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Fellowship Artist Talk with Aay Preston-Myint, Jonathan Herrera Soto and R. Treshawn Williamson

Zoom Artist Talk on Saturday, September 5 at 2pm

Join us for the artist talk with with 2019-2020 Kala Fellowship artists Aay Preston-Myint, Jonathan Herrera Soto and his collaborator R. Treshawn Williamson on Saturday, September 5 at 2pm (PST). The talk will be accessible via Zoom. Please RSVP on Eventbrite.

Aay Preston-Myint is an artist, printmaker, and educator born in New York and living in Oakland after fifteen years immersed in the art scene in Chicago. Their practice employs both visual and collaborative strategies to investigate memory and kinship, often within the specific context of queer community and history. At Kala Aay wants to experiment with translating large-scale hand-drawn material to print, including printed fabric, offset lithography, and risography.

Jonathan Herrera Soto is a print-based studio artist. Jonathan explores relationships between collective memory and historical instances of state-sponsored violence and trauma inflicted on politicized bodies. He constructs print-based objects, installations, and environments that echo lived experiences of those who are no longer with us. For this exhibition Jonathan is collaborating with R. Treshawn Williamson for a project Daily Meditations. The work consists of two collaborators sending each other daily meditations on various substrates, including post cards, archival paper, wood, and found materials. The proposed installation is a growing collection of these meditations that will expand onto the allotted space in the gallery.

Born in Prince George’s County, MD. R. Treshawn Williamson is a Chicago based essayist and multidisciplinary artist of black american descent. Currently he is in the process of earning his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, majoring in visual critical studies and interdisciplinary studio practices. Williamson’s work is a meditation on the obstruction and surveillance of the lived histories of African-Americans. Investigating the application of cultural re-imagination in the African Diaspora through the engagement of oral histories, post-colonial theory, folklore, and ethnomusicology.

Kala’s gallery will be open on Saturday, September 5, 12-4pm. If you’d like to stop by to see the exhibition in person, email Mayumi – mayumi@kala.org to schedule an appointment.

Event Details

Date: September 5, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm–3:30 pm