Bay Area Currents 2009

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Bay Area Currents 2009
Curated by: Kevin B. Chen

1611 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA
June 23rd, 2009 - July 24th, 2009
Opening: June 25th, 2009 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mon-Fri 9-5


Bay Area Currents, a juried exhibition open to artists from the nine counties touching the bay, is an annual survey of work highlighting a depth and multitude of practices, aesthetics, and media in the region. This exhibition of 11 artists was narrowed down from an initial pool of 286 submissions and 26 subsequent studio visits, and collectively embody four main areas of exploration: the relationship between nature and humanity and the unanticipated results of this fusion, the prevalence and consequences of a predominant consumer culture, the manifestation of identity and personality through the increasingly dying medium of handwritten text, and the world individually depicted through portraiture. These artists utilize traditional media in new, inventive ways, and stake out fresh territory with resourceful and novel means of image and art production. We are extremely fortunate to have such a vibrant, creative, and consistently inquisitive community of artists in the Bay Area, whose work asks us to see daily life with reinvigorated perspective and solicits both an emotional and intellectual response to broad issues
and concerns affecting all of us. I hope that you not only can look at these works with a curious eye towards each artist's particular method and execution producing these works and reflect upon the larger questions they address through artistic means, but also to continue to explore and support the many artists and organizations that make our region such a culturally rich and rewarding place.

Juror Bio

Kevin B. Chen is Program Director for the Visual Arts. Literary Series, and Jazz at Intersection for the Arts, and has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community for over 15 years as a curator, arts administrator, and visual artist.