Borders (Juried Exhibition)

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Borders (Juried Exhibition)

1131 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
July 7th, 2010 - July 27th, 2010
Opening: July 10th, 2010 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

(415) 8633-7668
Wed-Sat 2-6 and by appointment
juried mixed-media installation video-art sculpture


Root Division is thrilled to exhibit work by 23 artists from 9 states, representing 9 ethnicities, exploring how we define and interact with the borders that surround us. Borders, an exhibition about lines and how we cross them, includes a range of art forms such as interactive sculpture, video, photography, installation, performance, and new media.

Borders form an edge that can define geographical, political, religious, biological, or aesthetic entities. They are places between things, places where one thing becomes another, places where identities shift and where an end becomes a beginning. Borders can be indistinct, such as those separating gender, or glaringly obvious, like those between warring countries. A border can be a place of control and limits, or it can present an opportunity for new unions. The simplest boundary might be a line drawn in the sand, the most complex: one that governs social behavior.

The artists in this show touch on a variety of these themes and encourage the viewer to re-evaluate the political, geographical, and moral divisions that define our current condition.

Juried by:
Julio Cesar Morales: Adjunct Curator, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Visiting Faculty, SFAI; Artist
Lucy Kalyani Lin: Artist, Independent Curator, & Program Associate, SF Arts  Commission Michelle Mansour: Executive Director, Root Division; Curator; Artist


Participating Artists:

Michael Boonstra

Jessica Cadkin

Venetia Dale

Crisanta de Guzman

Dean Dempsey

Fiamma di Montezemolo

Susan Doyle

Gaby Esteves

Hyeon Kim

Cathy Lu*

Annabel Manning

John K. Melvin

Leigh Merrill

Susannah Mira

Mimi Moncier

Scott Polach

Maggie Preston

Tori Purcell

Maja Ruznic

Kyle Sharp

Ian Treasure

Scott Tsuchitani

Kit Yi Wong

*Root Division Resident Artist

Opening Reception:Saturday, July 10th, 7-10 pm
Exhibition Dates: July 7th – 27th, 2010
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 2-6 pm (or by appointment)
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