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YBCA presents a brand new commission by Los Angeles based artist Samara Golden.

Known for creating dreamlike, uncanny, and immersive environments, Golden attempts to stage the sixth dimension–a place where the future, present, and past exist simultaneously. Golden’s installations use mirrors, video, sound, and handmade sculptures to create a hypnotic, hallucinatory space that draws the viewer in completely. This exhibition is Golden’s largest installation to date and will take over a substantial gallery at YBCA.

Golden says her installations “gesture toward materializing the impossible” through a shared experience between artist and audience. Combining multiple individual scenes into one cinematic space, from a suburban bedroom to crashing waves to an infinitely reflecting country restaurant, her installations have a hue and tenor that summon a conflicting range of feelings. Psychologically stirring and complex, Golden’s monumental installations stage a transformative encounter with a vast unknown.

Catherine Damman, ArtForum
Approach and peer down into an abyss. Wreathed in matte white—a tech-world fetish color—the parapet begs to be bent over. Do so and dive into an aerial view of eighteen chambers, neatly parceled into three rows of six. Each chamber contains a rectangular couch oriented toward a large window—or is it a screen?
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Samara Golden (b. 1973, Ann Arbor, Michigan) has been featured in solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Canada, New York; and she was awarded a Frieze Projects commission for Frieze New York. Group exhibitions include MOCA, Los Angeles; Sculpture Center, New York; Zabludowicz Collection, London; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. MOMA PS1 releases Golden’s first book The Flat Side of the Knife in December 2015. She is represented by Night Gallery, Los Angeles, and CANADA, New York.


YBCA Exhibitions 15-16 are made possible in part by:
Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, and The Creative Ventures Council. Free First Tuesdays underwritten by: Directors Forum Members. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support. YBCA Programs in 15-16 are made possible by: The James Irvine Foundation. Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 15-16: National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Lead Image: Samara Golden: A Trap in Soft Division, 2016, installation view, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Courtesy the artist and Night Gallery. Photo by Charlie Villyard.