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2014 Kala 40th Annual Anniversary Auction & Gala

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Celebrating 40 Years of Creativity

KALA ART INSTITUTE’S Board of Directors, and Honorary Co-Chairs Alba Witkin and Kenneth Kuchman of the Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Charitable Foundation, invite you to come celebrate at KALA 40: Anniversary Auction & Gala —a week-long exhibition featuring works by an eclectic mix of talented artists culminating in a lively Gala Auction and Birthday Party for Kala on Saturday, April 26th.

Along with paintings, photographs, prints, drawings and sculpture for all the art lovers out there, we will have unique art-related items and experiences offered in both the live and silent auctions. Fine wines, complimentary champagne, and delectable fare by Grace Street Catering will be served at the Gala followed by a spectacular birthday surprise!

We will be honoring four master artists for our fortieth year: Emmanuel Montoya, Richard Shaw, Katherine Sherwood and Livia Stein.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Proceeds from this auction will provide direct support for Kala’s programs for artists and the public, ensuring that Kala will be around for another 40!

Auction Exhibition: April 17 – 25, 2014

Preview Party: Thursday, April 17, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Free Admission
6-7pm, Collector’s Preview (RSVP)
Silent Auction opens.

Auction Gala: Saturday, April 26, 6:30 – 10:00 pm

Gala Tickets:
$75 in advance; $100 at the door;
Four tickets for $250 (in advance)

To purchase tickets:

http://auctions.readysetauction.com/kalaartinstitute/home

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Approaching Zero – At the Frontier of Contemporary Printmaking

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Miguel A. Aragón

February 13 – April 5, 2014
Artist Talk with Miguel A. Aragón and Walter Jule
Friday, March 28, 2pm
Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702
http://www.kala.org/exhibitions/current.html

Join us for the second Approaching Zero artist talk with Miguel A. Aragón and Walter Jule on Friday, March 28, 2pm

Approaching Zero – At the Frontier of Contemporary Printmaking features work by Miguel A. Aragón (Mexico/USA), Stella Ebner (NY, USA), Zarina Hashmi (India/USA), Walter Jule (Canada), Kouseki Ono (Japan), and Katsutoshi Yuasa (Japan). Delving into the medium of printmaking, this exhibition investigates artists who incorporate various systematic printmaking methods while pushing the boundaries of print-based work. These artists all share a common strategy or characteristic: they master a particular printmaking technique as a foundation and then go to the very limits of their own system. Despite their machine-like systematic labor, we see unique distortions and textures created by the human hand.

Walter Jules

Miguel A. Aragón creates a series of laser-cut burnt residue embossed prints based on newspaper photographs of murders occurring in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, a primary battleground in the violent war between rival cartels for control of the drug trade into the U.S. By only using the burned pigment as the source of his mark-making he draws the connection between the medium’s lack of ink and absence of life, and plays with the idea that those events are burned into the consciousness of the entire city. Aragón was born and raised in Ciudad Juárez, México. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as the International Print Center New York, Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco CA, OSDE Espacio de Arte in Argentina, Austin Museum of Art, Mexic-Arte Museum, and more. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Printmaking at the College of Staten Island NY.

Walter Jule’s work examines notions of transience, unseen forces and the universal law of cause and effect. Influenced by his decade-long meditation practice, Jule invites viewers to explore his surrealistic image created by his integration of photography and printmaking techniques. Combining discipline, technical skills and spontaneity, his work presents breakdown of sequential time, concentrated into the present moment. Jule is a Professor Emeritus of University of Alberta, Canada. Jule has taught and lectured widely. His exhibitions includes: SKIN, Walter Jule, Selected Works, 1968-2008, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon; The Nickel Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Alberta; Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Alberta, Edmonton; Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, Oregon; Municipal Museum of Art, Gyor, Hungary, and many more.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

The Approaching Zero exhibition is generously supported with a grant from The Japan Foundation.

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Katsutoshi Yuasa, 100000 years, 2013, Woodcut on paper with gold leaf

Artist Talk: Kouseki Ono and Katsutoshi Yuasa
Wednesday, March 12, 7pm
Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702
http://www.kala.org/exhibitions/current.html

Join us for the first Approaching Zero artist talk with Kouseki Ono and Katsutoshi Yuasa on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 pm.

