Joe Rees is a complex man; we know this because his two main media are neon tubes and punk video. At the art exhibition "Transformer," both are on display for the first time in 20 years. It takes a big brain to shuttle between manipulating delicate glass filaments into minimalist furniture mockeries and taping the live show Crime played at San Quentin and a big heart to survive the earthquake that destroyed one and the apathy that hid the other. The Loma Prieta quake broke most of Rees' brittle sculpture in 1989, but the gallery recently helped him re-create some of it and we're excited to see rare footage of the Cramps' Lux Interior, may he rest however he likes. Rees' tape archive is enormous and not all of it is part of this exhibition, but the Yerba Buena Center has plans to screen more chunks of it early next year.
Nov. 20-Dec. 22, 2009