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Ten by Twenty

Marking their ten-year anniversary as one of the most influential contemporary art spaces in the city, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has presented Ten by Twenty, an exhibition comprised solely of collaborative works. The teams are made up of one artist who has previously shown at the Center, and another who has not, in the attempt to create dialogues that can span age, geographical and cultural distances, mirroring Yerba Buena's own mission to do the same in exhibitions of the last ten years.

Alicia McCarthy and Rubi Neri (both artists touted as originators of the "Mission School") have worked together to create sculptural installations and two-dimensional paintings/drawings that expand and engage the space of the anteroom. An especially beautiful piece comprised of bowing, brightly colored metal bars takes the forgotten space underneath the stairs as its site.

Ladders covered in highly reflective fabric and stacked akimbo occupy the middle of the large gallery, and are coupled with photographs that feature bright balls, lines or specks of bright light that interrupt the frame. Both groups, by Will Rogan and Lucy Pullen, can be seen to elevate an "everyday" material to that of the psychological or even metaphysical.

Upstairs, a lavender wall is lined with yellowed reproductions of the correspondence between Josh Greene and Michael Loggins, an artist-in-residence at Creativity Explored, reminds one of the beautiful fissures in language that can occur when we talk honestly about our own quotidian experiences of life, and the potential joys and terrors of running a lemonade stand.

Some of the works featured in the show demand a much more dedicated viewing, not to say that in the end, this does not pay off. In particular, Ricky Jay and Rosamund Percell's project, which is also located upstairs (in Gallery 3), is comprised of an exquisite collection of "loaded" dice, photographs, and an audio component. If the viewer can take the time to slow down, it is well worth it.

The projects mentioned are only a small cross-section of the exhibition, which also features Four in a Row, an ongoing exhibition featuring collaborations between the performing, film/video and visual art worlds (look for a daily schedule posted on the website.). Perhaps one of the most interesting and enigmatic aspects of the show is a table littered with catalogues of exhibitions and artists, presented and supported by Yerba Buena- an incredibly diverse and dedicated institution that takes as its vision what the arts CAN be- in the last ten years. Take a moment to browse through them, as they form a complex portrait of the Bay Area art scene, as it is, as it was, and as it will be.

On display from October 18 - January 4
<a href="../museums/yerbabuena.htm">Yerba Buena Center for the Arts</a>
701 Mission St @ 3rd, San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415.978.ARTS (2787)
$6 regular/$3 seniors and students/Free for Members