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Uma Iyli

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Q-tip Connection-Purple Gold 2, 2016 Photography (archival Pigment Print) Image Size: 30” X 30", Framed Size: 32” X 32" © Uma Rani Iyli
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Q-tip Connection- Red Gold, 2016 Photography 36" X 42.3" (image Size) © Uma Rani Iyli
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Q-tip Connection-Blue Gold., 2016 Photography (archival Pigment Print) Image Size: 36” X 45". Framed Size: 38” X 47" © Uma Rani Iyli
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Q-tip Connection- Green Gold 2, 2015 Photography 30" X 30" (image Size) © Uma Rani Iyli
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Q-tip Connection- Purple Gold, 2015 Photography 30" X 30" (image Size) © Uma Rani Iyli
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Q-tip Connection- Orange Gold, 2015 Photography 30" X 30" (image Size) © Uma Rani Iyli
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Q-tip Connection- Green Gold, 2015 Photography 20 X 20 Inches © Uma Rani Iyli
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Garland Installation- 1 , 2016 Q-tips, Acrylic, Thread (mixed Media) 9 X 8 X 1 Feet © Uma Rani Iyli
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Garland Installation- 1 (detail), 2016 Q-tips, Acrylic, Thread (mixed Media) 9' Height X 8' Width X 1' Depth © Uma Rani Iyli
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Garland Installation- 2 , 2016 Q-tips, Acrylic, Thread (mixed Media) 9' Height X 30" Diameter © Uma Rani Iyli
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Garland Installation- 2 (detail), 2016 Q-tips, Acrylic, Thread (mixed Media) 9' Height X 30" Diameter © Uma Rani Iyli
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Garland Installation- 2 (detail), 2016 Q-tips, Acrylic, Thread (mixed Media) © Uma Rani Iyli
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Garland Installation- 2 (detail), 2016 Q-tips, Acrylic, Thread (mixed Media) 9' Height X 30" Diameter © Uma Rani Iyli
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Q-tip Garland Series 2, 2014 Q-tips, Acrylic, Thread (mixed Media) 16" Width X 20" Height © Uma Rani Iyli
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Winding and Unwinding, 2015 Gold Thread, Silk, Plexi (mixed Media) 18" X 17" X 3" Inches © Uma Rani Iyli
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Winding and Unwinding (work in progress detail), 2015 Gold Thread, Silk, Plexi (mixed Media) 17" Width X 18"height © Uma Rani Iyli
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Brocades- Installation-1, 2015 Acrylic on Canvas 96"height X 72" Width © Uma Rani Iyli
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Brocades- Red Gold 1, 2016 Acrylic on Canvas 48" X 72" © Uma Rani Iyli
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Brocades-Purple Gold 1, 2015 Acrylic on Canvas 36" X 36" © Uma Rani Iyli
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Brocades- Gold 1, 2015 Acrylic on Canvas 36" X 36" © Uma Rani Iyli
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Brocades- Green Gold 1, 2016 Acrylic on Canvas 36" X 36" © Uma Rani Iyli
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Brocades- Blue Gold 1, 2015 Acrylic on Canvas 36" X 36" © Uma Rani Iyli
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Brocades- Blue Gold 2, 2016 Acrylic on Canvas 36" X 36" © Uma Rani Iyli
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Brocades- Green Gold 2, 2016 Acrylic on Canvas 36" X 36" © Uma Rani Iyli
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Cellular Pattern-Green VI, 2015 Acrylic on Canvas 36" X 36" © Uma Rani Iyli
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Cellular Pattern- Green VII, 2015 Acrylic on Canvas 24" X 24" © Uma Rani Iyli
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Cellular Pattern- Black and White, 2014 Acrylic on Canvas 48" X 48" © Uma Rani Iyli
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Cellular Pattern-Greyscale, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 24" X 24" © Uma Rani Iyli
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Origami- Floor mat I, 2014 Acrylic on Canva-paper Variable (based on Folds) © Uma Rani Iyli
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"Gold Series III", 2009 Acrylic on Canvases 108" X 36" (three 36" X 36"canvas) © Uma Iyli
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Sea of Blue, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas (wall Installation) 100" X 100" (twenty Five 20" X 20"canvas) © copyright protected
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Sea of Blue (Installation View at SOMArts, SFO 2010), 2009 Acrylic on Canvases (wall Installation) 100" X 100" (twenty Five 20" X 20"canvas) © Uma Iyli
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Rainbow Series I (Wall Installation), 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 240" X 30"(six 40" X 30" Canvas) © Uma Iyli
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Rice Lore, 2002 Mixed Media 15' X 36' X 4' (dimention of Entier Installation) © Uma Iyli
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Rice Lore (Detail), 2002 Mixed Media 6'5" X 6'5" X 4' (dimention of Bowl) © Uma Iyli
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Rice Lore (detail), 2002 Mixed Media 6'5" X 6'5" X 4' © Uma Iyli
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Bangalore, India
Birth year
1974
Lives in
Fremont, California, USA
Works in
Fremont, California
Schools
California College of the Arts, 2002, BFA
Tags
mixed-media, installation, abstract, conceptual, sculpture
Statement

