HERE: The 2014 BAC Artists Annual, An Exhibition in Two Parts
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 15, 5-8pm
Exhibition Dates: November 15- December 14
Full list of Part I artists
HERE: The 2014 BAC Artists Annual Part II
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 10, 5-8pm
Exhibition Dates: January 10-February 8, 2015
Berkeley Art Center presents, HERE: The 2014 BAC Artists Annual, An Exhibition in Two Parts. Here: Part I is a non-juried presentation, followed byHere: Part II, curated by Aimee Friberg, director of CULT Exhibitions in San Francisco. Friberg has selected five outstanding artists from Part I of the exhibition who will then be invited to showcase a larger body of work in Part II. This unique exhibition experience will allow new perspectives on the broad and deep BAC artist communities.
Berkeley Art Center would like to congratulate the HERE: Part II exhibiting artists.
Here: Part II, the juried exhibition of Berkeley Art Center’s two part Annual Members’ Show, brings together a group of Bay Area artists, who while exhibiting together for the first time, have distinct synergistic parallels in both their work and process. Selected from a vast survey of single-submission works from Berkeley Art Center member artists, Here: Part II spotlights artists whose work utilizes repetition and mark-making to explore landscape, memory and space: Mariet Braakman, Afton Love, Amy Nathan, Joyce Nojima, and Sabine Reckewell.
In reviewing the large survey show of Here: Part II, I noticed a particular attention to rigorous materiality and an exploration of volume in these five artists’ works. Each of these artists has a tactile, if not sensual approach to meditative mark making. Even the artists working in three-dimension seem to lift line and repetitive marks off the page into volumetric form. This show highlights diverse media - from drawing, to manipulated found objects, to painting and sculptural installation. Amy Nathan’s densely repeated renderings in ink and watercolor depict plant, mineral and landscape sourced from autobiographical imagery to explore unconscious ritual, association and narrative. Sabine Reckewell explores dimensionality and geometric shapes, making installations that reference linear form, literally bringing the line into three-dimensional space with yarn, ribbon, rope and tape. Joyce Nojima punctures, burns, disfigures and draws with a heated iron rod - these destructive gestures result in lyrical shapes and forms that are sculptural, textural and exquisitely scarred. Mariet Braakman’s dense accumulation of colorful strokes and repeated contours result in methodical paintings in which content is both microscopic and monumental. With similar intent, Afton Love explains that her mammoth scale drawings, rendered with alliterative application of graphite and beeswax on delicate tracing paper, are about preservation, the state of the world and our precarious position in it.
Across the diverse media explored in Here: Part II, thematic conversations emerge, referencing landscape and the natural world with various levels of abstraction. The works exhibited point to a trend among Bay Area artists, bringing into dialog the formal with the conceptual, through rigorous repetitive processes that often reference their labored efforts as a meditation.
Aimee Friberg, HERE: Part II Curator