In The Presence of Absence – The Growlery, SF

by Sergej Vutuc

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The Growlery, San Francisco
In The Presence of Absence, Sergej Vutuc
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Exhibition opening: Sa Feb 17th 7:00 PM
with sound performance and video premier Állatkert by Brett Nichols
Artist Talk Sa Feb 24th 6:00 PM
with Rich Jacobs


Sergej Vutuc

The work is about observing the (over)development of modern society and the privatization of public space;
nature being conquered by concrete, concrete being conquered by the subversive act of skating. The work is
based in nomadic movement through space and time, an endless sense of mobility, existence in between
cities, countries, borders, worlds etc. Contested spaces, such as Fukushima, Detroit, Chernobyl, Israel and
Palestine — strong symbols of ongoing human error and conflict, mistakes and misdirections in socioeconomic
Then there is the documentation of this ever-shifting landscape (physical and symbolic) through analog
photography, publishing zines, mounting exhibitions, making music, drawing on walls, constant collaboration
(as the essence of human creative exchange) and generally non-stop action and movement; fragmenting,
altering, rearranging reality over and over, as necessary.
One must also follow the natural human urge to expand one’s consciousness, to live in parallels, through
imagination. Skate culture is one of many contemporary social subcultures whose philosophy is based on
human playfulness, a re-imagining and restructuring of reality, and the use of open space as a freedom of
The analog photo process allows for altering and scratching the film, another manipulation and questioning
of (documented) reality.
While music and sound allows instant connection with the viewer, and reaction from audience.
All of this combined unifies the space of the work and allows a complete transformative experience.
The energy created in this visual/soundscape confronts the viewer, challenging them to (re)see the strength
and fragility of human relationships, family, tradition, intimacy, personal and global conflict.
The work functions to shift our perception reality, humanity, and society in general.