At NIAD : August Exhibitions//

Butterfly, Sugar

Organized by Bonanza, Butterfly, Sugar celebrates the bounty of community gardening, food justice, and the need for emergency parties before the fall harvest. This exhibition imagines a garden get-together turned rager as attendees find ecstasy in the fruits, herbs, and flower of their labor. Butterflies in the backyard, and sugar dusted biscuits in the kitchen.

Works from the neurodiverse artists at NIAD as well as neurotypical artists are featured in Butterfly, Sugar, included in the exhibition are works by Saul Alegria, Marion Anthonisen, Saif Azzuz, Julio Del Rio, Rabbit Garcia, Shana Harper, Donzell Lewis, Jean McElvane, Ann Meadem and Jerome Pansa.

Bonanza is the collaborative practice of neurotypical artists Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully, and Lana Williams. Based in Oakland, California, Bonanza’s diverse projects include installation, film, and fashion. The artists regularly employ abstraction, performance, and humor, often using their projects as a platform for others. Bonanza’s work has been exhibited at Gallery 16, Interface, Southern Exposure and The di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in the Bay area. Their work has been written about by VICE, SFAQ, Art Practical, KQED, and the East Bay Express. They were the 2018 Artists in Residence at the San Francisco Recology Center, and recently finished their fourth film, a gig comedy that satirizes the so-called sharing economy and the excessive demands it makes on its workers.

The work of Bonanza has been seen in a group exhibition at NIAD. This is the first show they’ve organized at the Art Center.

Lifesize Timelines: Wayne Smith

Repetitive drawing and collage processes are a recurring theme in neurotypical artist Wayne Smith’s visual art practice. For his exhibition at NIAD, Smith be showing some small, grid-based drawings of ruled ball point pen ink on various pieces of found wood, mostly from lumber store scrap bins. The size of the piece that is found influences the form that will eventually be drawn onto the surface. These pieces reduce drawing to a plotting activity whose parameters are decided upon prior to its execution. The instability of the wood grain assures that “accidents” will occur, the surface gradually becoming a timeline of the imperfect process created over the contrasting grain of the wood.

Wayne Smith is a neurotypical visual and sound artist who lives and works in San Francisco. Working in a variety of media including drawing, collage, text, installation and scanner-based technology, his work has been shown locally and internationally. His sound work parallels his visual work in its use of repetition, overlapping fields, and exploitation of accidents. He has released several recordings utilizing combinations of field recordings, live improvisation and digital manipulation.

Although he has organized a group exhibition at NIAD, this is Wayne Smith’s first solo show at the Art Center.

Turn To Stone, Organized By Em Kettner

Dark glassy eyes stare out from pinched clay faces in this selection of recent NIAD ceramic works. The artists found their muses in famed athletes and mystical beings, and sculpted them frozen midway through dancing, flexing, and even slithering. Most sized to sit cradled in two hands, the resulting sculptures are as inviting as they are foreboding: as a 17th century poet wrote of Caravaggio’s painted Medusa, that which turns beasts and deities to stone can likewise render us “petrified in amazement.”

Turn To Stone features works from NIAD artists: Saul Alegria, Alycia Cowen, Julio Del Rio, Luis Estrada, Raven Harper, Samantha Kershnar, Ann Meade, and Billy White.

Em Kettner is on staff at NIAD Art Center. Previously, she has organized a group exhibition at NIAD, as well as been the focus of a solo show.

Butterfly, Sugar, Lifesize Timelines, and Turn To Stone are on view August 3-29, 2019 at NIAD Art Center’s galleries, 551 23rd Street in Richmond. Opening reception is Saturday, August 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.