FEATURE

January 16 – March 2, 2014

Curated by Weston Teruya, part II of the Artist Annual, FEATURE, highlights the work of 8 exceptional artists chosen from the 200+ participants in ARRAY. Participating artists include: Marcela Florez, Toni Gentili, Joanna Kao, Jane Norling, Ann Schnake, Pallavi Sharma, Leigh Wells and Ealish Wilson.

Read curator's statement...

Weston Teruya, Sole Juror for "Feature" Show, Kenneth Baker for SF Chronicle click to read...

How an Exhibition  Juror Chooses What the Public Sees, Kenneth Baker for SFGate  click to read...

Not Alone, Sarah Burke for East Bay Express click to read...

About the Artists:

Marcela Flórez composes new narratives by collaging travelogues texts and historical images of people, objects and places. Her drawings and installations evoke ideas about journey, discovery and displacement. Her work has been exhibited both in California and Columba including a solo show at WE Artspace in Oakland in 2010 and she has served as a lead artist for several art organizations including at the LA Commons in Los Angeles, the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland and Southern Exposure in San Francisco. Visit the artist's website...

Toni Gentilli's work incorporates historic and experimental photographic processes, printmaking, illustration, installation and handmade books. Drawing on her former career as an archaeologist and experience as a Type I diabetic, she combines anachronistic materials and techniques with contemporary sensibilities to explore the interrelationships between science, technology, history and identity. She has exhibited throughout the Bay Area and the greater Phoenix area and currently curates the Studio Artist Gallery at the Compound in Oakland. Visit the artist's website...

Joanna Kao creates fragmented, translucent collages address issues of social justice, climate change and the effect of natural disasters on the built environment. She also finds her bicultural identity as an American born Chinese woman to be a resource for her artistic investigation. Kao taught fine art at the Winsor School for 30 years, and has participated in and curated exhibitions in the Bay Area, Massachusetts and Asia. Visit the artist's website...

Jane Norling is a California- based artist whose paintings and digital artworks express the power of nature to connect the individual to the universal. Active the Bay Area since 1970 as painter, designer/illustrator and public artist, Norling has created imagery with a foundation in social justice. Since 2000, fascinated with the interweaving of water and land, she has focused on expressing their intense beauty. Visit the artist's website...

Ann Schnake builds sculpture, installations and social engagements in both galleries and unexpected venues. Her work is informed by her former occupation as a nurse at a county health center. Schnake’s work has been exhibited locally and internationally, including a recent collaborative traveling installation titled MobileIntent Teetering: The Speculative Logic of Vignettes in Tents and Trees, which could be seen around the Bay Area in the fall of 2013. Visit the artist's website...

Pallavi Sharma’s video installations and performance work incorporates elements of narrative in an experimental way to explore complex relations which have layers of meaning.  Her current work addresses the multiple kinds of marginalization of South Asian Women particularly the discourse of power and control. Sharma was born India where she received her BFA and MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts Baroda, India and received her Ph.D. in Art History from India's National Museum Institute of History of Art and Conservation, New Delhi, India.  She has shown internationally. Visit the artist's website...

Leigh Wells creates mixed-media drawings and sculpture that engage in a dialogue with perception and cognition, asking what can and cannot be known about ourselves and others. Theoretical physics, religion, history and human psychology all come into play in her mysterious and often ambiguous work. Wells has shown nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions in San Francisco at Gregory Lind Gallery, Ampersand International Arts and Gallery 16. Visit the artist's website...

Ealish Wilson's sculptural textiles have developed through her travel, fascination with a variety materials, architecture, photography and traditional sewing techniques. Wilson combines her inspirations into constructed and deconstructed pieces creating one off textile works. Wilson has exhibited work in the US, Japan and the UK, where she received her MFA in Design from Hariot Watt University.  Visit the artist's website...