Converging Territories by Lalla Essaydi, Decoding Identity @ MoAD, San Francisco 2009

In February 2014, Demetri Broxton Studios was selected as the curator for the Addison Street Windows Gallery and the 1947 Center Street Lobby Gallery. Both spaces are part of the City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program. The Civic Arts Program, housed in the Office of Economic Development, promotes visual arts in the Berkeley community by exhibiting works of various artists.

 

Transcendent Iconography II

Paintings by Nicole Dixon

January 29 - March 30, 2016

Demetri Broxton Studio proudly presents Transcendent Iconography II: New Paintings by Nicole Dixon. Oakland based artist, Nicole Dixon created 11 brand new, mixed media works on canvas for the exhibition at Addison Street Windows Gallery. In Nicole's work, the Black figure takes center stage. Each character is beautiful and strikingly (literally) charcoal black. The characters are deeply enmeshed in the spiritual world, transcending stereotypes and creating new narratives for Black life. 

Nicole Dixon was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She is the head teacher at Nia House Learning Center, a Montessori school in Berkeley, CA.

Visit Nicole's website here 


Night Walks

Art by Rachelle Reichert

January 29 - April 22, 2016

Demetri Broxton Studio presents Night Walks: Artwork by Rachelle Reichert. Reichert is interested in carbon and sat as both the subject and medium of her work. Carbon is the matter from which all life comes from. In her work she layers, folds, rubs, and presses graphite (a crystalline form of carbon) and salt to create sculptures, photographs, and drawings. To make the pieces, Rachelle creates a paste out of ground graphite and water (the other essential element for life). Depending on how much water she incorporates, the paste cracks, peels, or goes on smooth and shiny. She layers photographs and other objects within the pieces.

Rachelle Reichert is a San Francisco based artist. She received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA and BFA from Boston University. She has exhibitied nationally and internationally. Her work has been reviewed and published in the SF Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, The Point Magazine, and New American Paintings. She has received several public and private commissions including Red Bull, Inc. and the Boston University Medical School.

Visit Rachelle's website here


 

Natural Tendencies

Weavings by George-Ann Bowers

June 27 - August 12, 2015

Opening: June 27, 1:00 - 3:00 pm


The Addison Street Windows Gallery proudly presents Natural Tendencies: Weavings by George-Ann Bowers. The work of George-Ann Bowers celebrates the intricacies of the natural world. George-Ann often uses clothing shapes as a framework for nature imagery, illustrating a connection and juxtaposition between the natural world. To make her pieces, she employs a traditional double-weave pickup as her basic method, and incorporates additional techniques to increase dimension.

George-Ann Bowers has created woven artwork for exhibition and commission for more than 30 years. Largely self-taught, she received formal training at the California College of Arts in Oakland, and Fiberworks Center for the Textile Arts and Pacific Basin School of Textile Arts in Berkeley, CA. Bowers exhibits her nature-based weavings in venues throughout the United States, as well as internationally.

Visit George-Ann’s website here 


IN TRANSIT

Paintings by Elizabeth Ennis

June 12 - August 28, 2015

The 1947 Center Street Lobby Gallery presents IN TRANSIT: Paintings by Elizabeth Ennis. Ennis is fascinated with transportation and how people get from one place to another. Her masterfully executed oil paintings capture the isolation of people who are momentarily neither here nor there, but moving through space. Surrounded by mass transit's impersonal structures, people inhabit their own solitary inner worlds. 

Elizabeth Ennis is a Berkeley, CA based artist. She was born in New York City and received her B.A. from City College of New York (CUNY) in 1971. In 1978, she received an M.A. in Creative Arts Therapy from Lone Mountain College, San Francisco.

Visit Elizabeth's website here


Through the seas, my roots

A site specific installation by Dimitra Skandali

March 21 - May 6, 2015

Opening: March 27, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

The Addison Street Windows Gallery proudly presents         Through the seas, my roots, a site specific installation by artist, Dimitra Skandal. Skandali’s experience of growing up on Paros, an island in the Aegean Sea in Greece, and her ties to it, its history and people are central to her work. Dimitra literally carries her island with her. The installation is made up of sea grape vines, seaweed, sea grass, and roots that she brought in a suitcase from Paros, Greece. Other roots were brought from Key West, Florida. Themes of the past are reflected in her choice of materials and the ethereal, ephemeral forms she creates serve as reminders of the sea, its openness and possibilities, but also its limitations – reflections of a displacement, fragility, and instability. 

