Monday, January 20, 2014

2014 First Year MFA Exhibition


The Worth Ryder Art Gallery Presents:

2014 First Year MFA Exhibition

Wednesday, January 29 through Saturday, February 22, 2014

Worth Ryder Art Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

Open Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 - 5 pm

Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 29, 4 - 7 pm

Artist’s Talk: Wednesday, February 5th, 12 - 1 pm


Featuring:

Leslie Dreyer

Tanja Geis

Lee M Lavy

Michelle Ott

Sofie Ramos

Matt Smith Chavez



The Worth Ryder Art Gallery and the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice are excited to present an exhibition of works by six first-year graduate students. The MFA program encourages experimentation with new methods, media, and modes of artmaking, and the artists have each created an exciting new body of work while immersing themselves in contemporary theory, seeking out new interdisciplinary influences, and responding to intense critical feedback by peers and mentors. The result is an exhibition that is fresh, vital, and immediate.
Leslie Dreyer with Heart of the City Collective, “Warning: Two-Tier System”, collaborative performance/intervention, 2013. Photo courtesy of Michelle Ott.
Leslie Dreyer with Heart of the City Collective, “Warning: Two-Tier System”, collaborative performance/intervention, 2013. Photo courtesy of Michelle Ott.
Leslie Dreyer is an artist organizing collaborative performance/interventions from within a movement that demands a right to the city, access to housing, and an end to the commodification of almost every aspect of our lives. She is currently focused on projects spotlighting the tech boom's impact on gentrification and displacement in the Bay Area, alongside other implications of the tech industry: surveillance and control of our data and communications. Originally from Texas, Leslie has spent the last five-and-a-half years invested in and accountable to her community in the Bay.
Tanja Geis, “Untitled”, string, paper, and pushpins, dimensions variable, 2013.
Tanja Geis, “Untitled”, string, paper, and pushpins, dimensions variable, 2013.
Tanja Geis’ ongoing project began with the Richmond, CA mudflats and has expanded to enfold notions of mercury toxicity, access, Chinese alchemical beliefs about immortality, and her childhood in Hong Kong. Clay and the process of collecting it from the mudflats have become increasingly important to her. With particular focus on threshold spaces between land and sea, she explores how embodied, creative practices can transform how we perceive, relate to and ultimately act as part of an environment. Geis holds a BA in Fine Art from Yale University and a Masters in Marine and Coastal Management from University Centre of the Westfjords in Iceland.
Lee M. Lavy, “Ol’ Dirty” (detail), dirt, plywood, concrete adhesive, mold, grass, worms, garbage, 6’ x 7’ x 28”, 2013.
Lee M. Lavy, “Ol’ Dirty” (detail), dirt, plywood, concrete adhesive, mold, grass, worms, garbage, 6’ x 7’ x 28”, 2013.
Lee M. Lavy, originally from Missoula, MT, received his BA from San Diego State University in Fall, 2012.
"Let’s take it out of the earth and expose it. Let’s move it up from down, and place it on our perceptual plane through elevation by excavation. Exhume the hidden coffin, buried in its famous fathom of dirt. Examine entombment as a core sample of physical volume."
Michelle Ott, “Untitled”, archival ink print, 20” x 24”, 2013.
Michelle Ott, “Untitled”, archival ink print, 20” x 24”, 2013.
Born in Minnesota, receiving her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and landing in California via Antarctica and NYC, Michelle Ott is currently using her art practice to ask questions and draw parallels about image-making and waste circulation. In a world where images and trash both rapidly accumulate, can she slow either down by simple examination?
Sofie Ramos, “Padded Room”, acrylic house paint, paper, plaster, drywall, string, and tape on wall, 9’ x 8’ x 12’, 2013.
Sofie Ramos, “Padded Room”, acrylic house paint, paper, plaster, drywall, string, and tape on wall, 9’ x 8’ x 12’, 2013.
Sofie Ramos fuses the two- and three-dimensional in order to slow down and think about the experience of depth perception and misperception. She conflates the art and its space by working directly on the wall, ceiling, and floor with paint, paper, drywall, plaster, and wood. She received her BA from Brown University and is originally from Cincinnati, OH.
Matt Smith Chavez, "Almost Practically There", silkscreen, spray paint, bleach, and archival glue on cotton on canvas on particle board, 17.5" x 17", 2013.
Matt Smith Chavez, "Almost Practically There", silkscreen, spray paint, bleach, and archival glue on cotton on canvas on particle board, 17.5" x 17", 2013.
Matt Smith Chavez’s current project has one foot in the physical realm and one in the digital. He combines the physical process of bleaching and spray painting with digital “brush strokes” composed in Adobe Illustrator. The resulting works are ultimately meant to be a reflection of our own technologically mediated lives -- engaged with their own physicality, but also attuned to the ways in which the digital increasingly serves as a stand in for the real. Smith Chavez is from Lima, Peru by way of Washington, D.C.

