Wabi Sabi is a Japanese school of aesthetics inspired by Taoist and Buddhist philosophies that embraces the timeworn, the weathered, and the accidental. Asymmetry, irregularity, economy, and intimacy are key aspects; beauty waits to be discovered in the unpredictable and evolving nature of materials and form.
These ideas stand in contrast to the seamless perfection of design and built-in obsolescence that characterize the current tech-centric era. Wabi Sabi celebrates historicity by highlighting the cracks and crevices left by use. It is temporal, reflecting mortality and humanity by focusing upon the fragility and mutability of life. Accidental fissures pierce the veneer of the seemingly finished and complete. Layers of decay and erosion create visual maps of experience.
will present works expressive of and resonant with these themes.
The opening reception on March 15th will include an alchemical painting performance by Tobias Tovera, an live screen print created on the gallery wall by Kent Manske & Eric Kneeland (with gallery attendees), and an interactive postcard installation by Peter Foucault & Chris Treggiari, which will mark the culmination of a 49 mile hike of inquiry through several rapidly changing neighborhoods of San Francisco.
At the closing reception on April 12th, Timothy Armstrong will create a flour and water drawing outside of the gallery for pigeons to devour, and in the gallery Adam Donnelly & David Janesko will demonstrate their site-specific camera, exposing pinhole photographs of the occasion.
Alexis Arnold is a San Francisco-based artist and educator whose work explores visual displays of time, history, and memory. She likes to play with the viewer’s perceptions of familiar materials or objects, such as books or concrete. She received an MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010, as well as a BA in art from Kenyon College. Her work has been exhibited at The New York Hall of Science, Bergdorf Goodman, Southern Exposure, Workshop Residence, The San Francisco Center for the Book, Alter Space, Root Division, and through the San Francisco Arts Commission 2010 Art in Storefronts Project. Alexis’ work is included in collections in the libraries of SFMOMA, the University of Pittsburgh, and Virginia Commonwealth University, and has received review in Art Practical, BuzzFeed, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, OGlobo.com, Redefine Magazine, ArtSlant.com, Beautiful/Decay, The SF Examiner, SF Gate, and KQED’s Gallery Crawl Series.
Jennifer Brandon lives and works in San Francisco, CA. In 2007, she received her MFA at Mills College, preceded by an MA in 2005 and BA in 2004 in Art with an emphasis in painting at California State University, Northridge, as well as a BA in 1997 in English Literature at San Francisco State University. Brandon has been included in exhibitions in the Bay Area at Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Swarm Gallery, Pro Arts Gallery and The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, as well as the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Awards and fellowships include The Herringer Prize for Excellence in Studio Art and The Catherine Morgan Trefethen Fellowship in Art, and a nomination in 2012 for The Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers. She teaches at Mills College and San Francisco State Universities, and has taught at Sonoma State University and UC Berkeley.
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Adam Donnelly is an artist and educator who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area. He received his BA from the University of Delaware and his MFA from The San Francisco Art Institute. His work is rooted in pinhole photography – a historic process that predates the medium itself and essentially stands as the first technological iteration of photography as a whole. The materials Adam uses to construct a camera inspires the photograph creating a dialogue between camera and image. Adam has taught and lectured at the San Francisco Art Institute, The Kala Art Institute, The College Preparatory School, and Rayko Photo Center. Selected exhibitions include the Garner Center, Boston, MA, The Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR, The Creative Center for Photography, Los Angeles, CA, The Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA, and The Palo Art Center, Palo Alto, CA. He is currently an Artist in Residence at Rayko Photo Center.
David Janesko is an artist working within the mediums of photography and sculpture. He is interested in using alternative photographic techniques and equipment, DIY electronics and non traditional materials to explore mental health, technology and geology. David has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BS in Geosciences from Pennsylvania State University and has participated in group shows in San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles. He is currently a Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin County and and an Artist in Residence at Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco.
Alicia Escott is an artist living and working in San Francisco. Her work addresses issues of species loss and the processes of commercial mediation in late-capitalist society, as well as the individual and collective experience of loss, heartbreak and longing. She holds an MFA from California College of Art, where she received the Richard K. Price Scholarship in painting and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Escott has been a resident fellow at Djerassi Artist Residency, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the JB Blunk Artist Residency. Her work has been shown in numerous art institutions, galleries and alternative spaces, and included in exhibitions at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, the Hayward Gallery in London and the Berkeley Arts Center. Excerpts from her “Letters Sent Sometime after the Continents Separated” have been published in literary journals and art periodicals and were commissioned as part of Art Practical’s mail Art Subscription in 2012. “Letters Sent Sometime after the Continents Separated” will be published in a book format along side audience responses in 2014.
