Visions from the New California
Curated by Mark Steven Greenfield (for 18th Street Arts Center) and Lauren Davies (for Kala Art Institute in San Francisco), this two-city exhibition features recipients of the Alliance of Artists Communities' 'Visions from the New California' Award. With openings in both Los Angeles (at 18th Street on April 14th) and San Francisco (at Kala Art Institute on May 18th), Visions surveys the dynamic approaches and sensibilities of artists working in California. Artists featured at 18th Street: Ala Ebtekar, Joanne Hashitani, Prajakti Jayavant, Bessma Khalaf, Matthew Mullins, John Ruszel, Ethan Turpin, Suné Woods, Andre Woodward
Curator Mark Steven Greenfield says: "There are few occasions when the breadth of work in a group exhibition so serendipitously finds its own cohesion. Consistent themes of "pan-culturalism" are thematically present in the work, as well as in the diverse backgrounds of the artists. The work also suggests a rethinking of long held notions of the contemporary Californian aesthetic as envisioned by a cross-section of artists representing ideas with decidedly global perspectives. The exhibition features works that deal with issues of race, sex, gender, redefinitions of constructionism, new minimalism, early photography, nostalgic meditations, and the interplay between nature and the man-made."