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March Exhibitions 3/1 - 4/2

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Cannery Suite 110

Max Luo - Border Lands

Artist Reception: Thursday, March 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Approaching reality less as an absolute state than an interpretation of the mind, Max Luo’s sculptural installation series Border Lands explores a dreamlike state of mind where reality and illusion collide. Luo’s installations inhabit a sort of existential no-man’s-land, where a border between illusion and reality is not a clearly demarcated line but a vaguely defined region where ordinary interpretations need not apply. 

“Although the artist may have a deeper understanding of an artwork, I do not want to be ‘above’ my audience, rather, I want to dialogue with them,” says Luo. “My artwork is about questioning my perceptions of reality, more than it is offering an answer to what reality is.” 

Born in Wuhan, China, Max Luo twice experienced the culture shock of relocating to cities and countries with different language and customs, prompting her to begin questioning the nature of reality as viewed through different perspectives. She completed her MFA in Fine Art Sculpture at Academy of Art University in 2016, where she was was awarded Best MFA Work at the 2016 Spring Show and nominated for the 2016 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. 

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625 Sutter Gallery

Nan Lu - Androgyny I - Self Portrait

Artist Reception: Thursday, March 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Questioning social convention has long been the purview of the artist, and it’s hard to imagine a more topical questioning than that of gender. Through hypothetical examples, Nan Lu’s photo series Androgyny I - Self Portrait examines deeply ingrained social resistance toward free gender expression. “Androgyny is a very sensitive and controversial word in my homeland — China, because of conservative gender based attitudes,” Says Lu. “Most people, especially my parents’ generation can’t accept the behavior of androgynous people.” By dressing models in her own personal clothing, Lu demonstrates the power that wardrobe and posture have in projecting gender clues that influence our expectations and assumptions. The viewer is asked to consider their preconceived opinions within contexts that may seem contradictory.

Born and raised an only child in Shanghai, Nan Lu’s love of photography began with the gift of a Minolta camera from her grandmother. After making her mark as a successful magazine editor, Lu eventually decided to reposition her career by moving into photography. She joined Academy of Art University’s School of Photography, where she completed her MFA in 2013.

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688 Sutter Gallery

Candice Rollerson - Life Constructed - A Journey

Artist Reception: Thursday, March 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

At one time or another many of us wish for a convenient roadmap to life, that would magically direct us to where we want to go. But how many of us map out our own past decisions to find out where we are now? Candice Rollerson’s photo series Life Constructed: A Journey realizes memories as constructed tableau to be photographed and distilled into specific viewpoints for reconsideration.

Says Rollerson, “The cathartic nature of building the sets and capturing them with a 4x5 camera allowed me to create a safe place where I could take my time to revisit emotions— to feel them again and analyze them. Through this process, I remove the power of the negative thoughts and instead, see value in them.”

Originally from South Carolina, Candice Rollerson draws on her experience growing up in a single parent household as inspiration for her autobiographical artwork. She completed her MFA in Photography at Academy of Art University in 2016, where she now works as Administrator of the School of Photography. Her work has been appeared in numerous exhibitions and publications throughout the United States. 

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Cannery Suite 112

Stephen Bouska - Culmination

Artist Reception: Thursday, March 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Seeking to unite technical proficiency with artistic expression, Stephen Bouska’s sculpture series Culmination builds on traditional stonework themes by exploring new forms in more contemporary ways. “I am searching for the best way to express my voice,” says Bouska, “On one hand I am a classically trained stone carver with an appreciation and consideration of the great masters of the past. On the other hand I desire the boundless freedom of expression that can be found within the sculptural context of geometric abstracts.” 

Stephen Bouska has been working as a mason, stonecutter, and carver since 2001, and has trained under several master masons and stone carvers, working on cathedrals, courthouses, and historical structures such as the gates of San Francisco’s Presidio. However, since purely commercial and architectural work left him artistically unfulfilled, Bouska enrolled in the Fine Art Sculpture program at Academy of Art University, completing his AA in 2015 and is on track to complete his BFA in 2017. He works as a California licensed masonry contractor, and is the proprietor of Old World Stone Design, in Rio Linda.

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Atelier Gallery

Print And/Or Book

Artist Reception: Thursday, March 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Featuring the latest creations by students and alumni from Academy of Art University's Printmaking and Book Arts departments. 

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435 Jefferson Gallery

Advanced Work in Jewelry and Metal Arts

Artist Reception: Thursday, March 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

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