The sixth edition of YBCA’s signature triennial exhibition, Bay Area Now, a roundup of exemplary talent across an array of disciplines, continues with a visual arts exhibition showcasing 18 artists and artist collectives. Included is photography by Tammy Rae Carland and Sean McFarland; paintings by David Huffman and Robert Minervini; video works by Ranu Mukherjee and Richard T. Walker; sculptures by Mauricio Ancalmo, Suzanne Husky, Allison Smith, and Weston Teruya; conceptual work by Amy Balkin and Tony Labat; installations by Chris Fraser, Brion Nuda Rosch, Chris Sollars, and Rio Babe International; and textiles by Ben Venom. These artists investigate such subjects as the relationship between humans and nature, whether it involves environmentalism, geopolitics, nineteenth century romanticism, or artificial landscapes; Americana, including the rural South and colonial history; and contemporary culture, specifically globalization, Afrofuturism, and the politics of marijuana in the Bay Area.
BAY AREA NOW 6 Opening Night PartyJul 8, 2011 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Grand Lobby$12 advance, $15 at the door, FREE for YBCA Members*
Chances are you're less than six degrees of separation away from at least one of the artists featured in Bay Area Now 6. Be among the first to see their new work and celebrate the opening of the six edition of YBCA’s signature triennial event.
Kick off BAN6 with a BANG! Be among the first to see all-new artwork while celebrating the opening of the sixth edition of YBCA's signature triennial exhibition with live music by local bands and DJs, delicious food for sale from local food trucks, including Best Falafel award-winner Liba, and swanky cocktails. Tantalizing audiophiles will be critically-acclaimed "dreamy synth-pop" quartet Dominant Legs and a DJ set by oOoOO, whose "druggy and otherworldly" sound has captivated and creeped-out audiences from here to Barcelona. Completing the audio experience will be a radio variety show beamed directly to wireless headsets, thanks to our generous silent disco sponsors, Silent Storm Sound System.** If you need a break from all the art, music and people-watching, you'll be able to get your hands dirty with Hayes Valley Farm, who will be activating our Sculpture Court with Urban Farm Fashions!
* YBCA Members: no need to reserve in advance. Just come to the membership table and check-in. Basic Members will receive two complimentary tickets and Household members and above will receive four tickets. Note that memberships purchased after 2pm on July 8th will need proof of purchase for admission.
** Headsets are FREE with admission price, but only a limited number are available—first come, first served!
BAN6 Thursday Artist Series: Robert MinerviniJul 28, 2011 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Front Door GalleryFREE
Defining the “new natural,” Robert Minervini’s lecture examines aspects of landscape and space in historical and contemporary painting. Using his work as a starting point, he traces his investigations into the sublime and utopian architecture as it relates to landscape painting.
BAN6 Thursday Artist Series: The Art of Hair, Chris Sollars in conversation with Jennifer A. GonzálezAug 11, 2011 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Large Conference RoomFREE w/ gallery admission
For BAN6, Sollars presents Hairy, an installation that utilizes the artist’s own hair as a starting point to address issues related to history, cultural identity and memory, with historical reference to practices of the 19th century in which locks of hair were kept to memorialize loved ones. Join Sollars in conversation with Jennifer A. González, associate professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at UC Santa Cruz, as they discuss the cultural and artistic issues of hair. essays and reviews have appeared in Frieze, World Art, Diacritics, Art Journal, Bomb, numerous exhibition catalogs, and anthologies, her new book published by MIT press is Reframing Race in Contemporary Installation Art. Please note: this program is presented in place of the previously announced "Beard Conspiracy."