Visit Dimitra's website here


SNOW DRAWINGS 

by Sonja Hinrichsen

April 3 - June 12, 2015

The 1947 Center Street Lobby Gallery presents Snow Drawings, an ongoing project in which Sonja Hinrichsen “draws” large design systems in the environment by walking lines into fresh snow surfaces with snowshoes. The finished pieces are ephemeral. While they take hours to create, their duration is entirely unpredictable.  Sometimes they are coated over by new snow shortly after completion. The project began during an artist residency in the Colorado Rocky Mountains in winter 2009. Her designs have since become much more elaborate and refined, and she has continued the project in other landscapes across the United States and abroad. Hinrichsen’s work has evolved into large social practice art events. Working with community has enabled her to create monumental pieces while at the same time engaging people in fun outdoor winter activity in stunning landscapes. In 2014 she was invited to work in the French Alps, sponsored by the Serre Chevalier Municipality Skiing Organization. All works on display at 1947 Center Street Lobby Gallery were created in France. The aerial photographs are the only remainders of the monumental size drawings created with community participation.

Sonja Hinrichsen graduated from the Academy of Art in Stuttgart, Germany and received her Masters degree in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. Sonja’s ongoing community arts project Snow Drawings has received significant attention and has been featured on numerous art, design and culture websites, and written about in magazines, including SOMA Magazine, TRACCE (Italian Archeology Magazine), and a Chinese Art Magazine. Snow Drawings was also featured on NPR, MSNBC, The Discovery Channel (US and Canada), and public TV Tokyo. Photographic prints and video have been shown in exhibitions in California, Colorado and in Europe.

Visit Sonja's website here



Abstract Constructions of Love: Paintings by Francesca Saveri

January 9 through April 3, 2015   

The 1947 Center Street Lobby Gallery proudly presents Abstract Constructions of Love:  Paintings by Francesca Saveri. Saveri's vivid paintings are made using the encaustic process, in which beeswax is melted and mixed with damar resin and pure pigment. The resulting mixture is then painted directly onto canvas before it cools. The paintings end up sculptural and must be experienced in person to fully appreciate their beauty.

Francesca Saveri is a California artist committed to creating beauty through full expression. She credits Nature to be her essential teacher and the natural environment her best learning environment in which she has constant interaction. Her work is deeply influenced by her lifelong practices of music, writing and movement. A former teacher, she treasures the process of growth and learning through exploration, risk taking, and collaboration. 

Visit Francesca's website here



Between Cell and Sea: Art by Kimberley D'Adamo Green

January 24 - March 14, 2015

The Addison Street Windows Gallery proudly presents Between Cell and Sea: Art by Kimberley D’Adamo Green, an art exhibition organized by curator, Demetri Broxton. Investigating the ecosystems of the Bay Area's estuaries, D’Adamo Green’s work explores enmeshed micro and macro landscapes. From the microscope to the naked eye to aerial and satellite photography, why do we see replication of similar patterns across so many different organic forms no matter what our perspective? What can these recurring similarities tell us about creation?  This repetition of pattern and shape in nature suggests that the idea of scale is but a human construction. The Addison Street Windows Gallery is a project of the City of Berkeley, funded by the Berkeley Public Art Fund.

Kimberley D’Adamo Green has been an educator for more than 15 years. She is currently an art teacher at Berkeley High School. D’Adamo Green attended art school at Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University - graduating cum laude with a B.A. in art and philosophy, later earning her teaching credentials in art and new media at SFSU. 

Visit Kimberley's website here


Transcendent Iconography: Paintings by Nicole Dixon

 July 12 through August 27, 2014   

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 The Addison Street Windows Gallery proudly presents Transcendent Iconography: Paintings by Nicole Dixon, an art exhibition organized by curator, Demetri Broxton. Transcendent Iconography assembles 14 colorful, mixed media paintings completed by Nicole Dixon in 2014. Nicole’s work reveals hidden forces which help her subjects navigate through life’s challenges. To create her work, she layers drawing, painting, fabric, paper, and natural objects on her canvases. The Addison Street Windows Gallery is a project of the City of Berkeley, funded by the Berkeley Public Art Fund.

Nicole Dixon was born in Oakland, CA and in 2002, received a BA in Studio Art at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. In addition to exhibiting paintings, she has produced commissioned works, including family portraits and in-home murals, for over a decade. She has served as the altar-artist for numerous gatherings, conferences and activist organizations. She is also Montessori preschool teacher in Berkeley, firmly believes education and creative expression should go hand-in-hand. She teaches art to youth and adults alike, which has taken her as far as the Kalahari as guest art instructor. Nicole uses art as an interactive medium, and vehicle for self-transformation, community bridge-building, and positive social change.

For more information on Nicole Dixon, visit her website.


EVOLVING: Art by Andreina Davila

 May 16 through August 8, 2014   

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The Addison Street Windows Gallery presents Evolving: Art by Andreina Davila. Evolving brings together three bodies of work created in the past two years by Andreina Davila. Davila’s series, I Am, is a grouping of figurative paintings whose goal is to examine issues of identity. The Somos Series features circular paintings which all begin with silkscreened images on paper. Davila then paints on top of these circular bases. Text excerpts from Jostein Gaarder’s novel, Sophie’s World about the history of philosophy, are embedded in each piece. The third body of work comes from the BotanINK series, a group of botanical studies made in ink and paint.

