San Francisco, CA: Catharine Clark Gallery announces a group exhibition showcasing six alumni of the Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco (AIR) and a selection of student’s work from San Francisco Arts Education Project (SFArtsED). The exhibit celebrates the relationships between artists, galleries, and non-profits, in conjunction with city-wide programming for International Orange: artists respond to the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. The main galleries feature the works of six AIR alumni: Donna Anderson Kam, Terry Berlier, Lauren DiCioccio, Barbara Holmes, Scott Kildall, and Abel Rodriguez. Presented in the gallery Viewing Room are student’s projects chosen from the SFArtsED exhibition, International Orange: The Bridge Re-Imagined, and in the Media Room is a video collaboration between artist Lynn Marie Kirby and public school student Bartek Rost. The exhibition dates are July 21 through August 25, 2012. Artists, students, and representatives from the partnering organizations will be present at the opening reception on Saturday, July 21, from 4 to 6pm. Join us at 5pm for opening remarks by Emily Keeler and Richard Olsen of SFArtsEd and Deborah Munk of AIR. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the works benefit the non-profit institutions.
Featured in the gallery is a diverse selection of works, including works on paper by Donna Anderson Kam, sculpture by Terry Berlier, a large-scale mixed media installation by Abel Rodriguez, delicately sewn embroidery works by Lauren DiCioccio, a sculptural installation by Barbara Holmes, and an interactive piece by Scott Kildall. Recology is an organization that focuses on reducing waste, working with residents, businesses, and artists to help make San Francisco America’s greenest city. The Artist in Residence Program at Recology provides artists unlimited access to the San Francisco Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center, to transform trash and recycling from “The Dump” into compelling works of art. Since 1990, eighty-five professional artists and twenty student artists have created work that range in media, scale, and content, but thematically challenge traditional ways of thinking about the environment, recycling, art materials, and art objects. The artists, while transformed by their experiences as residents, did not necessarily make the works for this exhibit while at Recology. The works included were chosen for their ingenuity and connection to the themes associated with the Bridge and the City.
The exhibitions address the the Bridge in a wide context, including as a metaphor for the bridging of communities. By presenting a combination of art organizations, art mediums, and artists of all ages, Catharine Clark Galley celebrates the Golden Gate Bridge’s anniversary in conjunction with International Orange exhibitions across the Bay Area. The show acknowledges the diversity of local communities and the transformative power such organizations have in making San Francisco a unique cultural center.
Donna Anderson Kam received her BFA in Design from The Art Center College of Design in 1988, and dual degrees from the University of Coloradao, Boulder in Painting and Art History in 1980. Kam creates large scale pastel-onpaper works that investigate modern social issues and tensions, such as sustainability and waste. Her multi-step method distances her final work from its original source, creating works that are ambiguous and open. Beginning with media newspaper stories, Kam restages the images in photographs, then as collages, and finally as pastel drawings. In 2011, Kam was selected for the Recology Artist in Residence Program.
Terry Berlier received her MFA from University of California, Davis in 2003, and a BFA from the Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1994. Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist who examines the issues and histories of modern social identity and the environment. Berlier creates interactive, complex works that combine diverse media and everyday objects. Smart and Final was created from found concrete at the Recology Dump, and questions the individual’s waste within the larger consumer society. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. She participated in the Artist in Residency Program at Recology in 2011.
Lauren DiCioccio graduated from Colgate University with a BFA in Art and Art History with a Studio Emphasis in 2002. Her works are intricate and painstaking reproductions of commonplace media-objects, such as newspaper and plastic bags. DiCioccio investigates the physicality and tangibility of such mediums that are quickly becoming obsolete, adding a sense of nostalgia with her hand-sewn process. Lauren DiCioccio is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, and has a solo exhibition at the gallery opening August 2nd, 2012. Lauren DiCioccio completed the Artist in Residence Program at Recology in June 2011 and is represented by Jack Fisher Gallery in San Francisco.
Barbara Holmes received a MFA in Art from San Diego State University in 2002, and a BFA in Interior Design from Brigham Young University in 1993. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at California College of the Arts. Holmes transforms discarded, familiar, and “banal” materials into novel works of art that engage the viewer in their intricacy and openness. The Hollow Core installation uses reclaimed hollow-core doors as its primary material, repurposing and recontexualizing the recycled material as something covetable and beautiful. Through her process, design, artwork, and teaching, Holmes hopes to instill a sense of “awe and wonder.” Barbara Holmes was an artist in residence with the Artist in Residency Program at Recology in 2008.
Scott Kildall received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology Studies in 2006, and a BA in Political Philosophy from Brown University in 2004. Kildall is a conceptual artist who works across mediums of video, installation, prints, sculpture, and performance. Using common, public materials, Kildall investigates “relationships between human memory and social media technology.” Universal Mailbox creates a means for information to be transmitted from the past, present, and future, inviting the viewer to engage and modify the piece. Scott Kildall participated in the Artist in Residency Program at Recology in 2011.
Abel Rodriguez creates artwork that is never final nor fixed, but shifts and morphs perceptually and contextually. By investigating the forms of familiar structures and found objects, Rodriguez creates a feeling of instability and unease, such as in Untitled (Suspending Line), a site-specific installation created for Recology. Multi-dimensional and multimedia, this work dually references and abstracts the architectural forms and signifiers of a bridge. Rodriguez completed an MFA in Painting and Printmaking at Yale University in 2010, and received dual BFA degrees in Drawing and Painting and Graphic Design from California State University, Long Beach (Cum Laude) in 2007. Abel Rodriguez completed the Recology Artist in Residency Program in 2011.