BAN6 Thursday Artist Series: Ranu MukherjeeAug 25, 2011 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Downstairs GalleriesFREE w/ gallery admission
Bay Area DJ Loosebeats will be playing a dubstep-inspired set as a partially improvised score to Ranu Mukherjee’s Hybrid FilmColor of History, Sweating Rocks. Dubstep is a form of polyrhythmic electronica music that came out of 1990s' jungle and drum n' bass movements. Mukherjee is influenced by how the sound of dubstep weaves together slow and smooth elements of dub music mixed with more up tempo and a staccato time base, which directly relates to Hybrid FilmColor of History, Sweating Rocks video through the nature of the overlapping between temporal registersfrom geological to technological.
BAN6 Thursday Artist Series: Mauricio AncalmoSep 8, 2011 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Downstairs GalleriesFREE w/ gallery admission
Mauricio Ancalmo convenes musicians and artists in a light/sound performance. The musicians and visual artists providing live video content will collaborate spontaneously in an unrehearsed performance. Although each will have an idea of what they want to play, the final outcome will be one of random light and sound.
BAN6 Thursday Artist Series: Ben VenomSep 22, 2011 5:00pm – 7:00pm
6 - 8 pmThird Street CourtyardFREE w/ gallery admission
Three local metal bands — Black Cobra, Walken and Hightower — perform in honor of Ben Venom’s artwork, a heavy metal quilt, with a DJ spinning records between sets and a free photo booth.
Bay Area Now debuted in the summer of 1997 as a much needed platform for assessing the state of the visual arts in the San Francisco/Bay Area region, and to bring to the public's attention the work of exceptional artists active in the local art scene. Throughout the triennial's almost fifteen-year history it has continued to be the barometer of what is happening in the arts by placing new work into the limelight making it available to the general public. At each historical juncture, Bay Area Now has played a significant role in providing a platform, by marking the interplay between contemporary art and other innovative activities that have come to define the region.
The eighteen participating artists in Bay Area Now 6 investigate such subjects as the relationship between humans and nature, whether it involves environmentalism, geopolitics, nineteenth century romanticism, or artificial landscapes; Americana, including the rural South and colonial history; and contemporary culture, specifically ethno-futurisms, and the politics of marijuana in the Bay Area. Many also find inspiration from ideas and movements that gained currency in the 1960s and 1970s. Chris Fraser's light installations are reminiscent of the California light and space movement, Tammy Rae Carland's photographs of female stand-up comedians are fueled by the energy of 1960s-era Feminism. Like the early Bay Area conceptualists, Brion Nuda Rosch and Chris Sollars embrace the potential of discarded or banal materials and objects. Sean McFarland blends concepts borrowed from the New Topographics photographers with the formalism of 19th century American landscape photography. Reaching further back in time, Allison Smith's deconstructions of early Americana and Ben Venom's fusion of quilting and heavy metal music, which had its rebirth in San Francisco, provide fresh views on familiar histories. A few artists also look to the future, including David Huffman, with his afro-futurist canvases and Ranu Mukherjee with her self-described neo-futurist hybrid video works. Whatever period of time these artists are influenced by, they provide a new vision to themes that resonate with what the Bay Area now offers in its mélange of communities and micro-cultures.
Raised in El Salvador and the United States, Mauricio Ancalmo works from a dual cultural perspective, drawing on cultural and personal themes such as circumstance, assimilation, and isolation. His work through sound and image is reminiscent of personal artifacts based on experience, striving to grasp individuality within the collective conscience. Mauricio Ancalmo has most recently worked with discarded objects such as sewing machines, word processors, 16mm film projectors and turntables as the principal characters in his theatre-sized installations. In these installations, such autonomous objects are introduced to 16mm film loops and intricately set up to interact with each other resulting in the production of camera-less films. The process comes from the idea of art that makes art, treating film as an ephemeral material, mixing it with performative elements, and residing in the realm of kinetic sculpture. Ancalmo received his MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, and his BFA in Computer Animation and Sculpture from the Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon. In the last years he had exhibitions in Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, SOMArts and Toronto Images Festival.
