Earth and Reveries Gallery Talk with Pantea Karimi & Masako Miki
Saturday, September 23, 2pm
Exhibition Dates: July 27 – October 7, 2017
Join us for an afternoon gallery talk with Pantea Karimi & Masako Miki on Saturday, September 23 at 2pm. Featuring new work by 2016-2017 Kala Fellowship artists – Antonius Bui, Lydia Cohen, Pantea Karimi, Erin McElroy, Masako Miki, Elián Stolarsky, Weston Teruya, and Leila Weefur, Earth and Reveries examines personal history, nature and spaces using archival images, metaphors, research and exploration of new perspectives. Our existence on earth is layered, crowded, and complicated, leaving ample source material for artists. Images float on top anchoring our existence and creating human history. This history consists of conflict and struggle, discovery and expansion, exploitation and altruism, personal narrative, communal memory, scientific data, observation and research. Imagination is key to helping us formulate a deeper understanding of each other in the midst of an ever-shifting world. An author, Haruki Murakami writes in his essays that he wakes up every morning in order to dream more and writes his stories. Artist’s work is to dream about our world, transform it and share it with audiences. In the exhibition, Earth and Reveries, eight artists share their distinct vision and artistic process, their exploration and transformation of existing social issues and concepts, and diverse and personal viewpoints.
Exploring the idea of Shinto and Buddhist traditions and folklores in Japan, Masako Miki expands the idea of boundary. Her playful installation creates a new space with her constructed reality and evokes imaginative narratives. She imagines her playful prints, paintings and objects as shape shifters that can go across various realms. This installation attempts to challenge our preconceived notions of boundaries. Like these still life objects, the boundaries can be dissolved and redrawn.
Based on a prominent medieval book of botany: the Herbal of al-Ghafiqi manuscript, Pantea Karimi presents Folding Gardens – an installation composed of 10 transparent silk organza strips suspended from the ceiling. She arranged the composition of plants on each strip to represent a vertical garden, that can be folded to become portable. The notion of carrying gardens of medicinal plants is aimed to remind one of healing properties of nature and the importance of connectivity with the natural world in general.
Date: September 23, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
2990 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702