TO EMIT AND LET FALL
Sep
21
to Oct 27

TO EMIT AND LET FALL

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A collaboration between 5/5 Collective and the space at 1340 Bryant street.

September 21 - October 27, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, September 21, 6-9pm

5/5 Collective

Multimedia collective, 5/5 is dedicated to exploring Black(ness) as an idea, consciousness, reference, and embodied experience through space, language, and visual culture. 5/5 was co-founded by Tania Balan-Gaubert, Troy Chew and Nkiruka Oparah during their MFA at California College of the Arts.

 

Co-Founders

 

Tania L. Balan-Gaubert is a interdisciplinary artist, curator, and writer who uses photography, found and ready-made objects, craft materials, assemblage, and video to contemplate migration, long-distance nationalism, and belonging. She constructs works that are caught between several realms. Blending cultural symbols and signifiers, personal archive(s), spirituality and lore, Balan-Gaubert draws from her Haitian and American heritages to map a diasporic allegorical space she refers to as The 10th Department. Balan-Gaubert was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to the Bay Area from Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in 2018 and her MA in African American Studies from Columbia University in 2012.
 

Troy Chew is an artist from Hawthorne, California. He attended UC Merced, where he received his BA in Psychology.  His work explores the African Diaspora within the urban culture through his two series, Out the Mud and Slanguage. Out the Mud speaks to the rip in the cultural fabric of African Americans, and the several negative and positive paths taken to repair and continue the fabric; while also questioning the definitions of “Fine art” and “Folk Art”.  Slanguage is a reference to the colloquial speech rooted in urban areas and Hip-Hop music.  Similar to Dutch and Flemish still lives, Troy depicts a literal representation of coded words used within urban culture.

Nkiruka Oparah Nkiruka Oparah is a first generation Nigerian artist, curator, and writer living and working in Oakland, CA. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia and her MFA from California College of the Arts. Employing methods of construction such as hand sewing, dyeing, collage, video and assemblage, Oparah builds multimedia portraits from found objects, familial and personal images, and repurposed materials to investigate black identity, Nigerian cultural memory, and as an ongoing attempt to materialize her experience of displacement.

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10x10x10
Jul
20
to Aug 11

10x10x10

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10x10x10

July 20 - August 11

Opening Reception July 20, 6-9pm

Borderline is pleased to announce an interdisciplinary group show featuring Nicole Aponte, Becca Barolli, Nathan Becka, Kristen Brown, Becca Frantz, Laura Gillmore, Cathy Lu, Fernanda Martinez, Joshua Rampage, Lauren Ross, Courtney Sennish, Chris Thorson, MJ Tyson and William Erhard Winter, based entirely on scale: 10x10x10. No artwork may exceed ten inches in any direction. 

We live in a base-ten society; ten is the number we use to scale, both upward toward the edges of the universe and downward to the quantum levels. With 10x10x10, Borderline hopes to scale down and shine a light on the diminutive, the bite-sized, the reduced. Such a collection of small works provides an alternative to the current trend of the immersive, the selfie-inducing, and the larger-than-life.

Statements

Nicole Aponte

Dear Painting,

Don't tell anyone, but here you reflect my desire to rid myself of the past. To forget but a mere moment of those people you hang onto, those emotions, those experiences from. Today I release.

Yours always,

Nicole

 

Becca Barolli

This piece has 30 rebar tie wire braids with filed down fringe held together by 20 rows of steel twining, amounting to 600 knots total.  I use raw industrial materials in conjunction with textile based processes to construct objects that reference a hard, unforgiving need to fit into a traditional domestic space.  Being handmade, variations in tension distort the grid system that is so meticulously planned, contrasting a need for control with the inevitable chaos.

 

Nathan Becka

Cheap American Domestic is the brand of a company which is the entirety of another dimension parallel to the Midwest. Nathan Becka found himself there alone and now cannot leave.

 

Kristen Brown

My work explores themes of dissociation, transience, and truth. Overlapping images and fragmented panels resemble the process of sorting through memories that feel scattered.  My works illustrate questioned or manipulated memories and the altered perception of reality that occurs when a memory cannot be secured or properly categorized.

 

Becca Frantz

This body of work deals with the moments of life that make me uncomfortable — the spaces and personal topics that are hard to discuss with others. The slightly distorted figures serve as a platform to showcase individuality and hint at the stories that could be within each piece. Additionally, the use of traditional ceramic forms, like plates and platters, coupled with taboo and private subject matters are meant to corrupt what we expect of the medium within a domestic environment.

 

Laura Gillmore

My work focuses on the intersection of consumerism with social media. Much of my research has been directed towards sites like Instagram and Facebook which feature lifestyle imagery, influencers, and digital advertising. I am interested in the absurdity of this content and how the individual’s attention has been commodified into an economy of “bottomless” scrolling.

