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Seeing Time – Time Traveler: Gallery Conversation with Freddy Chandra, Desirée Holman and Ranu Mukherjee

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Seeing Time – Time Traveller
January 15 – March 21, 2015

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 15, 6-8pm

Artist Talk with Freddy Chandra, Desirée Holman and Ranu Mukherjee
Saturday, February 21, 2pm
Kala Gallery, Berkeley

Kala Art Institute is excited to present an artist talk with Freddy Chandra, Desirée Holman and Ranu Mukherjee, featuring in our current exhibition, Seeing Time – Time Traveller. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Freddy Chandras work consists of site-specific installations and multi-panel wall compositions. Each installation is an immersive environment constructed as a place that encourages sensory understanding of physical space and temporal duration. His compositions suggest a contingency in the rhythmic act of marking space and shifts that occur in our experience of time. Chandra completed his undergraduate studies in Architecture and Art Practice from the University of California at Berkeley, and obtained his MFA in Studio Art from Mills College in Oakland. He is an Adjunct Faculty at Mills College, and has previously been a Summer Session Lecturer at UC Berkeley. He is a recipient of a 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. He has also previously received a Kala Art Institute Fellowship, a Project Space Residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and a residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

Desirée Holmans multi-sensory work positions theatrical tools like costumes or props, in settings that illuminate ideas of identity, knowledge, and the complexities of the human psyche. Her new work Sophist explores everything spacy including astrology, aliens, auras, harmonic convergence, mysticism, occultism, animal magnetism and other spiritual pseudo-sciences. In this new body of work, Holman creates harmony between the real and fiction, the rational and instinct, and the past and future. Holman holds a Masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She was awarded a San Francisco Modern Museum of Art SECA award in 2008 and in 2007 the Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue award. Solo exhibitions of her work include the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Berkeley Art Museum’s MATRIX program.http://www.desireeholman.com/ 

Ranu Mukherjee’s hybrid films, textiles, works on paper and performed projects explore the construction of culture and probe ways that contemporary life is shaped by creolization and nomadism. She actively collects her source material or nomadic archive from the public, and composes her work with this material engaging viewers through a culturally hybrid and visibly crafted aesthetic. Mukherjee received an MFA in painting from the Royal College of Art, London and a BFA in painting and film from the Massachusetts College of Art. Mukherjee’s work has been exhibited and screened internationally in New Delhi, Jakmel, London, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Berlin, Turin, Belfast, Capetown and Budapest. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris. http://www.ranumukherjee.com/

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Seeing Time – Time Traveller: Gallery Conversation with Yasuaki Onishi

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Seeing Time – Time Traveller
January 15 – March 21, 2015

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 15, 6-8pm

Artist Talk with Yasuaki Onishi
Saturday, January 17, 2pm
Kala Gallery, Berkeley

Kala Art Institute is excited to present an artist talk with Yasuaki Onishi, featuring in our current exhibition, Seeing Time – Time Traveller. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Yasuaki Onishi creates the installation Vertical Emptinessusing a combination of wire, glue, and crystallized urea. His memorable work shifts viewers’ attention from the reality of his mundane materials to the larger perception of air, gravity, space and light. He studied sculpture at the University of Tsukuba and Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan. He has had solo exhibitions throughout Japan, and his work was included in Ways of Worldmaking (2011), at the National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO). His most recent US solo exhibition (2012) was at the The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. In 2010, Onishi was the recipient of a United States Japan Foundation Fellowship that included a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, as well as a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York.http://www.onys.net/

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Heft: Kala Off-Site Exhibition

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Artwork: Terry Berlier, Open Secret, 2013

Opening reception: Thurs, Jan 22, 6-8pm
Dec 19, 2014–Apr 11, 2015
Kala Off-Site Exhibitions
Berkeley Central Arts Passage
2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA
M-S 9-6

Terry Berlier
Angela Hennessy
Masako Miki
Stephanie Robison
Angie Wilson

Kala Art Institute is pleased to announce, Heft, the latest in Kala’s Off-Site Exhibitions series at Berkeley Central Arts Passage. We invite you to join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, January 22, 6-8pm.

Heft presents the work of five artists converging around the theme of weightiness. Think: brawn, material weight, substance, chutzpah, socio-political significance, and muscles.

Terry Berlier offers three works: a neon sign indictment (originally a response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident of 2011) and two literally hefty objects. Angela Hennessy’s new works on view present a timely response to recent and ongoing racial injustice by foregrounding the chromatic and material density of blackness. Masako Miki’s finely detailed renderings of animal mysticism – often executed as enormous muralworks on paper – envision a world beyond human-centric logic. Stephanie Robison crafts her marble and stone sculptures with surprising agility, humor, and humility. Angie Wilson’s textile-based works utilize scale, repetition, and vernacular materials with an impact that belies their soft, maliable origins and spark conversations about labor, consumerism, and the handmade.

