Jackie Im

Jackie Im is an independent curator, writer and artist living and working in Oakland, CA. She has curated exhibitions at the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA; the Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA; Liminal Space, Oakland, CA; S.H.E.D. Projects, Oakland, CA; Pro Arts, Oakland, CA; MacArthur B Arthur, Oakland, CA; and Queens Nails, San Francisco, CA. She has assisted on exhibitions at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Queens Nails Projects, San Francisco, CA; Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; and the Walter and McBean Galleries at San Francisco Art Institute. She received her BA in Art History from Mills College and her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts. She is currently the editor of Art Cards San Francisco and co-director and curator of Et al., a gallery in San Francisco.
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Anthony Dicenza: Trouble Sleeping

Fri Jan 23, 2015 19:00 - Fri Feb 27, 2015

San Francisco, California
United States of America

Anthony Discenza
Trouble Sleeping
January 23 - February 27, 2015
Reception: Friday, January 23, 7:00-10:00 pm
(The specific group of works on display will change on a weekly basis for the duration of the exhibition)

He drew his papers towards him. But he worked badly; or rather, he did not work at all. The square outside had its own noises, frequent and new, and Oleron could only hope that he would speedily become accustomed to these. First came hawkers, with their carts and cries; at midday the children, returning from school, trooped into the square and swung on Oleron's gate; and when the children had departed again for afternoon school, an itinerant musician with a mandolin posted himself beneath Oleron's window and began to strum. This was a not unpleasant distraction, and Oleron, pushing up his window, threw the man a penny. Then he returned to his table again...

But it was no good. He came to himself, at long intervals, to find that he had been looking about his room and wondering how it had formerly been furnished—whether a settee in buttercup or petunia satin had stood under the farther window, whether from the centre moulding of the light lofty ceiling had depended a glimmering crystal chandelier, or where the tambour-frame or the picquet-table had stood... No, it was no good; he had far better be frankly doing nothing than getting fruitlessly tired; and he decided that he would take a walk, but, chancing to sit down for a moment, dozed in his chair instead.

"This won't do," he yawned when he awoke at half-past four in the afternoon; "I must do better than this tomorrow—"

And he felt so deliciously lazy that for some minutes he even contemplated the breach of an appointment he had for the evening.

- "The Beckoning Fair One," Oliver Onions


5 Types in 3 Parts

Fri Dec 12, 2014 19:00 - Fri Jan 16, 2015

San Francisco, California
United States of America

5 Types in 3 Parts
Directed by Lauren Marsden
Date: December 12, 2014 – January 16, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday December 12, 7-10pm
Artist Talk: Sunday December 14, 2pm

Featuring collaborations with:
Jaz Halloran, Designer/Typographer
Lily Prillinger, SFPD Police Officer & Composite Artist

With appearances by:
Phillip Caires, Thomas Cokenias, Jason Do, Nathan Emley, Duncan Heath, Damian Lanahan-Kalish, William Lushbough, Joseph Paul, Matthew Quirk, and Bryan Thompson


Janine Katzman was her name. She got me started.
She told me, ‘I don’t care if you’re dating Marianne Ellis, the captain of the cheerleading team. I want you.’ She introduced me to a world where wants and needs can be met; where you can have what you want, if you can just get past that Judeo-Christian stigma of singular, solitary, proprietary, relational contract around boyfriend/girlfriend. It’s a value, whose exploration I’ve carried through life and so…you can call them trysts. You can call them that beautiful, elegant wrist bone of the mid-Western Swedish girl at the hotel. Please don’t forget the big heavy rock glass with gin. She’s there for a reason. It’s not the gin. I have a glass too and that’s not why I’m there.
-Duncan Heath in The Audition Tapes, 2014

The Seasonal Bachelor
The Frisky Entrepreneur
The Sociopathic Gentleman
The Affectionate Drug Dealer
The Son of a Dead Rock Star

These five, vaguely familiar, fictional men come to life through the meandering interpretations of ten local actors, a typographer, and a San Francisco Police Department composite artist. Using methods of structured improvisation, each elusive character is conjured repeatedly through casting calls, audition tapes, police interviews, and typefaces, leaving us with the traces of a cast that never was.


