Bay Area Currents 2014
Selections by Dena Beard, Assistant Curator, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
July 8 - August 8, 2014
Artists' Reception: Friday, July 11, 6-8pm
Artists' Talk: First Friday, August 1, 6.30pm
The Disquiet brings together work by eight artists who reveal ‘undercurrents’ in Bay Area art. An open call to artists collected over 200 submissions that Dena Beard reviewed online before participating in studio visits with finalists. In applying her curatorial gaze to this grand sweep of Bay Area art, Beard identifies the shared artistic pursuit of freedom via creative processes that unnerve and disorient. She says, “The Disquiet stages a subtle drama between the gallery and the world outside. Eight works are cast together in darkness as components of a single identity, the exhibition, but they resound with discordant voices. Purged from the artists and transferred into objects, they form an alien landscape.”
Benjamin De Kosnik
About the Juror: Dena Beard is Assistant Curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She has organized exhibitions with D-L Alvarez, Lutz Bacher, Anna Halprin, Desirée Holman, Barry McGee, Silke Otto-Knapp and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, as well as working on projects with Martha Colburn, Omer Fast, Jill Magid, Ahmet Ogut, Trevor Paglen, Emily Roysdon, Tomás Saraceno, and Tris Vonna-Michell, among others. At Bay Area alternative spaces she curated the Lending Library series and Taking Up Room on the Floor.