Conversation with Christian Frock and Megan Wilson

Megan Wilson,   We Lose Space,    installation with Gordon Winiemko

Megan Wilson, We Lose Space,  installation with Gordon Winiemko

Saturday, September 20, 4-6pm 
Fall Lecture Series | FREE  

Christian Frock and Megan Wilson will come together to talk about the recent and rapid changes happening in the Bay Area’s cultural community and how it is effecting housing, work spaces and art making as a whole. Moderated by Aimee Le Duc

Christian L. Frock is an independent writer and curator based in the Bay Area. Frock's practice interrogates the intersection of art, daily life and popular culture through a consideration of art in public spaces. Invisible Venue, the curatorial enterprise founded and directed by Frock since 2005, collaborates with artists to present art in unexpected settings. Megan Wilson is a visual artist based out of San Francisco. Wilson’s large-scale installations and public projects utilize a broad range of pop culture methodologies and aesthetics as a point of entry and engagement for the issues she addresses conceptually. 

Read Christian Frock's Article: Priced Out: San Francisco's Changing Values and Artist Exodus.

Read Megan Wilson's Article: The Gentrification of Our Livelihoods: Everything Must Go...

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April 26: Libby Black and Imin Yeh in conversation


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
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April 5: Will Brown collaborator Lindsey White in conversation with Aimee Le Duc

CONVERSATIONS@Berkeley Art Center 
Spring Lecture Series | Saturdays 4-6pm 

About the artist: 

Will Brown project "This is a Bruce Connor Exhibition" on view through 3/23

Will Brown is a collaborative project based in a storefront space in San Francisco’s Mission District. Their main objective is to manipulate the structures of exhibition-making as a critical practice. Will Brown is Lindsey WhiteJordan Stein, and David KasprzakWill Brown has been featured in Artforum, Frieze, Art Practical, Art Log, KQED, and the Bold Italic. Will Brown was a 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, CA and has realized projects with Wattis Institute, Kadist Foundation, and di Rosa in Napa Valley, CA. Will Brown has a forthcoming exhibition with the Berkeley Art Museum's MATRIX program in Spring 2015. More info at

Lindsey White is an Oklahoma native who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Through video, photography, and sculpture, White models a type of site-gag index, working with the language of magic and comedy to present the unexpected and impossible in everyday life. She has exhibited locally at Eli Ridgway Gallery, SFO Museum, Southern Exposure, San Francisco Arts Commission, New Langton Arts, and Headlands Center for the Arts,, and nationally and internationally at the New York Book Fair, Aurora Picture Show in Houston, TX, Deadpan Exchange II Festival in Berlin, and the Barengasse Museum in Zurich. She was an Artist-in-Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in 2010, a recipient of the 2008-2009 Fellowship at the Kala Institute of Art in Berkeley, CA, a finalist in 2012 and 2010 for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s prestigious Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Award, a 2013 finalist for the Eureka Fellowship, and a John Gutmann Fellowship Nominee. She teaches at San Francisco Art Institute and California College of the Arts.     

CONVERSATIONS@Berkeley Art Center brings together artists and scholars in a dialogue about art, process and the Bay Area’s contemporary creative climate. 

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