MicroClimate Collective
MCC FAREWELL
From our one night galas at Climate Theater in 2008, to our final month long show at Alterspace gallery in 2015, MicroClimate Collective curated twelve shows in San Francisco.

Twelve being a perfect number, we decided our twelfth show should be our last one.

We would like to express our thanks to all of the artists, guest curators and collaborators, art fans and friends who helped create our shows! And to those who hosted, visited and reviewed them! We invite you all to remain in touch with us through our website and Facebook sites; we will maintain these as an archive for our collective memory.















Thanks to the folks at SF Art Enthusiast for this post about Obsidere:
http://sfartenthusiast.tumblr.com/post/120402316261/obsidere-curated-by-microclimate-collective-at
And to Art Business, for their attention to the show:
http://www.artbusiness.com/1open/050915.html
OBSIDERE EXHIBITION OPENS MAY 9TH
Obsidere
An Exhibition of Artwork in Multiple Genres
With a Fixation on Obsession

May 9 - June 6, 2015
Opening: Saturday May 9, 7-10p
Artist Discussion: Thursday May 28, 7-9p

*Alter Space
1158 Howard St,
San Francisco, CA 94103*
(415)735-1158
Curated by MicroClimate Collective: Glenna Cole Allee & Victoria Mara Heilweil, with Guest Curator Claudia Tennyson



Facebook Link: Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/658809297581325/

Participating Artists

Carlo Abruzzese
Reenie Charriere
Rodney Ewing
Peter Foucault
Jon Kuzmich
Calen Russell Hall
Channing Morgan
Tahiti Pehrson
Michael Paulus
Simon Pyle
Dianne Romaine
Dimitra Skandali
Esther Traugot
Rhonda Weppler
Allison Watkins

Obsidere

What is it that inspires a person to accumulate a collection? For example the Collyer brothers’ hoarder’s house in Harlem, or Imelda Marcos’ closet containing 3000 pairs of shoes? The 12 identical velvet suits and 100 umbrellas of Erik Satie? What causes a person to take habits to extremes? Like Nikola Tesla who would circle a building three times before entering it, feared round objects, used 18 napkins, counted his jaw movements before eating, and would never dine alone with a woman…

What can we say about those states in which the world recedes, the horizon shrinks, and we become so singly focused that time does not exist? Where we can find ourselves blind to balance, ebb and flow, to any limits including our own? When is it enough? How much is too much? Is it genius? Is it healthy? Do you care? What is it when you simply cannot turn it off….

The term “obsession” stems from the Latin root “Obsidere”: to besiege. A paradoxical force of creation/destruction, obsession has been variously considered an angelic or demonic “possession.”

CALL FOR BAY AREA ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS
Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, March 1st 2015
Exhibition Dates: May 8th to June 6th, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 8th, 2105
Alter Space 1158 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Curated by MicroClimate Collective: Glenna Cole Allee & Victoria Mara Heilweil, with Guest Curator Claudia Tennyson


Obsidere

What is it that inspires a person to accumulate a collection? For example the Collyer brothers’ hoarder’s house in Harlem, or Imelda Marcos’ closet containing 3000 pairs of shoes? The 12 identical velvet suits and 100 umbrellas of Erik Satie? What causes a person to take habits to extremes? Like Nikola Tesla who would circle a building three times before entering it, feared round objects, used 18 napkins, counted his jaw movements before eating, and would never dine alone with a woman…

What can we say about those states in which the world recedes, the horizon shrinks, and we become so singly focused that time does not exist? Where we will fail again and again, but persist until we fabricate some way through the impasse?

Is it genius? Is it healthy? Do you care? What is it when you simply cannot turn it off…. It’s the middle of the night and,

YOUR OBSESSION IS CALLING.

What can be conveyed about those extremes in which some Thing becomes necessity, the sole desire, and pursuit the only suitable option? Where vision narrows, where all perspective is lost? Where we can find ourselves blind to balance, ebb and flow, to any limits including our own?

YOUR OBSESSION IS CALLING.
When is it enough? How much is too much?

The term “obsession” stems from the Latin root “Obsidere”: to besiege. A paradoxical force of creation/destruction, obsession has been variously considered an angelic or demonic “possession.”

YOUR OBSESSION IS CALLING.

MicroClimate Collective invites Bay Area artists and performers of all persuasions to submit work inspired by ideas of obsession. Submissions may be in any media including projection, sound, interactive works, performance, installation, painting, photography, and sculpture, etc. Group collaborations, improvisational, and social practice investigations are invited. We are open to works in progress, and site specific works to be created for the exhibition. We are particularly interested in process oriented pieces that can potentially morph and evolves over time in the gallery. Broad or oblique or left field interpretations are encouraged. Please specifically address how your work fits the theme suggested by the concept Obsession in your submission.

