Michael Jackson, stonecarving, and memory — at “Universal Remote,” “every stone tethered to sleep/every presence wedded to stone,” and “Both Are True,” the subjects of the three new solo exhibits are unrelated. Really. There's no need to relate them to each other. It's OK. Jamie Cortez, Kenneth Lo, and Ginger Wolfe-Suarez, respectively, are all what's called “emerging” artists, but we've seen their stuff before and we know them to be accomplished producers of work sophisticated in concept and rigorous in execution. Lo's subject isn't really stonecarving — it's death, or the death of your idea of yourself when you count up the hours spent playing video games, or question too closely whether you are truly, truly loved in the way in which you wish to be loved. He uses some stonecarving in the service of this scab-picking, though. Cortez' MJ pieces look at creation, absence, and one man's epically surprising ideas of himself, and Wolfe-Suarez presents a “sensory landscape” in which you must use your idea of yourself to determine what your memories have made of you … uh oh. These exhibitions have been commissioned by San Francisco's freaky-deakiest nonprofit gallery.
The opening reception for “Universal Remote,” “every stone tethered to sleep/ every presence wedded to stone,” and “Both Are True” starts at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 7. Continues through Feb. 19, 2011