THE ONE AND ONLY
Fall 2014 UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice Faculty Exhibition
Kwame Braun, Allan deSouza, Michael Hall, Randy Hussong, John McNamara, Indira Morre, Craig Nagasawa, Greg Niemeyer, Elise Putnam, Brody Reiman, Erik Scollon, Katherine Sherwood, Jeffrey Skoller, Stephanie Syjuco, and Anne Walsh
Wednesday, OctoberåÊ22nd through Friday, NovemberåÊ7th, 2014
Opening Reception: 4 ÛÒ 7 pm, Wednesday, October 22nd,åÊ2014
Artist Talk: 12 – 1pm, Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Worth Ryder Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12 ÛÒ 5pm
Free and Open to the Public
The Worth Ryder Art Gallery presents “The One and Only”, the Fall 2014 UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice Faculty Exhibition.åÊAn annual event, this exhibition showcases recent works by a group of artists whose practices demonstrate the diversity of approaches toåÊstudio practiceåÊand wide-ranging explorations of different media that characterize contemporary art practice.
The artists in “The One and Only” have included works that somehow address the tropeåÊof the unique art object in an age of multiplicity. Mechanical reproduction has become as much a part of our daily lives as breathing, and often as unconscious. YetåÊmuch of the conversation about contemporary art has its roots in theåÊModern Art project thatåÊformed in reaction toåÊand in celebration of the machine – of its effects on image production, on labor, entertainment, commerce, and war, onåÊresource extraction andåÊthe natural world, on our conceptualization of time and space, and on the human psyche and the stories we tell ourselves.
During a year where UC Berkeley celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement we can’t help but think of Mario Savio’s omnipresent quote, now pixelated,åÊdegraded, and pale like a copy of a copy of an old flier -åÊ”There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part.” But at an institution that has played a primary role in the development of modern medicine, computers, genetics, lasers, and hydrogen bombs, and in an area in which technology companies make billionsåÊby providing useful services whileåÊ”disrupting” business models and social systems we do “take part.”
The works in the show do not pretend to provide answers any of the thousand questions inherent in this topic, but they are a demonstration that theåÊartists are engaged with these ideas. Whether laboring to produce a one-of-a-kind handmade object in the studio, using serial techniques such as printmaking, mold makingåÊor photography, or engagingåÊwith the limitlessåÊreplications of the digital world,åÊthe reproducibility of the art object is embedded in theåÊfoundation of contemporary art production.
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