Renee Green explores own personal Internet 

Renée Green’s “Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams” at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is an encyclopedic arrangement of photographs, maps, video projections, banners proclaiming snippets of art theory, and sound narrations echoing through a dozen-plus galleries.

Groups of TV monitors play a combined 40-plus hours of video. (The museum is open six or eight hours, depending on the day.)

For fans of ruthless editing and tightly distilled messages, who might find themselves wishing for a tour guide, here’s some advice from the artist herself:

“It will take time to go into it; it’s possible to take a quick scan. What I’m focusing on in this show is different kinds of modes of interacting with work and time.”

Green works by casting a wide net over a series of questions and ideas and documents each project using various media. A project might last a few days or a few years.

“It’s in conversation with many things that have been produced over time,” Green explains.

For example, she spent a week in France in a semi-deserted housing project, a building designed by Le Corbusier, who was a godfather of Modernist architecture.

Photographs of the sparse, seemingly lonely space, videos of other residents and art-show goers livening the place, and audio tracks in English and French of the journal she kept make up the piece “Secret.”

There’s a fictional character in the videos, based on the artist, and the French version of Green’s journal is read by a male voice.

Viewers are invited, according to the curator’s notes, “to meander and stretch their limits, forming correlations that may not be readily apparent.”

It’s fair game to bring your own framework of understanding, whether it’s hip-hop or electronic music, modernist architecture, or the history of art, art theory, and film — all topics Green references.

Curator Betti-Sue Hertz wrote, “This exhibition is one person’s quest to understand herself within a social sphere that expands with each decision to move outside of  familiar cultural and personal territory.”

The variety of approaches Green uses to present information is like a personal World Wide Web, a complex, nonlinear grouping of her findings over two decades of study and exploration. Think of it as the opposite of your Facebook profile, where you whittle down your persona to a refined nugget of choice details.

And, just like the Internet, visitors can check it out again and again. An admission ticket is good for re-entry until the exhibit closes June 20.

Renée Green: Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco
When: 2 to 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays-Wednesdays except “Free First Tuesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; show closes June 20
Tickets: $7 general; $5 students, seniors and teachers
Contact: (415) 978-2787;

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