The Company You Keep: An Installation by Kelly Inouye
Friday, November 1st - Sunday, December 1st
Opening Reception, Friday, November 1st, 6-9 pm
This November, Kelly Inouye will expand upon her ongoing series, The Company you Keep, by creating a large-scale installation for Interface Gallery.
The Company You Keep references Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, the archetypal nature show in which Marlin Perkins sent Jim Fowler to study animal behavior in particularly dramatic made-for-TV ways. A riveting nature show in its time, Wild Kingdom might also be seen as a strange mechanism for advertising insurance.
Equal parts anthropological study and comedic send-up, Inouye’s installation examines the show as a time capsule reflecting the mentality of the era in which it was created. Themes explored include: the application of science to investigate mysteries of the natural world, the use of language to elevate the importance of a project, having the best intentions but being unable to foresee unintended consequences, and above all, Man’s classic literary struggle with Nature. Inouye's work highlights the incongruity of the show's slogans considering the current state of our healthcare system and reveals almost sinister undertones of the show's patriarchal tropes.
Inouye's installation consists of large drawings, handmade wallpaper, an interactive sculpture, and a recreation of part of the Wild Kingdom set. There will also be a small reading area featuring texts that address the complications associated with the intersection of science and entertainment.
Inouye has long been fascinated with the idea of collective memory and it’s more obscure aspects. Her work has been exhibited nationally at venues including Morgan Lehman Gallery and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York and Southern Exposure and the Berkeley Art Center in the Bay Area. Her paintings have also been featured in Watercolor Magazine and New American Paintings. She is a graduate of UC San Diego in La Jolla (BA 1998) and The San Francisco Art Institute (MFA 2008). This will be her first large scale installation-based project and brings an exciting new direction to the themes she explores.
A limited edition print, drawn from Inouye's series of drawings has been commissioned by Interface Gallery and will be released with the show opening.
Dust Prints and the Fall
Recent Work by Caroline Hayes Charuk and Kelli Yon
Wednesday, October 2nd - Sunday, October 27th
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4th, 6-9 pm
This October, Interface Gallery presents two solo installations by artists Kelli Yon and Caroline Hayes Charuk. While installed independently, the two bodies of work share potent resonances, conversing across the axis of the gallery and heightening the presence of one another.
Yon’s The Fall is a series of large, immersive photographic prints taken in a dense, decaying forest. The images are crisp and visceral, capturing a vivid sense of the cycles of life, of transition and transformation.
Charuk’s subtle, minimalist Dust Prints are quite different visually, yet similarly engage with the concept of ephemerality both through her process and her resultant images. The Dust prints are created by tossing a muslin sack full of dry concrete mix onto a wet sheet of paper. The prints capture an instant of impact, and the subsequent settling of the cloud of dust.
Each artists' presentation includes installation elements on the floor that enhance the impact of their works on the wall -- Yon presents a small video and sound element embedded in a tree trunk; Charuk, a limp, animal like form – one of the muslin and concrete "sacks" used to make her dust prints. The limp lifeless shape of the latter clearly relates to the decaying trees in Yon’s work.
The works from each presentation are in a kind of feedback loop with themselves, while also being in a cross dialogue with one another. Both comment on the cycles of life and contain a poetic quietude as well as a subtle violence.
* Printing of photographs for Yon's installation was made possible by a Loop Arts Grant.
Recent Work by Teresa Baker, Claire Colette and Lana Williams
Wednesday, September 4th - Sunday, September 29th
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6th, 6-9 pm
Interface Gallery is pleased to present Heightened Subjectivity, featuring recent work by Lana Williams, Claire Colette and Teresa Baker. Each of these artists is working with a compelling abstract visual language that is highly subjective. Their work conveys an immediacy of feeling that is both concrete and open to infinite interpretation.
Colette's delicate graphite renderings capture subtle psychic states, while Williams' bold gestures, vibrant colors, and diverse mark making convey a sense of spontaneity and playfulness. Meanwhile, Baker's highly reduced mixed media works, combining painted fabric, wood, and shaped foam, evoke an oddly visceral response with just a few elements.
All three artists explore the tension between surface and depth, chance and conscious construction. These formal tensions support the artists' shared desire to present a space or state that is unfamiliar, uncertain, or in between. Williams speaks of "addressing the space between temporality and permanence," Colette of evoking "that which lies between the phenomelogical and the empirical," and Baker describes her process as creating "another space."
