Selected through a process of studio visits conducted from Fall 2017 through Spring 2018, Bay Area Now 8 showcases visual artists in a broad range of creative practices including painting, photography, ceramics, textiles, video installation, and digital media. The exhibition also includes architects and designers working at the leading edge of environmental, landscape, and housing design.
Whether she is working in drawing, photography, or large-scale installation, Sadie Barnette relishes the abstraction of city space and the transcendence of the mundane to the imaginative. She creates visual compositions that engage a hybrid aesthetic of minimalism and density, using text, drawing, glitter, family Polaroids, subcultural codes, and found objects.
Untitled (Baby dress), collage, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Fort Gansevoort Gallery.
David Bayus lives and works in San Francisco. His cross-disciplinary practice centers on experimental filmmaking with a focus on the dualistic relationship between science and spirituality. He is a cofounder of BASEMENT art collective, based in San Francisco’s Mission District. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010.
Let Us Unfold the Animal Outward; the Sons of Heavens Shall Be Tamed Angels. Courtesy the artist.
Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik
Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik is an artist and educator with a community-based practice. Her work has been called a “joyous political critique.” She is also a cofounder of the People’s Kitchen Collective.
Sita Bhaumik. Photograph by Sana Javeri Kadri.
Born in 1985 in Carolina, Puerto Rico, and currently based in Oakland, Sofía Córdova considers sci-fi, dance and music culture(s), the internet, mystical things, mutation and extinction, migration, and climate change under the conditions of late capitalism and its technologies.
Still from dawn chorus_LA PREKUELA ii, in progress, video and original score. Courtesy the artist.
Caleb Duarte is best known for creating temporary installations using construction-type frameworks such as beds of dirt, cement, and objects suggesting basic shelter. His installations become sites for performative interpretations of his sculptural community collaborations.
DOMO – Where The United Nations Used To Be, 2010.
Performance: Francisco Hidalgo Diaz. Collaboration: Jaguar De Madera San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas MX. Photograph: Mia Eve Rollow. Courtesy the artist.
Josh Faught’s practice combines textiles, pop-cultural detritus, and archival materials to address the relationships between language, community, and constructions of identity.
Party Favors, 2017. Hand-dyed, hand-woven, and crocheted hemp; calendar from a gay community group, rhinestone encrusted florist brooch, pin, spray paint, and chip clip on stretched linen. 72 x 50 x 5 inches. Courtesy the artist.
Darell W. Fields
Darell W. Fields is the founding principal of Maxine Studio. He teaches visual studies and advanced design research at the University of California at Berkeley and is the author of the seminal work on architecture and race, Architecture in Black: Theory, Space and Appearance.
Black Signifier, collage, 2011. Courtesy the artist.
Nicki Green is a transdisciplinary artist whose sculptures, ritual objects, and various flat works explore history preservation, conceptual ornamentation, and aesthetics of religiosity.
Oroborous, 2017. Watershed brick clay and pencil on paper. 14 x 12 inches. Courtesy the artist.
Porpentine Charity Heartscape
Porpentine Charity Heartscape is a writer, new media artist, game designer, and dead swamp milf in Oakland. She makes xenofemme scifi/fantasy and cursed video games.
Samanthifer. Courtesy the artist.
Jamil Hellu is a visual artist based in San Francisco, working primarily with photography and video installations. His work is a hybrid of self-portraiture and queer narrative, expressing connections between people beyond political borders while pushing boundaries to address the construction and multiplicity of cultural identities.
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, 2017. Courtesy the artist.
Constance Hockaday is a Chilean American who grew up on the Gulf of Mexico. She has created outsider maritime projects since 2006. Her work is about creating portals that get people closer to that feeling of belonging in a place (preferably the place where they live).
You Make A Better Wall Than a Window, 2015. Courtesy the artist.
Rhonda Holberton is an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist. Her multimedia installations make use of digital and interactive technologies integrated into traditional methods of art production.
MIDNIGHT, 2016. Archival pigment print. 20 x 30 inches. Courtesy the artist.
Through her interdisciplinary art practice, Carrie Hott seeks nonlinear narratives and unexpected tangents. Her work is informed by a roving research practice that explores the current and historic infrastructural systems that mediate our collective experiences and perceptions.
