Hybrid Series #1
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 6:00 – 9:00pm | Pro Arts Gallery
Discussion by Adia Millett | Experimental Music Performance by SL Morse | Artist Talk by Elisabeth Nicula | Poetry Reading by Sara Mumolo
Pro Arts Gallery unveils its new Hybrid Series with the genre-bending works of Adia Millett, Elisabeth Nicula, and SL Morse in tandem with readings by Sara Mumolo. From 6-9 pm at Pro Arts Gallery, SL Morse will perform “The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus”—a conceptual rendering of the seminal work translated into Morse Code; joined by Adia Millett, who will discuss her newest solo-exhibition, Re-Connect, in terms of feminist aesthetics and abstraction; in tandem with Elisabeth Nicula chatting about her works from “Sense Memories”; punctuated by readings from one of Oakland’s influential poets, Sara Mumolo.
The Pro Arts Hybrid Series blurs the traditional boundaries between artistic disciplines such as visual and performance art, music and literary arts, and film and architecture. It will also, on occasion, present works that are a cross-breed between art and other disciplines, such as natural and physical science, technology, popular culture and philosophy. The series aims to serve as a departure from the conventional mode of presentation by subverting traditional groupings to create new connections and dialogues.
Adia Millett’s Re-Connect exhibition at Pro Arts explores the malleability of connection. Utilizing donated, re-purposed materials from throughout the East Bay, Millett skews our perception of representational imagery. Through her process-driven work, she speaks to the multiplicity of cultural identities—how they overlap, mesh, collide, and divide. Millett plays with the many ways that fabric, like people, come apart and how they can be creatively reconnected. Originally from Los Angeles, Millett received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts to then do independent study at the Whitney Museum. Millett has been in numerous group exhibitions including the Greater New York show at PS1 and Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Millett has taught as an artist in residence at Columbia College in Chicago, UC Santa Cruz, Cooper Union in NY, and currently at California College of the Arts.
Sarah Lockhart’s SL Morse performs modernist literature through Morse Code translations from text to musical notation for drum kit. SL Morse’s music combines composition and improvisation and aesthetically resembles an amalgamation of 20th Century avant-garde chamber music, free jazz, and art rock. “The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus” follows the arc of the essay, where Sisyphus is condemned to ceaseless, pointless labor, has a temporary reprieve, then returns to pushing a heavy rock up a hill that always falls down, finally reconciling himself to his fate that absurd labor is preferable to non-existence. Lockhart performs solo on drums with sampled electronics. SL Morse began ten years ago. Past collaborators include Weasel Walter (guitar), Dominique Leone (keyboards), and Damon Smith (bass).
Sara Mumolo is the author of Mortar (Omnidawn, 2013) and the Program Manager for the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College of CA. She created and curated the Studio One Reading Series in Oakland, from 2007-2012. Her poems appear in 1913: a journal of forms, Action Yes, Lana Turner, and Pen Poetry Series, among others. Sara received residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Caldera Center for the Arts. She lives in Oakland.
Elisabeth Nicula is a printmaker, painter, and new media artist from Norfolk, Virginia. She has exhibited in galleries and art spaces across the US and her work is in the permanent collection of the Boston Public Library. She has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Duke University and studied painting and printmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Elisabeth is a member of the California Society of Printmakers. She is also a graphic designer specializing in illustration, identity, and digital projects, and lives and works in San Francisco, California.
*This program is made possible in part with funds by the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, the Clorox Company Foundation, the W & F Hewlett Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.