Secrets from the Crypt

23 Feb — 8 Apr 2017 at Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco, United States

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Reach, 1993. Courtesy of Anglim Gilbert Gallery
Lynn Hershman Leeson, Reach, 1993. Courtesy of Anglim Gilbert Gallery
18 MAR 2017

Anglim Gilbert Gallery is pleased to announce, Secrets from the Crypt, an exhibition of works by Lynn Hershman Leeson. Presenting new works amidst some of her early artworks, the show will offer the breadth of her creative explorations in social behavior, identity and the impact of technology. Since the 1960’s the artist has observed the changing shape of media, through advertising and developing technologies, and created works that critique this influence on human identity.

Her works reacted to both the evolution of apparent social structures and, beneath the surface, of human consciousness. Tales from the Crypt addresses the fact that postwar society did not readily recognize this influence, and that much of Hershman’s own work was not seen or recognized for decades.

“You participate in your own culture without knowing it… I am aware that as much as technology contributes to society, it also penetrates all aspects of life, robbing individual freedom and identity in a perverse and terrorizing manner.”

The gallery exhibition will feature works in photography, collage and sculpture along with a digitally activated sculptural installation. New photographic works address her interest in genetically modified life forms. CIVIC RADAR, the retrospective exhibition of Hershman’s work, organized by the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and curated by Peter Weibl and Andreas Beitlin, has been touring venues in Europe to great critical acclaim. It is now on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco through May 21, 2017, organized by Lucia Sanroman, Director of Visual Arts.

Acknowledged as one of the foremost innovators in media arts, Lynn Hershman Leeson has received much acclaim for her groundbreaking experiments in new formats: interactive electronic sculptures, video, performance and developing digital platforms. Early in her career she distilled markers of identity and, before the digital revolution, pioneered the construction of surrogate or virtual beings. Her films range from feature-length science fiction to activist documentaries. Tania Libre, her newest documentary on Cuban artist Tania Bruguera, premiered at the Berlinale, Berlin Film Festival and will screen at MoMA New York on February 27th.