Opening Reception
Quiet Please: The Mental Game of Art and Tennis

Saturday, July 30, 6 - 8 pm
Free and open to the public

Jennie Ottinger, Jana and Steffi, 2016

Jennie Ottinger, Jana and Steffi, 2016

As part of The Agility Projects series, Berkeley Art Center is proud to present Quiet Please: The Mental Game of Art and Tennis, an exhibition that examines the call and response relationship between artist and viewer using the sport of tennis as a metaphor to this exchange. Artists  Libby BlackJennie OttingerGeorge Pfau, andAndrew Witrak  present drawings, sculpture and animation that use tennis as a way to comment on human psychology: presentation, elitism, communication, and catharsis. 

Like many sports, there are myriad rules and customs that apply to the game of tennis. A distinct quality of match play is the on-court etiquette and ritual—a play of manners and class (or lack thereof). And like the artistic process, there is an opportunity to come from one point away from defeat, to win the match. The aim of good tennis playing is to get out of your head, and trust your body and strokes—to achieve a sort of Zen looseness. On the other hand, as in creating a body of work in the art studio, one can be plagued by self-doubt, second-guessing, and the sometimes complete derailment of one's game.