Hard Weather: Carson Fisk-Vittori & Anna Sagström

Thu Oct 30, 2014 19:00 - Fri Dec 05, 2014

San Francisco, California
United States of America

Hard Weather
Carson Fisk-Vittori & Anna Sagström
October 30 - December 5, 2014
Reception: Thursday, October 30, 7:00-10:00 pm

Break of a wave, bad earth quakes,
Weather building up.
While surfing a wave I decided to de-install.
As soon as I'd come back, I'd re-install.
On my way home,
a wet morning, sound proof,
and the fragrance of a touch.
This wet morning, sound proof,
sedimentations of you.
Soft clouds navigating through damn layers of perfume.
Break of a wave causing a subtle insurrection,
a rippling aftermath.
Is rear view mirror syndrome limiting your potential?
I rotate 360 degrees in one day and my memory is gone,
now replaced by some casual encounters, some less.
Early hours dissolved by patterns of resonance,
like a coin falling from a balcony of the 25th floor.

While I was detoxing symbolic success was evaporating in front of me.
I turned desire into simple needs,
like staying hard.

- text for 'Desperate Vitality' by Matilda Tjäder

Carson Fisk-Vittori
b. 1987. Lives in Oakland, California

Anna Sagström
b. 1985. Lives in Berlin, Germany


Artist Talk: Shiyuan Liu

Sat Sep 27, 2014 16:00 - Sat Sep 27, 2014

San Francisco, California
United States of America

Saturday, September 27
ARTIST TALK (ACAW-SF Highlight Program)

The artist’s talk My Paper Knife convenes audiences to participate in a presentation-conversation with the visiting Copenhagen and Beijing based artist Shiyuan Liu. Through the lens of personal accounts and individual narratives, this talk draws paths into and out of the artist’s practice when reflects upon the multiple local cultural landscapes that have shaped Liu’s artistic investigations. The artist approaches culture as a subjective and visceral experience rather than a generalized, generic concept.

Artist Talk: Alter-Circuit: Shiyuan Liu, My Paper Knife
Et. Al. Gallery
Organized by ACAC-SF and Et. Al. Gallery
4 – 6 pm


Alter-Circuit: Shiyuan Liu, My Paper Knife

Thu Sep 25, 2014 19:00 - Fri Oct 24, 2014

San Francisco, California
United States of America

Alter-Circuit: Shiyuan Liu
My Paper Knife
featured in Asian Contemporary Art Week 2014
September 25 - October 24, 2014
Reception: Thursday, September 25, 7:00-10:00 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 27, 4:00-6:00 pm

Working along the borderline of photography, collage, video, film and theater, Beijing and Copenhagen-based artist Shiyuan Liu’s practice explores the limit of perception and experience, reality and fiction, and the rational and the obscure. For the first time on the West Coast, Alter-Circuit: Shiyuan Liu, My Paper Knife presents two of the artist’s works addressing notions and experience of cross-cultural borders. As Simple as Clay (2013) consists of postcard racks of 1140 images that generate visual associations among images of the material clay ­–a basic modeling tool that can be shaped and transformed into almost anything. To obscure the geographical source and cultural context of each image, a blue backdrop replaces the original background of each modeled object, which appears on the postcards. The six-minute single-channel video The Edge of Vision, or the Edge of the Earth (2013) features a procession of mourners interrupted by crudely artificial shots of fabricated landscapes. Unclearly expressing the relevance or irrelevance of the scene to the surrounding visual landscape, a voiceover from BBC documentaries accompanies these marchers who turn to be performing an exaggerated representation of mourning.

The deadpan aesthetics and black humor in Liu’s works emerge when the seemingly rational means of their productions collide with the subjective viewing experience. Both works not only encourage viewers to speculate on the preconceived understanding of the featured situations. They also invite audiences to reflect on how cultural boundaries can be both present and obliterated through the manipulation of images and sounds. Together, these suggestions interrogate whether globalism is the sum of all human cultures added together, or perhaps an entirely new entity representing the globalized culture.

Alter-Circuit: Shiyuan Liu, My Paper Knife is the second edition of a long-term collaboration between Asian Contemporary Art Consortium (ACAC-SF) and project-based gallery Et al. Focusing on diasporic practices, particularly those coming into conflict and contact with Asia, Alter-Circuit works closely with an individual artist over a period of time. Through durational endeavors, Alter-Circuit draws paths into and out of the artist’s practice while other collaborators, including curators, writers, publishers, scholars, and art communities, are invited to participate in the conversations. Alter-Circuit was inaugurated in 2013 with Berlin-based Virlani Hallberg.

Alter-Circuit: Shiyuan Liu, My Paper Knife continues with the artist’s talk My Paper Knife on Saturday, September 27 and a life online as a blog to expand the topics and widen both the audience and the circle of participants.

Alter-Circuit is conceived and curated by Xiaoyu Weng, Marie Martraire, and Et al..