Exhibitions by Colpa
Printed Publics - Contemporary Art and Design Publishing in the Bay Area - Luca Antonucci & David Kasprzak - SFMOMA - December 7, 2019 - August 31, 2020, Organized by David Senior, Head of Library & Archives
Colpa was commissioned to make a mural for the exhibition, an exhibition catalog, and our work was featured in the exhibition.
The Perfect Copy - Courtney Johnson - 2016 Parking Lot Art Fair, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
Installation of limited edition blacklight poster with Courtney Johnson at Fort Mason for the 2016 Parking Lot Art Fair. Purchase the print here.
Hermit - Vacancy - Jan 29th - February 13th, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA
Hermit is a film by David Bayus and an exhibition at VACANCY, curated by Luca Antonucci. The exhibition took place from Jan 29th to February 13th, 2016 and was accompanied by the publication Stroke Vol. 3 (Hermit). Documentation by Chris Adler.
Kunst Haul is a mobile gallery and bookstore run out of a remodeled 17' U-Haul truck. Kunst Haul made its first appearance at the 2015 Parking Lot Art Fair in San Francisco, CA on May 2nd, 2015.
Our inaugural exhibition featured the following Bay Area artists:
Special thanks to Aaron Rodriguez for turning a U-Haul in to a Kunst Haul.
Nathalie Du Pasquier Limited Edition Print Series
presented by SFMOMA A+D at FOG Design+Art
Jan 15th - 18th - Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, CA
SFMOMA’s Architecture + Design Forum presents a collaboration between San Francisco design studio ColpaPress, and French designer Nathalie du Pasquier, revisiting a selection of her radical patterns for the post-modern design group, Memphis. Deemed ‘aggressive, harsh, without compromise’ and ‘impervious to logic,’ du Pasquier’s Memphis patterns have decorated many of the group’s products—laminates and fabric in particular—usually in a visually assaulting combination, enlivening and destabilizing static domestic objects. Memphis embraced the pervasive growth of mass-manufacturing, and designed for multiplication and mutation, as well as consumer restlessness. As design and technology become more and more integrated, Colpa’s refreshed presentation of Memphis looks back to early explorations of design in the electronic age of the 1980s.
From 1981 until 1987, Italian designer Ettore Sottsass loosely led a group of international designers, jolting the discipline to recognize technology’s influence on design, and to match its voracious demand for attention with sensorial – not sensible – design. This approach marked a significant departure from Modernism. Through a series of exhibitions, Memphis redefined design as communication, infusing objects with a distinct contemporary language. For Memphis, dynamic color, texture and patterns spoke to the density and unpredictability brought by rapidly evolving technology.
At the same time, in the mid-1980s, the Japanese company, Riso, Inc., introduced its first automatic duplicator, the Risograph 007, known as the ‘printing robot,’ because it was faster, cheaper and easier to use compared to other high-volume printers. Colpa Press, a small publishing company and design studio, adopted a Risograph Printer-Duplicator Machine Model 3970 in 2013. With its screenprint-like process and instant production, Risograph prints have an idiosyncratic quality and unique aesthetic.
A selection of six patterns designed by Nathalie Du Pasquier between 1981 and 1984
Printed by Colpa Press on a Risograph, 2015. Edition of 50.
You can purchase the complete set here.
Low Subject, The Popular Workshop, San Francisco
May 10 - June 21st, 2013
David Bayus // Kate Bonner // Nico Krijno
A work of art being understood as something that embodies itself is perhaps the oldest myth in art. A painting or sculpture is a reflection; a documentation of a process. If transparency is possible in the production of art, acknowledging this condition is the first step. The second one is acting on it.
The Popular Workshop is proud to present Low Subject opening May 10, 2013, featuring new work by David Bayus, Kate Bonner and Nico Krijno.
Through an elaborate process of composite photography, abstract diorama-like assemblages, gyclee printing and meticulously rendered oil painting, San Francisco-based David Bayus' work oscillates between abstraction and representation, creating an uncomfortable and self-reflective tension.
