An art show that draws inspiration from The Catcher in the Rye
and social media -- occurring at the dawn of another goddamn school year -- is best left in the hands of adolescents. At "Teen Age: You Just Don't Understand,"
curators Ken Goldberg and Catharine Clark have done just that, picking more than 10 works from a pool of 60 international submissions, with an eye toward Holden, high tech, and parental guidance -- all the artists are duly chaperoned. Allison Reilly, accompanied by Miguel Farias, gives us a teenager lying in bed at night, illuminated by her open MacBook, her face featureless in the blinding glare. Words from 100 Colma and Richmond teens show up in Metapuentes
, which features doors inscribed with text-club dialogue. Maize Buchholz (11) and his grandmother (age withheld) prescribe Pills for Parents
, a Facebook project featuring a dangling mobile hung with packages of pills for "overzealous parents." (Take a moment to think about this one -- where's Mom? -- and keep an eye out for the young Buchholz.) The show purposefully coincides with the tech-art blowout down south, ZER01's 01SJ Biennial: "Build Your Own World," which, depending how deeply you've drunk from the Boing Boing well, is full of hotshot visionaries or lousy with phonies. Either way, it's a swell name. It really is.
An opening reception for "Teen Age: You Just Don't Understand" starts at 3 p.m.
Sept. 4-25, 2010