September 1 – 30, 2020
As we contend with the twin pandemics of coronavirus and virulent racism, the Arts offer an antidote for our personal and collective resilience. We asked Bay Area artists to show us new work created since the sheltering-in-place orders went into effect on March 17, 2020 to see how they are using their art practice to navigate these many-layered hardships. This exhibit showcases the work of 38 Bay artists whose irrepressible creativity is highly contagious. We offer this healthy dose of incurable resilience for your visual revival.
Presiding over the exhibit are Kweli Kitwana’s Saint of Resilience, Saint of the Five Crops, and Saint of Divined Resistance and Protection. Kitwana’s paintings come alive and look us in the eye with real feeling, an emotional reminder that resilience is the inheritance and endowment of the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement, whom we honor here with powerful homages such as Salma Aratsu’s We Can’t Breathe and Zoe Mosko’s Juvenile Hall Buddhas. The renewable resource of resilience can be felt not only in such moving tributes as Jerry Takigawa’s commemoration of family members who survived the Japanese internment camps, but in the process of artmaking itself. Artist Michelle Tompkins explains, “As we navigate this world emitting an emotional explosion of a pandemic, racism, social injustice and inequality, I submerge myself in the sanctity of art…And when I awaken from trance of boundless creativity, the world may still be in turmoil, yet she dances.” The visceral experience of freedom that the process of artmaking gives us – the freedom you can observe in Tompkins’ very brush strokes – is what we offer up here to our community, to you the viewer, and to the important work of the Equal Justice Initiative, to whom we dedicate 10% of all sales from this exhibit. Art fills up our depleted cups, and we share the overflow with you, a toast to the hope that we might all Thrive-in-Place.
Chris Adamson | Kyle Adler | Cheselyn Amato | Salma Aratsu | Kathy Barnhart | Rose Borden | Maria Budner | Janis Burger | Tiffany Conway | John Drake | Susan Duhan Felix | Dan Fenstermacher | Annaleah Gregoire | Marsha Guggenheim | Becky Jaffe | Revital Katznelson | Kweli Kitwana | Selina Lee | Lorraine Z Lerman | Deborah Lichtman | Petra Liljestrand | Zoe Mosko | Jessica Oler | demetrius philp | Emmy Randol | Diane Rice | John Rice | Laura Rifkin | Nicole Rubio | Neo Serafimidis | Cindy Stokes | Jerry Takigawa | Carol Thomas | DeAnna Tibbs | Michelle Tompkins | Holly Wallace | Jan Watten | Rusty Weston