Artists Participating in Marking New Paths
In conjunction with the exhibition Making Our Mark, the Richmond Art Center has also invited Allan DeSouza, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art Practice, University of California Berkeley, to guest curate an exhibition, Marking New Paths, in the Community Gallery. The exhibition will include nine current MFA candidates presenting new works under the self-directed organization of the student cohort.
Marking New Paths initiates a conversation between artists, objects and audiences. While the notion of ‘mark making’ is more often associated with artistic originality, authenticity, and uncharted frontiers, for this exhibition ‘mark making’ proposes connections, intersections, and dialogue between different works. Conceptualized in this way, Marking New Paths choreographs practices and objects, not unlike “boundary objects”. Susan Leigh Star and James Griesemer first introduced the term boundary objects at the University of California-Berkeley in 1989, in a paper discussing the formation of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Star-Griesemer distinguished a “boundary object,” as “any object that is part of multiple social worlds and facilitates communication between them,” while also maintaining, “a different identity in each social world that it inhabits.” Current MFA candidates from the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley, present works which function similarly as boundary objects in mobile, expanding fields and provisional networks. Each artist’s work exists as satellite worlds, bringing together in conversation different backgrounds, materials, and approaches, defining, connecting and contextualizing their collective space.
Sarah-Dawn Albani practices theory. Her recent work confronts the isolation and anxiety of our digital age and its effects within our bodies. This confrontation becomes poetry, objects, sound, athletic action, family, home. Any practice that acknowledges and utilizes the physicality of being is taken up in an effort to consider the rapid changes to the physical that the virtual brings. Her most recent project is an examination of the power of magical thinking in an age of digital reason.
Takming Chuang‘s practice is primarily influenced by the ephemeral nature of the human form. He merges interests in the visual and performing arts, athletic training, and Buddhist philosophy to mitigate mortality through embodied research. Patterns of physical conditioning are experienced, collected, synthesized, and repeated. Various traditions of creative production are adapted to materialize the body in flux. Collectively, his work demonstrates and documents its capacity to expand, contract, heat, cool, bruise, heal, harden and soften. These transformative qualities express the body’s perpetual instability and allude to its cyclical potential.
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Nicki Green is a transdisciplinary artist based in San Francisco whose work focuses on craft processes and explores topics of history preservation, ornamentation and queer, trans and Jewish community dynamics. Originally from New England, she received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009 and has exhibited her work nationally, notably at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Annex in New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York. She has contributed to numerous publications including Bend Over Magazine (Berlin) and Maximum Rock n Roll (San Francisco.) In 2015, she received a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission to study the overlapping themes of Jewish mysticism and transgender bodies, and recently she was commissioned to produce a limited edition of neo-archival mugs commemorating the Gene Compton’s Cafeteria Riot for the San Francisco GLBT History Museum. She is a current MFA candidate in the department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley, and is represented by 2nd Floor Projects in San Francisco.
Behnaz Khaleghi is a photographer, video artist, filmmaker and sculptor. Originating from Iran, she is currently living in Berkeley, where she is pursuing an MFA in University of California Berkeley. She studied Physics as an undergraduate at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, and at the same time she followed her interest in a wide range of other fields like philosophy, literature, critical theory, cinema and art. All of that affected her practice in art conceptually and formally too, she practices art through an array of mediums and loves experimenting with all different tools of human creative expression.
Maggie Lawson uses various media, including, food, photography, performance, and installation, to reflect and inspire healing on personal and community levels. She creates rituals, often with mundane objects, in collaboration with participants. Maggie’s work focuses on issues that arise from how she and her community negotiate the current economic system as workers, as neighbors, and as the grandchildren of a family of origin. Her work draws on both personal experiences and observations of larger social and economic structures. Maggie’s art practice evolves out of her experience as an entrepreneur, chef, and teacher. Daily, she becomes skilled at about one of her most important mediums, food, as a personal chef and nutrition educator for her own business, The Heirloom Chef.
Shari Paladino is an Oakland-based artist, whose work is situated at the intersection of the social and sculptural. Informed by her neurodivergence and history with trauma, her practice engages different modes sensing and making sense, play, embodied sensory experience and language, including non-verbal, using a variety of methods, actions and media. Her current project includes a constellation of play based work, Habitas, focused on the domestic space. Shari was a UC Berkeley Arts and Research Center Fellow in 2016, as well the Eisner Prize recipient, for highest creative achievement in the Department of Art Practice. Her future projects include an Artist in Residence at the Jacob’s Hall for Design and Innovation at UC Berkeley. Shari holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Interdisciplinary Studies; Art, Education and Disability, 2015.
Nancy Sayavong received her BFA in sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been shown to the Board of Trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sullivan Galleries, and Fort Mason. Bending expectations, she has worked in skilled labor as a fabricator and has also taught high school to college-level students woodworking and metal fabrication. She now lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently pursuing her MFA at UC Berkeley.
Rachel Cardenas Stallings is an Oakland-based artist primarily working in painting,video, and performance. Many points of interest converge in her work, including Mormon Feminism, figurative abstraction in Latin American modernism, and humor.Originally from Utah,she earned her BFA in Studio Art from Brigham Young University in 2013 and is currently an MFA candidate in Art Practice at UC Berkeley. She has exhibited throughout Utah and Arizona and most recently participated in a group show at Ada Gallery in Richmond,VA. She is the co-founder and co-director of an artist-run exhibition and event space called Lago Projects in Oakland, CA.