Collection: Reaching Out to You, Reaching Out to Me, Selected By Sarah-Dawn Albani (online exhibition)

About the exhibition

"The work in this collection muses over the figure. At turns haunting, celebratory, obscure, alien, vulnerable, defiant, and fragmented, the subject slips, hides, folds and announces itself in texture, color, and networks of associative form. These works create points of connection, nodes in a network of materiality, communicating and distributing feeling. The figure grounds us and remembers the body as the site of our orientation toward feeling, connection, belonging, and becoming. This is how we become ourselves, through these physical encounters with the other, you reaching out to me, reaching out to you."

About the selector

Sarah-Dawn Albani is a practicing theorist - using studio as research method. Her work in text, video, performance, sound, sculpture, and painting explores the power of personal and cultural myth and meaning making, and the limits and potential of the constructs of the self. Current projects explore environmental crisis, interconnectivity, cults, authoritarianism, ideology, prophecy, utopia and dystopia through the lens of her own westward journey twenty years ago as a young seeker. 

She has toured with bands, bandits, and musical theater companies. Her work has been presented at 100% Gallery, The Richmond Art Center, NIAD Art Center, BAM/PFA, The Lab, SOMARTS, The Garage, SFAQ Project Space, Ladybug House, Mission Comics, Savernack Street Gallery, and backyards, bedrooms, and alleys throughout the Bay Area, Portugal, Boston, Vermont, New York and New Orleans. She is a frequent contributor to independent zines and chapbooks . She holds a BFA from SFAI with dual degree in Sculpture and The History and Theory of Contemporary Art and an MFA from UC Berkeley in Art Practice.

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