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'Speak, Memory': Eckland, Liss, Kachouh: review


"The Dream" (2010) from projected video ensemble "Encounters at the Edge of Sight" by Ruth Eckland.


"The Dream" (2010) from projected video ensemble "Encount..."Cloud City 2" (2010) laminated digital prints by Patrick... View Larger Images

In contemporary art, a desperation to communicate often conveys merely anxiety on the maker's part. For that reason, I tend to admire the video work of Ruth Eckland, who treats communication as a side effect that she cannot hope to control: a sensible fatalism in a culture abuzz with overwrought messages.
Eckland's work anchors an exhibition at Meridian that borrows its title, "Speak, Memory," from Vladimir Nabokov's peerless memoir.
Speak, Memory: Ruth Eckland, Heike Liss, Vera Kachouh: Video and drawings. Through Feb. 12. Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., San Francisco. (415) 398-7229,

Sara Bright, Stella Ebner, Patrick D. Wilson: Paintings, sculpture and screenprints. Through Dec. 22. SFMOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason, Building A, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. (415) 441-4777,

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This article appeared on page E - 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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