“Through My Eyes” and “Rainbow In The Swamp” are on view February 1-20, 2020 at NIAD Art Center’s galleries, 551 23rd Street in Richmond. Opening reception is Saturday, February 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, with a DJ set from Wayne Smith. Thirsty Thursday is Thursday, February 20 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Through My Eyes, Organized By Scott Hewicker and Cliff Hengst
you could see through my eyes
You would get a big surprise
Things you haven’t noticed before
Things you haven’t seen I’m sure
–Through My Eyes by The Creation
For “Through My Eyes” San Francisco artists Scott Hewicker and Cliff Hengst have invited members of NIAD’s staff to participate as both artists and curators by pairing a selection of a NIAD Artist’s work with one of their own.
“Having participated in exhibiting and curating several shows at NIAD over the years, we have become warmly familiar with many of the wonderful artists at NIAD, but less so with the work of the amazing staff who facilitates such an incredible program,” explains Scott Hewicker. “Cliff and I wanted to pull back the curtain as it were, to find a way to offer a unique view into the creative relationship between artist and instructor and see big surprises we haven’t noticed before.”
Participating NIAD staff include Amber Avalos, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Tim Buckwalter, Maria Capron, Nan Collymore, Kieren Dutcher, Em Kettner, Mara Poliak, Julio Rodriguez, Chelsea Smith, Josh Solis, Josh Vidal, Alice Wu, and Bill Zindel.
And participating NIAD artists are Jeremy Burleson, Deatra Colbert, Luis Estrada, Janay Futch, Julie MacDonald, Sara Malpass, Karen May, Allen Perez, Maria Radilla, Shantae Robinson, and Joseph Rux.
Scott Hewicker is an artist, writer and musician. He has an MFA from Stanford University and has exhibited his work at Gallery 16, Oakland Museum of California, ICA Philadelphia and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. He has curated exhibitions at The Berkeley Art Museum and Right Window gallery in San Francisco. With Cliff Hengst, Hewicker co-edited and illustrated the book, Good Times, Bad Trips published by Gallery 16 editions in 2007.
Cliff Hengst is an artist and performer. He has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and currently teaches there in the New Genres department. He has exhibited his work at Gallery 16, Berkeley Art Museum, SFMOMA, The Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Southern Exposure, The San Francisco Arts Commission, and Machine Project, Los Angeles.
Scott Hewicker has organized a previous group exhibition at the Art Center, Hengst has organized two, and both been the focus of solo shows and projects at NIAD.
Rainbow In The Swamp: Amanda Walters
Rainbow in the Swamp, is a show of new ceramic sculptures and applique paintings by Oakland artist Amanda Walters. The exhibition title refers to the tension between the picturesque and the unfavorable, the fantasy of nature, and its stranger than fiction reality. Together the works in the exhibition submerge the viewer in the bizarre and sometimes troubling state of the natural world, as it’s humorously admired by humans. Idyllic faunae rendered alien are paired with paintings whose subjects are found in misrepresentations of nature in the media, from confused and humorous newspaper headlines to short-lived sitcom locations.
Born and raised in the state of Florida, Amanda Walters is a interdisciplinary artist interested in the narratives of History, more importantly, interested in complicating those narratives. Often these projects explore the strange and well-manicured history of her home state, but also cover the geographic region of the tropics, the construction of landscape, and page 9 stories from the newspaper. Walters considers myth, memory and story-telling as filters to understand and contextualize those sanctioned historical narratives. These investigations are realized through weavings, sculptures, essays, and drawings. Walters received her MFA in Studio Practice and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts, and her BFA with emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This is Amanda Walter’s first exhibition at the Art Center, although as a member of Feral Fabric she has led a workshop at NIAD.
For this Thirsty Thursday, we’ll be hosting an open-bar (craft beer, spirits and amazing wines) with some snack sides. On hand will be organizers Scott Hewicker and Cliff Hengst as well as some of our artists. To set the mood, we’ll have a few choice records spinning on the phonograph.
At 5:45 pm, Scott and Cliff will give a walk-through of “Through My Eyes,” the wonderful exhibition they’ve organized in our Main Gallery. You’ll learn a lot! Admission is free.
Thirsty Thursday and our Opening Receptions are sponsored in kind by GoldLine Brands – A Winery Group. We’re very grateful for their support.