Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wayne Smith, 5 Short Holidays

Gallery 16 is excited to announce its fourth exhibition with artist Wayne Smith. His exhibition 5 Short Holidays continues his interest in scanner-based imagery, repetitive drawing techniques, and working with found printed matter. The show will feature a new group of digital prints, collage works with imagery layered between glass and ink and pencil drawings on pieces of wood.  The show will also include a text-based installation piece that foregrounds his interest in writing/collecting seemingly random and often humorous titles for nonexistent projects. The title “5 Short Holidays” playfully refers to his decision to present work in these various styles. The title is also shared with an EP by Smith’s ongoing music project Aero-Mic’d to be released during the run of the show.

We made an online catalog in conjunction to the exhibition, please take a look!

Wayne Smith is a visual and sound artist who lives and works in San Francisco. Working in a variety of media including drawing, installation and video, his work has been shown locally and internationally. In 2007, he collaborated with Berlin-based artist D-L Alvarez on a sound and video installation inspired by Joan Didion’s “The White Album” that took place at Derek Eller Gallery, NY. A video installation at Exile Gallery in Berlin, Germany was shown as part of the “Psychometry” exhibition in 2009.


Jock McDonald, Havana; The Longview

Gallery 16 is pleased to present a new body of photographic work by Jock McDonald  
Havana:The Longview explores the contradictions and symbols of Cuban life.

We made an online catalog in conjunction to the exhibition. Please take a look!
Jock McDonald Havana; The Longview 

McDonald’s interest in Cuba has spanned two decades. During this time he has photographed
the island and it’s people in depth. In this body of work McDonald set out to capture all 8 kilo-
meters of Havana’s Malecon, the famous sea-clinging boulevard, site of the Gran Prix and iconic
speeches of Castro and Che Guevara. El Malecon, Spanish for breakwater, took 50 years to
build, beginning in 1901 under military rule by the United States and was completed in 1952.
McDonald photographed the complete boulevard facing both the city and seaside. It was cap-
tured over a three year period and contains 288 photographic frames. With homage to Ed Rus-
cha’s famed 1966 book, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, McDonald presents El Malecon a
epic book over 100 feet in length which records every inch of the famous boulevard in Havana.
The book documents the decay and renewal of this dynamic stretch of road on the Cuban north
shoreline. It stands as the only document of it’s kind and photographically preserves this historic
place for all time.

You can read a review of Jock's exhibition in Huffington Post here 

McDonald also presents a series of large format prints, some assembled from hand cut strips
and woven together. The images reference the iconography of Cuban existence and the ever
present Sea which is both life sustaining and a dramatic symbol of Cuban isolation.
Jocks photographs are in the collections of The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Muse-
um of Fine Arts in Houston, The di Rosa Art and Preserve and have been exhibited worldwide.