Quarantine Newsletter #21
Dear friends, 
Happy Wednesday! This week, I am excited to present our next Laboratory series with Allana Clarke, a dear friend of mine, who is joining us at the end of this month to share about her multi-disciplinary and extensive practice. We're also launching a new alumni series focused on our awesome Cuesta arts grads. 

I recently discovered the work of Jerónimo Hagerman, a Mexico City-based artist whose work bridges fields of architecture, conceptual art and ecological and botanical-based practice. I found myself getting lost in images of his work (pro-tip - google his name, click the "image" tab, and just scroll through the greenery). It's difficult to find English-language reviews or videos that feature his work but I encourage you to engage the images, and explore some of his projects on his gallery website, as well as the links I've shared below.

I appreciate the way it seems Hagerman prioritizes collaboration in his practice - with other artists, with the local cultural and architectural landscape, and with nature. I think his work is important to engage right now, when many of us can only have relationships with nature. I have been struck lately by the generosity of the natural world in San Luis Obispo county, if we would only be open to receive it. I am so excited to have discovered Hagerman's work, who focuses so much on celebrating this generosity and intelligently integrating it into our daily lives.

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.



Jerónimo Hagerman (Mexico City, 1967) lives and works between Mexico City and Barcelona. His research has focused on analysing the ways in which human beings and nature relate to each other, with the purpose of inviting us to reflect on our position as just another component in the natural universe.

Hagerman has shown at Mexico City's major museums. His work has also been shown outside Mexico, in Spain, Norway, Uruguay, the United States, Canada, Japan, Poland, France, Singapore, Ireland, Panama, and Russia. Likewise, he has participated in numerous individual and collective exhibitions, as well as commissioned projects. Currently the artist is developing architectural collaborations, using plant interventions in public and private spaces.

Explore Jeronimo's work on his gallery website

And if I could fly, how high would I reach? - Jerónimo Hagerman

Explore Jeronimo's Website
Brief video on one of his ecology-based projects
Brief video one of his collaborative projects
Alumni Panels with Cuesta graduates
In collaboration with the Cuesta student Art Circle, we are launching a new bi-monthly series featuring graduates of Cuesta College (and sometimes Hancock College) art program. The intent with 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. MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the first of these events, on November 12 at noon PST with Cristal Tappan and Joshua Solis. Registration information to follow!
In love and light,
Your friendly neighborhood gallery curator,
Emma Saperstein
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