Xylor Jane and Jeff KaoSeptember 11 - October 9, 2004
Artists' Talk: Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at 7:00 PM
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept 11, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 PM

The LAB is pleased to present Blue Max, a collaborative installation by artists-in-residence Xylor Jane and Jeff Kao. The culmination of a month-long residency at The LAB, the exhibition employs a visual rollercoaster of pattern journeying from Xylor’s intricate number installations to Jeff’s dazzling camouflage taken from World War I fighter planes.

Xylor Jane (BFA San Francisco Art Institute 1993) is a practicing artist who splits her time between studios in Brooklyn and San Francisco. Xylor Jane has been featured in numerous exhibitions in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles, including Dirt Wizards and Majority Whip curated by Kathy Grayson, with an upcoming solo show at Jack Hanley in October 2004. XJ’s work draws on mathematical algorithms to make intricate and staggering installations. Deriving her patterns from basic arithmetic exercises, such as the fibonnaci series and prime numbers, she deals in both complexity and simplicity, finding hidden curiosities and subtle patterns amidst swarms of numbers. Jeff Kao received a BFA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1987 and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1994. He shows at Gallery 16 in San Francisco, and was included in Bay Area Now 2 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Kao has had a lifelong obsession with the elegant menace of the World Wars’ visual history. His current paintings were derived from a WW1 German airforce camouflage pattern, which he first saw as a boy in the movie The Blue Max. Tata the puppet is Kao’s shell-shocked WWI veteran. For further information on Xylor and Jeff, check out www.xylorjane.com and www.jeffkao.com.

Artists' Talk

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at 7:00 PM
In conjunction with the East Bay arts organization Kala, The LAB will co-host an artists' talk that brings Xylor Jane and Jeff Kao together with New York-based artist Eunjung Hwang, recipient of a 2003 Kala Fellowship. Eunjung Hwang will present her recent DVD/video works, meshing sophisticated computer vector graphics with whimsically na•ve animation that depict a dark world of lurking urban terrors. The talk will take place at The LAB within Xylor and Jeff's work-in-progress installation.