Against Automatism at fused space

15.Dordoy_Sleepwalker, 2015_Acrylic and watercolor on shell_3.5x2.25 inches

Artists: Jason Benson, Alex Dordoy, Paul Kos, Abu B Mansaray K.r.m. Mooney, Sydney Shen, Thomas Wachholz

Exhibition title: Against Automatism

Curated by: Jessica Silverman

Venue: fused space, San Francisco, US

Date: July 9 – September 5, 2015

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and fused space, San Francisco

In a world where mechanization rules, the works in “Against Automatism” privilege the maker’s hand and champion idiosyncratic marks over automatic gestures. They rally around the body as the origin and destination of art. They deploy hardware against itself, transforming the innocent into the knowing, the malevolent into the pure. A face becomes a trace; an ear a tear; a lark a spark. The works in “Against Automatism” are impressions, fantasies, and manifestations of the slim victories of sentience over reason.

Jason Benson (b.1987, Baltimore, MD) received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. He has been included in exhibitions at Queer Thoughts (Chicago), Bureau (New York) and Lodos (Mexico City). He was the co-director of Important Projects (Oakland) from 2009-2014 and has an upcoming solo exhibition at Bodega (New York). Benson lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Alex Dordoy (b.1985, Newcastle, UK) attended De Ateliers (Amsterdam) and received his BA from The Glasgow School of Art. He has had solo exhibitions at The Modern Institute (Glasgow), GRIMM (Amsterdam), Inverleith House (Edinburgh) and Christian Andersen (Copenhagen). He has been included in group shows at Bergen Kunsthall (Bergen), David Roberts Art Foundation (London) and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh). Dordoy lives and works in London, England.

Paul Kos (b.1942, Rock Springs, WY) received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Kos has exhibited widely and has been included in exhibitions at MOCA (Los Angeles), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), SFMoMA, Contemporary Art Museum (Cincinnati) and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin). He is featured in the public collections of MoMA, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), ICA Philadelphia and the Guggenheim. Kos lives and works in San Francisco, CA, where he has shown with Paule Anglim Gallery since 1989.

Abu Bakarr Mansaray (b.1970, Tongo, Sierra Leone) currently has a display of his drawings in Okwui Enwezor’s Venice Biennale. His work has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museum der Weltkulturen (Frankfurt), Wien Kunsthalle (Vienna), Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), and Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), among others. After many years in the Netherlands, Mansaray now lives and works in Sierra Leone.

K.r.m. Mooney (b. 1990, Seattle, WA) received a BFA from California College of the Arts (San Francisco). Currently, Mooney has a solo exhibition at the Wattis Institute (San Francisco) through August 2015 and has been included in exhibitions at Bad Reputation (Los Angeles), Jancar Jones (Los Angeles), Hester (New York) and Material (Mexico City). Mooney lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Sydney Shen (b. 1990, New York, NY) received her BFA. from Cooper Union. Shen has been included in exhibitions at Derek Eller Gallery (New York), Jancar Jones (Los Angeles), Serpentine Galleries (London) th and Hester (New York). Shen is co-author of Perfume Area, a book of prose published by Ambient Works. She lives and works in New York, NY.

Thomas Wachholz (b.1984, Cologne, Germany) attends the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He has exhibited at Yves Klein Archive (Paris), RaebervonStenglin (Zürich), Nymphius Projekte (Berlin) and Roberts & Tilton (Los Angeles). His American solo show will be in January 2016 with Mier Gallery (Los Angeles).

