Past Exhibitions: The Garage

Organic Logic: Howard Fried, John Roloff, Mark Thompson

February 4 – March 18, 2017

Organic Logic: Howard Fried, John Roloff, Mark Thompson, the inaugural project in The Garage, takes its point of departure from John Roloff’s concept of “organic logic.” Roloff first arrived at the phrase preparing for a 1996 talk in Germany, encompassing the work of fellow Bay Area artists Howard Fried and Mark Thompson.

Roloff described organic logic as an intrinsic feature of certain Bay Area artistic practices in particular, an approach that “embraces complex, systemic, intuitive and process-oriented aesthetics and methodologies.” He further investigated this idea through guest co-editing, with critical theorist Mark Bartlett, the Fall/Winter 2000, “Organic Logic” issue of New Observations, a contemporary arts journal. From the base of Fried and Thompson’s artist sections, the expanded scope of the publication highlighted an array of local contributors across disciplines: visual and performing arts, earth sciences, and open source technology, foregrounding the role of artists’ research, writing, diagrammatic studies, and conversation.

Guest organized by Tanya Zimbardo, Organic Logic will feature key, but rarely seen pieces associated with the artists’ performance or event-based installations from the 1970s and 1980s including: Fried’s early public and private actions with multiple participants, Roloff’s outdoor site-generated kiln projects, and Thompson’s relational work with honeybees in the urban environment. Through their distinct approaches, Fried, Roloff and Thompson metaphorically address communication systems and investigated materials in relation to site.

Three evenings of Organic Logic artist-focused public programs such as talks will bring several of those contributors together – Amy Balkin, Sharon Daniel, Bernie Lubell, Jim Melchert, Stephanie Syjuco, Pamela Z, among others.