Approaching Zero – At the Frontier of Contemporary Printmaking features work by Miguel A. Aragón (Mexico/USA), Stella Ebner (NY, USA), Zarina Hashmi (India/USA), Walter Jule (Canada), Kouseki Ono (Japan), and Katsutoshi Yuasa (Japan). Delving into the medium of printmaking, this exhibition investigates artists who incorporate various systematic printmaking methods while pushing the boundaries of print-based work. These artists all share a common strategy or characteristic: they master a particular printmaking technique as a foundation and then go to the very limits of their own system. Despite their machine-like systematic labor, we see unique distortions and textures created by the human hand. 

Kouseki Ono creates multiple miniature cylinders using a silkscreen method. He hand-draws dots on his screen and prints this screen over and over to make 100 layers of ink. Ono combines these cylinders in various ways to create wall and floor installations, and sculpture pieces. The colors of the surface change depending on where the viewer stands and the effect is astonishing. Ono received his MFA from Tokyo University of the Arts and currently lives and works in Saitama, Japan. His work has been exhibited in various venues such as Art Front Gallery, Yoseido Gallery and Shiseido Gallery in Tokyo, Nagi Museum Of Contemporary Art in Okayama, Bates College Museum of Art, and more.

Katsutoshi Yuasa creates large-scale photographic woodcut prints with detailed textures. He digitally processes a photographic image and transfers it on a wood panel, and then hand carves the image. It’s a time consuming process. He says “I become a lens and start seeing the (photographic) subject. This is sometimes like a meditation. Because I strongly look for something pure, to the contrary impurities overflows from bottom of myself. My artwork is full of impurities.” Yuasa received his MFA from Royal College of Art, London. His work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as Yokohama Museum of Art, Kloster Bentlage, Rheine, Germany; Artify Gallery, Hong Kong China; ISE Cultural Foundation, New York; Gallery YUKI-SIS, Tokyo and more. He is currently a lecturer at Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. There will be a second Approaching Zero artist talk with Miguel A. Aragón and Walter Jule on Friday, March 28 at 2pm during the Bridges SGCI Conference 2014 – Kala Open House. For more information about SGCI Conference: http://sgcisanfrancisco.org

The Approaching Zero exhibition is generously supported with a grant from The Japan Foundation.

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Civic Center Art Exhibition Reception

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Civic Center Art Exhibition Reception
Thursday, February 27, 3-5pm
2180 Milvia St., Berkeley

The Civic Center Art Exhibition is the City of Berkeley’s opportunity to celebrate the richness of artistic production within the community. This year, 28 Berkeley-based artists were selected through a juried process for exhibition in the Berkeley Martin Luther King Civic Center Building at 2180 Milvia Street. The work is distributed throughout publicly accessible areas on five floors and is displayed for approximately 1 year. Visitors can view the artwork during regular hours of operation. Participating artists include Nora Akino, Ned Axthelm, Jennifer Brook-Kothlow, Sydney Cohen, Marian Coleman, Alesia Connelly, Yuksel Dinccag, Nancy Fernandez, Erika Gagnon, Sonia Gill, Tricia Goldberg, Zohra Kalinkowitz, Barbara Kloeppel, Isabelle La Rocca, Gary Lapow, Nick Lawrence, Michael Layefsky, Lisa Levine, Jessica Phrogus, Mimi Plumb, Brenda Quan, Megan Reed, Camille Rogine, Antonio Rosario, Jim Rosenau, Jon Stich, Peter Tonningsen and DJ Whelan.

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Approaching Zero- At the Frontier of Contemporary Printmaking

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Exhibition: February 13 to April 5, 2014
Reception: Thursday, February 13, 6:00-8:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 12:00-5:00 pm | Saturday 12:00-4:30 pm

Approaching Zero - At the Frontier of Contemporary Printmaking features Miguel A. Aragón (Mexico/USA), Stella Ebner (NY, USA), Zarina Hashimi (India/USA), Walter Jule (Canada), Koseki Ono (Japan), and Katsutoshi Yuasa (Japan). Delving into the medium of printmaking, this exhibition investigates artists who incorporate various systematic printmaking methods while pushing the boundaries of print-based work. Each of these artists uses different printmaking methods and creates distinctive artwork. Printmaking often requires accurate and detailed manual hand labor. These artists all share a common strategy or characteristic: they master a particular printmaking technique as a foundation and then go to the very limits of their own system. Despite their machine-like systematic labor, we see unique distortions and textures created by the human hand.

