Ongoing to March 5 – Stephanie Syjuco: White Balance/Color Cast at Anderson Collection at Stanford University: White Balance/Color Cast derives from Syjuco’s established interest in photographic standards of imaging, color calibration charts, and photography’s suggestive powers. The commonly used term, white balance, refers to the process of removing an image’s color cast, shifting the image to what could be considered a more “neutral” or accurate representation. In Syjuco’s case, she uses these traditional imaging terms to question how photography and imaging standards—such as the quest for “correct” color—reflect deep seated biases, positioning whiteness as its center.
Thursday, November 3, 6:00 pm – Stephanie Syjuco in Conversation with Kim Beil: Syjuco will discuss her exhibition on view, her artistic process, and how her work addresses belonging, racialization, difference, and visibility. Kim Beil is the Associate Director of ITALIC (Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture) program at Stanford and an art historian who specializes in the history of photography. Reserve tickets here.
November 3 to December 17 – Chris Johanson at Altman Siegel: Contemplating the cycle of life, and of the material possessions we accumulate, Johanson’s focus on repurposing found objects has deepened. Trading wood substrates for canvases constructed with found stretcher bars and recycled drop cloths, materials more resistant to paint than commercial canvas, Johanson has intentionally slowed down his process, using painting as a means of mindfulness and meditation. In slowing down, Johanson has eschewed text and figuration for thoughtful abstraction, utilizing form, color, and movement to reflect on themes of bereavement, connection, and impermanence. His swirling color fields, each shade unique, create peaceful rhythms, underscoring the artist’s exploration of artmaking as a healing, therapeutic process.
November 18 – Kongkee: Warring States Cyberpunk at the Asian Art Museum: Kongkee, an award-winning animation director and visual artist, takes you back to the future in an odyssey 2,000 years in the making. Explore an immersive animated futurist fantasy — part comic book, part motion picture — making its North American debut. Kongkee’s Warring States Cyberpunk traces the legendary Chinese poet Qu Yuan’s soul on a journey from the ancient Chu Kingdom to an imagined 21st century Asia of cyborgs, electro rock, and surprising romantic reunions.
November 5 to January 7 – Marco Castillo: Parlor Games at Haines Gallery: Castillo’s ongoing investigation into the visual lexicon of post-Revolutionary Cuba sees him embodying a fictional designer from this time. Colorful works on paper from his Libreta de notas (Notebooks) series showcase these experiments in abstraction, each synthesizing the period’s aesthetic modes. At the center of the exhibition is Familia Castillo Valdes (2022), a multipart mahogany sculpture from Castillo’s latest series Juego de sala, which engages with forms and materials from Cuban modernism while examining the consequences of the revolution on domestic life.
Ongoing to December 23 – Richard Learoyd at Fraenkel Gallery: Learoyd’s recent work deepens his exploration of classical themes, using exacting techniques to create pictorially lush, one-of-a-kind photographs. The exhibition features approximately twenty works— nudes, still lifes, and portraits—made over the last three years using the artist’s room-sized camera obscura in London. His meticulous process uses cumbersome technology to make rich, grainless images that are painterly in their nuanced attention to pose, detail, tone, and texture.