Andreina Davila grew up at her family farm in Mérida, Venezuela. She earned her Bachelor’s in Architecture at Universidad de los Andes, in 2000 and her Master of Science in Design at Arizona State University, in 2004. Her professional life has blended art, design, architecture, art direction, and social entrepreneurship, allowing her to explore her creativity in an interdisciplinary manner. Andreina’s studio is located at The Compound, an Oakland-based artist-run gallery and workspace. Since 2010 she has been an active member of the City Art Cooperative Gallery in San Francisco, where her work has been very well received.

For more information on Andreina Davila, visit her website.


The Addison Street Windows Gallery proudly presents Crossing the Hyphen: Art by Pallavi Sharma, an exhibition organized by curator, Demetri Broxton. Crossing the Hyphen reinvents recent installations and video art created by Pallavi Sharma. Sharma’s work is a subtle conversation in identity politics in America. Herself an Indian-American, Sharma explores how the hyphen serves a dual role: allowing the new immigrant to acknowledge their national origins while also allowing for a reinvented identity within a new country. Her work explores the blurring of national identities which occurs through the process of naturalization and movement. In her piece Carry-On, a suitcase lies open filled with grass and grass seeds. The work represents both the immigrant and the cultural heritage an immigrant brings with them—seeds to be planted in a new land. The piece poses the question of whether these seeds will always be exotic and separate, or over time will they become integrated into the larger cultural landscape?

Pallavi Sharma was born and raised in India and immigrated to United States in 1997. She received her BFA and MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts Baroda, India and received her Ph.D. in Art History from India's National Museum Institute of History of Art and Conservation, New Delhi, India. Pallavi's work has been exhibited widely at venues including the Queens Museum of Art, Exit Art, Art Asia Pacific, and Bishop Museum.  At present, she is a board member of Asian American Women Artist Association (AAWAA) and Director of ‘Inner Eye Art’ an Art Consulting Firm specializing in South Asian Art.


Teeming Rift: The Art of Jamie Treacy

February 22 - April 9, 2014

The Addison Street Windows Gallery presents Teeming Rift: the Art of Jamie Treacy. Teeming Rift assembles 12 large acrylic paintings completed by Jamie Treacy within the last year. Through his paintings, Treacy creates fictional landscapes, derived from his observations in nature. Treacy alters plants and organic shapes, mixing up proportions to create new, fantastical, and sometimes alien-like worlds. He is particularly interested in what happens when humans leave a built environment and plant life returns and flourishes.

Jamie Treacy is an Oakland-based artist and teacher. He was born in Topeka, Kansas and was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He holds a BFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Michigan, School of Art of Design and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the California College of Arts in San Francisco.

For more information about Jamie Treacy, visit his website.


Past Forward: African Spirituality in Contemporary Black Art

African American Art & Culture Complex – Sargent Johnson Gallery

762 Fulton Street

San Francisco, CA

          April 8 – August 19, 2010           

Past Forward assembles the works of seven Bay Area artists whose works consciously reawaken and revisit spiritual forms originating in Africa and passed down through the generations. Each of the works resurrects a traditional African shamanistic aesthetic while remaining unquestionably contemporary and situated in African American artistic traditions.

The artists highlighted in Past Forward look to the sacred arts, symbols, and rituals of Central and West Africa to reclaim aspects of African knowledge systems which were forced underground through the experiences of the Middle Passage and slavery in the “New World”. Whether each of the artists has physically stepped foot on African soil or not, their art serves as a vehicle to psychically journey back through The Door of No Return. Thus in “returning” to Africa for inspiration, each artist is able to ground his or herself in an aesthetic tradition which originates in Africa rather than being steeped in Western art traditions.

Artist List: Duane Deterville, Nicole Dixon, Willie L. Little, Ramekon O’Arwisters, Kamau Amu Patton, Karen Seneferu, Malik Seneferu


Decoding Identity: I Do It for My People

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

385 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA

January 23, 2009 – March 22, 2009

Co-Curated with Erica Garber (Agyeman)


Decoding Identity explores the complexities of individual and group identity. The thirty-four assembled works, by twenty artists, challenge cultural and ethnic prejudices, question issues of religion, sexuality, race, and gender, and address the ways individuals transform and are transformed by their environments. The works grapple with the most fundamental questions we all ask of ourselves and others throughout our lives: “who am I?”, “who are we?”, and “who are you?”

The exhibition is divided into three themes—Self-Perceptions, Otherness, and Intersections—that reflect the broad differences to be found in artists’ definitions of and engagement with issues of identity.

The following audio file is an interview conducted on February 13, 2009 on New America Media, featuring Demetri Broxton and artist, Adrienne Pao:
The following interview was conducted with Jack Hanson on Comcast Newsmakers and features Demetri Broxton and Erica Agyeman (Garber), co-curators of Decoding Identity.