Where to from There? Juried Annual 2014
The Juried Annual presents a survey of Bay Area art at the creative edge. The title of the exhibition – Where to from There? – references Gertrude Stein’s famous quote about Oakland, “There is no there there.” Inspired by this oft-quoted phrase and Stein’s playful writing; Kemp selected works for the exhibition that are often absurd, humorous and disorienting, while still providing very real visual experiences.
Kemp says of the work in the show, "The works in this exhibition have social relevance in that they suggest new readings or mis-readings of received ideas and function as signposts of emancipatory thought. As I looked for visual pleasure I also was aware of ethical and social concerns in the works that connect them to contemporary dialogues that are simultaneously aesthetic and political. This is the type of work that can set an agenda for building, through visual conversations, a foundation of examples that could be used by future practitioners of art that calls for non-normative examples of beauty and happiness.”