Bay Area Currents 2009
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.
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.