Gallery Conversation with Yasuaki Onishi:
Saturday, January 17, 2pm
Gallery Conversation with Freddy Chandra, Desirée Holman and Ranu Mukherjee:
Saturday, February 21, 2pm
January 15 – March 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 15, 6-8pm
With Chronology of Kala’s milestones designed by Sara Lankutis and Scout Sheys
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri, 12-5:00pm; Sat, 12-4:30pm
2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
The Seeing Time - Time Traveler exhibition is generously supported with audiovisual equipment from Meyer Sound.
Closing Kala’s 40th anniversary year (April 2014 – April 2015) and celebrating 40 years of cultivating creativity, Kala Gallery is proud to present Seeing Time - Time Traveller, a special exhibition featuring Kala Fellowship Alumni. In homage to Kala’s groundbreaking Seeing Time program (1982-1992): installations and performances throughout the Bay Area exploring the visualization of time, Seeing Time – Time Traveller revisits this theme, delving into various elements around time-travel ranging from astrology, mysticism, temporal duration, physical space, nomadic, and phenomenal exploration. Participating artists include Freddy Chandra, Desirée Holman, Ranu Mukherjee, and Yasuaki Onishi.
Visual chronology of Kala’s milestones designed by Sara Lankutis and Scout Sheys will be also on view as part of the exhibition. In addition to the gallery exhibition, various prints, drawings, and works on paper representing Artists-in-Residence (AIR) from the Kala Collection will be featured in the Mercy & Roger Smullen Print and Media Study Center.
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 Sophont 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 Museum of Modern 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 was included in Bay Area Now 6 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2011), and she had a solo exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art in 2012. A poster series commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission for the Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series will be on view through February 2015. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris. http://www.ranumukherjee.com/
Yasuaki Onishi creates the installation Vertical Emptiness using 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/
Tours of the Kala studio, gallery and print archive are also available by appointment.
For more information, contact Mayumi Hamanaka, Kala Gallery Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 841-7000 ex 201.