Rodney Ewing is an artist working out of San Francisco California. His drawings, installations, and mixed media works focus on his need to intersect body and place, memory and fact to re-examine human histories, cultural conditions, and events. With his work he is pursuing a narrative that requires us to be present and intimate. Rodney Ewing’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions including “ Pulp 3- Ire Straits” (Beta Pictoris Gallery, 2013), “Bay Area Currents-Navigating the New” (Pro Arts Gallery 2013), “Rituals of Water”(Solo exhibit: IcTus Projects, 2013) “Still Here”(Three Point Nine Collective, Sirron Norris Studio and Gallery, 2011)“Keeping an Eye on Surveillance”(Institute for Performing Arts, 2011),“Unwashed Saints”(Dog Patch Gallery 2011) “Tech Tools of the Trade: Contemporary Media Art” (de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, 2009) “Art Dubai”, (Frey Norris Gallery) “Public Safety, (Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2008) “Code Switching”,(Red House Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2007), “Who’s Afraid of San Francisco (Frey Norris Gallery 2006), Lisa Dent Gallery (San Francisco, CA 2005), and Cartography (Johnsonese Gallery, Chicago, IL 2005
Laura Boles Faw work consists of investigations through sculptural objects and installations, curatorial projects, and collaborative ventures. She examines spatial and social constructions and looks to create new meanings and transformative fictions. In conjunction with her solo practice, she collaborates with Cathy Fairbanks on a discursive project called ap-art-ment. She received a BA in Art History from Sewanee and an MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. Boles Faw is visiting faculty in Sculpture and Contemporary Practices at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Chris Treggiari has shown internationally including the Venice Biennale 2012 American Pavilion as well as nationally at Torrance Art Museum, the Getty Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose to name a few. Chris has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Work Fund, the Arts Commission of San Jose, The Seattle Center Foundation, and the Oakland Arts Commission and the Zellerbach Foundation to name a few. His work has been reviewed in such publications as Art Ltd, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle to name a few. Chris is currently a teaching artist in-residence at the Center for Art and Public Life at the California College of the Arts for the fall and spring semester 2013/14.
Julia Goodman earned her BA in International Relations and Peace & Justice Studies at Tufts University in 2001. She began making paper in her backyard in 2003 and completed her Master’s in Fine Arts at the California College of the Arts in 2009. Upon graduating she spent time in Inverness, California at the JB Blunk Residency and in New York, completing a studio internship at Dieu Donne papermaking studio. Since then, Julia completed artist residencies on the Big Island, Hawaii, at “The Dump,” through Recology SF and at the Lost Coast Cultural Machine in Fort Bragg, California. Her work has exhibited widely throughout California, across the country and in Gothenberg, Sweden. Most recently, Goodman’s work is on view at the San Jose Museum of Art, Chicago’s Columbia College and La Esquina in Kansas City, Missouri. Julia lives and works in San Francisco, balancing making work with teaching at a wide range of places including Creativity Explored and California College of the Arts.
Clint Imboden As an artist, I’m self-taught. I’ve cobbled together skills from classes I’ve taken over the years: photography courses at the Kansas City Art Institute; a furniture design class at the University of Texas in Arlington; off-set printing at the Kala Institute in Berkeley; and machine shop at the Crucible in Oakland. I taught myself how to weld, how to make urethane rubber molds and cast polyester resin. My wood and metal working skills come from spending most of my high school years in the industrial arts building instead of other classes. My influences are also as diverse, from Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jaume Plensa to Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp.
Kim Kei lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA form the San Francisco Art Institute. Her process begins with combining and altering everyday objects and debris. These malleable sculptures are photographed in several iterations, which become the foundation for her paintings. Her intricate, improvised compositions exist somewhere between representation and abstraction. Her work is a departure from the figure as a form, yet in its absence the body is implied.
Kija Lucas is an artist living and working in San Francisco, California. Her work explores ideas of home, family relationships, heritage and inheritance. She is interested in how seemingly inconsequential moments create changes that last generations. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2006 and her MFA from Mills College in 2010. Her work has been exhibited at The Italian Cultural Center, Intersection for the Arts, Luggage Store, Mission Cultural Center, Root Division and more in San Francisco; The Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek; The Asian Resource Center Gallery and WE Art Space in Oakland, CA; La Sala d’Ercole/Hercules Hall in Bologna Italy; and Casa Escorsa in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Kent Manske is an image maker who uses traditional and digital printmaking processes to create one-of-a-kind and editioned prints, books and art objects. He actively exhibits his work and has taught art & visual communication at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California since 1990.
