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AUGUST EXHIBITIONS: 8/2 – 8/27

Cannery Suite 104

The Photography Intensive

Artist Reception August 4, 5:30-7:30pm

The Photography Intensive

The Photography Intensive is an MFA course designed around creating a series of photographs working within the confines of shooting in a single location during a condensed period of time (the summer semester). Each student is challenged to create their own visual resolution of their experience photographing at the Marin Headlands. The course encompasses not only the photography, but also the selection and preparation of images for presentation. This exhibition is the culmination of their combined work.

 

Cannery Suite 108

Meena Kamal, Emotional Spaces and Places

Artist Reception August 7, 5:30-7:30pm

Meena Kamal, Emotional Spaces and Places

Meena Kamal’s painting series “Emotional Spaces and Places” begins with photos taken from airplane windows and reinterprets them as abstract landscapes. Interacting with the painting process to channel her instincts, intuitions, and emotions, Kamal adds and subtracts, building up and scraping down to reveal what lies beneath, both physically and emotionally.

“It is fascinating that a landscape situated far below and seen from high above transforms into unrecognizable lines, texture, color, and patterns,” says Kamal. Dynamic angles set at odds against the balanced security of the square canvas suggest energy and movement – not of the landscape, but of the viewpoint.  Expansive vistas parallel emotional mindscapes, and the metaphor of travel becomes one of self-exploration.

Born in Meerut, India, Meena Kamal dreamed of becoming an artist since she was awarded second prize in an interschool competition at the age of 12. Although she went on to earn her LLM in International Trade at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2009, she later came to Academy of Art University, where she completed her her MFA in Painting in 2014. She has participated in group exhibitions around the world, including Art Basel 2014. Emotional Spaces and Places represents her solo show debut.

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Cannery Suite 110

Alex Vietti, Construction

Artist Reception August 7, 5:30-7:30pm

Alex Vietti, Construction

How many of us can pass by a construction site without peeking through the fence in hopes of catching a glimpse of something wondrous? Theres something about that rare chance to look beneath the surface of the everyday world that appeals to us all, to see the bones that support the modern world we take for granted. Alex Vietti’s “Construction” taps into this fascination and considers the construction site as a transitory zone of instability. Uniformed workers take on the appearance of a secular clergy, gatekeepers of the mysteries of concrete, steel, and heavy machinery, working to restore a disrupted equilibrium.

“From their daily labor they give birth to the new structure,” says Vietti. “Observing them working has given me the chance to look into another world, a constantly fluctuating world that lays the foundation for my own as I walk through the city.” Vietti’s straightforward realistic technique presents the subject without distracting from the narrative. Decay and Destruction bring instability, workers move in and restore equilibrium, then move on to the next project.

Alex Vietti received his BFA in Drawing from Northern Illinois University, and is working towards his MFA in Painting at Academy of Art University. He has exhibited in numerous fine art galleries around the United States, and has won awards for his short films and animation.

Alex Vietti, Construction

Cannery Suite 112

Yucen Tang, Self Discovery

Artist Reception August 7, 5:30-7:30pm

Yucen Tang, Self Discovery
Yucen Tang, Self Discovery

625 Gallery

Ragit Phiosuwan, The Subconsciousness

Artist Reception August 7, 5:30-7:30pm

Ragit Phiosuwan, The Subconsciousness

Utilizing various printmaking techniques such as lithography, silkscreen, and intaglio, Rajit Phiosuwan’s “The Subconsciousness” considers thoughts as printed images, combining the conceptual with the aesthetic for a visual interpretation of the subconscious thought process.

 “We can never truly know the processes of the subconscious, but I believe they can be exposed through daily actions, such as how we interact with people and express our emotions,” says Phiosuwan. “I believe the effect of the subconscious’ processes evokes both positive and negative energy through actions.” The printmaking media achieve a range of values from white to black, mirroring the range of energies from negative to positive, complexity to simplicity, obscurity to enlightenment.

Growing up in a Buddhist household, Rajit Phiosuwan learned to appreciate balance and harmony at an early age. Although she began her artistic education in Visual Communication Design, earning her BFA at Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, she found that discipline incapable of providing the subconscious introspection that she desired. Phiosuwan continued her artistic development at Academy of Art University, completing her MFA in Printmaking in 2013.