Tuning into these "other spaces" or spaces between, the viewer experiences a heightened subjectivity that points to the subjectivity of experience itself.
Perceptual Shifts: Recent Work by Chandra Baerg
Friday, August 2nd - Saturday, August 31st
Opening Reception, Friday August 2nd, 6-9 pm
Interface Gallery is pleased to present, Perceptual Shifts, a solo exhibition of recent work by Chandra Baerg. Baerg's quiet, minimalistic works stem from a dynamic practice in which she fuses painting and drawing with everyday building materials, specifically drywall. Interested in exploring geometry, dimensionality and light, Baerg alters this mundane material through techniques like cutting, scoring, stacking and the application of subtle reflected color.
Baerg is influenced by her background in architecture and an interest in how people perceive and interact with constructed environments. Her work often reveals how subtle shifts made to commonplace objects like a basic wall surface can lead to transformative and even uncanny experiences.
Perceptual Shifts will include recent drawings, paintings and objects by Baerg as well as a site specific installation.
Chandra Baerg is a 2013 graduate of San Francisco Art Institute's MFA program and was recently selected for Navigating the New, Pro Arts Gallery's Bay Area Currents Exhibition, a critically acclaimed juried exhibition showcasing the region's top emerging artists.
Just Make Something
Wednesday, June 5th - Sunday, June 30th
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14th, 6-9pm
This June at Interface Gallery, Luca Antonucci and Carissa Potter of Colpa introduce a great curatorial concept - "Just Make Something" - which challenges artists who work together as curators to work together to make art. Featuring limited edition objects created by local curatorial teams - Et Al Projects (Aaron Harbour, Jackie Im and Facundo Argañaraz), Stairwell's (Carey Lin and Sarah Hotchkiss) and The Popular Workshop (Andy Hawgood and Nate Hooper).
Wanderers in a Sea of Fog
Wednesday, May 1st - Saturday, June 1st
Opening Reception Friday May 3rd, 6-9pm
Interface Gallery is pleased to present a beautiful series of images by Tressa Pack, capturing wanderers at San Francisco's Ocean Beach enveloped in white fog. The exhibition consists of four large photographs (between 42” by 55” to 60" by 88”) all shot using an 8x10 camera on particularly foggy mornings. The figures' total envelopment in these photographs lends a heightened sense of presence and is reminiscent of nineteenth century paintings of the sublime.
Arriving at Ocean Beach around 7 am and staying for a number of hours or until the fog lifted, Pack would wait for people to emerge from the fog and into the plane of focus. All their reflexive gestures, be it in clothing, facial expression or gesticulation are recorded in detail. The large scale of the prints allows Pack to both represent the overwhelming, sublime aspects of the landscape and take advantage of the resolution within an 8 by 10 negative to render the relatively small figures completely visible.
Unlike common nineteenth century Romantic representations of the sublime, the figures face the viewer, displaying their direct relationship with their environment. The result is often very contemporary and sometimes comical, where the figures seem unaware, or uninterested in the massive primordial fog that envelops them.
Printing and mounting of photographs in this exhibition was made possible by a Loop Arts Grant and a stipend provided by Interface Gallery.
Pack has also created a 16” by 20” hand bound book of the series to accompany the exhibition.
Manzanita, Yarrow, Nettles, Sweet Gum, and Jade
Wednesday, April 3rd - Saturday, April 27th
Opening Reception Friday April 5th, 6-9pm
Throughout April, Interface Gallery becomes a studio/laboratory/workshop space for exploring and visualizing the invisible qualities of medicinal plants familiar to the Bay Area - stimulating the senses and inspiring wonder at the rich possibilities that the plants around us offer.
In this ongoing, process-oriented exhibition, artists Susanne Cockrell, Sasha Duerr, Alyssa Pitman and Suzanne L'Heureux will collaboratively represent their research and experimentation with specific local plants. Additionally, they will convene in the gallery each Thursday, from 4-6 pm, to engage in new explorations and visualize their discoveries. These "Thursday Sessions" will include activities such as tasting kefir waters infused with new medicinal plants each week, and helping brew natural dyes, made with medicinal plants found in the surrounding Temescal neighborhood. Each week a new "neighborhood dye" will be brewed!
Allowing for further collaboration and experimentation, gallery neighbor, Nicholas Weinstein of Homestead Apothecary, has scheduled a series of workshops that will take place at Interface Gallery on Sunday afternoons throughout April. Planned together with Interface Gallery's support, these workshops will be open and free to the public.
Sundays 2-4 pm @ Interface Gallery
Spaces limited! Hold a space by RSVP'ing: email@example.com
In the Kitchen: Herbs and Nutrition with Jennifer Lung
In this workshop, we will take a look at a handful of selected fresh and dried herbs and discuss their benefits, nutritional properties and their application in the kitchen.
Growing Medicinal Herbs in the Garden with Robin Pickard-Richardson
Making Flower and Gem Essences with Jenny Pao
April 28th (lasts until 5 pm)
An Introduction to Western Herbal Medicine with Joshua Muscat
(see instructor bios below)
Interface Gallery is able to offer a small stipend to instructors for their time thanks to support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Further donations greatly appreciated!
An open studio and laboratory
Thursdays 4-6 pm, throughout April
At these Thursday collaborations, artists Susanne Cockrell, Alyssa Pitman, Suzanne L'Heureux, and Sasha Duerr will be in the gallery experimenting with local, medicinal plants. Visitors are invited to talk with the artists and join in on our experiments. Activities include, sampling newly infused natural Kefir soda waters and brewing natural dyes with Sasha Duerr, of CCA and Permacouture Institute, who will be making a new neighborhood dye each week using medicinal plants from the surrounding Temescal neighborhood.
Workshop Instructor Bios:
Joshua Muscat is an herbalist in his eighteenth year of clinical practice, and has been formally studying herbal medicine for the past twenty-two years. He is the founder and owner of the San Francisco Botanical Medicine Clinic, dedicated to providing effective and affordable health care. His education in the art of herbalism includes studies at the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine, the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, as well as studied with Chuck Garcia, a Curendero, and with Herbalist Karyn Sanders.
Jenny Pao is a Holistic Healing Practitioner specializing in Quantum Energetics Structured Therapy and Flower Essence Therapy. She makes custom formulas for her clients for emotional and mental balance. Her stock formulas such as "Sleep" and "DeStress" were developed to bring people relief from daily stress. Jenny launched the product line in late 2007 with the encouragement of her clients and family.
Jenny believes that wellness begins with balance of body and mind and that physical well-being follows. She likes to think of herself as the 'flower ambassador' sharing the messages of the flowers to the world at large - to live, bloom, and thrive!
Jennifer Lung is a self-taught chef, passionate about simple, good food. She began her culinary journey in her own kitchen laboratory which led itself to other kitchens. Over the past 4 years, she has served as the vegan chef at yoga retreats and yoga centers, the lead vegan chef at a corporate café, and has also trained as a raw foods chef at the Tree of Life resort. Her cooking style and menu reflects various approaches to cooking food (macrobiotic, raw, Ayurveda) and also the various regions around the world from where she has traveled, as she is continuously inspired to veganize global cuisine. Jennifer is committed to giving light, love, and energy into the food she prepares and serves. She is also a private chef, cooking instructor, caterer, and to balance things out, a yoga teacher and practitioner. She is the author of the vegan cookbook The Bhakti Kitchen: A Yogic Way to Vegan Cooking.
Infinitely Bound: New Work by 3 Bay Area Artists
March 1st through March 29th
Opening Reception Friday March 1st, 6-9pm
Interface Gallery is pleased to present, Infinitely Bound, a multi-media installation of new work by Michael McConnell, Masako Miki and Crystal Morey.
Deeply aware of the infinite ways that all living beings are interdependent, each of these artists imaginatively engages animal imagery to provoke thought about how we interact with other species and our environment and what implications this will have for the future of our planet. Works presented in this show touch on themes such as genetic mutation and evolution, the imbalance of the natural order due to human influence, and the psycho-spiritual impacts of our destructive relationship to nature.
In addition to new works created independently, the artists will present a collaborative, interactive sculpture that invites viewers to actively engage with the subject matter, making connections and stimulating new ideas.
And the Crowd Had Rushed Together, Trying to Keep Warm
New Work by Alicia Escott
January 30th - February 24th
Opening Reception, Friday February 1st, 6-9 pm
Interface Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Alicia Escott.
Throughout her career, Escott has been exploring what it means to bear witness to the anthropocene and one of the greatest periods of global change. Continuing with this theme in her solo show at Interface Gallery, Escott presents works that both subtly and overtly evoke the unfulfilled utopic visions of the 1960’s and 70s: the show's title is a line taken from a pop song released in 1970. The song, like Escott’s work, alludes to both a hope for its time and a sober awareness of the history of humanity and the force of evolution.
Works in this show take a look at consumer culture and the tropes of advertising while ultimately, underscoring a sense of both the fragility and futility of the human condition. Through a combination of drawings, sculpture, photographs, videos, and text, “And the Crowd Had Rushed Together, Trying to Keep Warm,” evokes an ideal that, while we watch it commodified before us, we still long for… and continues to elude us.
Read the reviews:
Alicia Escott at Interface Gallery | The Wild Magazine | Abigail Doan
Alicia Escott's Vision | The San Francisco Chronicle | Kimberly Chun
January 4th - January 26th
Opening Reception, Friday January 4th, 6-9 pm
Stop/Motion is a series of film and animation related experiences at Interface Gallery throughout the month of January. The program includes screenings, a workshop, and an installation by artists Sarah Klein, Lydia Greer and Ellen Lake. Meanwhile, throughout the month, Interface Gallery director, Suzanne L'Heureux, will be using the gallery to produce her own stop motion animation.
Instant Vintage, an installation by Ellen Lake
Friday, January 4th - Sunday, January 6th
“Instant Vintage” is an installation combining vintage home movies with digital media today to explore relationships between past/present and the perception of time/memory. This work delves into the evolution of technology and the fluid nature of time and space.
For a brief period (1939-1942) the diacetate Kodachrome film produced lush color that appears today perfectly preserved, as opposed to triacetate film (post 1942) that does not hold up nearly as well. Mining 16mm films from that picture-perfect era, this project combines site-specific contemporary elements with old films and film stills to create digital prints and short animations. “Instant Vintage” explores stopping time, speeding up time, and time travel by fusing past and present objects – electronics, furniture, kitchenware – within solitary photographs and within contemporary video, playing with the visual cues we use to establish time and place.
STOP & GO 3-D: A Stop-Motion Animation Festival curated by Sarah Klein
Friday, January 11th, 7 pm
Stop & Go 3-D presents a broad range of emerging works in the field of stop-motion animation, and pushes the boundaries of cinematic possibility by showcasing a diversity of techniques. The short films play with perceptual illusion and 3-D experimentation.
The screening program is curated by Bay Area animator Sarah Klein and has work from 27 artists. All audience members will receive a pair of complimentary red/cyan-colored glasses to be able to view the four animations that are in 3-D.
Animations are by Santiago Caicedo de Roux, David Daniels, Iemke van Dijk, Joey Fauerso, José Heerkens, Gilbert Hsiao, Kalle Johansson & Bendik Kaltenborn, Sarah Klein & David Kwan, Abbey Luck & Sean Donnelly, Jodie Mack, Brian McClave, Claudia Molitor & Gavin Peacock, Kate Nartker, Mel Prest & Andrew Kleindolph, Johan Rijpma, Albert Roskam, Tal Rosner, Jennifer Schmidt, Molly Schwartz, Wade Shotter & Yukfoo Animation, Jeanne Stern and Mark de Weijer.
Further information can be found at http://www.stopandgoshow.com/latest.html
Stop Motion Animation Workshop with Lydia Greer - 7 and older - appropriate for kids or adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, January 19th 2-5 pm
Splitting the Frame: A screening and artists' talk featuring contemporary animation and video by 5 Bay Area artists. Saturday, January 26th, 7 pm
David Gregory Wallace
Art is a Gift
Works by over 15 Bay Area Artists!
December 7th - December 23rd
Opening Reception, Friday, December 7th, 6-9 pm
Art is a Gift is a curated exhibition of beautiful and engaging affordable original works and prints by over 15 Bay Area artists in various stages of their careers. The exhibition is intended as a fundraiser to help support Interface Gallery - an alternative art space dedicated to highlighting the work of emerging Bay Area artists who are critically exploring the human relationship to our environment in diverse and engaging ways.
Interface Gallery's mission is inspired by the concept that "art is a gift" and as such seeks to focus on the way that art serves to enrich and inform our lives as opposed to its commercial potential. However, art is also a wonderful gift, literally, and 'tis the season to exploit gift-giving!
Artists Include: Kelly Inouye, Mary Anne Kluth, Carissa Potter, Luca Antonucci, Lena Wolff, Miriam Klein Stahl, Gina Tuzzi, Kara Nelson, Afton Love, Keith Wilson, Laleh Latini, Clare Szlydowski, Tressa Pack, Maureen Sheilds, Nicholas Bohac, Elise Mahan, Nathanial Parsons, and mid century modern painter Hildegaard Haas.
Reveries and Elegies
December 22nd and December 23rd, 4 pm.
Reveries and Elegies is Mary Armentrout's new site specific performance project - "a shifting, wandering installation that is trying to deal with a shifting, ungraspable subject: change, loss, dislocation."
It is taking place in 8 Different Bay Area locations and will be at Interface Gallery on Saturday December 22nd and Sunday, December 23rd at 4 pm each day.
seating is VERY limited and shows will sell out - get your tickets early!
tickets only thru Eventbrite - no tickets at the door
Learn More HERE
Opening Reception, Friday November 2nd, 6-9pm
EAST BAY EXPRESS ARTICLE
This exhibition made possible by the following sponsors:
Interface Gallery presents Food Shift, an exhibition dedicated to exploring the social, environmental, and human impacts of wasted food.
This exhibition is inspired by and designed to call attention to the work of Bay Area organization, Food Shift. Food Shift is dedicated to engaging, educating, and empowering communities to reduce food waste.
Works presented and interactive activities offered during this exhibition look critically at problems within our current food system and present creative alternatives that engage the public as part of the solution.
EVENTS: (scroll down for full event descriptions)
Live Silkscreening Event at Opening Reception - Friday, November 2nd 6-9 pm
Westlands: The Politics of Water and Agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley: A Discussion with artist Cynthia Hooper - Saturday, November 3rd, 1-3 pm
Dinner to Dye For - Sunday, November 4th, 4:00 pm ORDER TICKETS
Film Screening of Dive: Living Off America's Waste, followed by a discussion with Dana Frasz, director of Food Shift and Special Guest, Dana Gunders - Wednesday, November 7th, 6 pm
Foraged Fruit Forever! A FREE preserve making demonstration - Sunday, November 11th 1-3 pm
Roundtable Discussion: Rethinking Systems to Promote Sustainability - Wednesday, November 14th, 6-8 pm
WILD & FREE
October 3rd - October 28th
Opening Reception Friday, October 5th 6-9 pm
Mary Ann Kluth, “…and worse than all the rest, over big bowlders for a mile or two—bowlders piled thick together as only the sea can pile them.” (sic) p.51, archival inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper, 36 x 48 inches, 2012 (Represented by Gallery Wendi Norris)
Inspired by Gary Snyder's The Etiquette of Freedom, this exhibition explores the way western culture typically thinks about and relates to wildness. In so doing, it also attempts to visualize an alternative more holistic relationship to the environment, which, for Snyder, is the path to true freedom. Included works interrogate mythic constructs of sublime and abundant nature and critique how the landscape has been packaged and sold under the auspices of the American Dream. They also draw from the good humor, simplicity, and gratitude that Snyder finds in nature and believes "brings us close to the actually existing world and its wholeness."
Opening Reception: Including an interactive carving experience with artist Nathaniel Parsons - Friday, October 5th, 6-9 pm
Artist Talk: Mary Anne Kluth, Nathaniel Parsons, and Clare Szydlowski - Sunday, October 14th, 4 pm
Field Trip! To see Manifest Destiny (pictured left) - a temporary, site specific installation in San Francisco, commissioned by Southern Exposure (scheduled to be taken down on October 27th!) - Saturday, October 20th - Meet at the site at 12:30 pm. Lunch and discussion after. Contact gallery for details.
Carving and Talking with artist Nathaniel Parsons - Sunday, October 21st 1-3 pm
September 5th - September 30th
Opening Reception, Friday, September 7th, 6-9 pm
Interface Gallery is excited to announce its inaugural exhibition - in·ter·face. An interface is a common boundary, a point of contact, something that joins, causes to interact, mediates and predicts or shapes behavior.
Works in this exhibition explore the concept of interface in diverse and engaging ways. Participating artists are exploring themes such as: how our values and perceptions are mediated, how we navigate through space, engage with our surroundings and communicate with one another.
Opening Reception - Gallery Social with interactive activities - Friday, September 7th, 6-9 pm
A dialogue with CCA professors, Ted Purves and Susanne Cockrell - Sunday, September 9th, 1-3 pm
Free Introductory Breema Workshop with Yasmin Bar-Dor of The Breema Center - Sunday, September 16th, 1-3 pm