‘drone of perseus’
September 9 - October 23, 2017
Opening reception September 9, 2017, 6-10pm
How long into the future will our language exist? Across the universe, in a place where no matter or radiation can escape, sings the cluster of Perseus. At 57 octaves below middle C, this lonely hero drones at a frequency of 10 million years, imperceptible to the human ear. Each great society has a history of being born, flourishing, crumbling, and dying. Certainly, we must attempt to touch our distant future as we follow our fate. Can artists create a new language which can withstand societal breakdowns and natural or anthropogenic disasters? What should they say?
Abandoning the alpha-numeric and emoji-ridden language of our time, these artists rely on tone, color, material, geometry, and sound (or lack thereof) to communicate to the thick darkness of an unknown future.
Somewhere I Have Never Traveled
(a study in transformative processes)
H I L D E e.b. is pleased to present “Somewhere I have never traveled” an exhibition by Robert Canali at Hand Space in Oakland, California.
11 years in the making, Canali’s free-form travelogue catalogs the last days of the San Francisco Flower Mart, while simultaneously exhausting his stock of analog photographic materials. These parallel journeys are illustrated by large scale, painterly exposures. A total of 252 sheets of dead stock photo paper and discarded flowers make up the six completed compositions in the exhibition. Canali offers the viewer a complex query about time, recollection, and the rapid advancement of modern life. The moment these flowers hit the light sensitive paper, they became emblematic of transformative processes, a memory of a memory.
“He liked the fragility of those moments suspended in time. Those memories whose only function had been to leave behind nothing but memories.” Chris Marker, Sans Soleil, 1983
The abstracted moments depicted in these photograms are at once immediate and fleeting. Moments recalling San Francisco’s recent history, “progress,” and erasure — spaces of thorough and dramatic change, life and death. The sunlight blackens the paper as it passes over each petal, leaf, and stem; with no visible white light, the wilting flowers act as thresholds between the viewer and the past long lost, solidifying the moment.
Robert Canali is a Canadian artist based in San Francisco, California. He received his BFA from York University in 2011. Canali has shown at various venues in Toronto, New York City, Brussels, and Paris, including: the Peel Museum, Gallery TPW, Flash Forward 2010, Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair, Super Dakota, and FIAC.
H I L D E e.b. is located in downtown Oakland, CA at 634 15th Street Oakland CA, 94612 at HANDS.