 

Cathy Lu

My work revolves around the manipulation, appropriation, and de-contextualization of traditional Chinese art imagery and presentation as a way to explore how Eastern imagery is seen and understood in the US, and how ideas of cultural ‘authenticity’ and ‘tradition’ interface with contemporary trans-cultural experiences. My materials are rooted in traditional Chinese art, working mostly in ceramic – based sculpture and watercolors. My work draws inspiration from the displays at the Asian Art Museum, to fruit markets in Chinese immigrant neighborhoods, and to the trinket shops in Chinatown.

 

Fernanda Martinez

Color is the main character of my art. Through my artwork I aim to inspire others to admire the beauty of the ordinary, draw the attention to details and prompt to reconnect with the natural world. La Tinta is a world of plants that celebrates life; it is a space that brings joy and harmony by showing bursting color palettes that brighten up the common.

I attempt to show a reflective perspective in each aspect of my work by creating playful narratives that evoke happiness and emotions. The combination of unstructured shapes with enthralling color mixtures result in surreal illustration scenes and unique pattern pieces. My ideal mediums are gouache and acrylic because they allow me to experiment with layers during my creative process.

Most of my inspiration comes from environmental elements such as plants and flowers; neverthless, photography, interiorism, folk ornaments and textile design have contributed to my creative process.

 

Joshua Rampage

The artistic process of cultivating, distilling, and then obscuring secrets in paint is metaphor for the human experience. We bury the past; out of sight and out of mind as status quo. Secrets are a specific burial; the subconscious can be a graveyard.

These abstracts are derived from literal secrets. Secrets reflect us and frame how we interact with each other.

 

Lauren Ross

Within this piece I continue to think about memory and horizon lines- the center warp thread of a double cloth, the space where the water meets the sky, the meeting, joining, and departing of spaces and lives. Visually, it references tying a bow [around a figure] as an aid in remembering. In it’s intimate repetition it illustrates a desperate hope of not forgetting.

 

Courtney Sennish

I amble through the city of San Francisco in search of illuminations: silent monuments bearing subtleties that transform my being in place. My process is an accumulation of labor, historical research, and intuition resulting in a phenomenological and physical conversion.  My artworks exhibit the materiality of the urban landscape while being isolated as objects.

 

Chris Thorson

Drawing on conventions of trompe l'oeil and the readymade, I use a range of materials and methods to remake ordinary objects such as food items, keychains, remote controls. The resulting sculptures articulate banal aspects of modern life and suggest undercurrents of alienation and anxiety.

 

MJ Tyson

It may be to our advantage — as a way of orienting ourselves in our world — to consider the cycles of creation and destruction intrinsic to the objects and materials that surround us. Considering such cycles, I have found that the significance of jewelry lies not only in its relationship to the physical body, but also in its role in our lives. Inheritance focuses on the life of jewelry beyond the body, where it is often a physical marker of abstract ideas, such as lineage, legacy, and favor.

 

William Erhard Winter

William Winter uses conceptual, spatial, and interdisciplinary approaches to explore conventions and rituals and to investigate the relationship between obsession, escapism, and alchemy. His work employs a variety of media including sculpture, video, painting, mold-making, installation and performance.

 

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Elana Adler: Disentangle
Jun
14
to Jul 14

Elana Adler: Disentangle

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Elana Adler: Disentangle
June 14 - July 14, 2018
Opening Reception June 14, 6-9pm

Borderline Art Collective is excited to announce Disentangle, a solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist Elana Adler. Her work primarily focuses on questions of perception, signaling, and existence, using digital and analog craft techniques to translate abstract concepts of space and time.

"By unraveling the grid to understand how coordinates intersecting on a map can result in a picture or place—which then becomes a pixel of a grander image—Disentangle is an attempt to visualize schematics, the fluidity of mapping, and the perception of location."

Image: Elana Adler, Not consisting of an ever- changing flow of time but of a calculable set of things, Felt and Thread, Size depends on installation (sewn 68” x 68” x 68” floppy grid), 2018

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After After Party
May
25
6:00 PM18:00

After After Party

1 YEAR OF BORDERLINE

OPENING CELEBRATION: MAY 25TH, 6-9PM

1340 BRYANT STREET, SF

NEW WORK BY ALL FOUNDING MEMBERS + FOOD + DRINKS + MERRIMENT

Borderline opened its doors in 2017 with its inaugural show “After Party,” a group show containing work from almost the entire CCA MFA class of 2017. After a year of programming including five exhibitions, a holiday storefront display project, a surrealist dinner party, a group show in Seattle, and a hosting of the Painting Salon, the four founding members will display new works of their own in a group show titled, “After, After Party.”

