Artist Reception for "The Universe Within", by Angie Wilson, December 2017 Artist-in-Residence
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Kimball Education Gallery
December 6, 2017–December 31, 2017
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
Artist Reception: Saturday, December 16, 3–5 pm
Special performance at 4 pm by collaborators Rashidi Omari, Malcolm Jefferson, and See Through Soul featuring Mika Lemoine, Sheila Russell, Anisah Abdullah and Korea Venters.
Using yarn and light, Angie Wilson draws on metaphors of weaving to create visual and emotional translations of the cosmos, inspired by telescopic photography, string theory, and meditations on space and time. The impetus for Wilson’s imagery was the year she spent in radiation treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. During each session, she was slid into what looked like a space pod, a strange, cold place where she began to contemplate making work about outer space. In the gallery, she creates an immersive installation evoking the ever-expanding universe, transforming the gallery into a constellation of stars in various states of formation and explosion. She guides museum visitors in creating circular supernova weavings, connecting the external universe with our inner selves.
Angie Wilson's work has been exhibited around the Bay Area at Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, di Rosa, Oakland Museum of California, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, City College of San Francisco, Cult/Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, and Root Division. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the National Institute of Art and Disabilities. Also a costume designer for theater and dance, she has created costumes for the American Conservatory Theater, Lines Ballet, Project Bandaloop, the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, and Embodiment Project.
Rashidi Omari is known for his magnetic mashups of traditional dance styles. Hip Hop, B-Boying, Popping, Locking, Dancehall, Lindy, House, modern, and jazz are integral parts of his extensive repertoire. Performing professionally since 1998, he has danced with DREAM, Avatar Flux, Adia Whittaker Dance Company, Liberation Dance Theater, Joanna Haigood, and Kiandanda Dance Theater among others. Rashidi Omari is the head choreographer and co-director of the Oakland-based Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company. A gifted educator with over 14 years teaching experience, he offers classes and workshops nationally and internationally.
See Through Soul is an emerging dance company based in Oakland, CA. Directed by Mika Lemoine and Sheila Russell, this fresh and soulful company uses movement to express self and seek truth. The eclectic group draws inspiration from various street and club dance styles including hip hop, house, vogue and waackin' as well as contemporary dance and elements of tap.
Malcolm Jefferson is a hip hop freestyle dancer who according to the SF Chronicle, " has the freestyler’s kinetic hypermobility and projects a tender vulnerability". He has performed nationally with the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, Embodiment Project, and has won numerous freestyle battles.
The Kimball Education Gallery is located in the free zone of the museum; no tickets are required. Please drop by any time during open hours.
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