Bridges SGCI Conference 2014 – Kala Open House: Friday, March 28, 11am -5pm
Demos, projects, exhibitions and print viewing tour. For more info about Bridges SGCI Conference: http://sgcisanfrancisco.org

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PRINT PUBLIC Charette

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Susan O’Malley, Be Here Now, You Are Exactly Where You Need to Be and Listen to Your Heart, Rapackiego Square, Art Moves Festival, Toruń, Poland

February 13–April 5, 2014
Reception:  Thursday, February 13, 6-8pm
Artist Team Presentations: Wed, April 2, 6-8pm
Kala Gallery’s Barclay and Sharon Simpson Conference Room
2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 

Join Kala’s PRINT PUBLIC artists – Susan O’Malley, marksearch (Sue Mark), Swell (collaborative duo Ali Naschke-Messing and design studio ScrapD), and Taro Hattori – for a preview of working materials and plans for their forthcoming public projects. Meet the artists, hear about their upcoming events in the neighborhood, and get involved in PRINT PUBLIC.

PRINT PUBLIC is an innovative place-making project partnering UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, Department of City & Regional Planning, UC Transportation Center, Kala Art Institute, and local businesses to create art installations, pop-up projects, print kiosks, and innovative acts of culture to activate San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Four artist-teams are developing distinct projects within the San Pablo Corridor, creating an arts-integrated approach to urban planning and community activation.

 

Bios

Swell (collaborative duo Ali Naschke-Messing  & design studio ScrapD) presents Well, Being, their first public work together.  Swell will ask “What does well-being look like communally? Does demonstrating well-being have an impact?” Silence (in some form) is a practice that supports well-being. It is common to many traditions and it is central to Swell’s Well, Being project. In collaboration with stakeholders of the San Pablo Ave corridor – specifically spiritual and community service groups, Swell/Kala will host semi-monthly silent walking meditations. Part flash-mob, part vigil, part Zen, these walks are investigations into the nature of reality without the usual pomp of ceremony. Meditations will be led by community members; they will frame the shape and character of each gathering. The inner quietness (amidst urban noise) will illuminate the natural and built environments and the historical context of the community to participants and observers alike. As part of the collaboration Swell/Kala will host flag making workshops, introducing participants to printmaking while producing tributary objects to support the project. The flags will serve as route markers and announcements to bring awareness to the walking events and San Pablo Corridor appreciation. The Well, Being project is the experience of communal silence and the discovery of its impact.

 

Cultural researcher Sue Mark of marksearch is developing Communities’ Crossing:  Echoes Along Historic Route 123, an interdisciplinary exploration of San Pablo Avenue’s early history as it transverses Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland, CA. Communities’ Crossing uses image and text-based signage along San Pablo Avenue, one of the Bay Area’s oldest existing transit routes, to explore community identity.  Mark will translate historic imagery and community stories from this section of the San Pablo Corridor into print-based public interventions.  By reaching back to the late 1800s, Mark will pictorialize the area’s influential founding entrepreneurs, their enterprises and society of the time in relation to contemporary gentrification issues.  The research and exploration with be shared in phases with the community in these tangible ways:  hand-printed collectible bookmarks and a panel discussion at the local public library; ‘human billboards’ carried by dancers and choreographed into a series of improvisational interactions at city limits, crossings, and transit shelters designed to resuscitate pedestrian activities; still and video recordings of the performances as well as project research to form an archival website. This project is also supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program

 

Susan O’Malley’s Advice from my 80-year-old self will ask a simple question: “What advice would your 80-year-old self give you?” O’Malley will gather this information with volunteers from a neighborhood youth organization through interviews along San Pablo and beyond, from people of all ages. She will also seek to develop relationships with senior communities in the area, such as Berkeley Adult Day Health Center, to engage in this conversation. Excerpts from the recorded interviews will be translated into a series of graphic text posters that will be displayed throughout the community – in storefront windows, schools, public spaces, and if possible, a billboard. A website URL will be included on the posters as well to further contextualize the project.

