Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 to 7:30pm– Crown Point Press in the 80’s: Conversation and Reception at Crown Point Press: The exhibition on view, Crown Point in the 80’s, includes 39 etchings and woodblock prints by 38 artists, including Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, Pat Stier, Joan Jonas, and Al Held. In conjunction with the exhibition, The Crown Point gallery will host a conversation among Crown Point Press founding director Kathan Brown, conceptual artist Tom Marioni, and Berkeley Art Museum adjunct curator Connie Lewallen, all of whom were actively engaged with Crown Point in the 1980s. Crown Point Press is located at 20 Hawthorne Street.
March 12 to April 4– Art Kala 2020 Exhibition, Auction and Gala at Kala Art Gallery: Celebrating Kala’s 46th year, Art Kala 2020 brings together Kala’s creative community and features the inventive and meaningful art being made in the Bay Area and beyond. Kota Ezawa, Jet Martinez and Kelly Ording will be awarded as the 2020 recipients of the Kala Master Artists Award. A three week-long exhibition in the Kala Gallery will culminate in an auction and gala benefit for Kala. All proceeds from this event support educational and cultural programs that directly serve artists, children, and the community-at-large. Kala Art Gallery is located at 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley.
Preview Party: Thursday, March 12, 6-9pm
Auction Gala: Saturday, April 4, 6-9:30pm
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Ongoing to April 5– No Part Left Out: June Crespo, Miguel Marina, and Rebeca Bollinger at Interface Gallery: As this exhibition opens, the grey branches of leafless trees stand starkly in clear winter light. There is a sense that life energy is building beneath the surfaces of everything. Works presented in this exhibition evoke impermanence, absence and loss. Rebeca Bollinger’s bronze bouquet is cast from flowers now long gone. June Crespo’s concrete cast of a radiator lies cold on the floor, poignantly recalling a body drained of heat. Yet these absences bring to mind the living flower, the warm body – and they heighten our awareness of our own embodied presence. Barely legible gestures appearing and disappearing on the surface of Miguel Marina’s paintings suggest the passage of time. Yet, they also offer us a formless space that is infinitely open. Something is always ending, yet something new is always arising. Interface Gallery is located at 486 49th Street, Oakland.
Closing Performance: Sunday, April 5, 2pm
Ongoing to March 27– Jason Jägel: La Machine Molle, Johanna St. Clair: The Upsurge, Kyle Austin Dunn: Captive Reflex at Gallery 16: There are 3 shows on view at Gallery 16. A key subject of interest in Kyle Austin Dunn’s practice is paradoxical reasoning. His paintings showcase a curiosity about the way people organize thoughts and actions, the cyclical nature of problem solving, and how unconscious stimuli can affect and guide both judgement and decision-making. His works utilize looped and close ended forms in disguise, exploring ideas of inevitability and predetermination buried under chaotic compositions.
The Upsurge includes work from Johanna St. Clair’s long investigation using Sumi ink and brush on paper into the pattern-structure of the trees, the ocean, and the sky just outside her door. St. Clair distills the gestures down to the essence of the subject, creating images that draw you in with their understated yet expressive beauty. The lack of color is not tethered to what the artist sees. It is the artist’s internal logic rather than a literal transcription that is being recorded.
In his own unique and poetic way, Jason Jägel’s work cultivates a strong improvisational component, born out of a form of autobiographical fiction, his love of music, comics, and literary fiction. His compositions often appear as fragments where experiences, dreams, people, places, individual narratives and past experiences intersect and intertwine to create open-ended, conversational stories full of rhythm and flow. Gallery 16 is located at 501 Third Street.
March 13 to April 25– Issac Julien’s America at Jessica Silverman Gallery: Isaac Julien’s America will feature photographs from three of his series including Baltimore (2003), True North (2004), and Lessons of the Hour (2019). Julien creates work that references racial and sexual identity, voyages, and cultural displacement. Baltimore is rich in urban imagery and uses museums as a key location and theme. The series unites three Baltimore institutions including the Walters Art Museum, the Contemporary Museum and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. Baltimore is ironic and funky, nostalgic and futuristic, rough and fine. True North comprises reflective images of the sublime, while again using the landscape as a key location and theme. The work is loosely inspired by the story of the black American explorer, Matthew Henson who accompanied Robert Peary and was one of the first people to reach the North Pole. Lessons of the Hour is a poetic meditation on the life and times of Frederick Douglass. The work proposes a contemplative journey into Douglass’ zeitgeist and its relationship to contemporaneity. Jessica Silverman Gallery is located at 488 Ellis Street.
March 14 to May 2– Danielle Lawrence: Veils and Grids at Traywick Contemporary: Lawrence’s practice focuses on experimentation with materiality and surface through a hybrid approach that incorporates painting and sculpture. Referencing the history of Abstraction in contemporary art, Lawrence has always been interested in the painted shape, gesture or mark that moves beyond the two dimensional plane. In this show, she reworks the traditional physicality of a painting by literally deconstructing and putting back together each piece. She cuts and tears raw canvas and reconstructs it into patch-work surfaces. These asymmetric, grid-like picture planes serve as the backdrop to other hand made elements: dyed and stained textile panels, sewn and stitched lines, as well as glazed ceramic objects that rest on edges or are applied to surfaces. Lawrence’s physical deconstruction/construction of materials is a metaphor for reworking and rethinking of other cultural norms such as sexuality, gender, and class. The dyed panels can be seen as windows that offer different points of view, banners signifying the desire for change, or flags marking important historical sites where transformative moments have occurred. Traywick Contemporary is located at 895 Colusa Avenue, Berkeley.
March 28 to May 23– Experiments in the Field: Creative Collaboration in the Age of Ecological Concern at the Berkeley Art Center: This exhibition seeks to celebrate art’s social potential, bringing together Bay Area artists to lead and inspire critical discourse around climate action. Artists included in the exhibition are Adriane Colburn, Alicia Escott, Stacey Goodman, Chanell Stone, Keith Secola, Livien Yin, and Minoosh Zomorodinia. The show is premised on the idea that artists play an important role in humanizing the global climate crisis. Many of us have come to know about our environment and the magnitude of the climate challenges we face through visual modes such as satellite imagery, documentary photographs or simulation models. While scientific objectivity is crucial to our formal understanding, art offers a range of discursive, visual and sensual strategies to connect with these complex issues. The Berkeley Art Center is located at 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley.
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 28, 6-8pm