The exhibition Kah-meel-E-yun, conceived and organized by Pro Arts’ Studio Lab curatorial resident and artist Yarrow Slaps explores concepts of wonder, mystery and visibility, featuring a selection of emerging artists and creatives from the Bay Area.
There is always more than what meets the eye. Each exhibiting artist uses a range of mediums and styles to call attention to their various modes of visual production, including photography, graphic design, installation, and participatory work.
Exhibiting artists include Kat Geng, Kate Dash + Olivia Krause, Marie Engelsvold, Lana Licata, Marcela Pardo Ariza, Muzae Sesay and Anthony Torrano.
During the opening reception, DJ Beats Me will perform a live set in Kahn’s Way atop the Mobile Arts Platform across from the gallery.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Kat Geng uses play – as a practice and an outcome – to imagine objects with renewed purpose in her colorful mixed media sculptures and immersive installations. With a conceptual foundation and a dose of humor, Geng adopts discarded belongings and gives them fresh context through unexpected pairings often sprinkled with scribbles, scrawls or gestural brush strokes. Mirroring her nomadic lifestyle, Geng creates shifting environments and assemblages that reflect her longstanding relationship with movement. In her work she embraces the heyday of mix tapes and floppy discs while addressing themes of intimacy and suffering. Each piece mischievously tempts with worn toys and alluring textures. After earning a B.A. in art history from Bard College, she received her objects training in art conservation at The Williamstown Art Conservation Center.
Olivia Krause is a visual artist currently living and working out of Oakland, CA. She graduated from California College of the Arts in 2016 where she studied painting and drawing. Olivia’s work is often expressed through abstract painting and rapid image making. In 2016, Olivia has been focusing on film photography and collage like illustrations to create vivid intimate spaces for the viewer. Most of her photography captures her experience living in the Bay Area and being an active member of the Oakland Creative Community.
In the process of transforming the flat character of the drawings to the physical sculptures, Marie J.Engelsvold explores different materials such as paper, textiles, wood, ceramics, concrete, yarn, foam, acrylic paint and acrylic markers. Through the combination of the materials, she embodies the works to evoke an emotional response in the viewer. She sees the sculptures as a kind of bodily expressions. Her works can be seen as constructions which mime an embodiment, and is trying to convey an indefinable physical or mental condition to the viewer. J.Engelsvold attended The School Of Art Spektrum, Copenhagen and Camberwell Collage of Arts, London.
Lana Licata is working and living in Orange County. She graduated in the spring of 2015 from California College of the Arts. Her practice has a few different focuses; including many craft processed materials to create sculpture and installations as well as traditional drawings and hand cut collage magazines. Working in an aesthetic of scrappy classy, playful, and tradition she uses that as inspiration to depict a feminine and controlled chaotic collision of abstract, organic and figurative elements. Incorporating decorative elements that display the hand and show tradition, opulence and culture while juxtaposing them with contemporary patterns and color. With no limitation on materials, an active, dynamic and colorful spectacle is created.
Marcela Pardo Ariza explores the relationship of wry humor, queerness and representation through color sets and prop-like objects. Her photographs incorporate quotidian objects in seemingly absurd ways creating tableaux that mix recognizable elements with magical realism. Pardo is interested in the action of looking within the theatricality of “the set” and her visually provoking portraits seek to explore metaphors regarding race and gender. Pardo is from Bogotá, Colombia and has worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the Clocktower Gallery (Manhattan, NY), a co-Director at the Swell Gallery (San Francisco, CA) and Co-Founder/Director of NoRoof Gallery (San Francisco, CA. Pardo has curated shows at Cranium Corporation (San Francisco, CA); Residence/SF (San Francisco, CA); and CTRL+SHFT collective (Oakland, CA). Her photographic work has been shown at Glasshouse (Brooklyn, NY); SOMArts (San Francisco, CA), Embark Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Zoo Labs, guest curated by Et al. (San Francisco, CA); and Root Division (San Francisco, CA).
Muzae Sesay is a multi-disciplinary visual artist – a muralist, a photographer, a painter – who is based in San Francisco, Oakland and Bay Area. Muzae’s primary work gravitates towards exploring the lengths and bounds of canvas by creating skewed two and three-dimensional landscapes with paint. Have a look into some of his prolific work here.
Anthony Torrano is a visual artist based in San Francisco, California. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he received his BA in Art with a focus in painting and printmaking. His abstract works are often busy, and grid-like, or of windows and interiors. His abstract paintings are extensions of himself. They are a glimpse into how he perceives the world around him. Anthony was born and raised in San Francisco, where he started painting in early high school. As a half Chinese, half Italian kid growing up in the city, Anthony was exposed to both cultural experiences, which has influenced his work greatly. He continues to paint and make work in San Francisco exploring themes of memory, nostalgia, and cultural identity. Anthony’s work can be viewed at anthonytorrano.com.
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Yarrow Slaps is a San Francisco-based artist and musician, whose art is grounded on portraying icons of popular culture – rappers, basketball players and painters. Born and raised within a family of artists, Slaps studied City College of San Francisco, and began expressing himself first by music, and later through paintings and drawings.
Yarrow Slap’s Studio Lab Curatorial Residency is made possible, in part, through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Kah-meel-E-yun exhibition and related public programs are supported by a generous grant from The Zellberbach Family Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.