*Please note that artists must install and de-install their own work, and provide for all of their own equipment needs. Artwork is not insured.*

Please send all submissions and inquiries to: microclimatecollective@gmail.com

To submit work, please send us the following information:
- Your name(s)
- Phone
- Email
- Title and date of piece
- Medium
- A detailed description of piece including how it fits the theme of the show
- Web link to video documentation and/or attach up to 3 jpegs
- Please list the equipment that you will use (you must bring your own equipment)
- Any other special notes or requirements

MicroClimate Collective is an artist created curatorial project that grew from a conversation between artists sharing a strong desire to foster community and creative dialogue. Our exhibitions have provided a context for cross-pollination and collaboration between diverse circles of local artists.

MicroClimate Collective germinated in 2008 in collaboration with Climate Theater in San Francisco. For two years, the Collective curated one and two night multi-genre arts and performance events, and an artist residency project at Climate. In 2010 the theater moved, and MicroClimate Collective became a free-floating entity.

MicroClimate Collective is currently Glenna Cole Allee and Victoria Mara Heilweil.

http://www.microclimatecollective.com
X LIBRIS EXHIBITION AT ROOT DIVISION
Exhibition Dates: November 7th – December 1st, 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 10th, 7-10pm

Happy Hour/Closing Reception: Friday, November 30th, 5-8pm

Root Division
3175 17th Street
SF, CA
www.rootdivision.org

X Libris explores the "book" as a vulnerable, ephemeral, morphing form, in this time of accelerated transition to digital communication and “real-time.”

Leaves, spine, dust-jacket, prologue, introduction, epilogue... the language we use to describe the anatomy and syntax of books connotes corporeality and linear time; it is a lexicon from the prior millennium. What is the lexicon, literary and visual, that would describe the present and indicate the future? As we communicate through a multiplicity of co-existent forms that create a palimpsest of readings not previously possible, how is our relationship to the printed page changing? If the book hovers between potential obsolescence and revered status as treasured object, how might the “value” of a unique hand-made book, a limited edition, or in fact of any physical book be shifting?

The book has always been a fluid form, responsive to the pace and nature of thinking. Historically, as reading became a silent and solitary activity, books inspired, and required, deep concentration. The book reflected and encouraged interiority of mind. With the technological leap from the printed page to binary code, we are now accustomed to reading the world through multi-directional referencing and browsing. Our relationship to time is incrementally measured, attention fragmented. Are we forgetting how to dive into a book and swim, fully immersed, from cover to cover?

Through the imagination, intuition and interpretation of 24 visual artists, X Libris questions our shifting relationship to a form in flux.

Curated by MicroClimate Collective: Glenna Cole Allee, Victoria Mara Heilweil and Guest Curator Sarah Ratchye


Artists:

Alexis Arnold
Lauren Bartone
Julia Bradshaw
Laura Chenault
Sarah Christianson
Emily Eifler
Julia Goodman
Matthew Gualco
Samuel Levi Jones
Kate Jordahl and Don Drake
Pantea Karimi
Michael Kerbow
Wendy Kramer
Steven Vasquez Lopez
Klea McKenna
Camilla Newhagen
Yulia Pinkusevich and Glenna Cole Allee
Maria Porges
Megan Prelinger
Leah Rosenberg
Brian Taylor
Nanette Wylde
Jody Zellen


Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 2-6pm

Support for MicroClimate Collective and X Libris is provided by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program.






WABI SABI EXHIBITION OPENS MARCH 15th, 2014
Wabi Sabi
A show of artwork in multiple genres exploring impermanence, imperfection, and the accidental

March 15th – April 12th, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday March 15th 7-10pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, April 12th 2-5pm

Curated by MicroClimate Collective (www.microclimatecollective.com):
Glenna Cole Allee and Victoria Mara Heilweil

Alter Space
1158 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
alterspace.co
(415) 735-1158


Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi is a Japanese school of aesthetics inspired by Taoist and Buddhist philosophies that embraces the timeworn, the weathered, and the accidental. Asymmetry, irregularity, economy, and intimacy are key aspects; beauty waits to be discovered in the unpredictable and evolving nature of materials and form.

These ideas stand in contrast to the seamless perfection of design and built-in obsolescence that characterize the current tech-centric era. Wabi Sabi celebrates historicity by highlighting the cracks and crevices left by use. It is temporal, reflecting mortality and humanity by focusing upon the fragility and mutability of life. Accidental fissures pierce the veneer of the seemingly finished and complete. Layers of decay and erosion create visual maps of experience.

