Look at Me Hungry
Saturday, April 13, 6pm–8pm
Free and Open to the Public
Featuring Kim Bennett, Arthur Huang, Xi Nan, Joyce Nojima, Sandra Ono and James Sansing. Curated by artist Mel Prest.
The works in this exhibition evolve from an obsessiveness and immersion in the process of making — something like hunger — while evoking the tension between being being fully realized abstract “things” and pieces disintegrating into their many components. Crossing boundaries between sculpture, painting and installation, the artists in the show lay bare their creative processes through works that embody time and the presence of their hand.
Listen to Me Hungry: Dinner & Conversation with Xi Nan
Monday, April 15, 6:30pm–8:30pm
BAC Members $50/Nonmembers $60
Co-presented with NIAD
NIAD Executive Director Amanda Eicher moderates a conversation with artist Xi Nan about her work in ceramics and installation over a casual sit-down meal in the gallery. Food catered by the Kebabery, Oakland. Wine & beer included. Space is limited.
Xi Nan was born and raised in Jilin, China, and was selected nationally by the China Disabled Person Federation to study abroad at RCN United World College in Norway, where she earned her International Baccalaureate degree. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Luther College, Iowa, and an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
Xi’s work has been shown across the United States, including exhibitions in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Washington DC, New York and San Francisco. She was invited to exhibit at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Pittsburgh in 2018 and was awarded second place in a US national juried exhibition for emerging artists with disabilities in 2011. Xi is currently a full-time artist based Long Island City, New York.
Walking & Talking with Arthur Huang
Saturday, April 20, 1pm–3pm
BAC Members $25/Nonmembers $30
Walk to BART and take a ride with artist Arthur Huang and BAC Executive Director Daniel Nevers as they discuss commuting as a source of inspiration. Price includes round-trip BART ticket. Space is limited.
Arthur Huang explores conscious and unconscious memory along the spectrum of neuroscience and visual arts through two ongoing projects — the Memory Walks Project and the Daily Drawings Project. Taking a cue from place cells and other specialized neurons responsible for spatial memory, he started working on the Memory Walks Project in 2012. Utilizing the concept of place cells to explore moments of transit in his daily life, Arthur began drawing different walks that he took from memory. In the process, he moved from drawing on paper to working on alternative substrates, eventually settling on eggshells. Working on a three-dimensional object with a limited view of the drawing surface, Huang found a more direct connection between his memory and his drawing process.
The Daily Drawings Project began as a way to utilize the in-between moments of daily life. Huang makes these semi-automatic drawings while commuting on trains. They start with an arbitrary choice of pen and drawn shape. From there, the drawing is made on a sheet of A5 paper with no preconception of what will transpire during the commute. Since the project’s inception in 2015, he has generated more than 1,000 drawings.
Artists in Conversation: Kim Bennett, Joyce Nojima, Sandra Ono & James Sansing
Thursday, May 9, 6:30pm–8pm
Free for BAC Members & Students/Nonmembers $10
Curator Mel Prest moderates a discussion with artists from the exhibition Look at Me Hungry. Hear from them about their influences and inspiration, their use of materials, and the nature of making work that involves chance and repetition as key elements of the creative process. Audience participation in the conversation is encouraged.