Reclamation: New Trends in Bay Area Collage and Assemblage
Studio Quercus is pleased to present an exhibition curated by acclaimed artist Jamie Brunson.
Reclamation: New Trends in Bay Area Collage and Assemblage will include selections by regional artists who have introduced fresh content and technique into the practice of cut-paper collage and found object assemblage, injecting these traditions with new vitality and possibilities. Reclamation will open on September 2, in conjunction with the Oakland Art Murmur's First Friday.
Reclamation will highlight new approaches to process and content including digitalization, collaboration, abstraction, and politicization. While some of these methods extend the working processes that have conventionally been used to fabricate collage and assemblage, others influence the content in this contemporary work.
Playful, mysterious, narrative, evocative, critical, and tactile, thirteen contemporary artists introduce new material and conceptual approaches to the traditions of collage and assemblage through their work:
Susan Danis—assemblage; Mieko Hara—mixed media collage; Daniel Healey—collage; John Hundt—collage; Clint Imboden—assemblage; Stephen Keyton—assemblage; David King—collage; Michael Mew—digital mixed media collage; Catie O’Leary—collage; Sarah Ratchye—collage paintings; Inez Storer—mixed media collage; Tag Team (Tim Sharman & Walter Robinson)—collaborative mixed media collage
Jamie Brunson is a painter, teacher, critic and independent curator. She studied painting at the California College of the Arts (BFA, 1978) and at Mills College (MFA, 1983). As an independent curator, Brunson focuses on presenting the work of lesser-known or emerging artists in conjunction with work by established, mature artists to underscore the equivalences in their work. She also looks for patterns of ideological or thematic connection within the regional arts community. Brunson believes that working artists often have access to, and recognize, accomplished artists who have been overlooked by the commercial art establishment. She uses her curatorial practice to bring these artists to the forefront, by creating a context for their work.