"The Song is Love" by November Artist-in-Residence Lena Wolff

Lena Wolff, Striped Star with sun, 2014. Collage with hand cut and painted papers, watercolor, gouache, 9.5 x 9.5 inches
November 1, 2017December 3, 2017

Lena Wolff
The Song Is Love
November 1–December 3, 2017
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, extended hours on Friday, November 10, 1–8:30 pm
Reception: Saturday, November 25, 3-5 pm
de Young, Kimball Education Gallery | Artist Studio

Taking a cue from the title of an album by the Quails, The Song Is Love, Lena Wolff looks at the power of art and collaboration to generate empathy and sublime experiences in times of political and ecological unrest. Seeking connections between art and life—incorporating craft, design, collective creativity, and utopic visioning for a better future—Wolff brings her tactile, materials-driven processes into the museum, setting up her studio as an intimate welcoming space. During her residency, she will develop projects alongside fellow artists, musicians, craftspersons, and the public, including a custom letter-writing station by woodworker Nobuto Suga for sending messages of appreciation and solidarity into the wider world. Wolff will also stage a sequence of music and dance performances on Friday evenings that inspire hope and insight. Collaborators include Tammy Rae Carland, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, Kate Sweeney, Suga, and others.

Based in the Bay Area since 1991, Lena Wolff is an artist whose practice extends from American folk art traditions and connects equally to modern and contemporary themes of geometric abstraction, minimalism, Op art, and feminist art. Wolff develops her work through collaboration with other creative artists of varied disciplines and employs a range of techniques, including drawing, paper collage, wood sculpture, murals, and public projects. She has exhibited her work around the Bay Area at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, the LAB, Southern Exposure, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Legion of Honor, CULT / Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, Needles & Pens, and Traywick Contemporary. She lives with her wife, the artist and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl, and their daughter in Berkeley. Together, Wolff and Stahl have been a steady force in the broader art and queer scene of the Bay Area, placing their home at the center of social, art, and political gatherings for over two decades.