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 Chandra’s 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 Holman’s 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/