Time Machine, new work by Lauren Marie Taylor, curated by Angel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción
Exploring the intersections of astronomy, mining, and human rights after the fall of the first democratically elected socialist state in the Americas, Time Machine places historic events in a future sci-fi environment in order to interrogate our present moment. The work in Time Machine includes photography, drawing, sculpture, video, and virtual reality, combined in dramatic installation to engage audiences in the deliberate manipulation of time and space.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Lauren Marie Taylor is a Bay Area conceptual artist. Recent projects include collaborative work on the Man in Space Collection at the Walt Disney Family Museum, Satellite Engineering at California Academy of Sciences, Workshops for BAN 7 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and a solo exhibition at Southern Exposure on science fiction and robotics in the Civil Rights Era. In 2013 she was the first Artist in Residence at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, from which the first message was sent to outer space. In 2015 she was an Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, where she worked with the Vatican Astronomical Observatory. Taylor has presented at the Octavia Butler Conference, Science in the Studio Symposium for AICAD, the Bay Area Science Festival, Nerd Nite, Stairwells, and more. She was a 2016-17 Equity Fellow at YBCA. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, an MEd from Portland State University and an MFA in Social Practice from the California College of the Arts.
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Angel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción, (b. 1981, Puerto Rico) independent curator and artist based in San Francisco, California, founder of Cranium Corporation. His work oscillates between the rigor and structure of research and writing and the design of exhibitions. He privileges collaboration and is a firm believer in art as a tool for education and civics. In 2015, Vázquez-Concepción obtained a Master’s in curatorial practice from the California College of the Arts. He has curated exhibitions at the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, and ÁREA: Space for Projects, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. In San Francisco and Oakland, California, he has contributed exhibitions to the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Minnesota Street Project, CTRL + SHFT Collective, the Red Poppy Art House, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, and the GLBT History Museum. He is currently pursuing a second Master’s in history and social sciences education at San Francisco State University.
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Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This exhibition is made possible by the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program.