Wish You Were Here: a Localized “Souvenir Shop”

Written by Ruixuan Li

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Storefront of ELL, Wish You Were Here, San Francisco 2016. Photo by Ruixuan Li

Presented at the new exhibition space at ELL, Downtown San Francisco, the collaborative exhibit Wish You Were Here opened its inaugural show October 14, 2016, and will remain open through the end of the year. The works were contributed by a group of talented San Francisco-based artists from Day Dreamers Limited (founded by Kelly Tunstall, Ferris Plock, and Howard Cao, and powered by Form & Fiction). The exhibit includes typical souvenir items such as t-shirts, mugs, a specially designed press penny machine, postcards printed with artists’ drawings and displayed on a spinner rack, and a gumball machine filled with gold leaf fortune cookies, among others.

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Hugh Scott-Douglas: Promises to Pay in Solid Substance

Written by Ruixuan Li – Dec 2014

2-hsd_install_02Presented at the Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco, the solo exhibition Promises to Pay in Solid Substance (September 5 – November 1, 2014) by the Brooklyn-based, emerging Canadian artist Hugh Scott-Douglas, includes three new bodies of work: Economist (2014), Amazon.com (2014), and Heavy Images (2014), and one of his older works, entitled Screentones (2014), which first appeared in Takashi Murakami’s exhibition space in Tokyo. Curated by the gallery’s owner Jessica Silverman, the exhibition comes with an informally printed “zine”, which includes an essay written by Hugh Scott-Douglas, downloadable as a PDF file from the gallery’s website. By assembling technology-related objects into this exhibition, Scott-Douglas’ latest works create a conversation around the relationships between digital and analog forms, within contemporary life and in particular the economy today. In this discussion, I reflect on how the works complicate some of these relationships and how the relationships might be changing over time and within different contexts. One might argue that this project demonstrates that value and meaning in a digital or analog world depends on time and background.

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