It’s Complicated, Organized By Kathleen King • Some Like It Darker: Janell Moon • Dreams Of The Precariat: Kathleen King • Exquisite Corpse: Creative Growth x Creativity Explored x NIAD at NIAD Art Center From November 3-21 //

NIAD is pleased to present “It’s Complicated,” an exhibition of work by artists who perceive, visualize and represent the expansion of complexity in contemporary life.

Humans are increasingly aware of the vast systems that connect us including the biosphere, technosphere, and the Internet. We also recognize a collective consciousness, a system inclusive of all human knowledge and experience. We might look forward to a time when systems combine everything known, and are able to think, communicate, and even act.

The artists in “It’s Complicated” employ additive processes–repetition, interlock, overlap, accrual, recursion, absorption and intersection–in their work to demonstrate this complexity. This maximalist perspective offers an engaging response to the scale of knowledge, feelings and relationships that we experience today.

The installation of the show highlights how the assembled pieces communicate with each other, visually and physically, within the gallery space. Included in the exhibition are works from Jo Ann Biagini, Jeremy Burleson, Raquel Charles, Julio Del Rio, Luis Estrada, Sylvia Fragoso, Farley Gwazda, Peter Harris, Maya Kabat, Phil King, Erica Martinez, Karen May, Shantae Robinson, Kerry Vander Meer, Johnathan Velasquez, Matthew Wilson, and Susan Wise.

“It’s Complicated” is organized by Kathleen King, a Berkeley artist and one of the founding members of Mercury 20 Gallery in Oakland, where she recently presented a show of sculpture and assemblage entitled “So This.” 

This is the second exhibition at NIAD Art Center organized by Kathleen King.


Some Like It Darker: Janell Moon

Sourced from dreams or waking liminal states at the boundary of her inner and outer worlds, Emeryville artist Janell Moon’s mixed media collages create new territories in miniature (each piece is slightly larger than an index card). For Moon, collage is a broad visual language that allows her expression even if she does not always have the words.

Janell Moon uses surrealistic techniques in her work.  Her art has a feeling of poetry and hypnosis. Her use of color to create form breaks objective boundaries. A strong influence was caring for her schizophrenic brother who taught her that an extremely difficult life with hallucinations still has full value.  With this life experience, she worked in San Francisco as a hypnotherapist and counselor. Moon was Emeryville’s first Poet Laureate.  She is a graduate of Ohio University. Moon was featured in a two person show at Mythos Gallery in Berkeley in 2017. Expressions Gallery in Berkeley and the Emeryville Celebration of Art have shown her work in group shows in 2018. Her work was chosen to be in the Berkeley Art Passage in 2018. Her one woman show at Avenue 64 continues until December 2018. This is her first exhibition at NIAD Art Center.


Dreams Of The Precariat: Kathleen King

Kathleen King makes sculpture that is both formal and disposable. Designed to be simple, legible, and minimal, the work explores states of coexistence and contexts informed by construction, arrangement, and contrast. Because the abuse of power in our society is advancing at such a rapid pace, with laws and speech meant to break down human compassion, hard-won connections, and solidarity, we find a need to build and create connection on a daily basis. The artist feels that making this work is an act of critique and a support for a continuing resistance.

This is Kathleen King’s second solo exhibition at the Art Center.


Exquisite Corpse: Creative Growth x Creativity Explored x NIAD

Exquisite Corpse started as a collective game of assemblage in Paris in 1920, wherein a writer was only allowed to see the last written word of a sentence before adding his or her own contribution. Over time, the game was extended to drawing and collage – a single page is folded in three and an artist is asked to draw a “head”, another a “middle”, and third the “feet.” The images that resulted were truly surprising, always unexpected, and usually quite strange.

Last year, artists from NIAD Art Center, Creativity Explored in San Francisco, and Creative Growth were invited to connect our three studios in a new game of Exquisite Corpse. The results are one of few collaborations since the founding of the centers.

Opening reception is Saturday, November 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm with a DJ set from John Everett.