Zachary Royer Scholz is an artist, art writer, and curator based in San Francisco, California. His visual work in sculpture, installation, drawing, and photography uses found materials to reveal the shifting relationships between material and meaning. He received his MA in Visual & Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts in 2009, a MFA in Painting and Drawing from the California College of Arts in 2006, and a BA in Art from Stanford University in 2001. His work has been exhibited at the K2 Contemporary Art Center in Izmir Turkey, Parlour in Siena Italy, David Salow Gallery in Los Angeles, Invisible Venue in Chicago, and in the San Francisco Bay Area at venues including: the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Kala Art Institute, San Francisco State University, Southern Exposure, New Langdon Arts, Intersection for the Arts, Eli Ridgway Gallery, NOMA Gallery, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Swarm Gallery, and C2C Project Space. From 2006 through 2007 he co-directed PLAySPACE Galley at the California College of Arts. In 2007 Scholz founded the alternative project space Project 7, in Berkeley California, which he directed through 2009. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2012 residency at Headlands Center for the Arts, a 2011 Kala Art Institute fellowship, and a 2010 residency at Recology. He has written extensively on alternative art spaces in San Francisco and their critical role in the region’s art ecology. He is the author of numerous monograph and catalog essays, and regularly reviews exhibitions for Art Practical. Scholz has taught in the graduate Art and Architecture programs at California College of the Arts, and since 2010 has acted as an alumni mentor for gifted students in CCA’s undergraduate programs. He is currently a visiting faculty member of The Critique Program, a post-graduate art and critical theory program based in San Francisco.
Dimitra Skandali grew up on Paros, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Its history and people are central to her work. She was educated in Greece before moving to California, and earning her MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute in 2013. She holds a university degree in Painting from Athens School of Fine Arts and a Business Administration degree from Athens Polytechnic University (TEI of Athens). From 2008-2009, she was part of the Erasmus-Socrates Exchange Program at Hogeschool voor der Kunst in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Her awards and honours include the 2013 First Place-Anne Bremer Memorial Prize, the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student Award in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute, and the 2012 Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Award and Fellowship from the San Francisco Foundation. She is the ARTslant 2nd and 4th 2013 Showcase Installation Winner and she has been a selected artist for the “Biennial Project” at the Venice Biennale 2013, for the 1st International Biennale of Santorini in 2012, and a nominee for the 2013 Headlands Graduate Fellowship and for the 2×2 Solos at ProArts Gallery in Oakland, CA. She has also been an artist-in-residence for the Post Studio’s Fall 2013 Residency in Sausalito, Root Division in San Francisco, and Lucid Art Foundation in Inverness, CA. Skandali has shown both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in the US, the Netherlands, and Greece.
Tobias Tovera is based in San Francisco, California. He received his BFA in Sculpture from California College of the Arts in 2001 where he was on the Dean’s List and received a Merit Scholarship. He also studied MFA Painting in the Summer Residency Program at San Francisco Art Institute in 2011 and is an artist in residence alumni of the Performance Art Institute and Root Division in San Francisco.
Tovera has had ten solo and twenty-six group exhibitions on the East and West coast with recent publication in The Collective Magazine and Knock Magazine.
Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky have worked collaboratively since 2004. Both artists have MFA degrees from the University of British Columbia, where they met in 1996. They initially developed their collaborative practice in Vancouver, from 2004-2012. Their practice continues after relocating to different cities: Mahovsky currently lives in Toronto, while Weppler divides her time between Vancouver, Toronto, and San Francisco.
Exhibits include: National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Vancouver Art Gallery, Alter Space, (San Francisco), Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Flux Projects (Atlanta), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), LABoral (Gijon), Dos de Mayo (Madrid), Power Plant (Toronto), Musée d’art Contemporain (Montreal), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), Orange Coast College Photography Gallery (Costa Mesa, CA), Tokyo Wonder Site, loop-raum (Berlin), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), 516Arts (Albuquerque). Weppler’s work has also been exhibited at the Palazzo delle Papesse (Siena) and COCA (Seattle). Mahovsky’s work has been shown at the Queen’s Museum of Art (NY), and he has written for catalogues and journals such as Artforum and Canadian Art.
Residencies include: Acme, London; Artspace, Sydney; apexart, New York (Mahovsky); ISCP New York (Weppler). They are currently developing two public art projects for Vancouver to be realized in 2014 and early 2015. Their work is represented in public collections including the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montreal and the National Gallery of Canada.