Q-tip Connections statement 
Inspired by process, Q-tips serve as a continuum for me as they are everyday tools in both my domestic and professional realms. Through their role in my art, they are immersed in the colors inspired by traditional Sari’s and transformed into beautiful objects after being used as brushes for my paintings. Being open to all media, the Q-tip Connections Series resulted from what could have been discarded material from my studio practice. With a background in installation, I naturally look to material for inspiration. Seeing these remnants of my process as powerful symbols of connection inspired me to capture these colorful networks of Q-tips with curiosity through photography. Conceptually, these networks of Q-tips are about networking with people and making connections. Developing them with a contemporary photographic aesthetic helps tie them to the world of art & tech and makes these delicate arrangements accessible to viewers while carrying elements of my heritage and of past worlds.

Q-Tip Garland Installation Series (2015)
 
Inspired by process, Q-tips serve as a continuum for me as they are an every day tool and also function as brushes in my artwork. Through this role, they are immersed in the colors inspired by traditional Sari’s and transformed into beautiful objects after being used as brushes for my paintings and prints. Being open to all media, my work with Q-tips as material resulted from what initially could have been discarded material from my studio practice.
 
The Q-tip Garland Installation Series is based on the process of hand tying these colorful Q-tip relics into garlands in the way traditional flower garlands are created. This series connects me with memories of my childhood days when I made jasmine flower garlands with my mother. The process of this work is equally important as the finished product. I see the discarded Q-tip material as transformative. Woven together, they also reference DNA strands. Biological references are a constant with my work hand in hand with ideas of identity, feminism and women’s work. Embracing these references, this series gives a positive spin on how we can co-exist with our various genetic make-ups, sex and spirits in beauty. Through color and form, this series speaks to the potential of change, growth and transformation through simplicity. 

ARTIST STATEMENT 

Time-based meditative processes such as repetitive patterning and marking, weaving and stitching inform my art. Inspired by process, I used various tools sourced from everyday life to create my paintings as well as my installations and photographs. Bright and vibrant colors from my East Indian roots and heritage inspired by traditional Sari’s are transformed into new constructions used as source material for my photographs and as material for my installations. Examining ancient cultures with a focus on traditional notions of women’s work, my work is about making connections with those practices stemming background and vast travels within our contemporary landscape through abstraction.