Amy Balkin is an artist whose work involves land and the geopolitical relationships that frame it. Her solo and collaborative projects, including Public Smog and Invisible-5, consider political and legal borders and systems, environmental justice, and the allocation of common-pool resources. Balkin received her MFA from the Stanford University Department of Art & Art History, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her works have been exhibited internationally, and her project This is the Public Domain was included in the publication Situation (MIT Press, 2009).
Tammy Rae Carland
Tammy Rae Carland primarily works with photography and experimental video; she also does text-based work and recently has been producing cast ceramic pieces. Carland received her MFA from UC Irvine, her BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program. Her work has been screened and exhibited in galleries and museums internationally and her photographs have been published in numerous books including The Passionate Camera. She has also published photographs and received reviews of her work in numerous national media including: The New York Times, Big and The Los Angeles Times. In the 1990’s Carland independently produced a series of influential fanzines including the zine I (heart) Amy Carter. From 1997-2005 she co-ran Mr. Lady Records and Videos, an independent record label and video art distribution company that was dedicated to the production and distribution of queer and feminist culture.
Chris Fraser is a bay area artist whose immersive installations and performances approach a direct experience of our optical environment. He treats the camera as a situation, not a device. Where light slips into dark, a picture is seen. These specters fill the air around us. We walk into to them, wear them, change them. Chris received his BA in history from the University of California, Davis and his MFA in studio art from Mills College. He is a recipient of the Jay DeFeo Prize and was a graduate fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts.
David Huffman's painting repertoire includes figures and themes entering into his signature landscapes of futuristic dreams and humor. Huffman’s work also features deeply engaged thematic concerns with African -American culture, both historical and post-historical. He studied in New York and San Francisco and has an MFA from California College of the Arts. He received a Eureka in 2007, an ARTADIA Foundation in 2006, and a Palo Alto Public Arts Commission Award in 2005. His work has appeared in Art Forum, Art Journal, Art Papers, Frieze, Flash Art, Vibe, NY Arts, What’s On in London, the San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times. Huffman’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin and London.
Suzanne Husky grew up during the "Mitterrand years” in the late 70s "Back To The Land" movement (Mitterrand was France’s socialist president for 14 years). The socialist ideologies and the rural environment molded her upbringing and became important components of her work. Our intimate relations with plants, animals, the earth, and how we interact together in poetic and political ways, are examined through sculpture, installation, drawing, documentary photography, and film. Problems relating to the exploitation of natural resources, landscape use and globalization are the persistent backdrop of her multimedia practice, yet the work, she believes, remains humorous and light. Husky is a French American visual artist who obtained her MFA from the Beaux-Art school of Bordeaux, France, spending half of the program duration at CCAC. She has exhibited at the De Young Museum Kimball Gallery, Triple Base and Southern Exposure.
Tony Labat has developed a body of work in Performance, Video, Sculpture and Installation. His work has dealt with and continues his investigations with the body, popular culture, identity, urban relations, politics, and the media. Labat was born in Cuba and came to the United Stated at the age of 15 in 1966. He received his BFA (1978) and his MFA (1980) from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has exhibited internationally over the last 30 years. Labat has received numerous awards and grants and his work is in many private and public collections.
Sean McFarland is an artist whose work explores the relationships between the process of image making, artifice, photographic truth, and the representation of landscape. McFarland earned a BS in Computer Information Systems and Studio Art from Humboldt State University in 2002, and an MFA in Photography from California College of the Arts in 2004. Sean’s solo exhibitions include White Columns, New York City, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco. His work has been included in shows at the San Jose Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and Art/Miami/Basel. Among his awards are a fellowship to the National Photography Institute at Columbia University, 2004, fellowship and residency at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA, 2009 and the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers, 2009. Selected reviews include The San Francisco Chronicle, Artweek, and Artforum. His work is in the collections of the Oakland Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art Library.