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8.Benson_Untitled, 2015_Plumbing pipe and fittings,completed lamp kit,foam core,cardboard

Jason Benson, Untitled, 2015

9.Benson_Untitled, 2015_Plumbing pipe and fittings,completed lamp kit,foam core,cardboard

Jason Benson, Untitled, 2015

10.Benson_Untitled, 2015_Plumbing pipe and fittings,completed lamp

Jason Benson, Untitled, 2015

11.Benson_Untitled, 2015_Plumbing pipe and fittings,completed lamp

Jason Benson, Untitled, 2015

12.Benson_Untitled, 2015_Plumbing pipe and fittings,partial lamp

Jason Benson, Untitled, 2015

13.Benson_Untitled, 2015_Plumbing pipe and fittings,partial lamp kit

Jason Benson, Untitled, 2015

14.Dordoy_Sleepwalker, 2015_Acrylic and watercolor on shell_2.75x2inches

Alex Dordoy, Sleepwalker, 2015

15.Dordoy_Sleepwalker, 2015_Acrylic and watercolor on shell_3.5x2.25 inches

Alex Dordoy, Sleepwalker, 2015

16.Dordoy_Sleepwalker, 2015_Acrylic and watercolor on shell_3.75x2inches

Alex Dordoy, Sleepwalker, 2015

17.Dordoy_Sleepwalker, 2015_Acrylic and watercolor on shell_3x2 inches

Alex Dordoy, Sleepwalker, 2015

18.Dordoy_Wednesday 1_2014_Acrylic on canvas

Alex Dordoy, Wednesday 1, 2015

19.Dordoy_Wednesday 2_2014_Acrylic on canvas

Alex Dordoy, Wednesday 2, 2015

20.Dordoy_Wednesday 3_2014_Acrylic on canvas

Alex Dordoy, Wednesday 3, 2015

21.Kos_Emboss I_1995_B&W photograph_80 x 38 inches_Courtesy of Gallery Paule Anglim

Paul Kos, Emboss I, 1995

22.Kos_Emboss II_1995_B&W photograph_80 x 38 inches_Courtesy of Gallery Paule Anglim

Paul Kos, Emboss II, 1995

23.Kos_Emboss III_1995_B&W photograph_80 x 38 inches_Courtesy of Gallery Paule Anglim

Paul Kos, Emboss III, 1995

24.Mansaray_HELL, 2015_Graphite, wax pastel and pen on paper_43 3_4 x 58 3_4 inches

Abu B Mansaray, HELL, 2015

25.Mooney_Ductile Structure I, 2015_Cast organic compounds, silver plated steel_3x4.25inches_01

K.r.m. Mooney, Ductile Structure I, 2015

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K.r.m. Mooney, Ductile Structure I, 2015

27.Mooney_Ductile Structure II, 2015_Cast organic compounds, silver plated steel_3.5x5.25inches

K.r.m. Mooney, Ductile Structure II, 2015

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K.r.m. Mooney, I.V. I, 2015

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K.r.m. Mooney, I.V. I, 2015

30.Mooney_I.V. II, 2015_Cast organic compounds, silver plated bronze_1.5x7inches_01

K.r.m. Mooney, I.V. II, 2015

31.Mooney_I.V. II, 2015_Cast organic compounds, silver plated bronze_1.5x7inches_02

K.r.m. Mooney, I.V. II, 2015

34.Shen_F-Hole (Dirty Couch)_2015_Digital print, sueded matboard, frame_18 x 12 inches_Courtesy of Hester

Sydney Shen, F-Hole (Dirty Couch), 2015

35.Shen_F-Hole (Dirty Glass), 2015_Digital print, sueded matboard, frame_18 x 12 inches

Sydney Shen, F-Hole (Dirty Glass), 2015

36.Shen_F-Hole (Dirty Lamp)_2015_Digital print, sueded matboard, frame_18 x 12 inches_Courtesy of Hester

Sydney Shen, F-Hole (Dirty Lamp), 2015

37.Wachholz_Ohne Titel (Reibflache) ,2015_Red phosphorous and binder on wood

Thomas Wachholz, Ohne Titel (Reibfläche), 2015

38.Wachholz_Ohne Titel (Reibflache),2015_Red phosphorous and binder on wood

Thomas Wachholz, Ohne Titel (Reibfläche), 2015

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