Summer '08

July 8 - August 23, 2008

Stephen Wirtz Gallery announces concurrent exhibitions of new works in photography and sculpture by gallery artists. Loosely thematic, these two presentations will reveal current directions in the work of gallery artists.

Recent photographs by Jim Goldberg, Todd Hido, Paul Schiek, Larry Sultan, and Catherine Wagner will be presented in the large gallery. A presentation of abstract, enigmatic objects by castaneda/reiman, Misako Inaoka, Ulrike Palmbach, Lucy Puls, and Kathryn Spence will on view in the small gallery and will include some site-specific elements. Each exhibition will reveal lineages of influence among the artists.

Featured in the photography exhibition will be Larry Sultan’s recent photograph of Paris Hilton posing in the master bedroom of his childhood home in the San Fernando Valley. Todd Hido will present two landscape works from his new series “A Road Divided.” The series will be exhibited in full at Wirtz Gallery in October. A series of prints from Catherine Wagner’s “Flux Density” series will be on view. These startlingly detailed views of clouds of tiny aqueous bubbles were shot with an 8 x 10 camera and are stunning meditations on the beauty of everyday things. An installation of three photographs by Jim Goldberg from his recent work in India will be included in this show, examples from work completed for “Access to Life” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Paul Schiek will present a small series of recent photographs in advance of his September solo exhibition at Wirtz. Schiek will also be included in Bay Area Now 5 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The collaborative team of castaneda/reiman will create a site-specific work in the small gallery consisting of cast porcelain rocks arranged with drywall constructions and wall painting. New examples of Kathryn Spence’s object drawings will be presented on shelves and on the floor, and are created from stacked pieces of discarded fabric in loose arrangements with color pencil drawings on paper. A pair of Ulrike Palmbach’s enigmatic carved wood objects will. Lucy Puls will show a series of “Spice Boxes” cast from cinnamon and glue in cardboard boxes that are torn away to reveal the fragrant blocks inside. Also included in Bay Area Now 5, Misako Inaoka, will present a wall installation of resin objects that appear to morph between natural and manufactured worlds.