Kala’s Off-Site Exhibitions series features artworks from Berkeley-based artists and the Kala community. Work- ing together in the vibrant downtown Berkeley Arts District, Berkeley Central Arts Passage and Kala Art Institute are forging new connections between artists and audience.

For further information contact Amanda Curreri at Kala Art Institute: amanda@kala.org.

http://www.kala.org/exhibitions/current_berkeleycentral.html

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Print Public [IN]City Collaboration

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Come view the results from Kala’s Print Public partnership with UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. Printed as large posters (48 x 26 inches), the [IN]City boards are on view in the gallery offering a special look at statistical data gathered in the neighborhood. For more information, contact: amanda@kala.orgwww.kala.org/print_public

What do you want to see in your neighborhood?
In the summer of 2012, a sign showed up on Kala’s front door with the contact information for a group of students in an urban planning course at the University of California at Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (CED). A few phone calls and emails later and the groundwork for our pilot place-making initiative, Print Public, was born. A two-year Chancellor’s Community Partnership Grant has enabled a team of six artists to develop public art projects in partnership with CED students.

[IN]City
CED offers students considering graduate school a unique crash course in urban planning called [IN]City. Students work with faculty and guest clients to redesign and research East Bay neighborhoods conducting studio and field work. They visit streets at various times of day and night, take photos, talk to residents and businesses, observe traffic patterns, pedestrian and bike flow, learn data visualization techniques, and present plans for an improved streets cape. Students explore complex sustainability goals, land use, and transportation issues. At the end of the urban planning boor camp, they present their improvements to the City of Berkeley.

San Pablo Transit Corridor
Realizing a common goal, CED and Kala are working together to share planning, design, engineering skills, and artistic vision to work on an improved San Pablo Corridor from Dwight Way to the Oakland/Berkeley border at Alcatraz Avenue. Building on the recent [IN]City project and the course’s collaborative model, we have also partnered individual UC students with artist-led Print Public projects to make these ideas come to life.

 

[IN]City Students: Derrick Behm, Emily Busch, Lucia Constantine, John McWhirter, Lu Sun

[IN]City Lead Instructor: H. Fernando Burga

Print Public Artists: Sue Mark (mark search), Susan O’Malley, Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Swell (Ali Naschke-Messing & Helena Meryman), Imin Yeh

 

Print Public is an innovative place-making project bringing Kala Art Institute and multiple community partners together to create art installations, print kiosks, pop-up projects and other innovative acts of culture along San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Artist-teams are developing distinct projects within the San Pablo Avenue transit corridor, creating an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation.  Visit Print Public online to learn more.

Print Public Artists: Sue Mark (marksearch), Susan O’Malley, Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Swell (Ali Naschke-Messing and Helena Meryman), and Imin Yeh

 

Events and programming scheduled along San Pablo Avenue throughout 2014–2015

Gallery Exhibition: May 7–June 27, 2015

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PRINT PUBLIC Potluck

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November 13, Thursday, 6–8pm
Artist Team Presentations: 7–8pm
Kala Gallery and Barclay and Sharon Simpson Conference Room
2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Sue Mark, Communities Crossing, 2014-2015

 

Join Kala’s Print Public artist teams – Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Sue Mark (marksearch ), Susan O’Malley, Swell (collaborative duo Ali Naschke-Messing and design studio ScrapD), and Imin Yeh – for an evening of discussion and feedback about their public art projects. Meet the artists, hear about their R&D, and share valuable feedback on their respective projects along the San Pablo Avenue Corridor. Results from our partnership with UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design’s INCity students will be on view offering a special look at statistical data gathered in the neighborhood. For more information, contact: amanda@kala.orgwww.kala.org/print_public

*If inclined, bring a dish to share in the holiday spirit.

 

Print Public is an innovative place-making project bringing Kala Art Institute and multiple community partners together to create art installations, print kiosks, pop-up projects and other innovative acts of culture along San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Artist-teams are developing distinct projects within the San Pablo Avenue transit corridor, creating an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation.  Visit Print Public online to learn more.

