January 4 – 8 – Chip Lord Unfolding Video Festival on Minnesota Street Project Adjacent: Debuting this evening, January 4, the online exhibition space Minnesota Street Project Adjacent features a limited-time streaming event of video works by artist Chip Lord. Viewable until January 8, each program features a selection of works with a never-before-seen introduction by Lord. The 14 videos continue the creative process pioneered by Ant Farm, the collective founded by Lord and Doug Michels which worked on the radical fringe of architecture and art from 1968 – 1978. For the screening schedule please visit the website here.
In conjunction with the festival, Lord will be in live conversation with Rudolf Frieling (Curator of Media Arts, SFMOMA) on January 7. Register for the talk via Zoom here. These events are organized in conjunction with the exhibition Chip Lord: Folding Back Time, Form, + Format at Rena Bransten Gallery through January 30.
Ongoing to January 20 – The Violets in the Mountains Have Broken the Rocks at Gallery 16: For the last exhibition in its current location, Gallery 16 presents presents a selection of artists who’ve shown with the gallery over the last 14 years. The show presents works with messages that have evolved when viewed through the lens of this particular moment in our history. All of the work in this exhibition was made long before Covid 19, but given the extraordinary year we’ve all experienced, these works take on new meaning and clarity. Artists included; Ala Ebtekar, Rebeca Bollinger, Tucker Nichols, Adriane Colburn, Amy Franceschini/Futurefarmers, Cliff Hengst, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Libby Black, Johanna Jackson, Charles Linder, Graham Gillmore, Alice Shaw, Meryl Pataky, Deborah Oropallo, Jason Jagel, Martin McMurray. Gallery 16 is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 – 5 pm, no appointment necessary, masks required.
January 9 to February 5 – Kelly Ording: Slow Tide at pt.2 Gallery: Pt.2 gallery in Oakland presents a solo exhibition of works by Kelly Ording. Ording’s work layers painted geometric patterns (often in saturated colors), over organic shapes that stem from her process of hand-dying canvas and paper surfaces, Ording plays with our natural propensity to seek the familiar in the abstract. Pt.2 Gallery is open by appointment only, please schedule a visit by emailing the gallery at email@example.com
January 23 to April 3 – Origin Stories: Expanded Ceramics in the Bay Area at Berkeley Art Center: This group exhibition curated by Tanya Zimbardo, brings together key works by 10 artists and artist groups who consider ceramics in relation to site and place. This survey exhibition features sculpture, video, artist publications, and take-away prints. Select works trace where material comes from in the landscape, while others investigate histories of ceramic production and the movement of objects across borders. Several artists bring a conceptually driven approach to functional ceramics, embracing the potential to invite participation. The exhibition showcases the contributions of both interdisciplinary artists and artists who primarily work with clay to a larger and vibrant contemporary field. Artists Included: Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik and Maria Inés Leal García, The Brick Factory, Ilana Crispi, Futurefarmers, Nicki Green, Dana Hemenway, Kari Marboe, Mutual Stores, Stephanie Syjuco. This exhibition will be installed in the gallery, and featured online. Check for open hours to visit in person here.
January 25 to 31 – 4 x 8 – bridges, online exhibitions: In the tradition of San Francisco’s celebration of the visual arts in January, 8-bridges is pleased to announce 4 x 8-bridges – an expansion of the 8-bridges website to include thirty-six Northern California art galleries, each showing four carefully selected works as well as a series of talks, podcasts and zoom walk-throughs. Galleries included: Altman Siegel, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, Bass & Reiner, Berggruen, Casemore Kirkeby, Catharine Clark Gallery, Cloaca Projects, Creative Growth, Crown Point Press, CULT Exhibitions, Delaplane, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Et Al, Ever Gold [Projects], Fraenkel Gallery, Friends Indeed, Gagosian, Gallery Wendi Norris, Guerrero Gallery, Haines Gallery, Hashimoto Contemporary, Hosfelt Gallery, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Jessica Silverman, Johansson Projects, Mercury 20 Gallery, Pace Gallery, Pamela Walsh, Pt.2, Ratio 3, Rebecca Camacho Presents, Rena Bransten Gallery, Romer Young Gallery, Sarah Shepard Gallery, SLASH, and SWIM Gallery. To view the gallery presentations and programming, visit the website here.