Pro Arts is pleased to present The Disquiet: Bay Area Currents 2014, selections by Dena Beard, Assistant Curator, University of California, BerkeleyArt Museum and Pacific Film Archive. This exhibition is on view from July 8 to August 8 at Pro Arts’ downtown Oakland gallery.
The Disquiet brings together work by eight artists who reveal ‘undercurrents’ in Bay Area art. Beard says of the exhibition, "This year's Bay Area Currents throws a selective and subjective lens onto what is fast becoming a vastly influential art scene. These eight artists presented work that spoke to me directly, transforming what it meant for me to navigate my world, as an Oakland resident and as a curator."
An open call to artists collected over 200 submissions that Dena Beard reviewed online before participating in studio visits with finalists. In applying her curatorial gaze to this grand sweep of Bay Area art, Beard identifies the shared artistic pursuit of freedom via creative processes that unnerve and disorient. She says, “The Disquiet stages a subtle drama between the gallery and the world outside. Eight works are cast together in darkness as components of a single identity, the exhibition, but they resound with discordant voices. Purged from the artists and transferred into objects, they form an alien landscape.”