Robert Minervini works in painting, sculpture, installation, and site-specific public art. Primarily a painter, his work investigates the intersection of nature and culture. Minervini received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009, and his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2005. He has created public murals nationally in Philadelphia with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (MAP) and in San Francisco. His work has been exhibited nationally including The Brooklyn Historical Society, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Pennsylvania State Museum. He has been awarded the Murphy/Cadogan Fellowship by the San Francisco Foundation in 2008, the Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Fellowship by the National Academy of Fine Arts in 2008, and the Carmela Corso Scholarship by Tyler School of Art in 2005. He has been a resident artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Root Division Studio Program, and the Vermont Studio Center. His work has been published in New American Painting No.91, Mural Art: Large Scale Art from Walls Around the World.
Ranu Mukherjee is a multi-disciplinary artist making hybrid films, works on paper and collaborative projects. Her recent work investigates the figure of the nomad as well as an imagined personal history of relations between Indian and European/US culture. Mukherjee received her M.F.A. from the Royal College of Art, Painting Department, London, and her B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. Ranu co-created the collaborative artist orphan drift in London in the 1990's. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and screenings internationally in London, Oslo, Berlin, Oberhausen, Vancouver, Santiago and Capetown as well as in the Bay Area. In 2010 she was a featured artist in Noma gallery’s Videohole and received a Kala Fellowship Award.
Rio Babe International
Rio Babe International was founded by Sam Strand and Kirby McKenzie in December, 2009 in preparation for a residency at La Ex Hacienda de Guadalupe in Oaxaca, Mexico. Upon return to the Bay Area, Rio Babe constructed their senior thesis at California College of The Arts entitled "Mi Pueblo: A Global Mexican American Marketplace." Their second solo show, "Rio Babe presents The World Cup 2010," was installed at Hatch Gallery in lieu of the world's largest global event. Since then R.B.I. has curated, produced, and designed cultural collisions through the use of social installation, fashions, advertisements, talent production, and performance. Rio Babe's practice of social design has incorporated everything from portable green screens, cocktail parties, and traveling beauty salons to street corner restaurants, the Internet, and digital fabric and fashion design. They have collaborated with and worked for Panamanian-American rappers Los Rakas, Internet artists, Oaxacan artisans, female singer-songwriter Anna Ash, floral designer Peter St. Lawrence, and a gold jewelry salesman.
Brion Nuda Rosch
Brion Nuda-Rosch work encompasses several series of sculptures and collages that interact conceptually with each other. Nature in the human form or as landscape are deliberately brought towards abstraction with small moves, collaging over an image with bits of painted paper, or obscuring a figure through erasure of detail. The simple processes and concepts in Rosch’s work demand time and contemplation asking many questions of the viewer, and offering few answers. He has exhibited at DCKT Contemporary New York, Baer Ridgway Exhibitions and San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. Brion is a 2010 Pantone Color of the Year Award winner, a Richard C. Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship Finalist, and 2009 Artadia Award winner. He combines his studio practice with the curatorial direction of Hallway Projects including the One-Day Artist Residency Program, and the visual art reference blog Something Home Something.
Allison Smith's practice investigates the cultural phenomenon of historical reenactment and the role of craft in the construction of national identity. She produces performative sculptures and public events that provoke new forms of popular militancy by encouraging participants to "take history into their own hands." Smith received a BA in psychology from the New School for Social Research, a BFA in sculpture from Parsons School of Design, and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. She also participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Smith has produced solo exhibitions and projects for institutions including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum, and Indianapolis Museum of Art. Smith has received grant support from Arts Council England, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as award residencies at Artpace San Antonio, Washington University and Headlands Center for the Arts. Museum acquisitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Saatchi Gallery London. Her monograph Allison Smith: The Muster released in 2007 is distributed by Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.). She is the author of Allison Smith: Needle Work (University of Chicago Press, 2010).
