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End in Sight

Three Artists’ Bittersweet Journey Through a Pandemic

Online Artists’ Talk: Thursday, June 24, 7-8pm PST CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Online Exhibition: June 2 – July 8, 2021

Three artists – Elishes Cavness, Tiffany Conway and Marva – will discuss their journey through the Covid-19 pandemic in a special online artists talk on Thursday, June 24, 7pm to 8pm. These three Richmond artists have studios very close to each other, and over the past eighteen months have developed a special bond. As Cavness says, “We are a unique three. We’ve supported each other. We’ve been in contact. We created a community of three.”

Presented here in conjunction with the artists’ talk is an online exhibition that represents the artists’ journey through the pandemic from beginning to middle to end in sight. Cavness, Conway and Marva will use the lens of this artwork to discuss their experiences as both creatives and caregivers during the artists’ talk.

RSVP HERE TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK FOR THE ARTISTS’ TALK
(You will receive an email 30 minutes before the event starts with a link.)

ONLINE EXHIBITION

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Elishes Cavness: Elishes became emersed in the craft of telling stories and exploring African heritage through art. Through this exploration, he searches for his ancestors’ origins while highlighting the adornments of each tribe he reflects in his paintings.  This lead to his first solo exhibition, Adornment, at Contra Costa College Gallery.  Elishes has had several shows and now curates the Bridge Gallery, where he emphasizes that all voices and points of view are essential to the advancement of art, not just the mainstream. www.instagram.com/tiny_ass_studios_da_art

Tiffany Conway: Raised in the Bay Area, Tiffany Conway grew her creativity from life experiences. The textures found in Conway’s pieces represent the skin and the scars of life coupling color as language. Even though her work displays the beauty of others, what lies behind that initial layer are parts of her personal story of evolution. Her mission is to heal women through her paintings by displaying them as seen, heard, soft and resilient. In 2020 Conway won an Artistic Achievement Award for her work in Art of the African Diaspora. She had her first solo exhibitions at Bridge ArtSpace and Shoh Gallery in 2021. www.projectgetfree.com, www.instagram.com/projectgetfree

Marva: Marva is a ceramic artist who creates figurative sculptures based on African history and culture. She says of her work, “With African features there are so many ways to show them. They are so expressive and those of African descent I hope can relate to the clay sculptures by seeing themselves or others in them. The hair is always combed in ways to show the texture of it, the lips and nose are full and very sensual. The skin coloring rich with the colors of the earth.” Marva also works as a curator, and recently has organized exhibitions at CoBiz Richmond, Bridge ArtSpace. She is on the steering committee that organizes the annual event Art of the African Diaspora. www.instagram.com/marvaric

ABOUT RAC LIVE

This series of four online monthly zoom talks highlights the work of Richmond artists and their peers. Recognizing that the Covid-19 pandemic has severely limited opportunities for artists to present their work, RAC LIVE utilizes virtual platforms to show how artists are showing up, naming this moment and moving forward. 

 

This Artists’ Talk and Online Exhibition are part of RAC LIVE, a project supported by a 2021 Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grant from the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission.

Top image: Tiffany Conway, Zany Zoom, 2021

 

 

Flora, Family Ghosts + Resilient Correspondence

 

Flora, Family Ghosts + Resilient Correspondence

Three artists discuss the threads and themes of their work

Online Artists’ Talk: Thursday, June 10, 7-8pm PST CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Online Exhibition: Monday, May 10 – Friday, June 11, 2021

Join us for a special event on Thursday, June 10, 7pm to 8pm bringing together three artists – Shari Arai DeBoer, Manon Wada, Irene Wibawa – to discuss intersecting themes within their creative practice. While working in different media, scale and modes for investigation, the artists’ work is interconnected through their consideration of family stories, nature and resilience during these challenging times.

DeBoer, Wada and Wibawa met as members of Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA). Irene Wibawa and Shari Arai DeBoer live in the East Bay, while Manon Wada resides in New York. This Artists’ Talk represents an opportunity for communion through an exchange of ideas and reflection on past and current works after a year of social distancing.

Note: Due to an unexpected occurrence this Artists’ Talk is now happening on Thursday, June 10, 7-8pm (it was previously scheduled for 5/27)

RSVP HERE TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK FOR THE ARTISTS’ TALK
(You will receive an email 30 minutes before the event starts with a link.)

Presented here in conjunction with the Artists’ Talk is an online exhibition of recent and past works by the artists.

