hot love–cold facts
curated by Jack Fischer

August 17–October 12, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 17, 6pm–8pm

Set up as a dialogue between two seemingly distinct camps — the hot, romantic and erotic on one hand, and the cool, austere and form-obsessed on the other — this exhibition explores collage as a form where narrative and abstraction meet and dissolve into one another. Pieces span a wide range of media, including cut paper, antique engravings, tapestry, painting, sculpture and video.

Please note: Parents and guardians should preview the exhibition before accompanying minors. hot love–cold facts is made possible in part by the generous donors and members of the Berkeley Art Center.

About the Artists

Andrea Borsuk is a painter whose work explores notions of journey, time and destiny. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from UC Santa Cruz. She is an Art Instructor at Cabrillo College and a Visiting Lecturer at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. She is the 2010/2011 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. Her solo and group exhibitions include Riverside Museum of Art, Nevada Museum of Art, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and the Monterey Peninsula Community College Art Gallery. Her work is in numerous private collections.

Frédéric Doazan is an animator and experimental filmmaker living in Paris. His shorts have been screened at film festivals worldwide and have won numerous prizes and awards.

Matt Gonzalez’s collages are meditations on the nature of equilibrium. They create a balance between the ‘feeling and the syntax of things’ (to quote e.e. cummings), between our sensuous, emotive experience of the world and the rational interpretation of it. Gonzalez was born in South Texas and studied at Columbia University and Stanford Law School. He came in touch with abstract art for the first time when he moved to New York. His artistic outlook is influenced by Dada, in particular Kurt Schwitters, and the Situationists. Since 2006 he has exhibited artworks in a variety of Bay Area art venues.

Mildred Howard is known for her sculptural installations and mixed-media assemblage work. In 2015 she received the Lee Krasner Award in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement. She has also been the recipient of the Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists (2017), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2004/05), a fellowship from the California Arts Council (2003), the Adeline Kent Award from the San Francisco Art Institute (1991), and most recently, an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts and the Douglas G. MacAgy Distinguished Achievement Award at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has mounted large-scale installations at Creative Time (New York), InSITE (San Diego), the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the New Museum. Howard’s works are represented in the collections of SFMOMA, the de Young Museum, BAMPFA, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Museum of Glass and Contemporary Art (Tacoma), the Oakland Museum of California, and the San Jose Museum of Art. She holds an MFA from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda.

Victoria May has exhibited extensively throughout the Bay Area and nationally. Her work has been featured in FiberArts, Surface Design Journal and By Hand, and she was named a Silicon Valley Creates Artist Laureate in 2015. She is the recipient of the Santa Cruz County Rydell Visual Art Fellowship, as well as an artist-in-residence at the Jentel Foundation, Kala Art Institute and the Lucid Art Foundation. Her work is in numerous private collections. May holds an MFA from San Jose State University and a BA in Design, cum laude, from UCLA.

Catie O’Leary has shown at Jack Fischer and Braunstein/Quay galleries in San Francisco, as well as exhibitions at the Palo Alto Art Center, Bedford Gallery (Walnut Creek), and the Museum of Art and History (Santa Cruz). A California native, she received her MFA from Lone Mountain College and a BA from UC Santa Barbara.

Ward Schumaker has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Los Angeles and Miami, among other cities. His work can be found in collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco), the Zimmerli Art Museum (Rutgers University) and the Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE). As an illustrator, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Süddeutsche Zeitung, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Poetry, Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart, Enjeux Les Echoes, Le Figaro and Newsweek.

Katherine Sherwood’s paintings focus on the combination of historically significant works and her experience with disability. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide, and is the recipient of many grants and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the NEA Artist Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. She is professor emerita at UC Berkeley in the Art Department and the Disability Studies Program.

Vanessa Woods graduated with an MFA with honors from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artwork and films have been exhibited internationally, including Stanford Art Spaces at Stanford University, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship from the San Francisco Arts Commission, a Film Arts Foundation Grant, and the San Francisco Art Institute's MFA Fellowship. Woods has been awarded residencies at Djerassi, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and in Pont-Aven, France, through the Museum of Pont-Aven.