 Advice from my 80-year-old self is a continuation of O’Malley’s interest in people, language and optimism. In many projects she employs simple and recognizable tools of engagement—offering a Pep Talk, staging a debate, distributing flyers in a neighborhood’s mailbox—to offer entry into an understood, and sometimes humorous, interaction of everyday life. “I am also interested in asking this question because I think it’s easy to forget how wise we can be. We resist our internal wisdom because of fear, fatigue, inconvenience or any number of reasons. Hearing other people’s advice reminds me that we are different versions of each other. And sometimes other people’s words magically express exactly what I’m thinking but can’t seem to pull together. While the posters will range from earnest declarations to funny observations, I can only imagine there will be a deepness of experience present in these simple phrases. My hope is that these community-authored public service announcements will reflect back our inner brilliance and perhaps allow a brief space to gently listen to our own advice.”

 

Taro Hattori’s community engagement commission Swan Songs will combine audio recording and sculpture inspired by, collected within, and displayed in Kala’s immediate neighborhood, where West Berkeley connects with Oakland and Emeryville. For Swan Songs individuals in the community will be asked to recall a song, which someone they personally know, sings or has sung to them in the past. Efforts will be made to approach individuals from various walks-of-life and with diverse ages, backgrounds and ethnicities.   These songs will be recorded, along with the personal recollections related to the song.  These recordings, along with print material displaying song lyrics and context will be installed at various locations in the neighborhoods along the San Pablo corridor, along with city-scape like sculptures made of corrugated cardboards, also created by the artist.

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Express an Interest in Listening

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January 8 – April 26, 2014
Opening Reception: Jan 8, Wed, 6-8pm

Berkeley Central Arts Passage
2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA
M-S 9-6


Eric Larson, Ebb and Flow, Acrylic on panel, 36 x 72 inches, 2013

Kala Art Institute is pleased to announce, Express an Interest in Listening – the latest off-site exhibition at Berkeley Central Arts Passage. Join us for the Opening Reception on Wednesday, January 8, 6-8pm. Join us as 2014 kicks-off Kala Art Institute’s 40th Anniversary Year.

Express an Interest in Listening presents the work of five artists – Paper Buck, Brian Caraway, Rema Ghuloum, Eric Larson, and Linda Simmel. Utilizing the imperative command, the title cites poet CA Conrad. Conrad’s recent book, A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon, is a collection of somatic exercises and partnered poems.

“There’s the word ‘somatic,’ and that’s Greek and that means the tissue and the body and the cavities and nervous system,” says Conrad. “Then ‘soma,’ which lives inside that word, is the divine. I don’t think it’s a mistake that it lives inside of it.”

Akin to Conrad’s titular directive, the artworks in this exhibition converge in the representation of somatic experience. Paper Buck’s new black and white photo-based works straddle legibility utilizing repeating and shifting imagery and mixed media. Brian Caraway’s aggressively patterned and colorful panels invite an extended hang-time by way of optics and humorous titles. Paintings by Rema Ghuloum could be records of a Calisthenics-secretary bent on recording intimate experiences of looking in terms of color and form. Eric Larson presents collages and screenprinted panels as two views into his practice of marking time and occupying space within a picture plane. Linda Simmel has recently identified “longing” to be central to her current work. Her oceanscapes, over-size works on paper, are amalgamated as near and simultaneously just out of reach.

Express an Interest in Listening marks year-two in Kala’s off-site exhibition series featuring 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 Amanda Curreri at Kala Art Institute: amanda@kala.org.

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Kala Fellowship Talks

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The Space We Inhabit with Amy Ho
End of Code & Creative Ideas for Every Season with Ben Bigelow
Thursday, January 30, 7-9pm
Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702

Join us for a night of space and video with 2013-2014 fellowship artists Amy Ho and Ben Bigelow. Kala’s Fellowship Program includes an annual series of public programs presented by current Fellows during their studio residencies. This talk kicks off our 2014 series. It is free of charge and open to the public.