Some highlights of this month-long exhibition curated by MicroClimate Collective will be: a site-specific tinfoil trajectory by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, a seaweed sculpture by Dimitra Skandali, gilded cement sculptures by Alexis Arnold, upholstered tires by Laura Boles Faw, dust prints by Caroline Hayes Charuk, and many other surprises. The opening reception will include a live alchemical painting performance by Tobias Tovera, an interactive live screen print created on the gallery wall by Kent Manske & Eric Kneeland (with gallery attendees), and an interactive postcard installation by Peter Foucault & Chris Treggiari, which will mark the culmination of a 49 mile hike of inquiry through several rapidly changing neighborhoods of San Francisco. At the closing reception, Timothy Armstrong will create a flour and water drawing outside of the gallery for pigeons to devour, and in the gallery Adam Donnelly & David Janesko will demonstrate their site-specific camera, exposing pinhole photographs of the occasion.

We hope you will join us for Wabi Sabi. Come as you are, and help manifest the theme!

Participating Artists:
Timothy Armstrong
Alexis Arnold
Jennifer Brandon
Caroline Hayes Charuk
Adam Donnelly & David Janesko
Alicia Escott
Rodney Ewing
Laura Boles Faw
Peter Foucault & Chris Treggiari
Julia Goodman
Clint Imboden
Kim Kei
Kija Lucas
Kent Manske & Eric Kneeland
Nigel Poor
Zachary Royer Scholz
Dimitra Skandali
Claudia Tennyson
Tobias Tovera
Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky
CALL FOR ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS
Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, February 2nd 2014
Exhibition Dates: March 15th to April 13th, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Alter Space 1158 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Curated by MicroClimate Collective: Glenna Cole Allee & Victoria Mara Heilweil

Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese school of aesthetics inspired by Taoist and Buddhist philosophies that embraces the time-worn, the weathered, and the accidental. Asymmetry, irregularity, economy, and intimacy are key aspects; beauty waits to be discovered in the unpredictable and evolving nature of materials and form.

These ideas stand in contrast to the seamless perfection of design and built-in obsolescence that characterize the current tech-centric era. Wabi-sabi celebrates historicity by highlighting the cracks and crevices left by use. It is temporal, reflecting mortality and humanity by embracing the fragility and mutability of life. Accidental fissures pierce the veneer of the seemingly finished and complete. Layers of decay and erosion create visual maps of experience.

MicroClimate Collective invites artists and performers of all persuasions to submit work inspired by ideas of impermanence and imperfection. Submissions may be in any media including projection, sound, interactive works, performance, installation, painting, photography, and sculpture, etc. Group collaborations, process oriented pieces, improvisational, and social practice investigations are invited. We are particularly interested in including work that morphs and evolves over time in the gallery. Broad or oblique or left field interpretations are encouraged. Please specifically address how your work fits the themes suggested by the concept Wabi-Sabi in your submission.

The gallery has two large rooms and a stage available, and has a series of peepholes in the bathroom for an artist to create miniature worlds. We are looking for proposals for the peep holes specifically, in addition to general proposals for inclusion in the exhibition. We are open to works in progress, and site specific works to be created for the exhibition.

Please note that artists must install and de-install their own work, and provide for all of their own equipment needs. Artwork is not insured.

Please send all submissions and inquiries to: microclimatecollective@gmail.com

To submit work, please send us the following information:
- Your name(s)
- Phone
- Email
- Title and date of piece
- Medium
- A detailed description of piece including how it fits the theme of the show
- Web link to video documentation and/or attach up to 3 jpegs
- Please list the equipment that you will use (you must bring your own equipment)
- Any other special notes or requirements

MicroClimate Collective is an artist created curatorial project that grew from a conversation between artists sharing a strong desire to foster community and creative dialogue. Our exhibitions have provided a context for cross-pollination and collaboration between diverse circles of local artists.

MicroClimate Collective germinated in 2008 in collaboration with Climate Theater in San Francisco. For two years, the Collective curated one and two night multi-genre arts and performance events, and an artist residency project at Climate. In 2010 the theater moved, and MicroClimate Collective became a free-floating entity.

MicroClimate Collective is currently Glenna Cole Allee and Victoria Mara Heilweil.

www.microclimatecollective.com
"X LIBRIS REVIEW ON SF ART ENTHUSIAST
Our X Libris at Root Division has a great review on the San Francisco Art Enthusiast blog.

You can read about the exhibition and check out some great photos here.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Our exhibition A.D.D. is a weekly pick in the Night + Day section of SF Weekly.

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/exhibitionist/

It also a weekly pick on SF Gate

http://www.sfgate.com/music/essentials/a
For fall 2012, MicroClimate Collective will present two exhibitions that together create a contrapuntal conversation about time. The first will be:

A.D.D.

