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Martin Vanesky, "What I know about Photography" From the curator Jon Sueda (Chair of CCA MFA Design Program): DesignSpace Exhibition Now through April 21

Martin Venezky: What I know about Photography, marks the first comprehensive survey of photographic work by Martin Venezky. An exhibition featuring a celebrated graphic designer might typically offer instant accessibility and familiarity to iconic works, however, in this case, Venezky will be showing a less known aspect of his creative practice. A body of photographic work has existed literally in the “background,” hovering behind or aside his ornate and dynamic typographic compositions that are his signature. Venezky recently dedicated his sabbatical year to recontextualize his work and reinvent himself in this connected discipline. The exhibition will include over 100 images made between 1991 to the present, including snapshots, found photography, collage, and his most recent body of photo constructions titled “The New Machinery.”

Partners who have been integral to the success of the project are Andy Mattern, Emily McVarish, Eing Opastpongkarn, Mike Scaringe, Joshua Singer, Mike Slane, Rudy Vanderlans, and Lindsey Westbrook.

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DesignSpace Exhibition Considers Guitar Pedals as Fine Art

Thursday, November 2, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Guitar effects pedals are built to be stomped on. But for Ron Light, guest curator of the PedalCulture: The Guitar Effects Pedal as Cultural Artifact exhibition at San Francisco State University’s DesignSpace gallery, those pocket-size gadgets that make Flying Vs squeal belong on a platform.

Opening Thursday, November 2, the show will feature more than 50 effects pedals from around the world — many of them rare, one-of-a-kind and collectible — alongside large-scale photographic displays, music samples and an interactive installation that allows visitors to channel their inner Jimi Hendrix.

“The show is whimsical, yet provocative in many instances,” says Light, referring to some of the pedals wrapped in more risque political and sexual imagery.

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