Hilary Pecis: Intricacies of Phantom Content

Intricacies of Phantom Content
New Work by Hilary Pecis
May 15 – July 26, 2009

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Intricacies of Phantom Content is an exhibition of new work by San Francisco-based artist Hilary Pecis. This was Pecis’s first solo show at the gallery. In conjunction with her exhibition, Pecis curated a performance series for the closing reception.

Pecis’s mixed media works are varied iterations of an imagined post-apocalyptic landscape, where consumer goods are hemorrhaging from a rock-like skeletal system. Evolution is depicted in the detailed layers of rock, along with gelatinous collaged pieces used to describe tumors growing exponentially. Pecis assembles images and shards from glossy magazine pages and repositions them in a continually expanding and mutating environment. Shine and sparkle are everywhere, attracting the attention of, while distracting the viewer from the disarray of the landscape. Pecis’s multi-layered work is underpinned by her interest in a postmodern identity that is increasingly driven by superficial consumer frenzy and media culture.

Pecis had a solo show at Receiver Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2008) and was a recipient of the Murphy Cadogan Fellowship (2008). Selected group exhibitions include Scion Space, Los Angeles, CA; Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA; Mahan Gallery, Columbus, OH; SF Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA; Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA; Okay Mountain, Austin, TX; Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA; Hinterconti, Hamburg, Germany; Marfa Salon, Marfa, TX; and Samson Projects, Boston, MA. She will receive her MFA from California College of the Arts in June.

Closing Reception: Sunday, July 26, 3-6pm
Special performances by Raphael Noz & Trap Doors (Michael Guidetti)

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