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, October 22nd through Friday, November 7th, 2014
Opening Reception: 4 – 7 pm, Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Artist Talk: 12 – 1pm, Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Worth Ryder Gallery, 116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12 – 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. An annual event, this exhibition showcases recent works by a group of artists whose practices demonstrate the diversity of approaches to studio practice and 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 trope of 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. Yet much of the conversation about contemporary art has its roots in the Modern Art project that formed in reaction to and in celebration of the machine – of its effects on image production, on labor, entertainment, commerce, and war, on resource extraction and the 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, degraded, and pale like a copy of a copy of an old flier – “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 billions by providing useful services while “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 the artists 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 making or photography, or engaging with the limitless replications of the digital world, the reproducibility of the art object is embedded in the foundation of contemporary art production.
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