ONLINE EXHIBITION

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Shari Arai DeBoer is a visual artist. Born and raised in the East Bay she now lives in El Sobrante, on Chochenyo Ohlone lands. In her work she examines wonders of the natural world, the minutiae of everyday life and stories inspired by her Japanese American family history. sharideboer.com

Manon Wada is an artist and poet currently based in Brooklyn/Canarsie Munsee Lenape territory and lived in San Francisco/Muwekma Ohlone Ramaytush territory for many years. Her art practice primarily takes form as sculptural installations and collaboratively in socially engaged projects. www.mbwada.com, www.herstorycensus.com, www.ritesofpassageproject.org/2020vision

Irene Wibawa is a multidisciplinary artist in visual and performance art, and a plant and insect enthusiast. She is ethnic Chinese, born in Indonesia, has lived in the US since 1983, and currently resides in Richmond on Chochenyo Ohlone territory, with her cat Pebbles. irenewibawa.com

ABOUT RAC LIVE

This series of four online monthly zoom talks highlights the work of Richmond artists and their peers. Recognizing that the Covid-19 pandemic has severely limited opportunities for artists to present their work, RAC LIVE utilizes virtual platforms to show how artists are showing up, naming this moment and moving forward. 

 

This Artists’ Talk and Online Exhibition are part of RAC LIVE, a project supported by a 2021 Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grant from the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission.

Top image details (l-r): Irene Wibawa, Excavation 18, Reprinted images, fern, found wooden box, light; Shari Arai DeBoer, Camera at Manzanar, Watercolor; Manon Wada, inSITE, Carved earth, found candles

 

 

 

 

55th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show

Every spring Richmond Art Center partners with the West Contra Costa Unified School District to present the annual WCCUSD Student Art Show. For the first time in 2021, due to the covid pandemic, this show is presented as an online exhibition. The 55th Annual WCCUSD Student Art Show show represents the wealth of student artistic talent in the district. It also demonstrates how over the past year teachers and students have moved forward creatively within the boundaries of an online art classroom; finding ways for innovative arts curriculum and artistic expression.

Participating Schools: De Anza High School, Fred T. Korematsu Middle School, Hercules High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Pinole Valley High School, Richmond High School

AWARDEE SLIDESHOW

ONLINE GALLERY

Top Image: Michelle Zhao, Grade 10, By the Light of the Window, 2021, Oil pastel. Hercules High School, Teacher: Schrampf

West Contra Costa Unified School District generously sponsors this annual student exhibition.

 

Art of the African Diaspora 2021

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Welcome to Art of the African Diaspora 2021!

Since 1997 Art of the African Diaspora, in partnership with Richmond Art Center, has supported artists of African descent in the Bay Area through representation, professional development, and building a creative community. In 2021 Art of the African Diaspora is a hybrid online/in-person event presented at aotad.org, richmondartcenter.org, and at venues throughout the Bay Area.*

Online Exhibition

February 11 – May 16, 2021

Over 130 artists are featured in this online exhibition; presenting their work, bios, artist statements and more! Explore the exhibition…

Special Reception and Guest Speaker Events

Reception: Saturday, March 20, 3pm

A special online artist reception and guest speaker series will be presented by the Art of the African Diaspora Steering Committee. See the event schedule and register…

Satellite Exhibitions and Artist Happenings

February – May 2021 *new events added weekly!*

In conjunction with the online exhibition, artists are hosting open studios, artists talks and satellite exhibitions throughout February, March, April and May 2021. These artist-curated events are both virtual and in-person happenings (covid-permitting). Learn what’s happening…

Free Workshop Series

April – May 2021

In the spirit of skill-sharing and building a creative community, this workshop series is taught by artists participating in Art of the African Diaspora and are presented free to the public. Join a workshop…

