Make Space

August 23 – October 5, 2014

Berkeley Art Center is thrilled to present Make Space, a group exhibition featuring new and existing work by Randy DixonNancy IvanhoeTressa PackErik Parra and Dimitra Skandali. This show challenges artists to re-contextualize their art practice within the walls of the Berkeley Art Center; an art space like no other in the Bay Area.

During a time of dramatic economic and cultural shifts in the Bay Area, art spaces are closing, moving and utterly transforming in order to adapt to the changing financial and social changes of the region. However the Berkeley Art Center is a site fixed within Live Oak Park in North Berkeley. What relationship does the site of the Center, situated in a beautiful city park, have to the artwork within it? How can we consider what this art space means and how it functions within the great arts community? 

Randy Dixon’s sculptures of unrealized and unrealizable houses and buildings use the language of architecture to lure us into considering how the space around us is constructed. Dimitra Skandali and Nancy Ivanhoe, in addition to showing their own singular sculptures and installations, will be collaborating on a series of line drawings, drawn directly onto the walls, grounds and floors of BAC, that will follow the lines and shadows created by the trees in Live Oak Park beginning at the front entrance of the building and moving throughout the gallery and out to the sculpture garden. Tressa Pack’s photographs of photography equipment set up to light and frame an empty space creates an eerie value system for the ‘spacelessness’ filling up the rest of her compositions. Erik Parra will show new paintings of landscape and domestic interiors situated inside an installation of a room that could easily exist inside his paintings.

BAC executive director, Aimee Le Duc notes, “The artists in Make Space are confronting architecture as both subject and object. They will incorporate Berkeley Art Center into their installations and work – including both the interior and exterior spaces of the gallery. The exhibition is an experiment to test how physical space informs art practice.”

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Civic Center Art Exhibition 

June 9, 2014 - May 2015
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center, 2180 Milvia St., Berkeley

The Civic Center Art Exhibition is the City of Berkeley's opportunity to celebrate the richness of artistic production within the community. The annual exhibition is produced through a collaborative effort by Berkeley Art CenterKala Art Institute, the Civic Arts Commission and Civic Arts Coordinator. Selected Artists: Ned Axthelm, Joan Baylie, Anthony Bodenmiller, Melanie Chan, Julie Cohn, Guy Colwell, Andrei Crandall, Rachel Frankel, Toni Gentilli, Sonia Gill, Tim Gleason, Stanley Goldberg, Veronica Graham, Sonja Hinrichsen, Joyce Hulbert, Cynthia Innis, Maya Kabat, Toby Kahn, Betty Kano, Nick Lawrence, Michael Layefsky, Gary Nakamoto, Colleen Neff, Miwako Nishizawa, Phyllis Pacin, Brenda Quan, Alexandra Rapp, Mary Curtis Ratcliff, Julio M Romero, Liz Schiff, Sally Smith, Allen Stross, Ruth Tabancay, Max Tarcher, Rory Terrell, Tali Weinberg, and Donna Westerman.  Click here for more information. 

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