At NIAD : September Exhibitions//

One Of These Things Twice, How Deep Is Your Love, and The Gilded Lake are on view September 7-26, 2019 at NIAD Art Center’s galleries, 551 23rd Street in Richmond. Opening reception is Saturday, September 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

One Of These Things Twice

The language-based works in this One Of These Thing Twice outline themes and relationships that operate out of strategies marked by place — spatial and temporal, with structures of narrative ambiguity in a variety of media. Some works cohere in an orchestrated cacophony, immersive, as if standing beside and eavesdropping the crowd, or the singular message in a bottle. These artists utilize ritual mark-making, letterforms, actions that document doppelgangers, fantasy, fandom, pop culture, identity, in consumption and appropriation. Various sources include newspaper or obscure magazines, highway signs (systematic interventions), and logos — “the readymade” that juxtapose and perhaps resonates at times in content, color, or other formal considerations. One might suggest that the work introduces communal actions (world building), which involve characters in different roles that are more or less fixed, and architectural spaces holding specific characteristics under surveillance. The works emphasize symbolism, interactivity, and communal function, circling around what may be a point of departure, or narratives of another order.

One of These Things Twice features work from the neurodiverse artists at NIAD as well as neurotypical artists. Included in the exhibition are Norma Cole, Heather Copus, Matthew Pawlowski, Wayne Smith, and Danny Thach. On the occasion of the exhibition, and in the tradition of 2nd floor projects publications, an edition will be produced with Jackie Im.

Artist and curator Margaret Tedesco has presented and collaborated with visual and performance artists, writers, choreographers, and filmmakers for more than twenty-five years. From 1999–2006, Tedesco was a curatorial member of the now historic New Langton Arts; and simultaneously cofounded Moving Target Series, a roaming venue in San Francisco. In 2007, 2nd floor projects an artist-run exhibition and publishing space was established and received the Southern Exposure Alternative Exposure Award. 2nd floor projects has participated in Printed Matter’s New York & Los Angeles Art Book Fairs, San Francisco Art Book Fairs, and Berlin Art Book Fairs. Tedesco has also been a contributor to SFMOMA’s Open Space, and Visual AIDS online exhibitions. As an artist, Tedesco has exhibited nationally and internationally.

This is the second show Tedesco has organized at the Art Center.

How Deep Is Your Love: Caitlin Mitchell-Dayton

Caitlin Mitchell-Dayton’s paintings hew closely to the formal parameters of traditional portraiture, informed by tropes drawn from comic books, illustration and fashion advertising. Her subjects function simultaneously as individuals and as blends of cultural types drawn from fictional narratives and lived experience, as well as idealized concepts of personality. With How Deep Is Your Love, NIAD will be presenting about a selection of Mitchell-Dayton’s work.

Neurotypical artist Caitlin Mitchell-Dayton work has been exhibited in the Bay Area at SFMOMA, the De Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, John Berggruen and Gallery Paule Anglim, and at Bel Ami and Rosamund Felsen in Los Angeles. She has taught in the Painting Department at the San Francisco Art Institute since 1999.

This is Caitlin Mitchell-Dayton’s first solo show at the Art Center.

The Gilded Lake, Organized By Em Kettner

Wrapped and beaded, hammered and stitched—NIAD’s new collection of statement jewelry celebrates playful and talismanic forms of adornment. The artists combine lustrous, colorful ephemera in ornaments both familiar and novel: earrings laden with buttons, curled paper necklaces, brooches bound in wire and wool. Each item carries the potential to complete an outfit or inspire a festive new trend. 

Traditions beginning in the ancient world often featured precious, decorative objects being deposited in bodies of water. In the depths of Bogotà’s Lake Guatavita, votive offerings of gold and clay remained undisturbed for centuries, and their rediscovery provoked mystery about the circumstances of their making.  With this line of wearable art, the NIAD community invites the viewer to similarly wonder at the artists’ processes of making, and to gild themselves with these personal mementos of their creative expressions.

Em Kettner teaches in the ceramics and textile departments at NIAD, and helped to facilitate the artists curating and participating in The Gilded Lake. Previously, she has organized two group exhibitions at NIAD, as well as been the focus of a solo show.