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2 x 2 Solos is a new exhibition series featuring four accomplished emerging artists in the Oakland/Bay Area.
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2 x 2 Solos: Elisheva Biernoff

Curated by Cicely Sweed


March 9 - April 9, 2010
Artists' Reception: Friday, April 2, 6 - 8 pm

San Francisco based artist Elisheva Biernoff’s work uses the installation of large scale painting and sculpture to investigate myths, fictions and fantasies through interactive scenes. In her first solo exhibition at Pro Arts, Biernoff addresses these myths through voyeuristic environments that are reminiscent of images from magazine clippings, photographs and postcards of far away places.  Her installations invite one to encounter and participate in iconic and exotic landscapes. Biernoff’s work reminds us that these images exist indirectly in mundane everyday forms and aims to create an environment where the spectacular and everyday meet.

Cicely J. Sweed is an independent curator, writer, and arts educator. She currently directs ÀS,E;studio (Art Social Enterprises Studio) an independent curatorial & social practice that develops exhibitions and events that serve as catalysts of change to create alliances among social entrepreneurs that support arts education and the development of ecologically and economically sustainable communities.

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2 x 2 Solos: Luther Thie

Curated by Anuradha Vikram


March 9 - April 9, 2010
Artists' Reception: Friday, April 2, 6 - 8 pm

Oakland-based artist Luther Thie’s work uses large-scale installation and real-time data to respond to America’s often-fatal obsession with cars.  In his first solo exhibition at Pro Arts, Thie shows his LA Interchange, a fully functional scale model of a public memorial he proposes be erected at the intersection of the Santa Monica and Harbor freeways in Los Angeles. The memorial takes the form of an illuminated water fountain that uses real-time accident data from the California Highway Patrol Incident Report website to affect the intensity and color of the fountain’s stream. The more severe the accident, the taller and more brightly lit the fountain becomes, creating a dynamic visualization of public tragedy. Thie’s proposal acts both as a memorial to automobile fatalities and as a brightly lit reminder of the danger we face on the roads every day.

Anuradha Vikram curates the Worth Ryder Gallery and coordinates the Graduate Lecture Series for the Department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also an independent critic and curator, and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Art at College of Marin in Kentfield, CA. She received an M.A. in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, in 2005.

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2 x 2 Solos: Nadim Sabella

Curated by Lucy Kalyani Lin


January 26 - February 26, 2010
Artists' Reception: Friday, February 5, 6 - 8 pm

Oakland based artist Nadim Sabella's photographs and large scale installations address climate change and flooding as they affect the Bay Area landscape. In his first solo exhibition at Pro Arts, Sabella creates scenes of devastation, both in miniature models as the subject of his flood photographs, and in the life sized boat hull that appears to jut out of the gallery's wall. Underlying the striking visuals and illusions of his work is a disturbingly real fact: that if the sea level were to rise four and a half feet (as it has been predicted to do by the end of this century), much of the Bay Area will be under water.

Lucy Kalyani Lin is an independent curator and artist based in Oakland. She is currently the Program Associate for the Cultural Equity Grants Program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, and recently served as Visual Arts Curator for APAture 10.

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2 x 2 Solos: Imin Yeh

Curated by Julia Hamilton


January 26 - February 26, 2010
Artists' Reception: Friday, February 5, 6 - 8 pm


San Francisco Based artist Imin Yeh uses humor and craft to explore the cultural exchange that exists between China and the United States. In her first Solo Exhibition at Pro Arts, Yeh illustrates that connection through two large scale projects. Good Imports is a collection of previously discarded objects wrapped in hand painted fabric. These objects, all produced in China, have been wrapped in the style of fabric customarily reserved for the cloth-covered boxes that accompany traditional Chinese imports: teapots, medicine balls, mah-jong games and stone seal sets. The second installation, Thank You for Commenting, consists of a series of hand drawn posters featuring text appropriated from user comments found online. Each impulsive comment is plucked from anonymity and designed for maximum advertising potential.

Julia Hamilton is an independent curator based in Oakland California. She is currently a lecturer in the department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley.

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About 2 x 2 Solos

2 x 2 Solos showcases the best new work made in the region and provides a platform for cutting-edge, risk-taking contemporary art. 2 x2 Solos underscores Pro Arts’ commitment to supporting Oakland/Bay Area artists, providing art audiences an opportunity to see these artists in a contemporary art setting in Oakland, and supporting multiple levels of the regions’ arts ecology by providing honorariums to independent curators, and commissioning essays from arts writers/scholars. 2 x 2 Solos becomes a commissioning program in 2010/2011 supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

2010 Exhibition Catalog (PDF Download...)