salon des refusés: headlands edition

The annual Headlands Center for the ArtsClose Calls” exhibition is a strange and special thing. While, yes, it’s an exhibition of works by artists who almost made it into the residency program, it is by no means, in any way shape or form, a show of the dregs. Far far from it. Close Calls does a nifty job of honoring the enormous pool of rock-star talent that applies for this tiny handful of residencies, and acknowledges that the work these candidates make still merits critical attention and exhibition. In a way, it also acknowledges the arbitrariness of selection: some of the people in this close calls exhibition have still won some of the most prestigious awards out there, which kind of leads things back to that “crapshoot” post I wrote a few months ago.

I’m excited by the work of a number of artists in the show, but I’ve got a special place in my heart for whatever April Banks, Renée Gertler, Amy Hicks, Amanda Hughen & Jennifer Starkweather, Helena Keeffe, Chris Sollars, and Weston Teruya will bring to the table in this exhibition. A ver.

The show opened on January 13, but the reception is this Sunday, Feb 3rd, from 2 to 5 pm.
Because who watches football, anyway?


From the Headlands press release:

Each year in January and February, while our Artist in Residence programs are in recess, we open our Project Spaces to host this exhibition as an effort to further support and showcase the great breadth of talent in our region.

Close Calls: 2008 provides another opportunity to highlight the extraordinary caliber of work being produced by Headlands applicants in the Bay Area, to build a community of peers among these artists and to engage them with Headlands’ audiences. This year’s exhibition is divided into two thematic groupings, dictated by trends apparent in the work of the selected artists. In the Eastwing Project Space, the works on view tend toward engagement with the artists’ physical environments, whether natural landscapes or manmade architectures. In the Westwing Project Space, the works engage with the artists’ social environments, which may include family, immediate community or the global network enabled by contemporary media. The forms these artworks take range from drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography to installation, film, video and interactive media.

January 13 to February 25
Opening Reception: Sunday Feb 3, 2-5 pm
Where: Headlands Center for the Arts
944 Fort Barry Sausalito, CA 94965

(And for you non-art-history-geeks out there, this post’s title refers to this.)

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