Reflections exhibited work by Anh Bui, Anna Rotty, Azucena Hernandez, Leigh Ann Coleman, Wesaam Al-Badry, and Zach Clark. It took place in the fall of 2017, one year after the 2016 presidential election, at Incline Gallery in San Francisco, CA. The exhibition was a response to a number of political and social events that had occurred in the prior year, such as police brutality, Standing Rock and the election of Donald Trump. The artists, influenced by these events, took a personal approach in their work to comprehend what had happened. The work varied from projections, sculptures, pyrography, installation, photography, textiles, and printmaking. As visitors walked up the ramps of Incline Gallery they were encouraged to spend time with each body of work, in acknowledging all the political and social events that have surfaced and to take a moment to personally reflect.
Throughout the exhibition, there were two coinciding public programing events. One being a printmaking workshop, in collaboration with Mission Grafica at the Mission Cultural Center, where folks were invited to learn to make resistance posters. Another was an artist talk and closing reception, where the exhibiting artists shared with the public their work, practice and stories, sparking conversation between the public and the artists.
A Conversation Between Body and Mind
A Conversation Between Body and Mind was a two-person show focused on the dialogue between the subconscious and physical self. How does one make a decision and act upon it? Bay Area artists, Sofie Ramos and Stephanie Sherriff examine the act of decision-making by creating work that was in constant flux. Neither of the artists are interested in creating a final product, but are instead continuously manipulating their work. A three-way conversation was formed between Ramos, Sherriff and the space as they responded and transformed Incline Gallery’s atypical architecture through installation and projections.
With the continuous increase of rent, limitations in space, and their work often seen as “unsellable,” new media and installation artists face a declining ability to survive in contemporary San Francisco. That being said, we wanted to express how grateful we were to have this opportunity to work with Ramos and Sherriff and be able to see them work in their element.
A Conversation Between Body and Mind was co-curated by Stephanie Wu and myself.