Join Aaron Harbour and artist George Pfau as we journey to the studio of artist Anthony Discenza.
Together we'll explore their practices which both use elements of popular culture as the source material for deeper explorations of the individuals place in a commodity and media saturated world. We'll meet in Anthony Discenza's studio, where we'll discuss both his gallery works and some of the larger public commissions he has worked on recently including the current Art on Market Street Kiosk Exhibition, his recent billboard (!), and his upcoming public work in Palo Alto. George Pfau will present some of his recent paintings that on the surface appear to be attractive, impressionist landscapes but hide zombies in careful dabs of oil paint.
From the Anthony Discenza's statement: Although I consider myself a visual artist, much of my work avoids the use of imagery. Instead, I employ various forms of textual description as a means to direct viewers towards acts of mental construction or visualization. Employing a wide range of different media, including computer-generated text, traffic signage, paperback books, video projection, and professional voiceover, I appropriate various aspects of mass culture, introducing disruptions into both the delivery and content of this material in order to generate deeper questions about the ways we interact with it.
From a story on Motherboard:
George Pfau is obsessed with zombies. Earlier this year, he published the Zombie Index, a massive illustrated work that showcased hundreds of zombies, each representing a different archetype of the undead. Perhaps prodded on by the Index's blogospheric success, Pfau returned just six months later with a new project called ZombieScapes. It's a suite of abstract paintings that transform terrifying scenes from the most famous zombie films into landscape art.
Host Aaron Harbour is a curator, writer and artist who, along with curating at other venues throughout the bay area, co-directs Et al. gallery in San Francisco, and writes for a number of publications include Fillip Magazine, SFAQ, Art Practical, and Decoy Magazine.
About the artist
Anthony Discenza received his Masters in Film and Video from California College of the Arts and his Bachelors in Studio Art from Wesleyan University. His work is directed by a preoccupation with interrupting the flow of information in various formats. While his work has been primarily video-based, it has also taken the form of other mediums such as text, imagery, and computer generated sound.
Anthony Discenza has exhibited widely, including SFMOMA, ICA London, Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp, Belgium, Ballroom Marfa, CCA Wattis, University of Chicago Museum, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the United Nations Pavilion in Shanghai, the Australian Center for the Moving Image, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Getty Center and the University of California Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, and at Catherine Clark Gallery and Et al. Gallery in San Francisco. Discenza was in the 2000 Whitney Bienial
His work has garnered critical acclaim in Artforum, Artweek, and ArtReview, among other publications.
In 2012 he received the Alumni New Works Award from Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California.