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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That that is is that that is not is not is that it it is

Fri May 23, 2014 19:00 - Sat Jun 28, 2014

San Francisco, California
United States of America

That that is is that that is not is not is that it it is
May 23 - June 28, 2014
Opening Reception Friday, May 23, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
The Lab
2948 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Jason Benson
Sara Cwynar
Honza Hoeck
Erin Jane Nelson
Puppies Puppies
Brion Nuda Rosch

"Wouldn't the sentence 'I want to put a hyphen between the words Fish and And and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chips sign' have been clearer if quotations marks had been placed before Fish, and between Fish and and, and and, and And, and And and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and and Chips, as well as after Chips?"
- Martin Gardner

Curated by Aaron Harbour and Jackie Im


Andrew Chapman

Fri Apr 18, 2014 00:00 - Fri May 23, 2014

San Francisco, California
United States of America

Andrew Chapman
April 18 - May 23, 2014
Opening: Friday, April 18, 7:00-10:00 pm

Image contains within it magic; apparatus contains within it automation and play; program contains within it chance and necessity; information contains within it the symbolic and the improbable."
-Vilém Flusser


Tony Clifton Eats For Free

Thu Mar 06, 2014 19:00 - Fri Apr 11, 2014

San Francisco, California
United States of America

Chris Hood
Tony Clifton Eats for Free
March 6 - April 11, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, March 6, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Utilizing the materiality of canvas like a screen or a rag, the works in Tony Clifton Eats for Free are at once both surprisingly interrelated and in playful opposition. The titular character of the exhibition’s fame and mythology are spread amongst various actors, interpreters, and imposters; an apt reference for a body of work that acts as a stage for multiple roles and citations. The egregious lounge singer’s disputable existence only adds to his reputation, he maintains an open tab at a restaurant nearby the artist's studio but its unclear if the offer has ever been taken up. Clifton’s legacy justifies the restaurant’s policy, and in turn the policy makes Clifton that much more real.

A similar impending possibility exists in the works on view. The hybrid paintings in oil, acrylic, and inkjet transfer offer an insouciant look into the ontology of the self as negotiated amongst digital and physical territories.These are not endgame or absolutist maneuvers. In looking towards the specific problems of painting and representation, Hood combines subtly familiar forms of digital image making - errant doodles, cloning, masking, deletion etc.- with the gaps, strokes, stains, misdirections, and distortions that arise from and bear witness to the paintings’ production. This operation may be the result of labored translation from source to screen to object and back, or it may be contained in swift gestures.

An array of source material from art history, personal photographs, signage and clipart anchor these works in a ground of familiarity, but one which is askew from any singular narrative or process. Hood calls attention to the ever-shifting interplay of image and meaning, fractured amongst various screens and methods of viewing. Anti-humor, bathos, relativism and the nonsensical connect in painterly exchange.


other thans: Mitzi Pederson, Laurie Reid and Alexander Wolff

Sat Feb 08, 2014 19:00 - Sat Mar 01, 2014

San Francisco, California
United States of America

other thans
Collaborative and solo work from Mitzi Pederson, Laurie Reid and Alexander Wolff.

February 8 - March 1, 2014
Opening reception: Saturday, February 8th, 7-10pm.

a scattered poem sounds good.

once i wrote a paper

with a friend

based on something i can't remember right now,

where we both wrote sequential random sentences or maybe evenly

divided what we wrote somehow

- but basically it was kind of half-blind writing - or maybe we pulled out

each sentence from a hat...

i stayed at home today

it's finally quiet at my house

warm winter, no snow

3 kids getting ready for school

a bit of commotion

they were pretty quiet

everyone is pretty sleepy in the morning

the surprise of what will happen

how to say that in a press release

as opposed to what we wrote

kids will come to see our show

bringing me back to the present, explain or communicate it in some way

paintings would get sent from NY

starting from the wall and moving to the center,

haven't moved beyond the adjective: a rectangle shape, not too long, but

not like a square

the entrance is on a short end...descend the stairs and then

enter the rectangle

a cool long narrow awkward stairway

straightforward, clean, white and bright



do studio-drop-bys

much easier in dialogue

other ways to build bridges or connections than by looks/shapes/aesthetics

not necessarily building them but suggesting them

golden gate

other thans

golden than

just throwing out another idea!

fragmented. is there a connection?

maybe the connection on your end slowed? a connection in that it's open,


or - maybe i misunderstood

open like the process

slow connection


slowing down to

be with it

mix with it

longing for...

its evening here, and

i need the dictionary sometimes

evening and morning thoughts and spaces

like working at night

all exist together equally as is with no direction and with no non-direction

letting tangents move us around for a bit

make some work and fun

immingle, underlying,

making it to the studio.

get along well with men

prefer women

male vibe

that vibe

be male

mixed vibes

macho art


Margaret was kind of the starting point. I met her at the "Miss Read"

publication fair, she had her booth next to our magazine, in Berlin, and

she was so sweet to tell Laurie about my coming to CA and that we could

make a show happen and you Laurie made it happen. Thanks, Margaret!


Alter-Circuit: Virlani Hallberg

Wed Sep 25, 2013 19:00 - Fri Dec 06, 2013

San Francisco, California
United States of America

Alter-Circuit: Virlani Hallberg features the single-channel video Receding Triangular Square (RTS) (2012), a collaboration between the artist and the psychoanalyst and cultural theorist Leon Tan. RTS explores philosophies and practices of healing in Taiwan that are alternative to the dominant Euro-American psychiatric and psychotherapeutic paradigms. Through a juxtaposition of Daoist rituals, traditional healing methods, and Western-style psychiatry, RTS looks into the history of colonization and modernization in Taiwan and questions the universality and rationality of scientific truth. Forms of displacement and alienation are experienced not only as mental despair and illness, but also on a historical scale through the long-lasting destruction of culture in the modern world.

Alter-Circuit: Virlani Hallberg inaugurates a long-term collaboration between ACAC and 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: Virlani Hallberg will continue with the artist’s presence in San Francisco later this year for a series of public programs. During that time, it will have 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, Aaron Harbour, and Jackie Im.

For more details about the programming of ACAW-SF 2013, visit our website http://www.asiancontemporarysf.org/acaw