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Sonja Gerdes, Talisman for Oxygenenergizer (Left), 2018, bronze, sheep’s wool, 15 x 11 x 6 1/2".

Sonja Gerdes

Cloaca Projects

Sonja Gerdes, Talisman for Oxygenenergizer (Left), 2018, bronze, sheep’s wool, 15 x 11 x 6 1/2".

Cloaca Projects is situated in a small, garage-like space on the old industrial edge of San Francisco, a rapidly changing city dedicated more and more to new technical systems of hyperefficiency. Sonja Gerdes’s recent project for Cloaca portrayed uncertain states of relation with such technologies as human beings lurch into the future. Her suite of sculptures represented living creatures as they become augmented, undermined, or superseded by built extensions. Individually and as an ensemble, they functioned as signs of dystopian outcomes amid a scientistic culture of optimism.

Two mismatched, wall-mounted talismans flanked the entrance, revealing upon close examination complex assemblages that used molded bronze understructures to graft natural forms (e.g., flowers) onto more clearly fabricated forms (metal and wire armatures). There was something both aspirational and awkwardly

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