Monthly Archives: March 2015

Richard T. Walker: the fallibility of intent

Gatehouse Gallery
Lending an outsider perspective to the limitless bounds of the American West, Richard T. Walker explores the complex intersections of language, music, and the human condition amidst the backdrop of the natural environment. Informed by a range of influences—from the romantic sublime to early on-the-run road films—Walker shares his investigations within the panoramic landscape through photography, video, performance, music, and sculptural installation. The exhibition builds on Walker’s ongoing quest for a transcendent means of communication with his natural surroundings, when words alone are not enough.
The first Bay Area institutional solo exhibition by British-born, San Francisco-based artist, the fallibility of intent also inaugurates a new artist residency partnership between di Rosa and Stags’ Leap Winery. Walker resided at Stags’ Leap Winery’s Napa property for three weeks in 2014 while developing the work seen in the exhibition.
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art ltd.
Related Public Programs & Events:
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7-8 PM
Artist Performance: Richard T. Walker
To be something more than two things
Location: Gatehouse Gallery

The Presence of the Present: Teresa Baker, Liam Everett, Leslie Shows

Gatehouse Gallery
In a moment when technology reigns, and remarkable images can be generated with the push of a button, the relevance of painting persists. The Presence of the Present explores new work by Teresa Baker, Liam Everett, and Leslie Shows—three accomplished Bay Area artists whose seemingly disparate approaches to the painted surface share a distinct alertness to materiality and place. Through composition, texture, and scale, their work challenges the traditional notions of painting and provides an argument against the allure of the virtual for an experience of the real.
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Collection in Focus: Viola Frey

Gatehouse Gallery
Viola Frey, Studio View - One Man Splitting (detail), 1983. Alkyd oil on canvas, 72 x 96 in. di Rosa collection, Napa. © Artists' Legacy Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Viola Frey, Studio View – One Man Splitting (detail), 1983. Alkyd oil on canvas, 72 x 96 in. di Rosa collection, Napa. © Artists’ Legacy Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Bay Area artist Viola Frey (1933-2004) is perhaps best known for her larger than life figurative ceramic sculptures, many of which can be seen scattered throughout the di Rosa landscape. This exhibition focuses on lesser known aspects of Frey’s oeuvre through a selection of di Rosa’s impressive holdings of the artist’s works on paper and canvas. Dating from the 1980s, these works reflect scenes from the artist’s studio packed with portrayals of power and Frey’s own reactions to the frustrations brought on by the frenetic pace of contemporary society.
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Collection in Focus is an ongoing series of exhibitions that highlight important and often understudied objects from di Rosa’s permanent collection that would otherwise remain in storage.

ONES AND ZEROS

Gatehouse Gallery
Taking its title from the two components of binary code, ONES AND ZEROS presents work by a group of contemporary artists from the Bay Area who are reflecting on the digital revolution and its infiltration into our lives. While many artists have used digital technology and the Internet as a creative tool, artists Aaron Finnis, Charles Gute, Matt Lipps, Sanaz Mazinani, Simon Pyle, Stephanie Syjuco, and Margo Wolowiec create work that reflects critically on the condition of living in the computer age. These meditations, which take shape through a range of media, deflect attention away from technology as apparatus in order to focus on technology as subject. Curated by Jeanne Gerrity and Amy Owen.
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SFAQ
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Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7 PM
ONES AND ZEROS Panel Discussion
Location: Gatehouse Gallery

di Rosa in Bay Area Now 7 (BAN 7)

OFFSITE: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
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Floris Schönfeld, Sanguine Dreams at di Rosa; The Game (film still), 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

di Rosa is one of 15 regional arts organizations selected to participate in YBCA’s triennial Bay Area Now 7 (BAN7). For the exhibition, di Rosa commissioned San Francisco-based artist and filmmaker Floris Schönfeld to create an alternative creation myth of the di Rosa site in the format of a live action role-playing (LARP) game. Schönfeld collaborated with a local LARP group to integrate di Rosa’s site and collection into their existing game, Sanguine Dreams, a vampire chronicle set in 1980s Sonoma County. The game was played throughout di Rosa’s 217-acre property in the spring of 2014. The project manifests as an installation including film and artifacts from the gaming period and a narrative video discussing the rules of the game.

