April 5, 2012
Artists Reception 7pm – 10pm
In Rabid Viz, artists Courtney Johnson and Maysha Mohamedi draw on their mutual interests in narrative, film, and globular forms to create new works on paper and sculptures, respectively. Crafted specifically for this exhibition, the works are the result of both artists’ highly prolific practices, in which speed of production became a thematic element of the show.
In her works on paper, Johnson follows the traditional steps in the construction of a comic book, taking on the roles of penciler, inker, and colorist. But these dramatic stills also hint at a larger cinematic structure constructed by the artist herself. In lurid colors, Johnson renders scenes of horror, ecstasy, and what appears to be fake vomit with delicate, luminous brushstrokes.
While Johnson references both real and imagined films via a variety of source material, for this exhibition Mohamedi focuses exclusively on Eric Rohmer’s classic series Six Moral Tales. Using Rohmer’s filmic essay as a model on which to structure her own “sculptural essay,” Mohamedi dwells on a series of “gently existential” moral ideals as a mirror to Rohmer’s efforts. The results of these inquiries are The Lord Chisels Still, six simultaneously crude and sleek blobs, sometimes dotted with collected objects, always imbued with unique, dynamic personalities.
Fuelled by rich cinematic influences along with their own, highly personal artistic languages, the artists in Rabid Viz present individual works as moments in larger, complex narratives. Providing the viewer with only these moments, Johnson and Mohamedi invite us into a world of their own making, a vibrant, ecstatic, and undeniably weird world we’re only too happy to explore.
- Sarah Hotchkiss, March 2012
Courtney Johnson was born in Roanoke, Virginia in 1981. She received an MFA from California College of the Arts (2011) and a BA from Prescott College (2004). Recent exhibitions include Moxie, Steve Turner Contemporary (2012) and solo show See You Next Tuesday at Park Life (2011). She lives and works in San Francisco.
Born in Los Angeles in 1980, Maysha Mohamedi earned an MFA from California College of the Arts (2011) and a BS in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego (2002). Prior to enrolling in graduate school, she worked as a researcher in molecular neuroscience where she studied the neural basis of addiction. Recent exhibitions include Moxie, Steve Turner Contemporary (2012), In the Currents: Bay Area Iranian/American Art Today, Kearny Street Workshop (2012), and Hearsay of the Sun, Queen’s Nails Projects (2010). She lives and works in San Francisco.
Rabid Viz will be on view at Kokoro Studio from April 5 to April 26, 2012. There will be a public opening reception on Thursday April 5 from 7pm to 10pm. Kokoro Studio is located at 682 Geary Street in San Francisco, just a few blocks from Union Square. Open hours are Tuesday through Friday from 2pm to 8pm, Saturday from 1pm to 7pm, and by appointment. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org