Verge gallery is pleased to present Women on Nature curated by San Francisco artist Emily Prince. Women on Nature features an exciting combination of recent works by Amy Balkin, Sara Bright, Renee Delores, Sunaura Taylor, Lindsey White, and Sierra Zumwalt. Through a wide array of methods, from paper glaciers to a virtual proposal for making the atmosphere a protected park, these artists all investigate our human manipulation of the natural world, and they do so through a dynamic combination of the conceptual, the visceral, and the aesthetic. The exhibition will feature a mixed-media installation, painting, sculpture, photography, and a large-scale projected website, as well as a temporary library housing books that have inspired the specific pieces in the show. All the artists are currently living and working in the Bay Area.
Amy Balkin, who was a research resident at The SF Exploratorium in 2008 and is traveling this year to residencies in France and Canada, often addresses environmental and spatial politics through her art. Here she displays her online clean-air park Public Smog.
Sara Bright, a recent MFA graduate from UC Berkeley and an alumna of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center of Colorado, makes process-oriented psychological paintings of interior landscapes. Her recent works have become almost entirely abstract, yet still retain haunting allusions to wilderness, including geological forms.
Renee Delores, who has shown at DUMBO in New York and National Kinen Park in Tokyo, and has spent the past year learning the art of Zen gardening, subsuming her work in the pursuit of a communicative relationship between humans and nature, often to the point of complete erasure. She presents an installation here that includes documentation of a series of tattoos she created based on a note Charles Darwin kept above his desk.
Affirmation, tattoos by the artist, documented with photography, Renee Delores 2008 =============>
Sunaura Taylor, who has shown at the Smithsonian and more recently at the CUE Foundation in New York, makes evocative paintings that explore portraiture and "moving" landscape and have in the past few years taken on the subject of animals in, or en route to, factory farms. Here she shows her large-scale epic oil painting "Chicken Truck."
Lindsey White, an Oklahoma native who received her MFA from CCA in San Francisco and recently completed a residency at the Kala Institute in Berkeley, California, uses photography, video, and sculpture to explore the simple magic of everyday life. Here her photographs play with the human intervention of light, creating surreal yet modest and miniature landscapes.
Sierra Zumwalt, whose work appeared at the deYoung Museum while she was still an undergraduate at SF State, uses ceramics, weaving, and sculpture to reference the passage of time and to draw upon patterns in common objects and nature. Here her paper sculptures become delicate glacial forms.
Together these unique works pose questions about how we relate to the environment, how we are nature, and even the potential for new directions.
The exhibition runs September 10 through October 24 with an opening night reception on Thursday September 10 from 6-10pm.
The following Thursday, September 17 at 7:00, some of the artists will return for a panel discussion on their works.
Two 2nd Saturdays will accompany the show on September 12 and October 10.