Needles in the Camel’s Eye: Stephani Martinez & Jessica Tang
September 6 – December 10, 2016
Stephani Martinez‘s work is a reflection of her observation of nature, its repeating patterns, and the methodical and repetitive aspect of traditional women’s crafts. Her work has been exhibited throughout California at venues including Intersection for the Arts and the Berkeley Art Center. She was honored to be interviewed on KQED’s Gallery Crawl for her show Plume at Hatch Gallery in Oakland. Stephani’s work has been featured at Supernatural in San Francisco and Zughaus Gallery in Berkeley. Martinez received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She resides in Oakland and her studio is located at FM Studios, also in Oakland.
What I observe
What I imagine
What I put together
Watching objects transform
Talking a walk, looking up at the stars
Sitting with materials, and memories, and sounds
To be surrounded and encapsulated by my ideas
Where I no longer exist. I would become the thing that I’ve made
To dissolve into the universe and to become a part of it
A need to put things together
I create the things I want to see
Coming from memories and experiences
Stories, history, childhood, family
My Nets, carried out of mythology
They belong to the night sky
Buttons become stars
Crochet becomes a nebula
It is the gathering and sorting.
It is physical.
It is methodical.
It is deliberate.
It is accidental.
It is ephemeral.
It is the process.
It is the satisfaction of doing.
Jessica Tang is a first-generation Chinese American artist. Born and raised in San Francisco, she received her BA in Studio Art at Mills College in Oakland in 2013. Before graduating, she studied in Seoul, South Korea, where she witnessed a student crochet herself into a cocoon. Inspired, she started experimenting with fiber and continues regularly working with thread and fabric. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area, participating in exhibitions at SOMArts in San Francisco, Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, and the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, among other venues. She currently lives and maintains a studio in San Francisco.
Embroidery is versatile in mimicking the original object in shape and design but still distinct enough to be recognized as something else. The stitches are soft but substantial, more tangible.
With embroidery, I explore my Asian-American born identity-the dualism of being too Asian to be American, and too American to be Asian.
In my object series, I recreate familiar Asian American objects that take on the visual identity of the original object but reject said identity due to its material.
In my girl series, I replace the facial identity of suggestively posed Asian women with Asian textile patterns. The patterned skin creates a broader spectrum of Asian identity; it becomes more ambiguous and fluid as identity moves between the two.
Modesto Covarrubias and Monica Lundy collaborate on several curatorial projects, including Studio 5,4 Salon, an event that brings together arts professionals for an evening of lively discourse. They are the San Francisco Bay Area curators of visual arts for Flying Under the Radar Biennial Festival of the Arts, an interdisciplinary lab/festival that facilitates collaborative work between artists of the San Francisco Bay Area and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both Covarrubias and Lundy maintain their own studio practice, among other projects. Modesto Covarrubias has a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, an MFA in Studio Art from Mills College, and teaches at California College of the Arts. Monica Lundy has a BFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA in Painting from Mills College, and is represented by Nancy Toomey Fine Art in San Francisco.
The Red Poppy Art House has featured installations and/or rotations of work by numerous Bay Area artists including Paz de la Calzada, Alberto Toscano, Fernando Diaz, Yolanda Lopez, Adriana Camarena, Indira Urrutia, Todd Thomas Brown, Adrian Arias, Ytaelena Lopez, Calixto Robles, Mona Caron, Dustin Fosnot, Claudio Nalerio, Sebastian Alvarez, and more.
As a predominantly multidisciplinary performance space, the Art House does not usually host formal exhibitions. Rather, we present works throughout the year via informal rotations of works for sale as well as socially engaged large-scale installations pieces. For more information on what is currently on display, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or come by for one of our performances.
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