Spring 2020 and will have solo exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum in spring 202. Miki is represented by CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions in San Francisco.
Image credits (from top left): Masako Miki, Kyorinrin (animated ancient sutra) 2018; Eamon Ore-Giron, Infinite Regress LXIII, 2019; Curtis Talwst Santiago, African Knight Helmet 3, 2017
Patricia Fernandez, Rashaad Newsome, Eamon Ore-Giron and Curtis Talwst Santiago, Masako Miki
ABOUT CURTIS TALWST SANTIAGO Curtis Talwst Santiago (b. 1979, Edmonton, Alberta) studied as an apprentice of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Santiago has exhibited internationally at venues such as The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; The New Museum, New York, NY; The Eli and Edythe Broad Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada; The Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; and the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; among others. The artist was included in the SITE Santa Fe SITELines.2018 Biennial, Casa Tomada, in Santa Fe, NM and was featured in the 2018 Biennale de Dakar in Dakar, Senegal. The artist is currently included in the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto, Canada and his solo exhibition Can’t I Alter, opens in February 2020 at The Drawing Center, New York, NY. His work is in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY. Santiago lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.
October 3 - October 25, 2019
Opening Reception: October 3rd, 6-8pm
Curated by Hakki Serhat Cacekli & Naz Cuguoglu
The garden is, was and will be a possibility. Not only as a space of collaborative system, between species and inter-species relationships, but also as a place of imagination and resistance. It can be seen as a hole that opens up to another universe, be it sci-fi or good old storytelling. It is sort of a mindset: you can’t choose it, it chooses you. And it will choose you. It is a matter of what you do when the next supernova takes place. Will you go after the raccoon, cut roses to decorate the dinner table, or will you daydream about the seeds hiding under the ground and wonder who put them there. Your camouflage as a colonizer in relation to the invisible seed contradicts with your existence as an exile, voluntarily or involuntarily. Will you let your plants cross-breed, let the moss go wild, or will you cut a hundred-year-old tree in a botanical garden because it was not documented in the archives?
Coming from a place in which public joy is lagged, it is safe to linger towards to private, intimate, and personal. It is a tendency to create a moment to meditate on what is missing of the memory of a city that never was, to heal. Because it is not just about a garden in San Francisco, there are many more far away, that haunt you at night. Name it Gezi or Collective Cukurcuma, these collaborative ecosystems are to keep you awake in the age of (self)doubt and systematic nonsense.
Spend the night in your garden, hug the chthulucene—baby octopus, ladybug, and the raccoon—turn around, cut the moon in half and eat it.
Nobody knows, it did not happen.
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“Sanctuary” is a meditation on our back garden in San Francisco. It is an attempt to learn from plants, mushrooms and moss. Zooming in and out, looking for our reflection in the pond, trying to find our way through the labyrinth. Far from a recreation, each work acts as an allegory to understand our relation to informal gardens and their habitat, blurring the boundaries between inside and outside, human and non-human, to wither and to flourish.
 These questions raised during a curatorial workshop in Dresden, Germany. “The Whole Life Academy” was organized by HKW between May 19-25, 2019.
 Gezi Park Movement—another supernova that took place in Istanbul in 2013.
 Curatorial collective from Istanbul.
ASMA, Elizabeth Corkery, Nicki Green, Greg Ito, Rhonda Holberton, Brook Hsu, Alison O’Daniel, Lara Ögel, Woody De Othello, Susanne M. Winterling.
ASMA is an artist duo formed by the Ecuadorian artist Matias Armendaris (b. 1990) and the Mexican artist Hanya Belia (b. 1994) based in Mexico City. They have exhibited internationally including The Chicago Artist Coalition (USA), Galería Sankovsky (São Paulo), Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Quito (Ecuador), XIV Bienal de Cuenca (Ecuador), Mx Gallery (NY, USA), Access Gallery (Canadá), Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro (México). They received the Premio Brasil Awards to do a Residency at Pivô Arte e Pesquisa in São Paulo. The duo has participated in various international Art Fairs including ArtLima (Perú), Material Art Fair (México) Zona MACO (México) ArteBA (Argentina), Artissima (Italy) and CHACO (Chile) where they received the Coleccion CASA award to the best booth in the emerging section. They both received an MFA in the Painting and Drawing Department from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a full merit scholarship (The New Artist Scholarship Award). Armendaris holds a BFA in drawing and printmaking from Emily Carr University with both an entrance merit scholarship and The Christopher Foundation Scholarship, and Belia holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the Facultad de Artes y Diseño de la Universidad Autónoma de México (FAD – UNAM). They are recently nominated for the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) Grants and Commissions Program, 2020.
Elizabeth Corkery (b. 1986) lives and works in Sacramento, California. Born in Sydney, Australia, she moved to the United States after completing her BFA in Printmaking at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia. She received her MFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. She has been artist-in-residence at the Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; and The Slade, UCL, London, UK. She has received production and research funding in the US from Brooklyn Arts Council, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, as well as Australian philanthropic organizations The Australia Council, The Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust. Corkery has presented in solo and group exhibition at venues around the world, such as Beers Contemporary, London, UK; Telfer Gallery, Glasgow, UK; First Draft Gallery, Sydney, AU; Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Boylston, MA; and Outside Gallery, North Adams, MA, among others. She is also the Founder/Director of the international printmaking collaborative and publisher, Print Club, Ltd.