Collection in Focus: Jim Melchert

Gatehouse Gallery
Jim Melchert, Feathers of a Phoenix (Red) (detail), 2004. Ceramic, 93.5 x 78 in. di Rosa collection, Napa.

Jim Melchert, Feathers of a Phoenix (Red) (detail), 2004. Ceramic, 93.5 x 78 in. di Rosa collection, Napa.

This exhibition highlights a selection of works from di Rosa’s permanent collection by conceptual ceramist Jim Melchert. Melchert’s unique method of dropping prefabricated ceramic tiles and reassembling them into new forms became one of his most well-known contributions to the medium. This technique is underscored in the suite of works dating from the 1990s. Melchert, along with other Bay Area contemporaries such as Ron Nagle, Richard Shaw, and Peter Voulkos, played a vital role in elevating the medium of ceramics from craft to fine art.

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Collection in Focus is an ongoing series of exhibitions that highlight important and often understudied objects from di Rosa’s permanent collection that would otherwise remain in storage.

Desirée Holman: Sophont in Action

Gatehouse Gallery
Through a range of media, Desirée Holman explores the overlap of New Age mysticism and science fiction and the iconography associated with these realms—including aliens, auras, and time travelers—to examine the space where fantasy can reveal truth. Sophont in Action emerges from Holman’s long-standing interest in the communal uses of technology for creative, spiritual, and social fulfillment. Oscillating between terrestrial and extraterrestrial, and new and old ages, Holman’s current body of work speaks largely to our culturally developed conceptions of “otherness” and the shaping of identity within an evolving world.
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Selected press:
North Bay Bohemian
KQED Arts
Related Public Programs & Events:
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 6-8 PM
Opening Reception
Location: Gatehouse Gallery
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 7-9:30 PM
Live Performance
Location: di Rosa Galleries & Grounds
Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7 PM
In Conversation: Desirée Holman
Location: Gatehouse Gallery
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Lost and Found: Elisheva Biernoff and Floris Schönfeld

Gatehouse Gallery
Floris Schönfeld, The Damagomi Reconstructions; Lab Experiment #2 (detail), 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

Floris Schönfeld, The Damagomi Reconstructions; Lab Experiment #2 (detail), 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

This exhibition presents work by two Bay Area-based artists who share a fascination with the overlooked and the unfamiliar. Elisheva Biernoff investigates possible narratives through trompe l’oeil renderings of found and invented artifacts such as postcards and vintage photographs. Floris Schönfeld explores lost histories and the realm of belief through multifaceted research and installation. Together their work infuses wonder to the unknown, questions the relationship between the uncanny and the authentic, and invites discovery.
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Opening Reception:Based on a True Story

Gatehouse Gallery

Peter Saul, Frisco, 1969. Oil on canvas, 48 x 76 in. di Rosa Collection, Napa.

Peter Saul, Frisco, 1969. Oil on canvas, 48 x 76 in. di Rosa Collection, Napa.


Join us for a complimentary wine reception celebrating the opening of Based on a True Story: Highlights from the di Rosa Collection.
Drawn exclusively from di Rosa’s holdings, the exhibition illuminates the hidden stories and connections of Northern California art history spanning the last six decades. Included are never-before seen letters and ephemera from di Rosa’s archives alongside pivotal works representing the Bay Area’s major art movements such as Assemblage, Figurative, Funk, ceramic sculpture, and Conceptual art, providing an intimate look into the artistic legacy of the region.
This event is free and open to the public. Join the event and invite friends on Facebook.

Community Resources for Children

Community Resources for Children Logo di Rosa and Community Resources for Children are pleased to work together to engage the artistic expression and imagination of young children and their families. Initiated in 2015, the partnership provides an opportunity for families from all socio-economic backgrounds to engage with the art of Northern California.
Community Resources for Children advocates, facilitates, and supports the development of quality early learning environments and experiences for children at home, in child care, preschool, and the community at large.
Recognizing the first five years of a child’s life as the foundation for a child’s success in school and life, Community Resources for Children links parents to activities that encourage children’s early development. The art connection with di Rosa enhances children’s language acquisition, cognitive abilities, and social emotional well-being by motivating children’s curiosity, exploration, and creative spirit.