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Chandra Cerrito Contemporary

Exhibition Detail
“You Can’t Make Art By Making Art” Artists Reflect on the Legacy of David Ireland
Curated by: Chandra Cerrito
480 23rd Street
Oakland, CA 94612-2322

October 7th, 2011 - November 19th, 2011
October 7th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ball for David, Mari AndrewsMari Andrews, Ball for David,
2011, Steel Wool, 4" diameter
© Mari Andrews
Chair of Heightened Perception, Sheila GhidiniSheila Ghidini, Chair of Heightened Perception,
2011, Wood, Paint, 60 x 15 x 15 inches
Gestault Theory, Daniel NeversDaniel Nevers, Gestault Theory,
2011, vinyl, PVC pipe, wood, bungee cords, eye screw hooks, 57 x 34 x 10 inches
Still Life Cinderblock with Great Stuff Expansion Foam, Randy ColoskyRandy Colosky,
Still Life Cinderblock with Great Stuff Expansion Foam,
2010, cast bronze, paint, 15" X 8" X 11"
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East Bay
Thursday - Saturday 12 to 6, First Friday until 9pm and by appointment
Oakland, Galleries, Art, murmur, opening, first friday, Mari Andrews, Ray Beldner, Jordan Biren, Randy Colosky, Sheila Ghidini, Daniel Nevers, Mie Preckler, Sabine Reckewell, Kerry Vander Meer, Stephen Whisler mixed-media, installation, conceptual, sculpture

“You Can’t Make Art By Making Art”

Artists Reflect on the Legacy of David Ireland


October 7 – November 19, 2011


Opening Reception October 7, 2011, 6 - 9 pm


Open during Oakland Art Murmur November 4, 2011


Special Event: DIY (David Ireland and You) November 12, 2011 2-3:30 PM


Exhibition artists and visitors are invited to share stories of their own encounters with David Ireland, the impressions he made on them and the difference he has made in their lives and/or work.  Tea will be served.  Attendees are requested to bring their own mugs. Seating is limited, so please bring a cushion or folding chair if you are unable to stand. Free and open to the public.


In 1980, David Ireland (1930-2009) had a solo show at Claremont Graduate School

called David Ireland: You Can’t Make Art By Making Art. The title’s koan-like phrase

gets to the enigmatic crux of David Ireland as an artist. Considered one of San

Francisco’s most important conceptual and installation artists, Ireland challenged notions

of what art can be, not through confrontation, but rather by embracing and expanding the

aesthetic and meaningful possibilities of the everyday. Incorporating Marcel Duchamp’s

use of found objects, John Cage’s openness to chance and process and an appreciation of

Eastern, and particularly Zen Buddhist, philosophy, Ireland, along with Bay Area

contemporaries Tom Marioni, Paul Kos and Mark Thompson, blurred the boundaries

between life and art.


As an involved member of the Bay Area art community—fellow artist, teacher or visiting

artist at SFAI, CCAC and Fiberworks, resident artist and contributing renovator at the

Headlands Center for the Arts and designer of the original Capp Street Project building

as well as an internationally exhibited and acclaimed artist  —Ireland has had an

immeasurable impact, most significantly in California. This time in history, two and one

half years after his passing, may be a fitting moment to reflect on Ireland’s influence,

while his presence is still felt strongly by those who knew him. 


Mari Andrews, Ray Beldner, Jordan Biren, Randy Colosky, Sheila Ghidini, Daniel

Nevers, Mie Preckler, Sabine Reckewell, Kerry Vander Meer and Stephen Whisler have

been invited to participate in this exhibition as a small step toward comprehending the

legacy of David Ireland. Among these California artists, many had personal contact with

Ireland; others did not know or work with him, but recognize his influence in their own

work or way of thinking about art. Exhibited works range from those created at the time

of artists’ encounters with Ireland to those made specifically for this occasion. All have

been contributed as the artists’ genuine and personal reflections, which are elucidated in

accompanying artwork statements.



I would like to sincerely thank the artists in this exhibition for sharing with me their

personal stories and memories. I know David Ireland held a profound place in some of

your lives, and I deeply appreciate your participation in this public tribute.


Thank you, David Ireland, for your work and point of view that inspired me to move

across country to further my studies in art. You have opened my eyes to new ways of

seeing. We still have a lot to learn from you.



~ Chandra Cerrito, Curator


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