Opening Reception: As If @ Provisional Gallery, San Francisco [13 July]

Opening Reception: As If

18:00 - 21:00

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Provisional Gallery
792 Bay Street, San Francisco, California 94109
As If

Opening Reception: Friday, July 13, 6:00pm — 9:00pm

“As if,” short for “as would be the case if,” is also a display of disbelief and suspicion, sometimes even disgust, similar to “Yeah, right!”

The general skepticism towards technology never seems to slow down its rapid advancements. Clearer, swifter, and more powerful; the virtual is encroaching closer onto reality. Oftentimes, visual culture is redirected by the latest technological innovations. This exhibition throws itself into this redirected culture which permeates our lives, and suggests a gesture of camouflage—disguising itself as an array of works which seem incidental or commonplace. The artists register their perceptions in the technological landscape, and each inquires into or casts suspicion on our attachments to and engagements with technology—its materials, artistries, procedures, languages, and forms. The shared strategy here is one of the “as if”—the artists presume, posture, twiddle, and redact.

Cohabiting with a cafe, a non-specific and non-immersive site, the show also asserts a viewing experience from the mundane. What's presented and how it is presented in the space appears to be unseasonable, or at least not satisfying enough.

With: Rosa Aiello, Nancy Buchanan, Angel Chen, Simona Fitcal, Jen Liu, Christopher Squier, Emilio Vavarella, Damon Zucconi, Pedro Zylbersztajn

Curated by: Ziying Duan

Exhibition: July 6 to September 23, 2018
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 7AM — 5PM


Special thanks to the Yurovsky family for their generous support.

Graphic design by Simon Rabyniuk.

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