All work will be on view at 1340 Bryant street in SF. For the opening reception, Jeanne Finley, faculty in CCA’s film dept, will premiere her latest film. 

 

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Renegade Craft Fair: LA
Apr
21
to Apr 22

Renegade Craft Fair: LA

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Borderline presents an experiential booth of artworks representative of founding members Amy Lange, Danielle Andress, Tescia Seufferlein, and Marissa Geoffroy. We will also have some Borderline swag available for purchase such as pins and tote bags. All fine art pieces will be framed and/or otherwise ready for the consumer.

Proceeds from sales will support future programming at Borderline. Come support your local art collective!

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Girl Gang Craft Fair
Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Girl Gang Craft Fair

Borderline presents an experiential booth of artworks representative of founding members Amy Lange, Danielle Andress, Tescia Seufferlein, and Marissa Geoffroy. We will also have some Borderline swag available for purchase such as pins and tote bags. All fine art pieces will be framed and/or otherwise ready for the consumer.

Proceeds from sales will support future programming at Borderline. Come support your local art collective!

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Career & Creative Talks
Apr
12
3:00 PM15:00

Career & Creative Talks

Borderline is speaking at the 1st annual Career & Creative Talks at California College of the Arts! 

Thursday, April 12th, 3-4pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

The Career & Creative Talks are a TED-like, student-led speaker series designed to help CCA students gain momentum in their career searches and professional lives. The goal is to have you crowdsource advice from peers who are experts in independent thinking, launching careers, and developing an entrepreneurial identity.

The featured topics and speakers for this semester’s event include:

Started from 0 | Yufan Jiang (MFA Design)

Reel Talk | Mikayla Pena (Animation, Senior)

Schedule for Success | Asia Kang (Illustration, Senior)

There are No Rules | Nino Panes (MFA Design)

Keeping Momentum After Graduation | Marissa Geoffroy & Amy Lange (MFA Fine Arts ’17)  

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Renegade Craft Fair: SF
Apr
7
to Apr 8

Renegade Craft Fair: SF

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Borderline presents an experiential booth of artworks representative of founding members Amy Lange, Danielle Andress, Tescia Seufferlein, and Marissa Geoffroy. 

We will also have some Borderline swag available for purchase such as pins, tote bags, and t-shirts.

All fine art pieces will be framed and/or otherwise ready for the consumer.

Possible interactive macramé plant hanger activity as well...

Proceeds from sales will support future programming at Borderline. Come support your local art collective!

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Hosting: Painting Salon
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Hosting: Painting Salon

Danielle Andress, Johanna Friedman and Laura Rokas

The Painting Salon is a monthly lecture series aimed at fostering a dialogue about contemporary painting in the Bay Area.  Each month, we invite two artists present their work at a new art space, gallery or artist studio. With the nomadic venue and expanding roster of presenters, the Salon hopes to foster community by introducing new audiences to artists and artists to each other.  Guests are invited to contribute to the event through pot luck offerings of drinks and snacks. The Salon is currently being curated by Bay Area artist Sarah Thibault.

On view: Holding Pattern

 

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Holding Pattern
Feb
19
to Mar 25

Holding Pattern

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Holding Pattern

Isis Hockenos + Piper Grosswendt

Closing Reception Saturday March 17th, 6:00-9:00pm

On view by appointment and hours TBA, Feb. 19th - March 25th


At first glance, Piper Grosswendt and Isis Hockenos make incredibly different work, both formally and in terms of content. However, after close observation, they seem to reach back and forth into each others’ worlds, mirroring moments and moods across style and approach. Hockenos depicts an idyllic pastoral landscape with a dark underbelly, full of laborers propelled forward in endless repetitive action. Grosswendt makes rhythmic amalgamations that germinate from observed architectural details; in this body of work, particular cinderblock patterns act as compositional scaffolding. Hockenos displays the moments of labor, while Grosswendt meditates on the result. Pattern, local surroundings, work, and repetition meld together with very specific color choices; both artists use bright pastels rooted in the California landscape, both built and natural. With this current work, Hockenos and Grosswendt reveal their place and time in history with a loving eye toward the beautifully mundane and the action behind it.


Isis Hockenos is influenced by the wind and the salt and the craggy shores of her native Northern California coast, while being inspired too by the urban angles of the cities in which she has lived. Isis studied visual arts and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NY and printmaking at Fondazione Il Bisonte in Florence, Italy. Isis is an Artist Member at Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, CA and a Resident Artist at The Midway Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Isis has exhibited locally and internationally including at Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, Sagan Piechota Architecture, San Francisco, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, and at Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen, DK. In 2016 she was awarded the Gallery Route One Young Artist Fellowship.  Rhizosphere was Isis’ first curatorial project in San Francisco.

