New work about the power of patterns, symbols & images to shape culture/politics
* Saturday, November 2, 4:00-7:00 pm
* Saturday, November 16, 3:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: November 2 – December 3
Working with patterns passed down through generations and shared through the history of American quilt making, Lena plays with variations of the eight-pointed star.
These star images are combined with more literal representations of universe images – suns, moons and constellation lines – forming an interplay of interconnected cosmic symbols.
The show which is entitled ‘Patterns + Spells’, investigates the power of patterns, visual symbols and images in shaping culture and politics.
Join us on November 16 for a special conversation with Lena and Lauren Schiller, founder of Inflection Point, a podcast and public radio show about how women rise up, social change and move forward in the quest for equality. Lauren will be speaking to Lena about her path as an artist and how she uses her voice to transform and shape culture in her community.
Lena Wolff grew up living semi-communally with her family at the Zen Center of Los Angeles in then went to live in Paris and outside of Amsterdam as a young person before returning to the U.S. in the late 1980’s. Based now in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1991, she works in a range of interdisciplinary approaches including drawing, collage, sculpture, murals, text-based pieces, and public art in addition to frequently collaborating with other artists.
Her studio practice extends out of American craft and folk art traditions, while at the same time being connected to the modern and contemporary movements of geometric abstraction, minimalism, social practice, Op art and feminist art.
Wolff received a BA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College (1995) and an MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco State University (2003). She has exhibited at the de Young Museum, the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Headlands Center for the Arts and in numerous galleries. In addition to private collections, her work is in the public collections of the One Archive, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Alameda County Arts Commission, Stanford University, Facebook, the Cleveland Clinic, the University of Iowa Museum and the Zuckerman Museum of Art. Wolff is the recipient of a Master Artist award from Kala Art Institute and will be honored by the City of Berkeley Winter of 2019 for her contributions to the city as an artist engaged in social practice.
Additional time info:
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 2, 4:00-7:00 pm
Artist Conversation: Saturday, November 16, 3:00 pm
Regular Hours: Tue-Sat, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm