Occupy the Empty

June 11 – July 10, 2010, Romer Young Gallery (formerly Ping Pong Gallery), San Francisco, CA

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Occupy the Empty, partial gallery view (L to R): Pearl Necklace, Greyscale (Painting for Giving Time and Taking Time), Last Words, and Jury Box, 2010

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Jury Box, Acrylic on two stretched canvases, 54 x 156 inches, 2010

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Jury Box, Acrylic on two stretched canvases, each 54 x 156 inches, 2010

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Jury Box, Acrylic on two stretched canvases, 54 x 156 inches, 2010

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Pearl Necklace, Resin, enamel, steel, and wire, 60 x 80 x 12 inches, 2010

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Pearl Necklace, detail

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Pearl Necklace, detail

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Greyscale (Painting for Giving Time and Taking Time) and Last Words with Jennifer O'Keeffe and Sally Elesby
Photo credit: Liz Wing

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Video still from Last Words: Fanny Nudo tells the story of Joe Hill, labor organizer, songwriter, and socialist.
"Hill was caught, arrested, and executed in Utah. His last words were: "Whatever you do don't bury me in Utah." Friends promptly stole his body, took it to the Socialist center of Chicago and had Joe cremated. They sent packets of his ashes to all the IWW chapters in the US (with the exception of Utah) and on May Day 1916 his ashes were released to the wind."

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Greyscale (Painting for Giving Time and Taking Time) and Last Words with Michael Crain
Photo credit: Liz Wing

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Last Words reading in progress

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Greyscale (Painting for Giving Time and Taking Time), Black and white gesso on sewn canvas, 48 x 63 inches, 2010

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Last Words, Television, stool, pedestal, "canvassing" sign-up clip-board, collection of famous “last words”

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Occupy the Empty, detail

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Partial gallery view: Drawing for Dad (and Sacco and Vanzetti), Pearl Necklace, and Two Breasts, a Penis, a Vagina, and an Asshole

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Two Breasts, a Penis, a Vagina, and an Asshole, Edition varité, Screenprint and hand-painting, 10/1 AP, 30 x 20 inches, 2010

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Installation view: Drawing for Dad (and Sacco and Vanzetti) and Two Breasts, a Penis, A Vagina, and an Asshole

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Drawing for Dad (and Sacco and Vanzetti), Archival digital print, 32 x 24 inches, 2010

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Drawing for Dad (and Sacco and Vanzetti), Archival digital print, 32 x 24 inches, 2010

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Installation view: Reminder and Pleb Bench

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Pleb Bench, Refurbished wood bench, 20 x 96 x 16 inches, 2010

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Reminder, Found wooden object, 2010

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From Matt Susmann for the San Francisco Guardian:

“Amanda Curreri wants you. Like the open-ended phrasing of its title, “Occupy the Empty,” Curreri’s second solo show at Ping Pong Gallery is both a basic statement of what an artist does within an exhibition space and a call to action soliciting the viewer to step in, step up, and take a stand. Or perhaps the phrase should be “take the stand,” since, as the artist explained to me during a recent gallery visit, the arrangement of the installation’s components roughly mirrors the layout of a courtroom…” (read more)

 

Here are some links to more press about Occupy the Empty:
SF GuardianArt PracticalArt BusinessRiksutstallningar (Swedish Traveling Exhibition Magazine)

Please see Romer Young Gallery’s website for more info.