Quarantine Newsletter #24
Dear friends, 
Happy Tuesday! We have a lot going on live in the next couple of weeks. This week, I'm sharing some resources and links for you all to engage Allana Clarke's work a bit more deeply before we hear from her LIVE on Thursday. If you haven't registered already, please do! As our partner for this series R.A.C.E. Matters SLO recently said, "We need our artists now more than ever." 
Laboratory Series IV: Allana Clarke

October 29, 5-6:30 p.m.

Virtual Event: Zoom Webinar

Join us for our third event in our Laboratory Series, a conversation series with Black-identified artists in collaboration with R.A.C.E. Matters San Luis Obispo. Join us in conversation with Allana Clarke.

Allana Clarke is a Trinidadian-American artist whose practice is built upon a foundation of uncertainty, curiosity, a will to heal, and an insistence upon freedom. Fluidly moving through video, performance, photography, and text, her research-based practice incorporates socio-political and art historical texts, to contend with ideas of Blackness, the binding nature of bodily signification, and of the possibility to create non-totalizing identifying structures. Clarke received her BFA in photography from New Jersey City University in 2011 and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Practice from MICA’s Mount Royal School of Art in 2014. Clarke has been an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, The Vermont Studio Center, Lighthouse Works, and Yaddo. She has received several grants including the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, Franklin Furnace Fund, and a Puffin Foundation Grant. Her work has been screened and performed at Gibney Dance in NY, Invisible Export NY, New School Glassbox Studio NY, FRAC in Nantes, France, SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin and was featured in the Bauhaus Centennial edition Bauhaus Now: Is Modernity an Attitude. She is currently a 2020 NXTHVN fellow and an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Click on the image below for an interview with Allana, where she addresses her creative process and how she stays motivated.
Exceprt from Video Installation, Reveal, 2015
Click on the image below for an interview with Allana where she speaks to specific ways her work engages ideas of discomfort and relational tension. 
Negotiation, 2015
Exhibition Catalog: Aruna D'Souza on Allana Clarke 'The Ambivalence of Care' from the Exhibition Catalog for 'Relative Semblance' at WDG + R Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
And don't forget to check out Allana's website!

Alumni Series: Joshua Solis and Cristal Tappan

November 12, 12-1:00 p.m.

Virtual Event: Zoom Webinar
In collaboration with the Cuesta student Art Circle, the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery is launching a new bi-monthly series featuring graduates of Cuesta College and Hancock College's art programs. The intent of this series is to celebrate the work of our alum and inspire current students to think of their practices and career paths in new ways. This event features Cristal Tappan and Joshua Solis and will be moderated by Brittany Mojo, Cuesta College ceramics lead and Emma Saperstein, Miossi Gallery Curator.

About Cristal Tappan: Cristal Tappan was born in 1990 in Los Angeles and grew up between San Luis Obispo, California and Prescott, Arizona. In 2020 she received her BFA in photography at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, where she currently resides. Tappan has been included in various exhibitions including “Cowardice” at Wicked Step Gallery in San Luis Obispo, California and “Blue Sky's Pacific Northwest Photography Drawers” at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been included in several online exhibitions including Melanie Floods Projects' "New Photography from the Pacific Northwest," and In the In-Between's "The Class of 2020."

About Joshua Solis: Joshua Solis is from Santa Maria, CA, and a second-generation immigrant to the US, and the first in his family with a college degree. In the spring of 2017, he was able to achieve the degree of MASTER OF FINE ART in Sculpture at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California. "I now say with pride; I embrace my past which has guided me, step by step, into the artist I am today."
Mark your calendars! 
Laboratory Series V: 

Writing to the Bottom of Things: A Ritual for the Mind, Body, and Soul with Cara Hagan
November 19, 5-7pm PST
More information on this exciting program in next week's newsletter! 

In love and light,
Your friendly neighborhood gallery curator,
Emma Saperstein
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