Nicki Green is a transdisciplinary artist working primarily in clay. Originally from New England, she completed her BFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009 and her MFA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018. Her sculptures, ritual objects and various flat works explore topics of history preservation, conceptual ornamentation and aesthetics of otherness. Green has exhibited her work internationally, notably at the New Museum, New York; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Rockelmann & Partner Gallery, Berlin, Germany; [ 2nd floor projects ], San Francisco. She has contributed texts to numerous publications including a recent piece in Duke University Press’ Transgender Studies Quarterly and a piece in Fermenting Feminism, Copenhagen. In 2019, Green was a finalist for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s SECA Award. She is also the recipient of a 2018 Graduate Fellowship from Headlands Center for the Arts, and of a 2019 Arts/Industry Residency from the John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts, among other awards. Green lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Greg Ito (b. 1987, Los Angeles) received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. Current exhibitions include an exhibition at The Drake Hotel (Toronto). Upcoming exhibitions include Anat Ebgi (Los Angeles), Weiden + Kennedy (Portland), Fused Space by Jessica Silverman (San Francisco), and Maake Magazine (Yucca Valley). Ito was awarded a residency at The Macedonia Institute (Hudson Valley, NY) in 2020 with Mario Ayala. Recent solo exhibitions include: The Garden at Penske Projects (Los Angeles), A Swamp Tale at No Place Gallery (Columbus, OH), Enchantment at Galerie Division (Montreal) and Arsenal Contemporary (Toronto), Lullaby at Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago), and Soothsayer at Steve Turner (Los Angeles). Recent group exhibitions include Smart Objects (Los Angeles), OCHI Gallery (Ketchum, ID), Five Car Garage (Los Angeles), Jeffrey Deitch (New York), Shulamit Nazarian (Los Angeles), Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago), Romer Young (San Francisco), 315 Gallery (Brooklyn), and MON CHÉRI (Brussels).
Rhonda Holberton holds a MFA from Stanford University and a BFA from California College of the Arts. Her multimedia installations make use of digital and interactive technologies integrated into traditional methods of art production. In 2014 Holberton was a CAMAC Artist in Residence at Marnay-sur-Seine, France, and she was awarded a Fondation Ténot Fellowship, Paris. Her work is included in the collection of SFMoMA and the McEvoy Foundation and has been exhibited at CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, FIFI Projects Mexico City; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF; Berkeley Art Center; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Holberton taught experimental media at Stanford University from 2015-2017 and is is currently Assistant Professor of Digital Media at San Jose State University. She lives and works in Oakland.
Brook Hsu (b. 1987, Pullman) Lives and works in New York. Hsu received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2010 and her MFA from Yale University, New Haven in 2016. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Renaissance Society (IL), Bahamas Biennale (MI), BBQLA (CA), Deli Gallery (NY), Double Double Land (Toronto, Canada), Carrie Secrist Gallery (IL), Galleri CC (Malmo, Sweden), GRIN Contemporary (RI), In Lieu (CA), Page (NY), Vacant Farm (MO), Vernon Gardens (CA) and Et al. (CA).
Alison O’Daniel (b. 1979) is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles working across sound, narrative, sculpture, installation and performance. Her projects, screenings, and performances have been included in Made in L.A. 2018, Hammer Museum; The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Anthology Film Archives, New York, and Art Los Angeles Contemporary. Solo exhibitions include Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; Art In General, New York; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles; Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France, among others. She is a recent recipient of a 2019 Creative Capital Award. O’Daniel received her BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art and MFA from University of California, Irvine. She will join the faculty of the California College of the Arts this fall.
Lara Ögel (b. 1987, Izmir, Turkey) lives and works in Istanbul. Ögel works in a variety of mediums from video, sculpture and works on paper to create site and context aware works. She is interested in site specificity and context specificity. Her wide range of production develops from a personal perspective and embodies larger universal concerns, often highlighting the vernacular of our time by using found objects and images and expending their contexts. She received her BA in Screen Studies from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Ögel attended the Intensive Summer Foundation at Slade School of Fine Art in London. She’s participated in artist residencies in PRAKSIS (Oslo) and Beirut Art Residency (Beirut). She’s shown works in Istanbul, Beirut, Hasselt, Paris, Leipzig, Basel, Athens, Porto, New York and Amsterdam, and her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Hyperallergic, ArtUnlimited, amongst others.
Woody De Othello (b. 1991 Miami) completed his MFA at the California College of Arts in San Francisco in 2017. He received his BFA from Florida Atlantic University with a concentration in Ceramics. Othello has exhibited widely in group exhibitions, including the recent FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial (2018) and the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial in Slovenia (2019). His work is on permanent view at the San Francisco International Terminal. In November 2019, Othello will have his first solo museum show at the San Jose Museum of Art. He is represented by KARMA in New York and Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco. Othello lives and works in Oakland, CA.
Susanne M. Winterling (b. 1970) lives and works in Berlin and Oslo. She is an interdisciplinary artist who received her MFA from Meisterschulerin and is a former member of Hamburg collective Akademie Isotrop. Between 2012 and 2014 Winterling held a Goethe Institute residency in Caracas. She has had numerous gallery and museum solo exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. Recently Winterling has been part of exhibitions at Kunstverein (Amsterdam), Lulu (Mexico City), Friedericianum (Kassel), GAK (Bremen) and Hiromi Yoshii Ropongi (Tokyo). Recent exhibitions and projects include Gravitational currents and the life magic, Empty Gallery HongKong; Barents spectacle, Kirkenes; Myths of the Marble, HOK Oslo and ICA Philadelphia; An Inventory of Shimmers, MIT List Boston, Contour Biennale 2017; Sitevisit, Kunstverein Freiburg; Complicity, Kunstverein Amsterdam; Tidalectics, tba 21 Vienna and MoMa Dubrovnik; Variations on time, Karma Ltd. Extended; Between Bodies, Henry Art Museum University of Washington, Luleåbiennalen 2018.