The Light That Elongated The Day (takeaway print), 2017. Risograph print on vellum, unlimited edition. Courtesy the artist.
Hyphae Design Laboratory
Hyphae Design Laboratory is a multidisciplinary practice focused on innovation in our built environment. Through collaboration, design thinking, applied ecology, and social change, it discovers, researches, and implements novel projects.
PPlanter, 2012. Courtesy Hyphae Design Laboratory.
Sahar Khoury is an artist based in Oakland. She works mostly with found or rejected materials to produce sculptures and installations.
Untitled (1948/1995, 1953/1979) 2017. Paper mache, steel, concrete, ceramic. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Becca Barolli.
Charlie Leese’s artistic practice embodies caustic remainders of a world where solutions of an alternate type of elegance are arrived at from brutish gestures. Interiors of left-behind structures are rendered as exteriors, offering new formal possibilities and ever-recombinant content.
TRUNCATED BOVINITY #2, 2017. Steel, cast stainless steel, paint. 21 x 26 x 18 inches. Courtesy the artist.
modem is an interdisciplinary practice with experience in software, architecture, urban design, and digital fabrication. It uses radical and traditional architectural tools to transform objects, environments, and urban situations in order to strengthen and improve connections between buildings, cities, and ecologies.
Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, 2012-2014. Exhibit Design. Shown: Installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2013. Photograph by Michelle Litvin.
NEMESTUDIO is an architectural practice based in the San Francisco Bay Area that produces work ranging from buildings and installations to speculative projects at various scales. Founded by Neyran Turan and Mete Sonmez, it has been recognized with several awards, most recently the 2016 Architectural League of New York Prize for Young Architects.
Museum of Lost Volumes, 2015. Courtesy NEMESTUDIO.
Woody De Othello
Beginning by sketching with a particular object in mind, one that is domestic and very familiar, Woody De Othello creates large, anthropomorphic ceramic sculptures. He completed his MFA at California College of Arts in 2017, and holds a BFA from Florida Atlantic University with a concentration in ceramics.
Vent, 2017. Ceramic, underglaze, glaze. 30 x 16 1-2 x 13 1-2 inches. Courtesy the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery.
Marcela Pardo Ariza
Marcela Pardo Ariza explores the potential of constructed photography, handmade bending frames, and set building while celebrating the erroneous, dealing with issues of representation and questioning arbitrary hegemonies through prop-like objects and wry humor.
Self Portrait, 2017. Courtesy the artist.
Eric Rodenbeck is the CEO of Stamen Design, which builds beautiful, playful, technically sophisticated projects for clients from Digital Globe to the Dalai Lama to scientists around the country. His uniquely interdisciplinary work also intersects with the world of fine art, and has been exhibited worldwide and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Surging Seas. Courtesy Stamen.
Via paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations, Taravat Talepasand reconsiders the ideological assumptions that index Iranian identity, state power, and gender in order to consider how body and image come to signify and rebel against normative notions of Iranian subjectivity. Her interest, however, is in painting a present, which is of and intrinsically linked to the past, making it easily understood by the Iranian and indicative of assumption for the Westerner.
Westoxicated, 2015. Egg tempera and gold leaf on linen. 66 x 33 inches. Courtesy the artist.
Urban Works Agency (UWA)
Urban Works Agency (UWA) is a research lab at California College of the Arts that leverages architectural design to affect social justice, ecological vitality, and economic resilience at an urban scale.
Courtesy Urban Works Agency.
Cate White lives and works in Oakland and works primarily in painting. She is concerned with how underrepresented perspectives made visible can complicate normalized beliefs surrounding gender, race, class, morality, value, beauty, and power. White uses the democratic language of comedy, narrative, and self-exposure to communicate and represent across social strata.
Wanda Describing a Painting She Thinks I Should Make (detail), 2015. Acrylic, latex, spray paint on canvas. 60 x 72 inches. Courtesy the artist.
Andrew Wilson is a multimedia artist working at the intersections of the consumption of the Black body and queerness. His work is at once beautiful, with an attention to craftsmanship, and repulsing in its graphic subject matter.
Still from Shed, 2017. 14:36 min. Courtesy the artist.