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(Im)materiel at Headlands Center for the Arts

I have two pieces at Headlands in the exhibition (Im)materiel curated by Kevin B. Chen.

Annual Winter Exhibition

Curated by Kevin B. Chen

What humans are able to physically see represents only a minute fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum. But given the proper means, the invisible can become visible. (Im)materiel, guest curated by Kevin B. Chen, includes photographs, sculptures, and video installations by 18 artists whose work surveys the slippery line that divides the known/unknown, tangible/intangible, and terrestrial/extramundane.

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Paper and Blade: Storytelling Under the Knife

Artist Fellows – Residency at de Young
Feb 5 – March 30, 2014
Artist Reception on March 28, 6-8:30pm

Today is the last day of our residency! It went super fast, but got so many inspirations, ideas and energy from my collaborators! Thank you so much!

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Temporal Void, Upcoming Exhibition at Johansson Projects

Mayumi Hamanaka + Brooks Salzwedel

Temporal Void
Featuring: Mayumi Hamanaka + Brooks Salzwedel
Show Runs November 21, 2013 – January 16, 2014
Reception: Friday, December 6, 5-8pm

Johansson Projects presents Temporal Void, a two person show featuring new works by Mayumi Hamanaka and Brooks Salzwedel, in which the vulnerability of our environments, histories and memories is brought to the forefront.

By slightly distorting recognizable images from twentieth century wars and layering hand cut prints and paper, Mayumi Hamanaka investigates perceptions of history and the contexts in which histories are written. In Hamanaka’s latest project, Invisible Lands, her process is applied to photographs found in the aftermath of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Using these photographs Hamanaka re-imagines and recreates the memories and histories of people, places and moments that have been lost in an instance. Brooks Salzwedel’s work evokes the fragility of our environments, natural and unnatural, often by showcasing the junction of urban development and natural landscapes. These works simultaneously display the transition between unnatural encroachments on the natural and natural reclamation of environments. Salzwedel’s graphite, colored pencil, and mylar works are cast in resin. The resulting serene yet eerie landscapes are full of depth.


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de Young Artist Fellow

Its official and starting soon! My fellowship with de Young with the amazing artists Kai Margarida-Ramirez De Arellano, Adrienne Heloise and Ian Kuali’i. Thanks and gratitude to Kua’aina for all their support!
This artist fellowship is being supported through a collaborative partnership with the deYoung, Kua`aina Associates & the Galeria de la Raza. The Artist Fellows program is made possible with major support from the James Irvine Foundation’s Innovation Fund and the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.
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The Making is A Re-Making

The exhibition I am putting together is opening this Thursday, Oct 17, 2013. Opening Reception 6-8pm at Kala Art Institute.

The Making is A Re-Making
Gallery Conversation with the Artists: Saturday, November 2 at 2pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Saturday, Noon – 4:30pm

Adam Donnelly & David Janesko
Kevin Frances
Rachel Granofsky
Adrienne Heloise
Erin Colleen Johnson
Jesse Boardman Kauppila
Nance O’Banion
Farnaz Shadravan
Emma Spertus

Curated by Mayumi Hamanaka

What are Worlds made of? “Not from nothing… Worldmaking starts from worlds already on hand: the making is a remaking.” Nelson Goodman (Ways of Worldmaking, 1978)

Kala Gallery is proud to present The Making is A Re-Making, a group exhibition that presents work by artists who use materials from everyday life to generate new worlds. Objects, spaces or experiences can be used to create new worlds from old ones, transformed via new arrangements, compositions, re-purposing or other experimental methods creating an experience of unexpected and magical perceptional shifts.

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aboveground, solo exhibition at Swarm Gallery

March 5 – April 10, 2011
Gallery | aboveground |    Mayumi Hamanaka

Opening Saturday, March 5, 2011 6-8pm
Featuring a sound performance by Seth Cluett

Are their faces really different from our own? There are those who refused to believe this. And there are those of us who sincerely look upon the ruins today … Those who pretend to take hope again as the image fades… Those of us who pretend to believe that all this happened only once, at a certain time and in a certain place, and those who refuse to see, who do not hear the cry to the end of time.

– From Night and Fog, a 1955 French documentary short film about the Holocaust

Swarm Gallery is pleased to present, aboveground, an exhibition of new work by Mayumi Hamanaka on view from March 5 – April 10, 2011. The artist’s first solo show with Swarm Gallery features large-scale photo-based cut-out images and photography.

Growing up in the climate of rapid economical growth and globalization, Mayumi Hamanaka’s art practice has followed concepts of individualism, mass-circulated trends, personal histories/memories buried within historical events, and power struggles of individuals within group dynamics.

aboveground explores the connection between historical events overseas and the present day where we stand. As written in Night and Fog, there are reverberating effects of past incidents over time and place, affecting more people than realized. Using recognizable source images collected from 20th Century wars such as WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War, Mayumi hand cuts and slightly abstracts them. By this action, she examines her own distorted perspective and experience in the context of how history is written, and invites the viewer to do the same. Re-imagining the past, we come up with a more accurate picture of the present.

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Things Are Expanding, Opening Reception on Friday, Dec. 10, 6-8 pm!

I have a collaboration piece in the group show Things Are Expanding at Swarm Gallery in Oakland. Opening Reception is Friday, Dec. 10, 6-8pm. If you are around, come by and enjoy art and music!

You can also preview and order our project catalog here.

Things Are Expanding at Swarm Gallery

Swarm Gallery is pleased to announce “THINGS ARE EXPANDING,” an experimental group show on the theme of “collaboration.” Paired with a sound installation in the project space by SF artist, Tamara Albaitis, we sought inspiration from musical collaborators Brian Eno and David Byrne. Both legendary musicians in their own right, they’ve said a lot about the process of collaboration:

“…Another reason to risk [collaboration] is that others often have ideas outside and beyond what one would come up with oneself. To have one’s work responded to by another mind, or to have to stretch one’s own creative muscles to accommodate someone else’s muse, is a satisfying exercise. It gets us outside of our self-created boxes.”

Successful collaboration can be likened to a color wheel. Complimentary colors are in striking contrast to each other; when juxtaposed, each appears brighter and more intense. The opposition between the two gives the combination more power than each element could achieve on its own.

The process: Swarm invited fourteen of its gallery artists to invite another artist of their choosing (from outside the gallery) to collaborate on a piece. We encouraged the artists to invite someone whose work they admire, but who works differently – either in medium, creative style, concept, or all of the above – to “stretch their creative muscles”.

COME SEE WHAT THEY’VE DONE, opening with live music, performance and festivities:
Second Friday, December 10, 6PM

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New Website

New website is finally up!!

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