Valdez was selected as one of the four curators to participate in the 2x2 Solos Program series at Pro Arts in Oakland, CA. She worked with Samuel Levi Jones to commission new work for his upcoming solo show entitled, Talk to Me.
On view from August 18-September 18 Artist reception will be on September 4 6PM Artist talk September 12 11AM
Words like "freedom," "justice," "democracy" are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply. -James Baldwin, “The Crusade of Indignation,” The Price of the Ticket.
For 2 x 2 Solos, Samuel Levi Jones presents Talk to Me, a large site-specific installation of deconstructed law books. These texts, which are usually found neatly organized in law firms or law school libraries, archive federal and state laws that are applied and interpreted by the courts. Through an intense physical process, Jones pulls, rips, and tears apart the leather from its cardboard covers revealing the books’ underside of flesh-toned yellows, reds, and browns. Behind the privacy of his studio, these actions—akin to protest—shift. Jones begins the focused effort to delicately sew the softened material together, thereby building a new structure.
At the Pro Arts gallery, the enveloping installation of Talk to Me appears in the same sight line as Oakland City Hall. The juxtaposition of the exhibition against the center for civic engagement elicits a tension between the law and one’s position in the larger society. Talk to Me interrogates the limits of our legal system by rendering these books exposed and unbound. At its essence, Talk to Me is an invitation for dialogue about the structure that governs our bodies and lives. This very dialogue—as Baldwin underscores—is the necessary work individuals must endeavor to establish respect, recognition, and understanding.
Public Program: Artist talk with Dr. Leigh Raiford, Chair of African American Studies at UC Berkeley
On view April 11-May 2, 2015 Artist Talk May 1 Burnt Oak Gallery
OFF adverb: Away from place; to a state of discontinuance or suspension preposition: used to indicate separation, distance, or removal from someone or something adjective: not operating, functioning, or flowing not entirely sane verb: to go away
The title of Channing Morgan’s exhibition Off the Surface is a peculiar one; it asks, what is off the surface? What does it mean to be off?
In thinking about the series of paintings, site-specific installation, and prints at Burnt Oak Gallery, there is something curious about Channing’s works–at first, it appears jarring, yet soon after, when one considers the work beyond face value, an intriguing undertone arises.
Channing’s pieces interrogate our immediate assumptions and challenge our understandings of societal norms, expectations, and stereotypes. Why are these our norms and why do we think this way? Channing’s works encourage us to feel awkward and uneasy.
Off the Surface puts forth necessary and uncomfortable questions about privilege, power, perceptions of one another, and one’s self.
Channing Morgan is an artist based in San Francisco where she is currently an MFA candidate at the California College of the Arts. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. She utilizes text-based work, installation, and performance to negotiate her perspective on race, recognition, and the presumption of their stability. Her work has been shown across Georgia and more recently across the Bay Area in San Francisco and Oakland.
Kate Rhoades: Lil' Painty Goes to Market
On view March 14- April 11, 2015 Artist Talk April 3 Burnt Oak Gallery
Navigating the commercial “Art World” is no fun—it’s a hot mess of ego, money, and plenty of awkward schmoozing. In Lil' Painty Goes to Market, Kate Rhoades satirizes this tired cliche by illustrating Lil’ Painty’s life as it passes through the strata of the commercialized art world.
In the end, we lose focus on our rectangular, oily friend, and we are left asking: Where else can/may/should Lil’ Painty go?
Burnt Oak is proud to present Rhoades’s first solo exhibition.
Kate Rhoades is an Oakland-based multimedia artist. Influenced by a background in comic books and YouTube videos, Rhoades uses paint, video, and miscellaneous methods to probe the absurdity of the art world in all its social and institutional facets. She received a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design, and an MFA from Mills College. She has attended an unsanctioned residency at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, and her work has been exhibited in art venues, alleys, and hotel rooms across the United States and Canada.
PMx (Post Meridiem)
PMx (Post Meridiem) is a collaborative curatorial project created by Patricia Cariño and Marie Martraire that explores the intersections of contemporary arts and social media through research, writings, exhibitions, and other programs.
Group exhibition featuring works by Martin Soto Climent, Rana Hamadeh, Li Ran, Cinthia Marcelle, William Powhida, Ian Wallace, and Real Time and Space.
Decades after the “post-studio turn” announced by Conceptual art and Minimalism, this exhibition seeks to reconsider the status of the artist’s studio. Many contemporary artists eschew the traditional studio, producing work on their computers, or directly at the site of exhibition. Some struggle, in an era of eviction and dislocations, to carve out the actual space and time—with its attendant forms of reflection and creativity—that the studio once promised. Others retain a bounded, physical space for making, but one that is transformed by the web, social media, and contemporary conditions of labor. No longer solely a notional interior space of individualistic thought and craft-based making, sovereign and separate from the world, today the studio has become externally focused: a networked media center, a factory, a storage zone, a semi-public showroom.
Many Places at Once presents new commissions and existing works by six international artists and one artist community. The exhibition provides new insights into the nature of contemporary artistic production and the spaces in which it takes place. Taken individually, each work represents a site: a hotel, a notebook, an archive, a network, an event, a community, or a stage. Some works symbolize the studio as a site of private reflection. Others manifest as temporary constellations of objects or people, and yet others operate in the exhibition itself as studios, or as theatrical stages. Together, the works embody the “many places”—both physical and conceptual—that “at once” constitute the reimagined artist’s studio.
Many Places at Once is an exhibition curated by the graduating class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts with the support of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.