Indeterminate Spaces, organized by Anthony Piñata • Know Before You Go: Kim Miskowicz • The Small World of Scott MacLeod at NIAD Art Center from January 5-27, 2018 //

 Organized by Oakland-based visual artist and museum professional Anthony Piñata, “Indeterminate Spaces” features works that reference a type of place, albeit abstract, imaginary, or undefined. Certain artworks lend themselves to be simply personal abstract visions, while others may hint at a geometric city, an invented landscape, or blurred memory from the artist’s past. With life increasingly indeterminate — from diseases to the weather – Piñata found himself drawn to this theme of the indefinite.

The exhibit brings together painters and sculptors from NIAD Art Center with local contemporary artists. Included in “Indeterminate Spaces” are Daniel Ballesteros, Eddie Braught, Jeremy Burleson, Canneo Canúl, Clayton Colvin, Gene Erickson, Sylvia Fragoso, Janay Futch, Felicia Griffin, Peter Harris, Willie Harris, Tom Holland, Dorrie Reid, Shantae Robinson, Chelsea Robot, Elena Rossi, Alejandro Rubio, Jesus Salas, Jamie Treacy, Alexandra Uchida, Christian Vassell, and Justyn Zolli.

“Indeterminate Spaces” is the second group exhibition Anthony Pinata has organized at NIAD Art Center.

Anthony Piñata has participated in more than fifty exhibitions at alternative spaces, galleries, and museums. He has curated exhibitions at the Richmond Art Center and Oakland International Airport. In 2016 he was an artist-in-residence in Wyoming at Jentel, then in North Dakota at the McCanna House. He studied art and Italian at UC Davis and also has a MFA in printmaking and MA in Italian from the University of Connecticut. Piñata has been involved in art his whole life as his parents are practicing artists, as well as California College of the Arts and Crafts alumni.


Know Before You Go: Kim Miskowicz

Chosen frm the artist’s archive, “Know Before You Go” is a selection of photographs by Oakland artist Kim Miskowicz. Moments found are mornings after a wind storm, mangled rebar from the old Bay Bridge, interrupted long distance lookouts, and echoing textures of land formations. More often than not the images are carefully composed with some shot from the hip. The exhibition includes a variety of formats: pinhole, 35mm, and cell phone camera.

This is Kim Miskowicz’s second solo exhibition at NIAD Art Center.

Kim Miskowicz has been exhibited at numerous Bay Area venues including Artists’ Television Access, Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco Cinematheque, Southern Exposure and Krowswork. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico and did post graduate study in painting and experimental film at the San Francisco Art Institute and has been an artist in residence at Kala Art Institute and Project 387. Her work focuses on a response to material and data overload creating breaks in continuous thoughts similar to a building obstructing a view of a simple horizon. Her paintings and films are inspired by the belief in therapeutic effects of viewing distant forms in the landscape. She uses film and video as a multiplier and quick viewer of minutely varied compositions and makes large scale found paper collages. She explores media and material absorption in relation to determining what of our personal, emotional and informational lives one preserves versus invalidates.


The Small World of Scott MacLeod

Oakland artist Scott MacLeod has collected hundreds of small objects. Although beautiful, they have difficult to incorporate into his art. One day MacLeod thought of making a small “museum” built to a scale appropriate for displaying these objects. His first effort was the “Fisher-Price Collection,” an obvious play on The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the new SFMOMA. MacLeod enjoyed my version so much that he started experimenting with other small dioramas, most of which resemble small galleries. “The Small World of Scott MacLeod” features a selection of this works.

This is the second solo exhibition of Scott MacLeod at NIAD Art Center.

Writer and artist Scott MacLeod has been presenting live, time-based, media, conceptual and static work in the San Francisco Bay Area and internationally since 1979. His installations and paintings have been widely exhibited in the Bay Area at venues including Southern Exposure, The Lab, George Lawson Gallery and SFMOMA, and internationally in the Czech Republic, Belgium, England, Italy and Germany. Visual arts awards include the San Francisco Art Institute’s Adaline Kent Award (2000) and a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Visual Arts Award (2001).

His fiction, poetry, theater and critical writings have been widely published in the USA and, in translation, in Russia, Yugoslavia, Finland and the Czech Republic. Conceptual/literary projects include The Imagined Gallery, The North Oakland Temporary Museum and The Institute for Study & Application, Kohoutenberg.

He has presented over 100 performances in 13 countries and co-produced several international cultural exchange projects between USA, France, Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. In 1990 MacLeod was one of the first American artists to present performance art in East Germany, Poland and other Eastern European countries.

His work is archived at the Avant Writing Collection of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library of Ohio State University, Columbus and the Experimental Writing Collection of University at Buffalo, New York, and is collected by The Contemporary Museum, Hawai’I, The Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, Farhat Art Museum and many private collectors.


Opening reception is Saturday, January 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.