Chris Sollars work revolves around the reclamation and subversion of public space through interventions, the results of which are integrated into mixed media video installations. Sollars holds a BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from Bard College. He is director and curator of 667Shotwell an experimental space in his home for artists to do experimental work, started in 2001 during the wake of disappearing San Francisco art-spaces. Sollars’ work is in the collections of the Berkeley Art Museum, Mills College Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum, and Miami Art Museum. Awards include 2002 Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award, 2007 Alternative Exposure Grant, 2007 Eureka Fellowship Award, a 2007 San Francisco Bay Area Artadia Grant, and 2009 Headlands residency. In 2008 he completed his first feature length film C RED BLUE J that screened at SFMOMA and was a part of CREATIVE TIME’s Democracy in America Exhibition that was reviewed on WNYC Radio and in the New York Times by Holland Cotter. His work has also been featured in articles and reviews in Contemporary Magazine; CameraWork; Art Net; BOOOOOOOM; Huffington Post; Art Practical; and Flash Art.
Weston Teruya works primarily in drawing and sculpture. In his work, he reconfigures the arrangements of images and objects from the built environment to examine how they shape social relationships and imagine how those dynamics might be transformed. Weston received an MFA in Painting and Drawing and MA in Visual & Critical Studies (Visual Criticism) from California College of the Arts. Weston Teruya has exhibited artwork at Patricia Sweetow Gallery and Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, the de Saissett Museum in Santa Clara and the di Rosa Preserve in Sonoma. In 2011, he is exhibiting at Pro Arts in Oakland and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Weston has had residencies at the Montalvo Arts Center and Oliver Ranch Studio Artist Residency and was a recipient of a 2009 Artadia grant. He is a part of the Curatorial Committee at Southern Exposure and is curating a show there in early 2011.
Mr. Ben Venom aspires to be a visual commentator on the unique culture found in the Southern United States. Having been born and raised in the dirty south he is very conscious and aware of his Southern roots. Venom sees his work as a reinvention of his southern identity and an attempt to critique and praise this unique and historic geographic region. The majority of the work operates in response to his nickname, Venom. Much like a truck driver’s handle, Venom functions as an identity or brand in the form of flags, banners and tobacco products. Southern politics, racing, and heavy metal all play a vital role in this ongoing body of work. Cultural icons from rural America’s lowbrow aesthetic are borrowed and re-formatted. Mr. Ben Venom graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 with a Master of Fine Arts. He was included in the 20th annual Los Angeles National Print competition and the recipient of an emerging artists scholarship at Anderson Ranch Art Center. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including: Neurotitan Gallery (Berlin, Germany), Guerrero Gallery, Youngblood, Western Exhibitions, and P.O.V. Evolving. Mr. Venom has lectured at the California College of Art, Zeum Children’s Museum and Untitled Gallery in Oklahoma City, OK.
Richard T. Walker
Richard T. Walker's tender and provocative videos are part romantic meditation, part confessional love letter. Walker lays bare and challenges the presumption that the natural world revolves around us. A series of shots depicting boulders, bushes, trees and cacti from the Californian desert, are presented to the viewer as a story is heard about someone becoming overwhelmed by these individual beauties. Then culminating into a multi-layered piece of music whereby the artist plays various instruments and sings. Walker is a British artist currently living and working in San Francisco. He received an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London in 2005. International group exhibitions include: Don Quijote, Witte de With, Rotterdam; Romantic Damage, De Appel, Amsterdam; Beyond The Country, The Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork; Terminus, Para/Site, Hong Kong; and Meditators, at the National Museum in Warsaw. In 2010, he had solo shows at Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis, Angels Barcelona and Christopher Grimes Gallery in Los Angeles, and a solo presentation of work as part of Transplanted at the San Francisco Arts Commission. The last year he completed a residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and The Headlands Center for the Arts. In 2009 he was awarded an Artadia Award and is a 2010 SECA Finalist.
BAN6 Part II – Art is made possible in part by:
Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, Betlach Family Foundation, Catherine and Ned Topham, Carla and David Crane, Ronald W. Garrity, Robert C. Goodman and John Bankston, Vicki Shipkowitz, Gallery Paule Anglim, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
National Endowment for the Arts
YBCA Exhibitions 11–12 is made possible in part by:
Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
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