Opens November 1

Idris Khan transforms the conceptual art of appropriation into an elegant and substantial meditation on the act of creativity. Appropriating icons of literature, music, and art, Khan methodically layers his material, whether it is Beethoven’s symphony, Milton’s Paradise Lost, or Bernd and Hilla Becher’s stylized sculpture of water towers. The process allows the artist to tease out certain areas adjusting the source material so that the soul of the piece is manifested in Khan’s accreted interpretation. For example, in Struggling to Hear… After Ludwig van Beethoven Sonatas, 2005, Beethoven’s entire series of sonatas becomes a dense wall of near blackness; a virtual illustration of the composer’s deafness.

Khan’s work tests our experience of these other art forms; words and music are experienced sequentially, however the artist compresses time visually. Photographic iconography such as Bernd and Hilla Becher’s water tower series—a body of work based on the inherent nature of recurring form—layer upon one another and ultimately create a ghostly animation describing the ‘essence’ of the form rather than each individual tower.

Born in Birmingham in 1978, Khan lives and works in London. He had a major solo exhibition at K20, Düsseldorf in 2008 and has also exhibited at Art Dubai (2008), Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg (2008), inIVA, London (2006), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2006), and Helsinki Kunsthalle (2005). His work is included in the collection of The National Gallery of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, among others.

  • Houses of Parliament, London, 2012, bromide print on rag board

    Houses of Parliament, London


Pier 24 Photography is please to announce the Fall 2012 Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

“Vanessa, Philadelphia,” 2006 © Zoe Strauss/Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Lecture by Zoe Strauss
October 23, 2012 / 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA, 94107

Free and open to the public
No RSVP – Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis

Self-taught photographer, Zoe Strauss was born in 1970 in Philadelphia. She aspires “to create an epic narrative that reflects the beauty and struggle of everyday life,” which she historically examines within the context of her hometown. On her 30th birthday, she was given a camera and started taking pictures of life in Philadelphia’s marginal neighborhoods. She has since been described as the “chronicler of Philadelphia’s mean streets” and the city’s own Diane Arbus.

Between 2001 and 2011, she exhibited her photographs in a yearly exhibition titled Under I-95, which featured her prints affixed to columns under an elevated section of Highway I-95.

Strauss received a Seedling Award in photography from the Leeway Foundation in 2002, a Pew Fellowship in 2005, and in 2006, her work was included in the Whitney Biennial. In 2007, Strauss was named a 2007 USA Gund Fellow. This year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art organized Strauss’s mid-career retrospective, titled 10 Years.


Zoe Strauss:


More information:

New York Foundation for the Arts:

College Art Association:

Kala Art Institute:

California Arts Council:

Foundation Center: (they have an arts month where they do free workshops for artists)


Los Angeles Art Resource:

Bay Area Art Grind:

Root Division:  (Professional Development Classes)


SF Camerawork and ZYZZYVA are proud to host Lucas Foglia for a special artists’s talk. The acclaimed Bay Area photographer will be presenting and discussing photographs from his series A Natural Order andFrontcountry and sharing the stories behind them. Named “one of the most beautiful and thought-provoking photo books of the year” by The GuardianA Natural Order comes from Foglia’s travels throughout the southeastern United States befriending, photographing, and interviewing a network of people who left cities and suburbs to live off the grid. Frontcountry, featured in the 2012 Fall issue of ZYZZYVA, documents the people who have chosen to remain in the rural American West while both the small towns and the wild areas they border continue to disappear.

7 pm

His website:

Andrej Krementschouk, Carl de Keyzer Blankenberge, Celine Clanet, Chris Jordan, Jane Fulton Alt, Joel Sternfeld, Jurgen Nefzger, Kim Stringfellow, Martin Roemer, Richard Misrach, Mitch Epstein, Jörn Vanhöfen, Olaf Otto Becker, Peter Goin, Rober Polidori, Toshio Shibata, Wanda Hammerbeck, Yves Mechand & Romain Meffre, anothermountainman