Potent/Present

March 20, 2000 to May 13, 2000

Potent/Present: Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection represents the West Coast debut of a number of recent ground-breaking works of photography and sculpture by both emerging and established artists.

The exhibition's 13 works range from the large-scale photographs of Mat Collishaw and Rut Blees Luxemburg, which invite viewers to project their own narratives and fantasies into their images; to Tracey Emin's The Hut (1999), a former oceanside cottage that appears abandoned and incongruous in its transplanted gallery setting; to Sam Taylor-Wood's Soliloquy VI (1999), a panoramic photograph paired with a larger, single-frame image in a tense, silent association. With Untitled (Twenty-Four Switches) (1998), Turner Prize-winning sculptor Rachel Whiteread preserves and suspends the potential power of a simple light switch. The Chinese migrant workers standing in a Beijing pond in Zhang Huan's Raise the Water Level in a Fish Pond (Distant) appear both defiant and attentive, disconnected beings engaged in what paradoxically seems a collective action.

The exhibition represents the West Coast debut of a number of recent ground-breaking works of photography and sculpture by both emerging and established artists. Thirteen artists are represented in the exhibition, including Mat Collishaw, Keith Edmier, Tracey Emin, Robert Gober, Oliver Herring, Dana Hoey, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Juan Muñoz, Liza May Post, Sam Taylor-Wood, Rachel Whiteread, David Wojnarowicz and Zhang Huan.