At NIAD : February Exhibitions//

Collective Memory: NIAD, Organized by Hannah Mode

Collective Memory: NIAD is a collaborative project with local artist Hannah Perrine Mode and NIAD Art Center. The exhibition incorporates a dynamic installation by Mode alongside new work by NIAD artists including Mireya Betances, Deatra Colbert, Evelyn Davis, Julio Del Rio, Karen May, Ann Meade, Jason Powell-Smith, Shantae Robinson, Joseph Rux, and Nakeisha White.

Mode worked with our artists to consider memories about place, the city of Richmond, and the surrounding environment. During a creative workshop onsite, each NIAD artist shared a memory, created a corresponding color swatch to represent that experience, and used that color to create a new artwork for the exhibition. Alongside the artists’ pieces, Mode then used these colors to create unique paintings made by melting ice live in the gallery. Blending climate science and geologic time with community storytelling, Mode uses the Earth as both material and subject for storytelling.

Collective Memory: NIAD is part of Mode’s larger Collective Memory series, engaging with humanity and climate change in the Bay Area and various international polar communities.

This is the first exhibition organized by Mode at NIAD.

Hannah Mode is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Oakland. Through her work, she helps people to access a more empathic and intimate understanding of climate science, geologic forces, and human geography. She has studied the relationship between people and place while living on fault lines around the world, and can usually be found making (mostly blue) art in the Bay Area and Southeast Alaska.

Mode works with the Juneau Icefield Research Program to explore visual art as a tool for interdisciplinary learning and science communication. She will be continuing this work as part of a larger polar art and science initiative in 2018 and 2019, partnering with a number of organizations and participating in residencies in Alaska, Norway, Patagonia and Iceland.

In the Bay Area, Hannah Mode organizes community storytelling projects and works as a freelance designer and illustrator. She has a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College and an MFA in Studio Art from Mills College. Her work has been shown at venues throughout the Bay Area, Boston, Brooklyn, and Juneau.

Yore Future: Sam Carr-Prindle

Sam Carr-Prindle’s paintings waver in a liminal space between representation and abstraction. The works are bewitched by painting’s dual condition as an image and an object. Carr-Prindle hopes to find beauty within this enduring inner conflict. Memory, melancholy, humor, romanticism and absurdism are concurrent threads in his work. 

Although he has been in a group exhibition at NIAD, this is the first solo show for Carr-Prindle at the Art Center.

Sam Carr-Prindle is an artist and musician based in Oakland. He is also a master printer at Crown Point Press in San Francisco.

Fresh Starts

Organized by San Francisco’s The Walt Disney Family Museum, “Fresh Starts,” is a selection of work created by incarcerated youth in art-making sessions facilitated by museum staff on site at three juvenile detention centers in the greater San Francisco Bay Area: Camp Wilmont Sweeney in Alameda County, The Log Cabin Ranch of San Francisco Unified School District, and Hillcrest School (part of the Court Schools of San Mateo).

In preparation for the exhibition, museum educators, over a four-month period, regularly visited the three detention center partners to offer ongoing instruction and support in storytelling, storyboarding, animation, painting, collage, and additional artistic techniques. This intensive process was designed to encourage participants—all young men—to develop and explore new identities beyond their incarceration. The artists were coached to define themselves not by their time in juvenile hall and the potential missteps that brought them there, but instead by their artistic talent and new skills.

The Walt Disney Family Museum presents the story and achievements of Walt Disney, the man who raised animation to the level of fine art, transformed the film industry, tirelessly pursued innovation, and created a global yet distinctively American legacy. Opened in October 2009, the 40,000- square-foot facility features the newest technology along with a vast collection of historic materials and artifacts to bring Disney’s achievements to life, myriad interactive galleries presenting early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, a spectacular model of Disneyland, and much more. The museum is a nonprofit organization located in the scenic Presidio of San Francisco.

NIAD is located at 551 23rd Street in Richmond California. The exhibitions are on view from February 2-21, 2019. Opening reception is Saturday, February 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm with a DJ set from Liam Golden.