Using a process of reduction and transformation, San Francisco-based artist Kate Bonner’s work withholds explanation and proposes simple fictions. Made of degenerated photocopies, cuts, and MDF board, her structures value perceptual failures and contain real boundaries, literal walls, windows and frames that limit visual access.
Both staged and spontaneous, Cape Town-based photographer, Nico Krijno's images frequently reference their creation, establishing a new, parallel reality that puts our imagination and our objective perception at loggerheads.
The field of documentation, a popular subject of discourse in contemporary art, and specifically thesubject of documentation as art is explored here by these three artists. Their work challenges both the notions of what it means to photograph a work of art as a starting point for a piece, the piece itself, and the following dialogue that ensues. Bayus, Bonner and Krijno's work inhabits all three of these spaces simultaneously. When viewing any of these works, one finds themselves looking at shadows on the wall, with the "original" artwork somewhere hidden from our view behind a curtain, or perhaps not at all. In a sense, this body of work reveals the false promise of all images, that there was ever an original in the first place.
The exhibition opens May 10th, 2013, will be on display until June 21st, 2013 and is open to the public.
Low subject was curated by Luca Nino Antonucci, Andy Hawgood and Nate Hooper.
Colpa at Will Brown, Will Brown, San Francisco
April 1st - 30th, 2013
Somewhere in the Fold, The Popular Workshop, San Francisco
November 29th - Jan 17th, 2012
There is a broad dialogue between publication and art object, far more complex than the straightforward union of the two into the ‘art book.’ Somewhere in the Fold is a survey of the relationship between the current state of publishing and the art practices of contemporary artists. These disciplines have converged into processes of editing and editioning, making once disparate fields singular.
The participating artists and publishers of Somewhere in the Fold approach this conversation by showing work that deliberately confuses the terms ‘publication’ and ‘art object’, while attempting to discover a place where they can exist together both in form and concept.
FEATURING WORK BY
Little Big Man
Nicolas G Miller
Little Paper Planes
TRACKER - A Mobile Bookstore
Showing a condensed version of the wonderful art books and prints we have at Edicola – our Newsstand, Tracker served as a mobile book shop made its debut at The Headlands Center for the Arts 30th Birthday on September 15th, 2012 and was subsequently present at Yerba Buena Night in October of 2012 resulting in the publication POCKET BOOK, published by Colpa.
Didn't you get the memo at Mauve Gallery, Berkeley, CA
September 5th – 30th, 2012
This exhibition will look at the influence of the office aesthetic in independent publishing. The works selected for this show are either made with office materials, or reference the work environment in a pertinent way. These artists have used materials developed for the workplace to craft deliberate hand made books. As the office space becomes increasingly efficient, these artists address the relics of office production: the fax machine, the dot matrix printer, even the file folder.
Featuring work from: Eric William Carroll, Luke Fischbeck, Sternberg Press, The MIT Press, Daniel Glendening, Amy Harris, Vanessa Hope, Josh Keller, Maciej Makalowski, Marfa Book Co., Paper Monument, Nickolas Mohanna, Publication Studio, Dexter Sinister, Carmen Winant, Daniel Yovino, Melissa Gordon, Christian Marazzi, Andreas Koller, Luca Beeler, Nicholas Miller, Tim Belonax, Luke Stettner, Matthew Scott Gualco, Luca Nino Antonucci, Paul Branca, Barbara Ess, Fillip, Rob Giampietro, Marc Handelman, Zach Houston, Adam Katz, Julia Sherman, Brian Kennon/2nd Cannons Publications, Chosil Kil, Alex Klein, Marisa Olson, Paul Pieroni, Laurel Ptak, Eileen Quinlan, Mihcael Smoler, Jamie Stewart, Oraib Toukan, Lia Trinka-Browner, Jen Delos Reyes, Rafael Rozendaal, Ryan Waller, Amy Yao, Jordan Stein, Glass House, Tarak Shah and Maggie Lawson, Rachel Zoller.
Reading Room at Alter Space, San Francisco
June 29th to July 29th, 2012
Reading room set up in a little alcove at Alter Space for an exhibition entitled What's Left Behind at Alter Space.
Books, Prints + Things at Wire + Nail Gallery, San Francisco
December 16th to 18th, 2011