A show of artwork in multiple genres with five events
Exhibition Dates: Saturday October 20th - Sunday November 18th, 2012


Hosted by:
The Emerald Tablet
80 Fresno Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
www.emtab.org


Exhibition Events:

Opening Reception: Saturday October 20th 7-10pm
with performances by Tom Comitta, Santhi Elayaperumal and others

Concrete Blonde: Saturday, October 27th, 8-10pm $10
an evening of experimental sound and projection with shudder: Kyle Bruckmann, Lance Grabmiller and Phillip Greenlief, with special guests Aurora Josephson, Tim Perkis, and John Shiurba

North Beach Art Walk: Friday, November 2nd, 6-11
with Mobile Arts Platform: Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari

CollectiveGif: Information Overflow: Saturday, November 3rd 8-10pm, $5
a multi-screen event of new media and performance curated by
killer banshee: Eliot Daughtry and Kriss de Jong
with Zon Wakest, Dean Putney, Anthony Discenza, Travis Meinhof, Phil Bonner

Closing Dinner of Stimuli and Antidotes: Friday, November 16th, 7-10pm
$15 advance $20 on the evening: http://microclimatecollective.eventbrite
a mini-course meal with texting, paper airplanes, long straws and story telling
curated by Ann Schnake with Denali Schmidt

Gallery Hours: Friday evenings, 6-9pm; Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 2-6pm


A.D.D.


The worldwide web with it's manifold innovations, from social networking to cloud storage, has immersed us in global real-time. We glide across expanded cartographies where accustomed distances from moment to moment, place to place, no longer exist. Yet with the expectation of constant and unbounded "connectedness," our experience of the present is fractured as never before. We have become accustomed to interruption; it is difficult to find an unmediated moment. The thread of continuity is an ephemeral thing, easily lost to thin air.

"One is subject to an overexposure. The real time overexposes us, it dazzles us. In a certain way we have not learned to wear sunglasses against the live glare. Sunglasses should be invented so that we are not dazzled by real time, that is the task."
- Paul Virilio, June 8 1981, Paris (in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist)

The first of MicroClimate’s two fall shows dealing with time, A.D.D. will address the malleable nature of concentration and memory in the age of multitasking.

This exhibition will include work in multiple genres reflecting the disruption of continuity: disjointed, staccato, arrhythmic experience. The gallery will become a collage of visual and auditory experiences, as a comment on fractured attention.

A.D.D.’s programming includes five events: the opening event, with a demonstration of Santhi Elayaperumal’s robotic drawing machine (with Yulia Pinkusevich); an evening of sound/musical performance and projection, curated by Phillip Greenlief; an evening of performance and projection, curated by killer banshee; and a participatory, thematic dinner, cooked/curated by Ann Schnake. There will also be performances on the night of the November North Beach ArtWalk.
Some highlights of this month-long exhibition curated by MicroClimate Collective will be an interactive installation by the Mobile Arts Platform, in the street in front of the gallery; a mural-scale drawing by Christopher Burch; Liz Hickok’s video of suburban Las Vegas development, conjured in Jello; Stephanie Ellis and Serena Wellen’s dinner-party video Buzz, Phillip Maisel’s long exposures of entire folders of images posted on Facebook, Clint Imboden’s x-ray installation, and many other surprises.

We hope you will join us for A.D.D.!


The companion exhibition to A.D.D., X Libris, will be hosted by Root Division: 3175 17th Street, San Francisco, 94110. Show dates will be November 7th-December 1st, 2012. Opening Event: November 10th.
Support for MicroClimate’s 2012 exhibitions is provided by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program; grant funds will allow us to archive the exhibitions.

Participating Artists, Performers and Collaborators:

Kirkman Amyx
Christopher Burch
Tom Comitta
Santhi Elayaperumal
Stephanie Ellis & Serena Wellen
Mary Franck & Ian Smith-Heisters with Nirmala Nataraj & Aude Cartoux
Blake Gibson
Phillip Greenlief with shudder: Kyle Bruckmann, Lance Grabmiller and special guests Aurora Josephson, Tim Perkis and John Shiurba
Liz Hickok
Clint Imboden
killer banshee: Eliot Daughtry & Kriss De Jong, with Zon Wakest, Dean Putney, Anthony Discenza, Travis Meinholf, Phil Bonner
Phillip Maisel
Mobile Arts Platform: Peter Foucault and Chris Treggiari
Sonya Philip
Yulia Pinkusevich
Joseph Rosenzweig
Laura Sackett
Ann Schnake with Denali Schmidt



ALTERNATIVE EXPOSURE ROUND V GRANT RECEIVED
MicroClimate Collective is pleased to announce that we have received an Alternative Exposure Round V grant from Southern Exposure Gallery in SF (www.soex.org). Alternative Exposure grants are made possible with major leadership support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

Grant panelists included: Julie Lazar, independent curator and Director, International Contemporary Arts Network; Jasmine Moorhead, Owner and Director, Krowswork; and Rosten Woo, designer, writer, educator, and co-founder of the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

With this grant funding MicroClimate Collective is planning two thematic exhibitions for 2012.