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Participating Artists

a. d. floyd, Abi Mustapha, Ajuan Mance, Akeem Raheem, Akili Simba, Alfred J. White, Alix J Magloire, Andrea McCoy Harvey, Anna W. Edwards, Antt’Smalls aka AnttonioDesigns, Arthur Norcome, Ashara Ekundayo, Ashlei Reign, Asual Aswad, Atiba Sylvia Thomas, Beautiful Beads by Lan, Bertrell Smith, Bill A. Dallas, Brianna Mills, Carla Oden, Carla Golder, Carrie Lee McClish, Celise, Charles Curtis Blackwell, Chasya Thierry, Christian Vassell, Chuck Harlins, Claude Lockhart Clark, Damon Powell – Artist & Theologian, Darryl Thompson, De’Ana Brownfield, Deatra Colbert, Derrick Bell, Diamela, Doitshā Lexington, Dolores R Gray, Donna Gatson, Donna Meke’da Bradley, Dre’An Cox, Dulama, Elishes Cavness, Elmarise Owens, Escape Artist, Ester M. Armstrong, Fan Lee Warren, Floyd Brown, Freddie Crome Lambright III, Gene Dominique, Genesse McGaugh, Gregory Worsham, Hilda Robinson, iam4muze, Idris Hassan, Irene Bee Kain, J of Coeurs De Papier, J. B. Broussard, JaeMe Bereal, James Gayles, James Knox, Janay Futch, Janet Barnes, Jasmine, Jason Byrd, Jason Powell-Smith, Jennifer Inez Ward, Jessica Keener, Jimi Evins, Jonathan Taylor, Joseph Robinson, Julee Richardson, Julie Atkinson, KaliMa Amilak, Karen Smith – Metal Artist, karin turner – karinsArt, Keisha White, Kelvin Curry, Kimberley Champion, Kimberly Virginia Johnson, L Holley, Latisha Baker, LC, Leon Kennedy, Lorraine Bonner, Maalak, Malik Seneferu, Marguerite, Mark Sublett, MARVA, Mia Mya Dawson, Michelle Tompkins, Naomi Floyd, Olubori Babaoye, Ora Clay, Orin Carpenter, Orlonda Uffre, Osaze Seneferu, Pam Jackson, Patricia Patterson, Patricia Perry, Paula Vaughan, Raven Harper, Raymond L. Haywood, Renata Gray, Rodney Bell, Ron Calime, Shanju, Shantae Robinson, Shante’ Young, Shawna Kinard, Sienna Forde, Stephanie Thames, Stephen Bruce, Steve Hurst, Suzane Beaubrun, TaSin Sabir, The Art of Justice, TheArthur Wright, Thomas Robert Simpson, Tiffany Conway, Timothy B, Tomye, Val Kai, Valerie Brown-Troutt, Vaughn F. Filmore, VirgiNia Jourdan Fine Art, Wanda Sabir, Xan Blood Walker, Yasmin Sayyed, Yolanda Holley, Yolanda Patton ThaSun, Zoë Boston, and Zwanda

 

     

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND PARTNERS 

Art of the African Diaspora 2021 is generously sponsored by Elizabeth Kellas and George Tomberlin. 

Event partners include: Macy’s Union Square, NIAD Art Center, Rhythmix Cultural Works

Support Art of the African Diaspora: Contact the AOTAD Steering Committee for information about sponsorship opportunities or to learn how your organization can host a satellite exhibition: Stephen Bruce, stephenbstudios@nullyahoo.com

 

About Art of the African Diaspora

Art of the African Diaspora is the longest running event of its kind in the Bay Area. It originated from a salon for African American artists known as Colors of Black that was organized in 1990 by artist and professor Marie Johnson Calloway. In 1997 artists Jan Hart-Schuyers and Rae Louise Hayward founded The Art of Living Black at Richmond Art Center, and many of the artists from Colors of Black participated in the inaugural exhibition. Hart-Schuyers and Hayward developed The Art of Living Black to present the work of emerging and established African American artists, introduce them to new audiences, and build a creative community of artists and art lovers. Over the next twenty-five years Richmond Art Center’s commitment in presenting the exhibition ensured the increased visibility for African American artists in the Bay Area that Hart-Schuyers and Hayward wanted. Tragically Hart-Schuyers passed away in 1998 and Hayward died in 2008. However, their organizing efforts were carried on for many years by their husbands Henri Schuyers and Steven Hopkins, and Steven’s sister Melba Lazenby, who passed away in 2013. Since 2018, the event has been produced by a Steering Committee of artists dedicated to the vision of Hart-Schuyers and Hayward. In 2020 the event changed its name to Art of the African Diaspora to reflect a new era moving forward. aotad.org

* No in person events will be held at Richmond Art Center. Individual artist events are subject to City and County health orders and compliance with the social distancing requirements.