Statement: "In recent paintings I have been exploring the concept of task and labor, both physical and emotional. I have been employing mirror imagery and repetition to evoke the sensation of repetitive task. A strong connection to my natural environment, to humor, to narrative and use of color, frame these interests. My subjects also include the work implicit in gender and relationship dynamics. There is a female sense of urgency, of responsibility, of bondage that insists we maintain momentum and forward pressure. Systematic gender-normative behavior reinforces this bondage. Despite the toil depicted in many of my paintings, pleasure and humor are integral. Even if there is thematic discomfort in a piece, the viewer accepts that thorn because of the painting’s inherent visual satisfaction. I want to provoke but in doing so, also want to delight. I like the incongruity of pairing serious subject matter with unexpected colors and improbable titles. This allows for the viewer to access the work from several different points."

Piper Grosswendt lives and makes work in San Francisco, where she received her MFA in Studio Art from California College of the Arts in May 2017. She is from Kailua, Hawaii and holds a BA from Bowdoin College.

Statement: "The house across the street from my own is separated from the sidewalk by a cinder block wall. The bottom row is made of solid blocks, the top three rows of the decorative blocks that resemble a four-petaled flower with the tips of the petals ending at the corners of the square. The house sits on a corner, and the wall follows the curve of the road. All of the cinder blocks are regular right-angled units; the curve of the wall is not smooth. Sometimes, when I walk past the wall, I look at the way someone carefully mortared each block in place."

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At the Borderline
Feb
4
to Mar 4

At the Borderline

Virago Gallery, 4306 SW Alaska Street, Seattle, WA

Exhibit Runs Feb 4th - March 4th 2018
Opening Event - Thursday, Feb 8th, 5 to 9pm

At The Borderline embodies the individual practices of the four members of Borderline Art Collective based in San Francisco, CA. Each member, Danielle Andress, Marissa Geoffroy, Amy Lange, and Tescia Seufferlein, maintain individual practices and collaborate on several projects each year. For this show, they created a series of banners by combining motifs, methods, and materials. Although diametrically different in presentation and appearance, all of the artists work in analog techniques to address current political and cultural issues. 


Virago Gallery is an independent, woman-owned gallery and boutique in West Seattle. Conceived by independent curator Tracy Cilona, to champion the work of womxn artists and designers, featuring original art, exclusive jewelry pieces and handmade gifts for home and body.We are Feminist AF.

VIRAGO - The original Latin meaning of virago is a female warrior;
a woman who demonstrates exemplary and heroic qualities. 

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SF Shines Holiday Storefronts
Nov
18
to Jan 5

SF Shines Holiday Storefronts

Borderline was selected to participate in a project benefitting small businesses in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco.

 The SF Shines Holiday Display Project aims to activate small business storefronts during the holiday season by providing creative, eye-catching storefront displays. 

The project goals are to: 

- build the capacity of neighborhood-serving small businesses through improved branding and visibility 

- connect small businesses to local artists and encourage the use of art and design in small business spaces 

- improve the pedestrian experience by creating visual interest, promoting storefront transparency, and providing increased lighting 

- attract new customers to the corridor with coordinated events

Artists and designers work directly with local small businesses to design, create, and install temporary holiday window displays that reflect the brand and goods or services offered by the business. The installations are not for sale to the public and are the property of the small business. 

Stop by and take a look! The displays will be up at McGarden Bakery and Little Joe's Pizza, both on Mission near the intersection of Geneva, through the new year. 

Click here for an article with  more information on the project!

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Sep
16
6:00 PM18:00

Transformed: 30 Shirts by 30 Artists

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

6 pm onwards, Live Auction at 8 pm

1340 Bryant Street, San Francisco

 

30+ artists from across the country created pieces for this occasion. Each received a T-shirt, and transformed it according to their own artistic vision. The shirts/artworks will be available for sale through a LIVE AUCTION starting at 8 pm.

Artists include:

Sam Carr-PrindleJoanna Fields,  Piper Grosswendt,  Marie Muscardini,  Tosha Stimage,  Felix Talkin,  Liz Bayan,  Theresa Sterner,  Zach Trow,  Brenna Cheyney,  Amy TavernBen Quinn, Paulina Berczynski, Richard Nelson,  Jamie Turner,  Sayaphet VilaykornAndrew Ohanesian,  Liz Russell,  Nicole Aponte,  Ariel Churnin,  Don Pablo Pedro,  Garth FryMeghan Shimek,  Nathan Becka,  Jiyoung Park,  Jeremy Wagner Kristi ArnoldBeau RheeMario Pires CordeiroAlthea Simons, plus borderline members  Amy LangeDanielle AndressMarissa Geoffroy, and Tescia Seufferlein

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