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Alter Space is proud to present IRL, an exhibition of works from Christine Elfman, Kate Nartker, Maria Porges, Jennie Lennick, and Vanesa Gingold. In IRL, these artists playfully explore the gap between real life and virtual experiences through creating spaces, sculptures, and images that both examine the stronghold of time and ask questions of authenticity and truth.


Even in an era when conceptions of time and truth are rendered flexible through technological mediation, time is still inescapable, and information is still power. The pervading influence of technology and social media has shifted our ability to acknowledge and cope with life’s complexities. Each moment can be catalogued and memorialized through photos and status updates: yet the broader arc of our mortality is ignored, denied even, by our unfading digital presences.

Opening Reception: October 5th from 7:00 -10:00
Viewing Hours: Thu-Sat 1:00 - 6:00, or by appointment

About the Artists:

Christine Elfman is an artist based in San Francisco whose work combines photography, painting, textiles, and film to explore the relationship between transience and conservation. From the Philadelphia area, Elfman received her MFA in Photography from California College of the Arts in 2012. After receiving her BFA in Painting from Cornell University in 2004, she lived in Rochester, NY while using 19th century photographic processes in her skylight studio. She worked there as an intern for collodion photographer France Scully Osterman, at the George Eastman House, and the Rare Books Libary at the University of Rochester. Elfman has been awarded The San Francisco Foundation Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship, CCA Graduate Merit Scholarship, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists Career Development Fellowship, a residency at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, NY, and the Faculty Medal of Art from the Cornell Art Department. Her work has been exhibited nation ally. Currently, she teaches photography at California College of the Arts and Foothill College.

Kate Nartker received her MFA from the California College of the Arts. She was the recipient of a Phelan, Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship from The San Francisco Foundation, as well as the Arts Award from the Northwest Area Arts Council. Nartker has exhibited throughout the Bay Area and internationally in Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, and Germany. She currently lives in San Francisco and teaches at San Francisco State University.

Maria Porges is an artist and writer whose work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions since the late eighties. She received a SECA award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has twice been in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. For over two decades, her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, the New York Times Book Review, and a host of other now-defunct art magazines. She has also authored essays for more than 60 exhibition catalogues and dozens of scripts for museum audio tours. Porges is an Assistant Professor at California College of the Arts in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts. She likes to topiarize unsuspecting shrubbery and read out loud.

Jennie Lennick was born in 1986 in Minneapolis, MN and is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in San Francisco, California. In 2009, She received her BFA with Departmental Honors from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking, and Minors in Photography and Art History. She was awarded her MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2012. Jennie has shown in San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles, Portland, and Duluth, and is currently an artist in residence at Root Division in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Vanesa Gingold’s sculpture, prints, and painting grasp at elusive and fragile worlds born in our memory, propelled by furtive experiences, to reveal possible futures. Vanesa received degrees in Art and Psychology from UC Davis. She has worked with galleries and organizations including the San Francisco Arts Commission, Artists Television Access Gallery, and CELLspace. Vanesa also teaches adult artists with disabilities at Creativity Explored.