January 15 through March 31, 2015
This Space Intentionally Left Blank
Former Root Division Studio Artist, Tom Loughlin presents This Space Intentionally Left Blank, a new body of work exploring intersecting social systems in the world of financial planning. Loughlin’s multi media works highlight the abstraction of financial exchange, and track the evolution of transactions that, although they have roots in basic collaborative exchanges between people, deviate largely from that original form.
Loughlin’s work questions how systems are built to facilitate collaboration and collective negotiation of social landscapes. Those constructs include language, narrative, ideology, and spirituality. He is interested in the way these systems fail – not just the way they can break down, but the manner in which their proper functioning can obscure our ability to see things as they really are.
October 16, 2014 through January 7, 2015
PRIVATE! Come in!
Artists investigate privacy as an issue, a right, and a casualty of the digital age.
. . . have a great time! We won’t tell anyone.
July 17 through September 30, 2014
STATE OF CHANGE
New Works exploring California’s Latest “Gold Rush”!
by Julia Sackett
Thousands of young men rush from all over the world to San Francisco to try their hand at making a fortune. Most are between the ages of 18 and 30, most are unattached. They have risked it all to stake their claim, and with dreams of easy money, legendary saloons and loose women, they flock to the streets of San Francisco. They will change this place forever. In 2014, San Francisco is a city at the crossroads.
Julia Sackett is a San Francisco based artist who makes work about time, sentiment, and memory. She learned to love narrative history at Hampshire College, where she received a BA, and she learned to be an artist at the San Francisco Art Institute where she received her MFA. She has been a Root Division resident artist for the past two years.
May 1 through July 4, 2014
Mie Hørlyck Mogensen
STACK AND ROLL
works inspired by coins and the balance between saving and spending
curated by Amy Cancelmo of Root Division
Mie Hørlyck Mogensen is a Danish born artist with a history of public art installations that compel viewers to reconsider their surroundings. Her sculptural and video based works deal primarily with tools–both real and imagined, functional and nonsensical.
For the exhibition at the Spare Change Artist Space Mie has created a new body of work that explores the balance and tension between spending and saving—controlling and letting go. Pastel colored sculptural stacks of oversized round, flat plaster casts inspired by the stacking of coins, will be shown alongside video and audio actual coin stacking. Based on a Danish anecdote “coins are flat so you can stack them (save them) and round so you can roll them (spend them)”, Hørlyck Mogensen uses weights and balances to explore the relationship between saving and spending, having and not-having, value and worthlessness.
Driven by the function of form, each object projects a physical, oversized, brightly colored manifestation of conflicting economic messages. In a city currently battling a major class conflict this tension between saving and spending, giving and taking, having and not-having seems particularly poignant.
STACK AND ROLL is a multi-media exhibition featuring drawings, paintings, sculptures and video works.