The Space We Inhabit will delve into the topic of space and our experience of it. Space represents the most immediate way in which we interact with our environment and has been a subject of interest in many fields of research. We will take a look at how various thinkers and areas of study have dealt with space and how our understanding of space relates to our experience of it. I will also discuss my own interest in space as a subject for art.

Ben Bigelow presents two of his favorite videos: End of Code by James Duesing and Creative Ideas for Every Season by Brian Bress. Much is at stake in these works. Will a homosexual cyborg rabbit be able to hijack the city’s traffic light system? Can Agnes Martin safely pilot a cardboard sedan through a sea of collage, whilst musing about the creative process? Please, do come find out. The answers are absurd, sometimes tragic, and 100% gorgeous.

Amy M. Ho builds video and spatial installations that bring attention to our existence as both physical and psychological beings. She received her undergraduate degree in Art Practice from UC Berkeley and her MFA from Mills College. Amy was selected for the ProArts Gallery 2×2 Solos series in 2012, and is a recipient of a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artists Grant for 2013. Amy will be doing residencies at Kala Art Institute and Studio Kura in 2014. She currently works and lives in the Bay Area and is represented by Chandra Cerrito Contemporary.

Ben Bigelow was born in Los Angeles in 1985 and received his MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University in 2013. He received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. This year he is a Fellowship Resident at the Kala Art Institute in Berkley, CA while teaching at Stanford University. He has shows coming up at the Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA and at the Harlem Factory Fest in New York, NY. His videos were recently on view as part of Open Video Call at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. He was featured in two surveys of current MFA students in Los Angeles in “Superpositions – New Wight Biennial 2012,” and in San Francisco in “MFA NOW” at Root Division Gallery. He was an artist in residence at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, ARCE Artist Residency, WI, and The Wassaic Project, NY. He has participated in exhibitions and screenings nationally and internationally in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and Berlin. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.

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Kala Fellowship Public Programs: Spring/Summer 2014

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Artist Project Space Residency: Amy Ho
January 7 to February 15, 2014
Kala Gallery Artist Project Space
2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon-5:00p.m.
Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m.
Other times by appointment

Kala Art Institute is pleased to announce our first Artist Project Space resident in 2014: fellowship artist Amy Ho.

Over the course of my month at the Artist Project Space, I plan to experiment with altering the room through projection. Instead of working steadily on one final piece, I hope to continually transform the space during my time there. Some of the transformations will be dramatic while others extremely subtle. Some will be architectural while others will be image based. Visitors will be invited to give feedback and to revisit the space, as it will be changing every 3-4 days.

The Artist Project Space Residency is a new facet of the Kala Fellowship Program that invites artists to develop projects in a studio space open to the public during their residency period. This program is geared toward artists making work that is appropriate to develop onsite and engages the public in some form. Artists are given access to a 20′x25′ project space for one month, in which time it is open to the public for viewing during normal gallery hours.

Amy M. Ho builds video and spatial installations that bring attention to our existence as both physical and psychological beings. She received her undergraduate degree in Art Practice from UC Berkeley and her MFA from Mills College. Amy was selected for the ProArts Gallery 2×2 Solos series in 2012, and is a recipient of a San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artists Grant for 2013. Amy will be doing residencies at Kala Art Institute and Studio Kura in 2014. She currently works and lives in the Bay Area and is represented by Chandra Cerrito Contemporary.

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Kala Artists’ Annual 2013 Exhibition

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Fresh work in a variety of media by Kala’s community of artists!

Artists affiliated with Kala Art Institute will be exhibiting their work at the Kala Gallery from December 12, 2013 through January 25, 2014. The exhibition reflects the diverse Kala community with a juried exhibition of prints, photographs, paintings, drawings, videos, mixed media works, and sculpture. A reception will be held on Thursday, December 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The Kala Artists’ Annual exhibition is generously supported with a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Location: Kala Gallery
Exhibition Dates: December 12, 2014 – January 25, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 12, 6-8pm

Gallery Address: 2990 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702
Gallery Hours*: Tuesday – Friday, Noon – 5:00pm;
Saturday, Noon – 4:30pm

*Holiday Closures: December 24 – January 6

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