Royal Nonesuch Gallery: ‘Objects of Mutual Affection’

by admin on July 30, 2015

October 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Royal Nonesuch Gallery
4231 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609

, curated by Matt Sussman, presents art from the homes of Bay Area writers Dodie Bellamy, Bruce Boone, Robert Glück, Kevin Killian, and Jocelyn Saidenberg.

Instigators and practitioners of what has come to be called New Narrative writing, these individuals have also been vital participants in the Bay Area’s visual arts communities. Their frequent collaborations with artists have included publishing ventures, performances, and exhibitions, alongside a steady output of writing on visual art, including essays, profiles, and reviews. The pieces in Objects of Mutual Affection provide a record of the overlapping social and creative worlds in which these activities have taken place. Filled… with mementos of decades-long friendships, art world crushes, serendipitous encounters, and departed lovers, Objects of Mutual Affection is both an extended family portrait of a creative community and a reconsideration of “collecting” as something other than a private or financial enterprise.

The exhibition is supported by and will coincide with the conference Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today, at the University of California, Berkeley from October 13-15, which considers the legacy of New Narrative writing in both the Bay Area and abroad. For more details, visit

Participating Artists:
Ed Aulerich-Sugai
Amy Berk
Nayland Blake
Jerome Caja
Jamie Holley
Philip Horvitz
Robert Glück
Colter Jacobsen
G.B. Jones
Dee Dee Kramer
Chris Komater
Brett Reichman
Michelle Rollman
Leslie Singer
Dean Smith
Turd Forest Collective