Through April 25 - Teresa Baker, Jenny Monick, A.K. Burns at Kiria Koula. I first got hooked on Teresa Baker when she was the Tournesol resident at Headlands a couple years back, and I've been tracking her work ever since. She describes her process on the Kiria Koula website for this excellent show:
“I don‘t work in a linear manner. Instead, I work by seeing connections between materials and responding to what each individual piece needs so that it can get to the point of non-identity. There is something in the process of unknowing that is of interest, and I believe helps to bring life to the painting. If I sketched it out and executed the plan, it would feel dry, a de-void of energy and life.”
Baker's sculptural paintings or painterly sculptures are interspersed thoughtfully amongst Jenny Monick's pieces, which are created according to specific tasks she sets for herself. Both artists are unconcerned with traditional notions of beauty or even of what constitutes an art object, and the results are invigorating. Equally fascinating are the books A.K. Burns has selected for the gallery bookshop, which are source material and inspiration for the video installation project she is currently working on that concerns itself with ideas about negative space. With authors like Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ, Anna Halprin, Carl Sagan, Samuel R. Delaney, and many other favorites represented I am eager to experience Burns's piece when it is finished.