April 26: Libby Black and Imin Yeh in conversation

 

CONVERSATIONS@BERKELEY ART CENTER 
Spring Lecture Series | Saturdays, 4-6pm

Libby Black and Imin Yeh are both interdisciplinary artists whose work examines consumer culture, notions of value, and objects of desire. Together they will discuss their processes, current projects and the unravel the politics of the hand-made. Libby Black is a Berkeley-based artist who has participated in YBCA's Bay Area Now 4, and has had recent solo exhibitions at Marx & Zavattero Gallery, San Francisco, and at the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art (image right). Imin Yeh has had recent solo exhibitions at Pro Arts and at the Mission Cultural Center Gallery, San Francisco.

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About the Artists 

Libby Black 

Libby Black

Libby Black

Libby Black, dedicated faculty member and senior lecturer at California College of the Arts, is a prolific painter and installation artist.  She has exhibited at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; Jersey City Museum; and numerous galleries in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles.

Black’s most well known work, her sculptural installations, explores the superficial culture behind luxurious, high-end fashion motifs.  Black shrewdly mocks the excessive desire for and consumption of these commodities with her paper and acrylic Louis Vuitton bags and Kate Spade purses and shoes.  In addition to her ambitious sculptural installations, Black also produces dynamic oil paintings and intricate graphite drawings.  She has recently started moving away from her earlier explorations of luxury to investigate more peaceful and less socially charged subjects.  For example, blooming flowers in vases is a popular subject for her painting, drawings, and later sculptural work.

 More information: 
Artist's Website 
In the Make: Libby Black 
Mark & Zavattero Gallery: Libby Black 


Imin Yeh 

Imin Yeh

Imin Yeh

Imin Yeh is a project-based artist who works in sculpture, installation, participatory events, and print.  She works mostly with printmaking (woodcuts and screen-prints) and continuously seeks to push the boundaries of printmaking in all of her work.  Her projects often take the form of large-scale installations and sculptures.  For example, “Good Imports” is a pile of objects made in China (televisions, laptops, and toys) each wrapped in a hand-printed fabric, a pattern of fabric commonly found on souvenir boxes from China.  Another one of Yeh’s ambitious pieces is a paper Mahjong set in the form of a hand-made downloadable file that people can cut, fold, and construct.

Works such as these draw attention to how objects are made, the labor that goes into making them, and how they are desired, valued, and consumed.  They address cultural stereotypes associated with commodity and labor.  Even though Yeh’s projects can be fun and humorous, they seek to create a dialogue about the invisible labor involved in everyday objects we consume.

More information: 
Artist's webpage 
In the Make: Imin Yeh
OpenSpace SFMoma: Imin Yeh 
 


CONVERSATIONS@Berkeley Art Center brings together artists and scholars in a
dialogue about art, process and the Bay Area’s contemporary creative climate. Admission is free for members, $10 regular admission.*

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*Admission fees help us continue to provide quality programming. Although we ask for admission fee from those who can afford it, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.