Tapping The Mirror
Brynda Glazier & Courtney Johnson
July 11 – August 23, 2015
Exhibition Dates: July 11 - August 23, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday July 11, 7-10pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm
TV Club hosted by Brynda & Courtney: Saturday August 22, 7-9pm
Featuring an episode from the series “Luxury Comedy” and "Ren & Stimpy"
“There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room... It is as if another planet is communicating with you.”
Royal NoneSuch Gallery is pleased to present Tapping the Mirror, an exhibition of new works by Brynda Glazier and Courtney Johnson. While Glazier is predominantly a sculptor and Johnson a painter, the exhibition features a collaborative video project created using footage from movies, television, music videos, and other pop culture artifacts. Using a process that was both responsive and additive, clips from films such as Robert Altman’s 3 Women (1977) and Mel Brook’s High Anxiety, (1977) were paired with more abstract, slowed-down and often kaleidoscopic images. Edited together with a focus on humor, garbled communication, and practical effects, the viewing experience is one of overlap and dissonance.
Also included in the exhibition are Glazier and Johnson's individual works that build on a similar psycho-social energy contained in the video piece. Often pulling from the same source-material, the work considers façades and textures represented in 2D and 3D form. Both artists engage in the creation of a surreal narrative that functions halfway between the familiar and hallucination.
In lieu of an artist talk, Glazier and Johnson will host an episode of TV Club, a monthly series at Royal NoneSuch Gallery that invites amateur experts to give a talk on a television series of their choice. Glazier and Johnson have chosen the series “Luxury Comedy” a show that also investigates the limits and non-limits of the psychedelic and the surreal as well as the series "Ren and Stimpy. A brief presentation of why the shows are worthy of their obsession will be followed by a screening of two 20-minute episodes.
Brynda J. Glazier is an artist who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her MFA in 2010 from the San Francisco Art Institute where she was granted the Dennis Patrick Gallagher Award for Excellence in Ceramic Sculpture. Her work was selected for the Cream from the Top: The Best of Bay Area’s Emerging Artists. Glazier is also a published writer and has presented her pseudo-fiction throughout the bay area, including the SFMoMA’s Living Room and San Francisco’s Lit Crawl. Glazier has exhibited nationally including The Center Of Contemporary Art and Gage Gallery in Seattle, WA, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, Worksound Gallery, Portland, Oregon, and throughout the bay area including 2nd Floor Projects, Aggregate Space, Center for New Music, Incline Gallery, and The Performance Art Institute. Her Work was reviewed in The Examiner, San Francisco Art Beat, SF Gate, East Bay Express, KQED Arts, and The Stranger (Seattle).
Courtney Johnson is an artist living and working in San Francisco. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2011. Her work has been exhibited in the Bay Area and LA. Most recently, she has shown with 2nd Floor Projects in San Francisco and City Limits Gallery in Oakland.