conrad guevara, lindsay tully, lana williams
bon/anza 3 : dress for this
oct 18 - dec 6 2013
'dress for this' is a call to action — an invitation and a demand, a caution and a certainty, a dilemma and an opportunity.
a shifting interplay between the mediums of sculpture, filmmaking, and painting, bon/anza 3 : dress for this is the fourth collaborative exhibition by the artists conrad guevara, lindsay tully, and lana williams. their practice examines forms of contingency through a collapsing and continuity of work that inscribes their spirited partnership in formal compositions and display.
in consideration of the way that presentation attributes, masks, and alters meaning, individual pieces within their installation change character in relation to each other. material, spacial, and temporal differences present themselves, blend, and melt away in flashes of motion, color and light. as formal definitions blur, so too does the distinction between the artists' individual practices, a strategic challenge to the value of authorship and the fixity of identity. in doing so, bonanza places the viewer at the heart of the exchange.
rather than imagine an erasure of divisions or a muting of individual voices, this work and its transformations examines the way that meaning relies on recognition. engendering alter-identities and new sets of relations, bonanza's collaboration, the space, and the public together propose multiplicities of experience, a game of appearing and being, and being anew.
supplementing this installation is a screening of films november 16 , as well as a major book release december 6 — with contributions by marion anthonisen, laura boles faw, cathy fairbanks, sarah hotchkiss and carey lin, aaron harbour and jackie im, lovett / codagnone, kait mooney, amanda roscoe mayo, legacy russell, margit galanter and nicholas andre sung, chris vargas and greg youmans, and wendy yao.
bonanza (b. 2011 san francisco, lives in the bay area) is the collective practice of conrad guevara, lindsay tully, and lana williams. an interaction between the mediums of sculpture, filmmaking, and painting, bonanza's work focusses on abstraction, identity, and issues of authorship, challenging the idea of the heroic artist. in displays of playful contingency, their environments highlight the relations between individual works of art, taking into account the histories and formal qualities of their exhibition spaces. in addition to their installations, bonanza makes works that serve as platforms for artists, writers, and thinkers in various fields: screenings, publications, and performances. they have exhibited at sfai / the old mint, and artists' television access, in san francisco. >
conrad guevara (b. 1986 tacoma, lives in san francisco) sits between the disciplines of painting, sculpture and installation, bringing elements together to create new entities. everyday objects are paired with traditional sculptural materials, retaining traces of their origins, but formally re-imagined within guevara’s aesthetic lexicon. guevara is an mfa graduate of the san francisco art institute and has exhibited in the bay area, south carolina, and tel aviv, israeI. guevara works collaboratively in two projects. francoguevara is a collaboration with c. franco maldonado with shows at third st. studios and the lab, sf. bonanza is a collaboration with lindsay tully and lana williams with shows at the swell gallery, the old mint, ata window gallery and n/a gallery, including the editing of a publication.
lindsay tully (b. 1984 bremerhaven, germany, lives and works in oakland) creates films where medium specificity — the miscalculations of multiple exposures, the performativity of hand processing, and the use of mark making techniques — results in an immediate film experience. making works that are durational as well as installation based, tully creates a cinematic space that counters conventional expectations of story telling, be it through formalism or subjectivity. tully graduated from the san francisco art institute in 2013 with the outstanding graduate award in filmmaking and has been shown and screened in new york, baltimore, vermont, san francisco, and oakland. tully is part of bonanza, a collaboration with conrad guevara and lana williams with shows at swell gallery, the old mint, ata window gallery, and n/a.
lana williams (b. 1987 little rock, arkansas, lives in oakland) creates paintings and sculptures that use abstraction as way of complicating binary relationships of masculine/feminine, calculated/provisional, formal/playful, assertive/quiet, decorative/avant-garde. she is an mfa graduate of the san francisco art institute and has shown her work in the bay area and new york. williams is part of bonanza, a collaboration with lindsay tully and conrad guevara with shows at the swell gallery, the old mint, the ata window gallery and n/a gallery, including the editing of a publication.
photograph by bonanza >