Please join us for an Opening Reception on Wednesday, January 21st, 2014 from 4 - 7 pm, and an Artist Talk on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 from noon to 1 pm!


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"That's What's Up" - Fall 2013 Honors Studio Exhibition


The Worth Ryder Art Gallery Presents

That's What's Up

Fall 2013 Honors Studio Exhibition

Wednesday, December 4th through Saturday, December 14th, 2013
Worth Ryder Art Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Open Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 12 - 5 pm

Opening Reception Wednesday, December 4th, 4 - 7 pm

Featuring:

Cherisse Alcantara
David Michael Brickner
Will Brown
Alissa Dawson
Hansen Deng
Zoe Kingsbury
Fabian Leyva-Barragan
Stephen Morrissey
Alma Schrage
Karinne Smith
Agueda Viveros Wong

The Worth Ryder Art Gallery is pleased to present “That’s What’s Up” - The Fall 2013 Honors Studio Exhibition. 

Each semester several outstanding art majors are selected by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice Faculty for the Honors Studio Program for their commitment to their practice and exceptional quality of their work. They are awarded with access to an on-campus studio space in Wurster Hall and are given the opportunity at the end of the semester to put together an exhibition of their work.




That’s What’s Up - a slang term that is tongue-and-cheek, yet a genuine display of approval and achievement. Eleven artists display their recent creative undertakings in this exhibition. 

Though the motivations to create the work are diverse and may not have cohesiveness, they do however relate in up-ness. 

Each artist offers their work to the viewer with little control over interpretation, so the title is meant to be literal. That is what is up.







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Monday, October 28, 2013

LOVEWARZ!

Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series 

Presents


LOVEWARZ!

Featuring

Siobhan Aluvalot & Xara Thustra

7:30 pm, Monday November 4th, 2013
160 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

Free and Open to the Public!
Reception to follow.

Based in San Francisco, LOVEWARZ is the category-defying visual arts, video, and performance project of collaborators Siobhan Aluvalot and Xara Thustra.

The artists present performances in which they cycle through a multiplicity of wildly colorful costume changes, act out ambiguous celebratory ritual actions using a variety of theatrical props, and transform their intensely patterned, handmade sets, all set to a jarring yet danceable sound collage. With these actions the artists “tell mythic and surreal stories” that challenge received gender categories, resist patriarchy, and question the value of individualistic thinking.
Their work includes video works such as "Baby Xalm Down Bye,” which presents “complicated takes on misogyny, femme solidarity, loneliness, non/monogamy, and dolphins and includes both live performances edited in with pre-written footage.” In the words of the artists:
LOVEWARZ produces live performances, movies, art, fashion, food, and parties.
LOVEWARZ likes people and art and creating more ways to experience people and art.
LOVEWARZ feels a deep and heavy need to expose and change the exploitative and violent norms of our incredibly broken society.
LOVEWARZ has performed for 6 years, on stages big and small, including but not limited to, drag shows, clubs and bars all across the country, coffeeshops, bookstores, art galleries, queer youth music festivals, the street, punk county fairs, and museums, including the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art.
Siobhan Aluvalot is a self-taught artist, performer, musician and DJ who uses the mediums of performance art, dance, fashion, film and music to communicate about queer politics and identity, anti-oppression mantras, and community healing. She studied with postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin.
Both an activist and artist, Xara Thustra has been pushing the envelope socially and artistically for 15 plus years in San Francisco. Xara’s ever evolving creative medium has been graffiti, screen printed posters. calendars, murals, paintings, video, music, performance and protest. Socially, Xara has been responsible for anti-war actions, gay activism, feeding the hungry, anti-capitalist actions, and squats such as 949 Market. Thustra’s solo show “THX” was presented at New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles this Fall.
  


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

OPEN LOOP - Annual Faculty Exhibition, 2013

The Worth Ryder Art Gallery Presents

UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice
Annual Faculty Exhibition, 2013

OPEN LOOP

The Life of the Art Object Before, During, and After the Exhibition


October 23rd through November 9th, 2013
Worth Ryder Art Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Open Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 12 - 5 pm

Opening Reception Wednesday, October 23rd, 4 - 7 pm
Artist Talk Wednesday, October 30th, 12 - 1pm

Featuring:

Allan deSouza
Amanda Eicher
Randy Hussong
Stephanie Lie
John McNamara
Indira Martina Morre
Craig Nagasawa
Daniel Nevers
Greg Niemeyer
Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
Elise Putnam
Brody Reiman
Lordy Rodriguez
Erik Scollon
Katherine Sherwood
Anne Walsh




Allan deSouza, Untitled (Art Practice), Unpublished Digital Image, 2013.


The UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice and the Worth Ryder Art Gallery are pleased to present Open Loop, the 2013 Annual Faculty Exhibition. Sixteen artist-educators have opened up their practices to reveal objects in various stages of their existence as art, complicating traditional narratives of how art is created.