Images: Artworks by (top) Val Kai; (above left) Fan Lee Warren, and  (above right) Tiffany Conway

For Artist Participation Information CLICK HERE

 

Exposure / Exposición

EXPOSURE: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF EZLY TORRES 

On June 16, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued new, stricter guidance mandating that face coverings be worn state-wide in most public settings to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Photographer Ezly Torres’ most recent work uses the mask as a prop for performing characters inspired by the beauty and technique of classical paintings. At a moment when the face mask has become an emblem of the Covid-19 pandemic – signaling protection, community care, and also deepening political division – Torres’ self-portraits are a reminder that covering one’s face is a singular act. Her work asks us to consider the personal story lines that run beside the brutal collective narrative; as we all bear witness to California setting daily records for new Covid-19 infections.

El 16 de junio del 2020, el Departamento de Salud Pública de California emitió una nueva, y más estricta, guía que exige el uso de cubrebocas en todo el estado en la mayoría de los entornos públicos para reducir la propagación del Covid-19.

El trabajo más reciente de la fotógrafa Ezly Torres, utiliza la mascarilla como accesorio para personajes interpretativos inspirados en la belleza y la técnica de las pinturas clásicas. En un momento en la cual cubre-bocas se ha convertido en un emblema de la pandemia de Covid-19 (señala protección, cuidado comunitaria y también la profundización de la división política), los autorretratos de Torres son un recordatorio que cubriéndose la cara es un acto singular. Su trabajo nos pide que consideremos las historias personales que corren al lado de la brutal narrativa colectiva; mientras todos damos testimonio que California establece récords diarios de nuevos casos de Covid-19.

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST / BIOGRAFÍA DEL ARTISTA

Ezly Torres is a Vallejo-based artist. Her interest in photography began as a child and in her early 20s she took digital photography courses with a local society in Nogales in Sonora, Mexico. Since moving to Vallejo in 2016, Torres has developed her practice centered around portraits that reference historical paintings to explore the construction of identity and possibilities for representation. Follow Torres on Instagram at @ilce_t_art

Ezly Torres es una artista con sede en Vallejo. Su interés en la fotografía comenzó cuando era niña y, cuando tenía poco más de 20 años, tomó cursos de fotografía digital con una sociedad local en Nogales, Sonora, México. Desde que se mudó a Vallejo en 2017, Torres ha desarrollado su práctica centrada en retratos que hacen referencia a pinturas históricas para explorar la construcción de la identidad y las posibilidades de representación. Sigue a Torres en Instagram en @ilce_t_art

ABOUT THE ONLINE PROJECT SPACE / ACERCA DEL “ONLINE PROJECT SPACE”

RAC’s new initiative – the Online Project Space – was created in response to the multitude of ideas and new forms of expression we see artists tackling as they shelter-in-place due to Covid-19. The Online Project Space highlights new creative projects that represent how artists are adapting, responding and imagining during this period of self-isolation.

La nueva iniciativa de RAC – el Online Project Space (Espacio de proyecto en línea)– fue creada en respuesta a la multitud de ideas y nuevas formas de expresión que vemos a los artistas abordar mientras se refugian en lugar debido a COVID-19. El Online Project Space destaca nuevos proyectos creativos que representan cómo los artistas se están adaptando, respondiendo e imaginando durante este período de aislamiento.

Three Artists in the Studio

Every year Richmond Art Center awards three artists with a Spotlight Award to have their work featured in our galleries. These artists in 2020 are Laura Kamian McDermott, Steven Morales and Leslie Plato Smith. While the exhibition of their work is currently on hold due to COVID-19, presented here are three videos that offer an opportunity to meet our Spotlight Artists virtually, see them at work in their studios during shelter-in-place and learn a little about their creative processes.

Jagged Skylines of Car Keys

Laura Kamian McDermott is a textile artist who uses labor-intensive techniques to make work that insists on the value of creative labor in an era that shows little respect for such a pursuit. Inherent in her work is the belief in the power of the handmade to address social ills, support mental and community health, and bring out some of humanity’s more positive traits. Through her woven, knitted, and embroidered techniques – meticulously studied and executed – she produces high-quality textiles. McDermott studied Painting at Reed College and Textiles at San Francisco State University. She was born in Oakland and currently resides in Richmond. www.lrkmcd.com instagram.com/laurakamianmcdermott

Separation 2020

Separation 2020 is the title of the work Steven Morales has been developing since shelter-in-place started. Morales’ says of this time of quarantine, “What permanent changes will evolve from this long, temporary period of separation is what we will be experiencing for years to come. Will this year mark the beginning of a new and profound way of living or will we go back to the way things were before?” Richmond-based Morales is a practicing architect whose creative interests also include photography and collage. Many of his collage works incorporate construction materials such as joint compound, wood and sheetrock along with paper and occasionally house paint. www.studiosmdesign.com