Print Public Artists: Sue Mark (marksearch), Susan O’Malley, Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Swell (Ali Naschke-Messing and Helena Meryman), and Imin Yeh

 

Events and programming scheduled along San Pablo Avenue throughout 2014–2015

Gallery Exhibition: May 7–June 27, 2015

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Artist Talk & Reception: Katya Nikonorova and Neno Belchev

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Tuesday, November 11, 6-8pm

Kala Art Institute Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

Kala Art Institute and California College of the Arts are pleased to present a lecture program with 2014 Artslink Fellowship artists Katya Nikonorova from Kazakhstan and Neno Belchev from Bulgaria. We hope you can join us for this lecture followed by a farewell reception for the artists.

Kazakhstan artist Katya Nikonorova, an artist in residence throughout the Arts LInk Fellowship program and the California College of Arts, will present the work of a wide variety of artists from Kazakhstan. This presentation will include internationally known artists as well as members of the vibrant, young and upcoming Kazakh art community.  Nikonorova will address the conceptual and aesthetic development of Kazkah contemporary art through their work and speak about the trends and themes that are most relevant artists working in Central Asia.

Neno Belchev is a multidisciplinary artist, who recently was an artist in residency by CEC Artslink Award at KALA Art Institute (Berkeley, CA). Neno will present his latest video art works and will talk about his work completed in the bay area. The talk aims to enlighten the concept and ideas behind the work and Neno’s understanding about art. 

Katya Nikonorova was born in Alma-Ata, Kazkhstan in 1981.  She received her degree in Architecture and Urban Planning at Kazakh Leading Academy of Architecture and Civil Engineering.  Since 2000, Nikonorova has focused on a contemporary fine arts practice.  She has participated in exhibitions, seminars and workshops internationally including exhibitions in Almaty, Bishkek, Moscow, London, Paris, Turin and Singapore.  Her work frequently addresses the topic of architecture, land and urban planing.  Nikonorova’s most recent works explore questions around spirituality and mysticism.  Since 1012, she has held her own Biennale, titled “Biennale of Katya Nikonorova” in Almaty.  She will present her second Biennale during her Arts Link Fellowship in San Francisco.

Born in 1971 in Varna, Bulgaria, Neno has graduated from National Academy for Fine Arts in Sofia, BG. He recently works in the fields of video art, performance, installation, sculpture, new media as well as independent curator. Neno has participated in a wide range of solo and group, national and international exhibitions: atMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte REINA SOFIA (Madrid, SPAIN; 2014); at Hong Kong City Art Hall (HONG KONG / 2013); at National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Saint Petersburg branch, RUSSIA / 2011); White Box Gallery and Apexart (New York, USA / 2010); OCAT of He Xiangning Art Museum (Shenzhen, CHINA / 2009); Wichita Falls Museum (Texas, USA / 2009); DEPO Tutun Deposi (Istanbul, TURKEY / 2009);Today Art Museum (Beijing, CHINA / 2008); Moerenuma Koen Hidamari Museum (Sapporo, JAPAN / 2007) and many others. He has been awarded artist in residence grants (AIR) in USA, Russia, China, Japan, France and Portugal and awards from international video and film festivals in Russia, USA, the Netherland and Austria.

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Opening Reception for Day Re-dreamed

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September 25- December 6, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 25, 6-8pm

Berkeley Central Arts Passage:
2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
(between Shattuck and Milvia)

Viewing hours: Monday – Saturday 9am-6pm

Artists:
Sheila Ghidini
Jeremiah Jenkins
Victoria May
Maria Porges
Lucy Puls
Brooke Westfall

Kala Art Institute is pleased to announce Day Re-dreamed, the latest off-site exhibition at Berkeley Central Arts Passage. Join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, September 25, 6-8pm. Day Re-dreamed features works by Sheila Ghidini, Jeremiah Jenkins, Victoria May, Maria Porges, Lucy Puls, and Brooke Westfall. These artists use everyday materials and resources to create new narratives hatched from their imagination. Objects, spaces or experiences are transformed via new arrangements, compositions, re-purposing and other experimental methods creating an experience of unexpected and magical perspective shifts.

Sheila Ghidini’s site-specific work invites the viewer to contemplate images of absence and presence. Jeremiah Jenkins’ mixed media sculpturesexplore his own perspective on the relationship between human and nature.Victoria May uses fabric and stitching as the basis for her mixed-media sculpture and installation addressing tenderness and absurdity in the human condition.Maria Porges utilizes books as both sculptural material and subject matter. Her ongoing series BOOKTOOLS/TOYS & WEAPONS is both elegy to and celebration of their material origins. Lucy Puls explores the interior space of homes; mostly those that had been occupied for decades and have become vacant due to probate or foreclosure. Brooke Westfall presents Revised Inheritance examining the psychological and sociocultural effects of family dynamics.