The gallery has been divided into three conceptual spaces. In the main space viewers experience recent works by the faculty as they were intended to be viewed in the gallery context, whereas the side spaces have been designated as before and after the gallery. Each participant has been given the freedom to react to this prompt, and the responses reveal not only the wide variety of paths that art objects trace through the world, but the way each artist conceives of his or her artmaking process.


The popular narrative remains that the artwork springs into being in the studio, is presented as finished in the gallery, and then finds its place in art historical eternity. The works in Open Loop both resist and are subsumed in this narrative; they are manifestations of an iterative process, a live feedback loop.


In the before space are raw materials, sketches, and maquettes, as well as finished works as precursors, open questions addressed to viewers, and abandoned projects. In the after space are critical texts, straight documentation, and works that have returned to the studio, as well as disappeared works, documentation that may or may not function as artwork, and objects produced by the artmaking process deemed non-art objects. In this context, all the work in the show is seen as eternally coming into being.


Furthermore, it is impossible to ignore that the objects in the before and after spaces are presented in the gallery context, demonstrating yet again art’s infinitely absorptive potential.  



Greg Niemeyer, Chris Chafe, Perrin Meyer, and Rama Gottfried, Polartide, composite documentation of new media installation, 9' x 14', 2013.


As part of Open Loop, The Worth Ryder Art Gallery is pleased to announce the US debut of Polartide, a hearing aid for sea level change. Users can tap into polartide.org with a smartphone, and trigger sonifications of sea level changes from the islands of Kerguelen in the Southern Indian Ocean, Gan in the Republic of the Maldives, Venice, and Iceland. The sounds can be augmented with sonifications of stock prices of the four largest oil companies.


Polartide is on exhibit at the 2013 Venice Biennale as a part of the Maldives Pavilion, and was created by Greg Niemeyer, Chris Chafe, Perrin Meyer, and Rama Gottfried. Spanning 14 feet, and 8 channels of sound, the installation at UC Berkeley resembles the Venice Biennale version, which was installed outdoors along a canal.




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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History

This event was originally scheduled on Monday, September 30th, 
but was rescheduled due to the power outage.

Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series 

Presents


Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History

Featuring

Ian Alan Paul

Kroeber 160 | 7:30 pm, Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Presented concurrently with


at

Worth Ryder Art Gallery | 116 Kroeber Hall

There will be special open hours from 6 - 7pm and immediately following the lecture on Thursday the 17th.


Ian Alan Paul, curator of the Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History Satellite Exhibition, a group show which can be seen at the Worth Ryder Art Gallery from September 25 - October 19, 2013, will be speaking about this project, his collaboration with artists, including Fiamma Montezemolo, and the development of his curatorial practice. He will be addressing both the social issues raised by the exhibition, as well as the curatorial strategy used, including his “future-anterior” strategy of critical fiction.

The Guantanamo Bay Museum of Art and History, located at the former site of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp in Cuba, is an institution dedicated to remembering the U.S. prison which was active between 2002 and 2012 before it was permanently decommissioned and closed. The Satellite Exhibition is an imaginative site for critical discourses on human rights, imprisonment, torture, and postnational political formations. It seeks to both memorialize the events that transpired at the Detention Camp and to serve as a discursive platform for preventing the reƫmergence of similarly abusive institutions.

Ian Alan Paul’s past work has dealt with the topics of border violence, biopolitics, and prefigurative social movements. His current research focuses on feminist and poststructuralist critiques of Human Rights discourses, and more specifically on the visual rhetoric used to interpolate the human subject as well as post-national expressions of Human Rights. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, and USA Today, and has been exhibited in galleries in Asia, North America and Europe. 

He received his MFA and MA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011, and is in the process of completing his PhD studies in UC Santa Cruz’s Film and Digital Media program. He is currently working with the EU Bird Migration Authority to monitor and mitigate the ongoing migration of non-native bird populations between EU member states and neighboring countries. 


Fiamma Montezemolo, If This Is A Man, Installation (Recorded Audio + Photographs), 2012



  

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Worth Ryder Art Gallery Internship Program

The Worth Ryder Art Gallery Internship program is an opportunity to learn how art exhibitions are put together, to gain experience in the day-to-day functioning of an art gallery from the inside, and to work with professional curators and artists. 

Students who sign up for the program are asked to be present at the gallery for one 2.5 hour shift per week during the semester, and/or participate in the installation of the exhibitions and/or create publicity materials for the exhibitions. Shifts are typically scheduled during gallery hours, 12 - 5pm Tues. - Sat., but a variety of other shifts, including evening and weekend hours, are available for exhibition preparators, reception hosts, and publicity interns.

In return students will receive ONE to THREE credits, depending on shifts worked. This is especially useful to students who need a credit to fulfill a requirement.

Interested students should send their NAME, PHONE, and EMAIL to Farley Gwazda: 
gwazda (a) berkeley.edu 
or leave a note addressed to Farley Gwazda at:
The Art Office, Kroeber 345 (Mon. - Fri., 9am - 12pm, 1pm - 5pm).

More detailed information about the program, and a shift sign-up form will be provided.

Responses due by MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2013.