Uma Rani Iyli is a San Francisco Bay Area artist working in mixed media installations, sculpture, paintings and photography.  Uma’s recent 2016/2015 accomplishments include the selection of her work as Juried winner in ArtSlant 3rd 2016 ArtSlant Price Showcase competition, ArtSpan group exhibit at stARTup Art Fair, San Francisco, "Abstract Catalyst Exhibition" in Portland, Exposed-Photography exhibit in Palo Alto’s Pacific Art League juried by Danny Sanchez of Themes + Projects, "Exposure Award" publication, ArtSpan 2015 guide competition, and the "Trending" WCA on-line exhibit and catalog. In addition, she was selected for the 2015-2016 ArtSpan Residency at the Journal Arts Building in San Francisco. Uma received ‘Juror’s choice’ award at “ArtSpan SF Open Studios in 2014 by juror Christo Oropeza and was featured in Broke-Ass Stuart’s feature about ArtSpan’s 2015 Open Studios written by Candice Cui.  Her works have been selected for national juried shows such as “WCA Best of 2014 Exhibition” and “Blue Planet”, an Eco-art exhibition presented by Pacific Region Women’s Caucus for Arts. Uma has also shown work in Public venues such as Saratoga Library, Menlo Park Library and SF Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Uma Rani Iyli was born in Bangalore, India, in 1974. She received her foundation art education at the College of Fine Arts, Bangalore. At twenty-one, she moved to United States. In 2003, she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts in Oakland. She currently lives in the Portola Valley and maintains her studio at the Journal Arts Building in San Francisco. 

RESUME

UPCOMING Exhibit:
2016 Wallpaper: Mirrored Identities at Midway Gallery, Opening Nov. 18th. San Francisco, CA.

RECENT Exhibits:
2015 ArtSpan Journal Bulinding Open Studios, San Francisco, CA
2016 Vision
: An Artist's Perspective, Kaleid Gallery, San Jose. Online Gallery and  Catalog  presented by Gutfreund Cornett Art and UniteWomen.org
2016 ArtSpan Group site stARTup Art Fair, Hotel Del Sol, San Francisco.
2016  Convergence: Journal Building Artists Residency Group Exhibit. 1295 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA.
2016 Mission Artists United Spring Open Studios: Journal Building Studios. (April 16-17, 12-6pm) 
2016 Trending: Contemporary Art Now!, Juror: Elizabeth Garvey, co-founder and owner of Garvey Simon Art Access,  Online Gallery and  Catalog  for the Women’s Caucus for Art exhibition

EXHIBITS and AWARDS

AWARDS
2016 ArtSlant Juried winner in ArtSlant 3rd 2016 ArtSlant Price Showcase competition.
2016 ArtSpan stARTup Art Fair group site, Hotel Del Sol, room 314, San Francisco, CA.
2016/2015 ArtSpan Artist-in-Residence, Journal Building, San Francisco, CA
2016 Trending: Contemporary Art Now!, Juror: Elizabeth Garvey, co-founder and owner of Garvey Simon Art Access,  Online Gallery and  Catalog  for the Women’s Caucus for Art exhibition
2015 Exposed- A Photography Exhibit, Juror: Danny Sanchez, gallery manager at Themes + Projects, San Francisco Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
2015 Finalists in ArtSpan's 2015 SF Open Studios Guide Cover Competition, Jurors: Guide Designer, Jeremy of Asterisk SF & ArtSpan staff, ArtSpan Open Studios, San Francisco, CA
2015 ArtSlant Showcase Winner in Round #4 of 2015 Showcase Competition cycle.
2014 Juror's Choice award: Juror Christa Oropeza, co-founder of Incline Galley, SF ArtSpan Open Studios Exhibition, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 WCA Best of 2014 Exhibition, National Juried show juried by WCA presidents: Janice Nesser-Chu, Priscilla Otani, and Brenda Oelbaum, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
2015 Fifth Annual Exposure Award for Publication of Exposure Award and Digital Display, See/Me. Art Photography Collection, Louvre Museum, Paris, France.
2010 Blue Planet: An Eco-Art Exhibit, National Juried Group Exhibition: Women's Caucus for the Art, Juror Artist Kim Abeles, SOMArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001 Mono print Honors Award, Cultural Arts Commission, City of South San Francisco, CA
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2002 Sculptural Installation “Rice Lore”, Irwin Center Gallery, California College of Arts, Oakland, CA
2001 Sculptural Installation “Sacred Space”, A21 Exhibition Space, California College of Arts, Oakland, CA
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 Vision: An Artist's Perspective, Kaleid Gallery, San Jose. Online Gallery and  Catalog  presented by Gutfreund Cornett Art and UniteWomen.org
2016 ArtSpan Group site stARTup Art Fair, Hotel Del Sol, San Francisco.

