March 2, 2016, San Francisco, CA—Berkeley Art Center Agility Projects is pleased to present I Look for Clues in Your Dreams, a group exhibition curated by Heather Marx, featuring Bay Area artists: Leo Bersamina, Chris Duncan, Kristin Farr, Jenny Sharaf, Victoria Wagner and Amber Jean Young. Through site-specific installations, sculpture, painting and mixed-media assemblages, the artists examine the elemental spirit of the American West. I Look for Clues in Your Dreams will be on view at the Berkeley Art Center from May 21 through July 17, 2016 with an opening reception on May 21 from 6-8PM, which will include a special performance by Victoria Wagner and 15 of her CCA students, invoking the overall spirit of the show.
I look for Clues in Your Dreams includes works that are informed by a spirituality that is influenced by the mythology of the American West and, specifically, Northern California. These six artists, who Marx also views as seekers and explorers, represent a continuation of the area’s rich visual and social history, including elements of psychedelia, community and a reverence for the local landscape. Following the lead of the utopian idealism and the beauty and freedom of the 1960s and 70s, each exhibiting artist reshapes and re-vitalizes the world around them in the pursuit of visual magic.
Curator Heather Marx explains her desire to create an exhibition with the rich history of Northern California in mind:
By looking for clues in these artists’ works, I hope to tell a story about this powerful and complex ‘dream' of Northern California and its bewitching hold on our collective imagination.
Chris Duncan, Kristin Farr and Jenny Sharaf, will each create site-specific installations, embodying exhibition themes. Duncan will install a large fabric window in the high-ceilinged cupola of the gallery, incorporating symbols that speak of a utopian state, referencing mother earth and the cycles of the seasons. Farr’s work will be featured outside the gallery walls, displaying a series of hexagonal paintings and a mural on the face of the building. Harnessing the colors and patterns associated with psychedelia, Farr’s work is playful and exuberant. Sharaf’s installation will occupy a corner of the gallery, incorporating vintage Playboy magazine pages (mapped with the artist’s signature swirling of bright acrylic paint) into a large-scale and boldly-colored floor-to-ceiling design. Here, she explores California myth making and its relationship to femininity.