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Earth and Reveries

Kala Gallery is proud to present Earth and Reveries, featuring new work by 2016-2017 Kala Fellowship artists. The exhibition includes Antonius Bui, Lydia Cohen, Pantea Karimi, Erin McElroy, Masako Miki, Elián Stolarsky, Weston Teruya, and Leila Weefur. Kala Fellowships are awarded annually to a group of innovative artists working in printmaking, photography, painting/drawing, installation, video, digital media and social practice. Fellowship artists are selected from a competitive field of applicants from around the globe. The 2016 – 2017 Fellowship artists were selected by a Kala Selection Committee and two guest jurors: Terry Berlier, Alumni Fellowship Artist and Cathy Kimball, Executive Director and Chief Curator, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.

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.

Tours of the Kala studio, gallery and print-and-media study center are also available by appointment. For more information, contact Mayumi Hamanaka, Gallery Director, mayumi@kala.org or (510) 841-7000 ex 201.