In it’s second year, Kala’s Off-Site Exhibitions feature artworks from Berkeley-based artists and the Kala community. Working together in the vibrant downtown Berkeley Arts District, Berkeley Central Arts Passage and Kala Art Institute are forging new connections between artists and audience.

For further information contact Mayumi Hamanaka at Kala Art Institute: mayumi@kala.org.

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Kala Receives Grant from Cal Humanities

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Berkeley, CA — Cal Humanities has recently announced the 2014 Community Stories grant awardees. Kala Art Institute has been awarded $10,000 for Sue Mark’s interdisciplinary project entitled “Communities’ Crossing: Echoes Along Historic Route 123.” Sue Mark’s project is among six artist-led Print Public projects, a new Kala community initiative bringing multiple partners together to create art installations, print kiosks, pop-up projects and other innovative acts of culture along San Pablo Avenue where Oakland, Emeryville, and Berkeley come together.

Community Stories is a competitive grant program of Cal Humanities. Grants are awarded to projects that give expression to the extraordinary variety of histories and experiences of California’s places and people to ensure that the stories can be shared widely. These narratives help us find our commonalities, appreciate our differences, and learn something new about how to live well together.

“Communities’ Crossing” blends neighborhood stories with image and text-based signage to be used in improvisational dance interactions along San Pablo Avenue, one of the Bay Area’s oldest existing transit routes, to explore community identity. This dynamic, transitioning region is grappling with impacts of change. Local history and current social concerns will reach the community as a ‘sidewalk theater’, collapsing the delineations of audience and participant.  Sue Mark of the marksearch team, crafts provocative platforms to explore social relationships. Since 2000, marksearch has collaborated with non-profits, community groups, students, historians, urban planners, and municipalities worldwide to create projects that move beyond aesthetic experience. Their nomadic investigations interweave community stories with neighborhood history, the built environment, and the ecosystem to reveal innovative narratives.

“With our state’s incredible diversity, fostering communication and connecting people to a range of ideas is vital for our general welfare,” said Ralph Lewin, president and CEO of Cal Humanities. “Our grant award enables awardees to pursue the important work of engaging new audiences in conversations around stories of significance to Californians.”

Since 2003, Cal Humanities has supported approximately 400 story projects and granted nearly $3 million to enable communities to voice, record, and share histories—many previously untold or little known. Through video, photography, murals, zines, documentary theater, audio projects, and more, these collected stories have been shared with broad audiences, both live and virtual. Cal Humanities is an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on Cal Humanities, please visit www.calhum.org.

Print Public is an innovative place-making project bringing Kala Art Institute and multiple community partners together to create art installations, print kiosks, pop-up projects and other innovative acts of culture along San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Artist-teams are developing distinct projects within the San Pablo Avenue transit corridor, creating an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation. Visit Print Public online to learn more.

Print Public Artists: Sue Mark (marksearch), Susan O’Malley, Taro Hattori, Taraneh Hemami, Swell (Ali Naschke-Messing and Helena Meryman), and Imin Yeh

 

Events and programming scheduled along San Pablo Avenue throughout 2014–2015
Gallery Exhibition: May 7–June 27, 2015

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Open Seas: Gallery Conversation with Artists

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Open Seas:
September 4 – October 15, 2014

Gallery Conversation with the Artists: 
Saturday, September 20, 2pm

Kala Gallery is proud to present Open Seas, a group exhibition that presents work by artists who explore the idea of borders from a wide range of perspectives. From political geography to psychological boundaries, the idea of borders can mean a line, an area, an arc, or a mark where something begins and something ends. When there is a border, a zone appears around this line. Inside the zone is like a chrysalis with a flexible shell. It is in constant flux and a transitional state. It expands on its own merging the edges of the outside. Often it is an area where human desire and curiosity – desire to see what’s not there and desire to change and transform, come to life and/or collapse constantly.

This exhibition asks artists to explore how borders —both atmospheric and conceptual—can be represented in a diverse reach of media.

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Mari Andrews: Rounding the Corner

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August, 2014 – February, 2015

Milvia/Addison Window Location:
2100 Milvia St. Berkeley, CA 94704-1113 

Mari Andrews, Frill, 2010, lichen on wood.

 

Kala Art Institute is proud to present Rounding the Corner, a new installation work by Mari Andrews at Milvia/ Addison Window located at 2100 Milvia Street, Berkeley.

Working with found natural and man-made materials I construct sculptural “drawings”. These objects are fairly minimal and hang on the wall, often coming together to make larger installations. The found materials carry the memory of the urban walk, or the desert, forest or beach hike. I hope to reveal beauty in the mundane, and encourage more curiosity and engagement with things natural, in the hopes of promoting care and stewardship of our wild and natural world.

Mari Andrews

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