Art Center is pleased to present F(r)iction, an exhibition
of mixed media installations by Maria Porges. Maria Porges is an
artist, writer, and Associate Professor at California College of
the Arts. Among the many awards and grants she has received are
a SECA award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and two
residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts.
Porges’ current work
explores books as both physical material and subject matter, and
is informed by her complicated, lifelong relationship with the printed
word. In a new installation created for this exhibition, also titled
F(r)iction, the idea of words hidden inside of other words,
“like secret weapons or ghosts,” is combined with fragments of books
as Porges examines the place where image and text collide, making
new meanings. In another installation, Editor’s Arsenal,
Porges uses poetic injunctions to suggest ways to repair disordered
meanings and lost ideas.
This show also includes
some of Porges’ Shortest Stories, a series of collages
accompanied by short texts. A primary source of inspiration—for
both her sculpture and collage work—has been the library of English
classics in mediocre German translations left behind by her Austrian
grandmother. These unwanted volumes are printed in a Gothic script
now legible to few. Once destined for landfill, they have taken
on a new life as art material, but for Porges, their reclamation
as art is bittersweet, reminding us of the decreasing role of books
in a digital world.
Come to the free Artist Talk by Maria Porges
on closing Sunday, August 7, at 3:30 pm.
Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Blvd in Pacifica, about a mile east
of Highway 1. Following opening night, the galleries are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1–5 pm, and by appointment,
through August 7. For more information call 650.355.1894.