At the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), a new exhibition from MATRIX 249 is coming this Friday. Meanwhile L@TE: Friday Nights rolls on through the summer with new shows for the month of August.
For the MATRIX 249 exhibition, the works in showcase are from Oakland-based Zarouhie Abdalian, whose work is a response to specific attributes of a given location, architectural setting, or social landscape. Modest materials are used to produce conceptual and formal effects, staging an altercation or shift of perception, within the immediate environment. The exhibiton at BAMPFA is Abdalian’s first solo exhibition for the museum, where new sculptures were created specifically for Gallery A, exploring the interrelated and distinct states of noise, silence, and absence of sound.
Abdalian is a recipient of an 2010 M.F.A. from California College of the Arts, and a 2012 SECA Art Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). She has exhibited solo projects and several group exhibitions throughout the Bay Area and abroad, and will a public artwork on view in Downtown Oakland this September. Her exhibition at BAMPFA is on view until September 29th.
As for L@TE: Friday Nights, four new shows are coming to Gallery B in August. The first on August 2nd, is Sounding the Path of the Signal. Programmed by Abdalian, it will be presented in conjunction with the artist’s upcoming exhibition, with each work proposing a novel treatment of interactions between sound and a specific site of its production.
The next two shows will be from Thingamajigs. August 9th brings Nomadism, a presentation of new music, readings, and other performances on the subjects of nomadism and dislocation, belonging and disconnection, and preceded by discussions and storytelling on related topics by local artists. On August 16th, the performance group brings Solvitur ambulando (It is Solved by Walking). This is a collaboration with writer Sasha Horn, in new multimedia work featuring performances of words, art, and music inspired by issues including international adoption and walking meditation.
Finally on August 23rd, there is the show from experimental punk group No Age, who will also be in collaboration with country psych band Deven Gary and Ross and artist Gary Panter, each performing a feel-good mix of music and art, making the atmosphere feel like a sidewalk art fair.
As usual, L@TE: Friday Nights begins at 5pm, with DJ’s at 6:30. All shows begin at 7:30.