Artists pushing boundaries of form and content
July 11 – August 23, 2014
Live Residency July 21 – August 1, 2014
Reception Friday, August 1, 7-9pm
ASC Projects is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Rodney Ewing, on view from July 11 to August 23, 2014. The exhibition coincides with Ewing’s two-week live residency in project space from July 21 to August 1, and an artist reception will be hosted on Friday, August 1, 7–9pm. Ewing’s drawings and installations focus on his drive to question human histories, cultural conditions, and events by pursuing a narrative that requires us to be both present and intimate. This line of questioning and observation has preoccupied his practice over the years leading to the creation of several different distinct bodies of work that challenge established narrative modes of documentation.
For his residency, Ewing will delve further into one particular body: Day’s and Occasions—inspired by a group of poems by Octavio Paz and by the overheard conversations of strangers in a public space. These text-based installations and works on paper question how we view time, memory, and history as linear isolated constructs instead of concurrent moments. Physically, Days and Occasions consist of text applied directly to walls and panels with graphite. Each line of events/moments/observations is separated by increments of time that run parallel to each other to emphasize the analogous nature of our reality. With this technique of documentation Ewing is recording what happens between the minutes and seconds, the sublime to the ridiculous, the tragic and beautiful in order to create an account that is infinitely more intimate than what we are subjected to in our daily lives.
“Historical recollections and current event reporting require us to be tourists and by-standers. With this piece I am pursuing a narrative that requires us to be present and intimate, because understanding is knowledge examined and shared.”
Coinciding with his exhibition at ASC, Ewing’s work is included in The Intuitionist at the Drawing Center in New York from July 10th through the end of August.
Rodney Ewing has presented solo exhibitions at IcTus Projects and Frey Norris Gallery, and his work has been included in numerous group exhibitions locally and nationally, including the San Francisco Public Library; Beta Pictoris Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama; Frey Norris Gallery in San Francisco; Johnsonese Gallery in Chicago; Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland; Performance Art Institute in San Francisco; and the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara. He was nominated for the 2013 Eureka Fellowship, has been a nominee and a semi-finalist for the SECA Award, and was nominated for Bay Area Now in 2008 and 2013. He has garnered critical attention in publications such as Art News, Art Week, Artillery Magazine, and Black Arts Quarterly, among others. With a Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and a Master of Fine Art from West Virginia University, Rodney Ewing lives and works in San Francisco.
ASC Live Residency:
Hosted two to three times a year, ASC’s Live Residency offers the opportunity for artists to create work within the gallery during open hours, providing the public with a venue to interact with the artist, ask questions, and see the process of making. Each residency culminates in a solo exhibition that includes work created during the artist’s time in the space.
For more information on these or any other ASC Projects exhibitions, visit ascprojects.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASC Projects is located at #104 on Treat Avenue at 18th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District. We are open Tuesdays and Thursdays and readily by appointment.