IN THE SPACE BETWEEN | Jennifer Brandon, Masako Miyazaki, and Sandra Ono

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Accumulation, 2011 Lambda Print 30 X 22 Inches
IN THE SPACE BETWEEN | Jennifer Brandon, Masako Miyazaki, and Sandra Ono
Curated by: Svea Lin Soll

560 Second Street
Oakland, CA 94607
March 10th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

East Bay
photography, mixed-media, digital, conceptual, sculpture
Free Admission


March 3 - April 15, 2012
Gallery | IN THE SPACE BETWEEN | Jennifer Brandon, Masako Miyazaki, Sandra Ono
Project | Aurora Aquarius | Adam Hathaway

Reception Saturday, March 10, 2012 6-8pm

Swarm Gallery is pleased to present Jennifer Brandon, Masako Miyazaki and Sandra Ono in the group exhibition, IN THE SPACE BETWEEN, on view from March 3 - April 15, 2012. Adam Hathaway is featured in the project space.

On view in the gallery will be a selection of new works of multimedia including sculpture, photography and work on paper. Jennifer Brandon's photographic images consist of ephemeral forms she's created with materials associated with protection and comfort: cushions, batting, fabrics and threads that connect them. The work is grounded in the traditions of still-life; each photograph bares physicality rich in metaphor, unveiling a relationship with the body - wads, folds and tangles. She uses photography as the medium to hold these objects up for investigation.

Masako Miyazaki's works on paper focus on the forms that emerge and dissipate in the intermediate space between extremes. Her work strives to capture the temporal, shifting and adapting nature of life's living mass. What was yesterday is not today nor will it be tomorrow. This ceaseless state of change, the resulting flux of movement, and the denial of static forms and meanings define her work.

The body is a starting point for Sandra Ono's examination of different experiences and how it functions as an interface between material and concept. She uses inorganic and mass-produced, utilitarian products that come in close contact with the body. She then recontextualizes them to create non-functioning, organic and corporeal forms. All of her work is modular, built cell-by-cell, and becomes a physical documentation of time. She uses repetitive gestures to amass forms and give physical weight and dimension to different internal states.

The project space features a sound and light installation titled Aurora Aquarius, by Oakland-based artist Adam Hathaway. Adam's immersive installation attempts to bring the viewer's mind into an uncertain world, a gray space, beyond definition, that serves as the incubator of new ideas. Aurora Aquarius uses a disturbed water surface as a dynamic lens to create a patterned light projection. The base of Aurora Aquarius vibrates irregularly which distorts the water contained in the work's fish bowl. As light is projected through the surface of the water, the light projection becomes equally distorted. The result is an Aurora Borealis-like effect, emitting light projections that dance across the work's surroundings in an ever-changing display of color and pattern.