2016  Convergence: Journal Building Artists Residency Group Exhibit. 1295 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA.
2016 Mission Artists United Spring Open Studios: Journal Building Studios. (April 16-17, 12-6pm) 
2016 Trending: Contemporary Art Now!, Juror: Elizabeth Garvey, co-founder and owner of Garvey Simon Art Access,  Online Gallery and  Catalog  for the Women’s Caucus for Art exhibition
2016/2015 5th Anniversary Exhibit, Incline Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015 Resolution, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015 Exposed- A Photography Exhibit, Juror: Danny Sanchez, gallery manager at Themes + Projects, San Francisco Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
2015 Abstract Catylyst, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR
2015 ArtSpan Open Studios, Ft. Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
2015 ArtSpan Open Studios, Misho Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015 Splendor, RAW, Ruby Skye, San Francisco, CA
2015 ArtCrashers, On-line Exhibit
2014 SF ArtSpan Open Studios Exhibition, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 ArtSpan’s 12x12 Super Hub Group Show, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 ArtSpan Open Studios, Ruth’s Table Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 WCA Best of 2014 Exhibition, National Juried show juried by WCA presidents: Janice Nesser-Chu, Priscilla Otani, and Brenda Oelbaum, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
2013 Elements of Expression Exhibition, Art 29 Space, Chelsea, NY
2013 Painting/Monoprint, Saratoga Library, Saratoga, CA
2011 Painting/Monoprint, SF Convention and Visitors Bureau, San Francisco, CA
2010 Blue Planet: An Eco-Art Exhibit, National Juried Group Exhibition: Women's Caucus for the Art, Juror Artist Kim Abeles, SOMArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 Painting and Wall Installation, Menlo Park Library, Menlo Park, CA
2009 Painting and Wall Installation, Shelldance Orchid Gallery, Pacifica, CA
2009 Monoprint, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
2007 Graphic Design Exhibit, Micheal P. Vergas Gallery, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA.
2001 Monoprint and Sculptures, Olive Hyde Art Gallery, Fremont, CA
 
PRESS/PUBLICATIONS
2016 Catalog for Women’s Caucus for Art exhibition Trending: Contemporary Art Now!. Juror: Elizabeth Garvey, co-founder and owner of Garvey Simon Art Access.
2015 Cui, Candice. ARTISTS YOU SHOULDN’T MISS AT OPEN STUDIOS WKND 2, ArtSpan’s 2015 Open Studios. Broke-Ass Stuart. http://brokeassstuart.com/blog/2015/10/23/artists-you-shouldnt-miss-at-open-studios-wknd-2/ 
2015"Q-tip Connection-Red 1" was shown as part of Fifth Annual Exposure Award by See/Me.  The photograph is published in the books featuring select Exposure Award Collections, in the "Art Photography Collection" book.
2015 PersistenceArtSpan's 2015 SF Open Studios Guide Book. New Asterisk Press: San Francisco, Weekend 2: page 9 & 63 http://guide.artspan.org/2015/about....
2016/2015 American Art Collector. Juried Competition of New Work. Alcove Books: Berkeley.
2010 Blue Planet Catalog. Pacific Region Women’s National Juried Exhibition, Press: City.
2014 Rogers, Amanda N., WCAs Best of 2014. Blog. Feb 2014: http://amandanicolerogers.weebly.com/news/wcas-best-of-2014
2014 WCA Best of 2014 Calender July 2014-December 2015. National Juried show juried by Women’s Caucus for Art.
2010 Adrian, Amber. A Guide to Open Studios7x7: San Francisco. Oct 7, 2010 www.7x7.com/arts/guide-open-studios
 
AUCTIONS
2016  Art for Aids "Juried" Auction, San Francisco, CA . 
2016  ArtSpan "Juried" Auction, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA . 
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2010 ArtSpan Auction, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA