Ghost in The Hay: Kim Bennett, Maysha Mohamedi,
Laurie Reid and Elizabeth Russell

Thursday, September 24th - Sunday, October 25th
Opening Reception: Friday, October 2nd, 6-9 pm

The title for this four-person show refers to both the former life of the Interface Gallery space as a horse stable in the early 20th century as well as to these artists’ interest in the “ghosts” present in their own work. These four artists all make work in a variety of mediums and dimensions and invite carryover from one project to the next as well as from each other and other close influences. Often using their own work as “found” material for their next series of investigations, themes and forms emerge and re-emerge over time in practices that are distinctly cyclical in nature.

These artists share a common interest in geometry and other systems of representation only to disrupt them, questioning and challenging these systems’ ability to communicate. Working in states of constant interruption, they find a certain stillness there—a moment where a distillation occurs and a chance for new meaning becomes possible.

Rebeca Bollinger, Dana Hemenway and Sean Talley

August 20th - September 20th
Opening Reception: Friday, September 4th, 6-9 pm

Interface Gallery is pleased to present gesture/fragment/trace, featuring new work by Rebeca Bollinger, Dana Hemenway and Sean Talley. Loosely connected by the fragmentary, gestural nature of their work, these artists each create objects that function as traces or records - be it of a process, memory, story or specific thing. They are cast, shaped and extruded, minimalistic and iterative. Beyond these relationships, their practices—subjects, materials and approaches—are as distinct as they are interesting.

Bollinger works with fragments, storytelling and archives, responding to the fluidity of the way
the mind makes meaning. Her works function like snapshots from a larger stream, presenting traces and remnants and exploring the conflation of solid and ephemeral. Bollinger’s piece in this exhibition stems from her thinking about dementia and the mind as a kind of disintegrating archive.

Hemenway presents silicone and urethane casts of brass and steel mounts that are used to support and conserve objects in the collection of Oakland Museum of California. No longer hinged to the objects they once so carefully supported, the shapes take on a strange sense of chance. Existing both as referent and something new, they invite questions about the line between artistic production and labor. Finally, Talley makes meticulous graphite-powder drawings that start out as whimsical laptop doodles. These are accompanied by more spontaneous steel sculptures that playfully echo marks and gestures in the drawings.

Gesture/fragment/trace allows space for viewers to fully engage with the conceptual and poetic aspects of each of these artists' work, independent of one another. Meanwhile, the proximity of the work invites interesting resonances and connections to emerge.

Lana Williams: no uniform
Wednesday, July 8th - Sunday, August 16th
Opening Reception: Friday, July 10th, 6-9 pm

same no same
no same same

out in—difference no difference
signal, sign, gesture

the change spreads, you find it on the floor, soft or cold, it only hopes to open windows
flow, fold rigid, hold on to letting go

there is always more to the thing—infinite loops

Interface Gallery is pleased to present no uniform, a solo exhibition of new work by Lana Williams. Williams will present a series of paintings, sculpture and hand painted silk as part of this exhibition.

Using similar methods of painting on the silk and the canvas, Williams highlights how subtle differences in material can influence perceptions of value. Through her layering of mediums and attention to display she seeks to reveal failures in culturally designated value systems.

William’s choice of colors, gestures, and marks stem from her interest in how dress is influenced by these systems, but can also be used subversively in coded ways and express the fluidity of identity. The exhibition takes its name from Williams’ memory of “no uniform Fridays” at the school she attended when she was a kid–a time of exploring the balance between individuality and fitting in.

A small, limited edition book with prints of Williams' drawings will be released with the exhibition.

Elizabeth Bernstein: Nothing Is Sacred and Everything Is Sacred
Wednesday, June 3rd - Sunday, July 5th
Opening Reception: Friday, June 5th, 6-9pm

This June, Interface Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of photographs by Elizabeth Bernstein.

Nothing is Sacred and Everything is Sacred presents seven photographs by Bernstein that are drawn from her investigations into daily life, specifically the private spaces where we establish our routines and spend our time. Utilizing a minimalist sensibility, Bernstein subtly reveals the complex psychology of such spaces and the meaning they can contain. The compositions, both found and constructed, are visually bare and straightforward yet convey nuanced emotions. Whether recording a lone sponge in a shower stall, a spot of light on a floor, or bodies alone or entwined, the works reveal a sacred presence in the most mundane subjects and encounters.

almost (IS ) is
New Work by Teresa Baker and Jaimie Healy

Wednesday, April 29th - Sunday, May 31st
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1st, 6-9 pm Book Release: Thursday, May 21st, 6 pm

Interface Gallery is pleased to present almost (IS) is, an exhibition of new work by Teresa Baker and Jaimie Healy.

Healy and Baker both merge sculpture and painting in their practices in inventive ways, incorporating mundane, odd and even ugly materials in simple, expressive gestures. They allow raw, unfinished qualities to express a potent space between formlessness and form. Both artists' processes are highly intuitive as they seek a state where their work “almost is."

For Baker, this is the moment in her process when her work just begins to take on it's own formal presence, to evoke something concrete, yet it is stopped there and thus remains open. For Healy, there is an intentional desire to produce a feeling of the work being unresolved–as a poetic gesture and a philosophical stance in favor of irrationality and intuition. For both artists, "almost" is a moment filled with expressive potential.

This exhibition will involve an installation of the artists' paintings and objects in conversation with one another. A book about Healy and Baker's work–with an essay by Suzanne L'Heureux–will also be released.

(Image Credit: Jaimie Healy, floor piece, Teresa Baker, wall piece, photo courtesy of Hasain Rasheed Photography)

C. Ursula Cipa | beyond which the sun can do no more
April 2015

Powercall: A mobile, micro energy commons | marksearch
Wednesday, March 4th - Sunday, March 29th
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6th, 6-9 pm

This March, Interface Gallery presents, Power Call - a nomadic, interactive energy commons, designed by marksearch (Sue Mark + Bruce Douglas). Using low-tech systems, Power Call harnesses, stores and dispenses energy for recharging a variety of cell phones. Anyone can contribute to the energy commons by spending a few minutes pumping the machine, creating a charge for yourself or a future person in need. The amount of energy generated will be relatively small, enough to make a meaningful last phone call or text message. In exchange for participation, we ask that you share your story on a rotating public message board.

Who would you call if you had only this one last call? What would you say?

Power Call relies on good will to generate energy while simultaneously diffusing the anonymity of people in public spaces. In order for the energy commons to function, passers-by engage in an unusual and collaborative experience.

This project creatively brings together contemporary issues around hand held technology and social spaces, environmental concerns about a need for alternative energy sources, and anxiety over natural disasters and a potential state of emergency, where figuring out ways to work together to share