Black, White and Pink

Educated at UC Santa Barbara, Tulane, and UC Berkeley, Leslie Plato Smith spent much of her career as Associate Vice-Chancellor of Governmental Relations for City College of San Francisco. Highlights from her career include receiving a national award for bringing together 60 different art departments to create 125 life size statues to visually show how budget cuts negatively impact students and to fight for public education, and exhibiting at the European Cultural Centre’s Venice Biennale exhibition. Plato Smith’s grandfather was born on the Choctaw Reservation and her orphaned grandmother was born to immigrant parents from Denmark and Sweden. Migration, immigration and resettlement are key themes that resonate through Oakland-based Plato Smith’s creative practice and professional work. leslieplatosmith.com

 

ABOUT THE ONLINE PROJECT SPACE

RAC’s new initiative – the Online Project Space – was created in response to the multitude of ideas and new forms of creative expression we see artists tackling as they shelter-in-place due to COVID-19. The Online Project Space will highlight new artist projects that represent how artists are adapting, responding and imagining during this period of self-isolation.

Portrait of a Neighborhood

PORTRAIT OF A NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic photographers around the world – many using mobile phones – are sharing quarantine images online; documenting how life has changed while also creating a global sense of togetherness during this difficult time.

Normally a textile artist, during COVID-19 Richmond-artist Colleen Haraden-Gorski has adopted Hipstamatic’s TinType iPhone App as a new medium. Through technology that is accessible, immediate and shareable she photographs her Richmond Annex neighbors and friends as a way of checking up on them while keeping a safe social distance. The body of work that has emerged using the black and white filter captures a sense of instantaneous pause and rewind, asking us to consider “now” as a moment in history, already removed from the noise and color of life as we knew it.

Over fifty photographs are featured here in this slideshow and more will be added over the course of the online project.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

A local Richmond artist, Colleen Haraden-Gorski’s textile art practice focuses on place and shapes – maps, environment, historical ecology, water, hazards, and social justice issues around these themes. Her background and career in the earth sciences has included geomorphology and paleoseismology, geographic information systems (GIS), water resources, climate change impacts, and historical ecology – these emphases rely greatly on observation and visual representation. Her textile art work explores the intersection where history and geography collide. Through the lens of geomorphology – the study of the origin and evolution of topographic features and their responses to change – be it rivers, faults, or humans – she uses both current and historic maps to visualize pre-urbanism and future conditions, such as climate change impacts. Haraden-Gorski’s contribution to RAC’s exhibition Right Here, Right Now explored the impacts of sea-level rise in Richmond. She created a textile piece to inform the community of the higher risk we face from sea level rise, in particular, overlaying areas of sea-level rise layers with areas of social vulnerability, communities with limited means to prepare and respond to hazards like flooding. Currently, Haraden-Gorski is developing a series of work around climate change, sea-level rise, and the melting polar ice caps. Follow this ongoing project on Instagram at @colleen_haraden_studio and @chlojomama.

ABOUT THE ONLINE PROJECT SPACE

RAC’s new initiative – the Online Project Space – was created in response to the multitude of ideas and new forms of creative expression we see artists tackling as they shelter-in-place due to COVID-19. The Online Project Space will highlight new artist projects that represent how artists are adapting, responding and imagining during this period of self-isolation.

 

Over and Under (wish you could be here)

AN EXHIBITION INTERUPTED

“This exhibition is informed by the interchange of ideas and material, the crisscrossing of bodies and objects, and the weaving of histories and personal narratives. Over 200 artists submitted artwork for consideration; 16 were ultimately selected whose work resonated with these ideas. Much like warp and weft threads interlace to form a visible pattern through the weaving process, each work hints at deeper implications sitting just beneath the surface.” – Kevin B. Chen, Juror

In mid-March 2020, staff at Richmond Art Center had just hung the last artwork for the exhibition Over and Under when COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders caused the abrupt closure of the galleries. Tools were quickly put away, lights adjusted and everyone went home. For the past eight weeks this exhibition has had an unperceived existence. Given the evolving schedule for hosting visitors to Richmond Art Center, we have decided to present Over and Under as an online project. We dearly hope audiences will eventually encounter the remarkable artwork in Over and Under in person. However, until then this web space serves to turn an exhibition, that for two months has existed only as a thought experiment, into a known quantity.

SLIDESHOW

GALLERY

ARTISTS AND ARTWORKS

Pilar Agüero-EsparzaRic Ambrose, Tamera Avery, Megan Broughton, Tyrell Collins, Roya Ebtehaj, Sheila Ghidini, Annette Goodfriend, Xandra Ibarra, Lisa Jetonne, Henrik Kam, Maureen Langenbach, Ifra Mahmood, Katie McCann, Sarah Player Morrison, Susan Zimmerman

Click here to view the artwork list

ABOUT THE ONLINE PROJECT SPACE

RAC’s new initiative – the Online Project Space – has been created in response to the multitude of ideas and new forms of creative expression we see artists tackling as they shelter-in-place due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Online Project Space will highlight new artist projects that represent how artists are adapting, responding and imagining during this period of self-isolation.

Under Shelter: Jos Sances

UNDER SHELTER: JOS SANCES

“Nothing could be worse than a return to normality.” Arundhati Roy, The Pandemic is a Portal, April 3, 2020

Jos Sances’ recent work created during shelter-in-place shows the intersection of the COVID-19 outbreak with his ongoing investigation into the environmental crisis. Presented here in RAC’s online project space is a video based on three new scratchboard drawings. The work explores the coronavirus pandemic as a new type of American crisis illustrated through the clash of values that have preceded these maybe not-so-unprecedented times.

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Chinese Hoax, 2020, Video, 6 mins 35 secs

IMAGE GALLERY

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jos Sances is a Berkeley-based printmaker, muralist and community collaborator. He creates narrative-based works that address his political concerns, reflect on the natural world, and examine the human condition. Sances attended Montserrat School of Visual Art in Beverly, Massachusetts before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1976. He founded Alliance Graphics, a successful, union screenprint shop in 1989, and co-founded Mission Grafica at the Mission Cultural Center in 1980. In 2010 and 2016 the Library of Congress acquired 490 prints from Sances which represented a broad overview of his printmaking. Sances has painted eleven murals at the Oakland Coliseum, completed a screen printed tile mural at the Sixteenth Street BART station in San Francisco, and recently a 1600 sq.ft. tile mural at the Shadelands Sports Complex in Walnut Creek. He has had solo exhibitions at the Alternative Museum, New York City; the D. King Gallery, Berkeley; and the Fetterly Gallery at the Vallejo Art Center. Sances is proudly a founding and lifelong member of the Great Tortilla Conspiracy. His life-size scratchboard drawing of a sperm whale was featured in RAC’s exhibition Here is the Sea in 2019. Sances is represented by Vessel Gallery.

Website: www.josart.net

Some Recent Press: East Bay Express, Jos Sances’ Great White Whale

ABOUT THE ONLINE PROJECT SPACE

RAC’s new initiative – the Online Project Space – has been created in response to the multitude of ideas and new forms of creative expression we see artists tackling as they shelter-in-place due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Online Project Space will highlight new artist projects that represent how artists are adapting, responding and imagining during this period of self-isolation.

The Future is Fluid

The Future is Fluid

Non-Binary Portraits by Chloe Aftel

The Future is Fluid is an exhibition of Richmond-based photographer Chloe Aftel’s ongoing series of genderqueer portraits. Since 2012, Aftel has been taking portraits of transgender people, each set in a meaningful place, to give visibility to the non-binary community, while also creating space for audiences to reflect on their own gender identity and evolving sense of individuality. Aftel says, “I began this series of work because I believe we are not binary and that we need to understand ourselves as more nuanced individuals whose humanity does not fit neatly into one box or another.”

The Future is Fluid will ask the question: How does the bodily art of ‘becoming’ affect everyone? Through diverse and multi-generational portraits of non-binary people taken in private and public spaces across America, the exhibition honors expansive and intersectional forms of gender identity.

About the Artist: With a strong focus on narrative photography and an MFA from the University of Southern California in film production, Chloe Aftel specializes in still and motion storytelling. She has shown her work in the Month of Photography Los Angeles, Annenberg Space for Photography, and Big L.A. Portrait Gallery in Grand Park. Awards she has received include Critical Mass 2016, Lens Culture Portrait Award, PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch, and Fuji Student Photographer of the Year. Aftel’s work is in the collections of the Oakland Museum of California and Detroit Institute of Arts.

Image: Chloe Aftel, Rain, 2013

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