Monthly Archives: June 2015

Robert Kinmont: Trying to understand where I grew up

Gatehouse Gallery
Born in Los Angeles in 1937, conceptual artist Robert Kinmont spent his early years outside the small rural town of Bishop, California, before settling in Sonoma, his home of over 30 years. The artist’s approach and process have continuously been informed by his deep connection to the California landscape, evident in the recurrent use of natural elements such as wood, dirt, copper, and water. In the 1970s, Kinmont took a 30-year hiatus from his art practice to study Zen Buddhism and work as a carpenter.
Trying to understand where I grew up profiles his prolific art-making periods before and after this break, including some works exhibited for the first time. The exhibition also marks the first Bay Area solo presentation by the artist in over 45 years, providing a unique opportunity to view Kinmont’s evolution from early works of the late 1960s and ’70s to those following his reemergence in 2005. Through works in photography, sculpture, and video, Kinmont explores the interdependency between man and nature. Taken as a whole, the four elements Kinmont considers essential to his artistic language—the conceptual, structural, natural, and civic—remain common threads throughout the artist’s body of work.
Learn more:
Read the exhibition brochure
Read the exhibition release
Peek inside the exhibition
Selected press:
Sculpture Magazine
Related Public Programs & Events:
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 4-6 PM (Free)
Opening Reception
Location: Gatehouse Gallery
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 4-5:30 PM
Closing Reception & Conversation
Location: Gatehouse Gallery
$10 General / $5 Members
About the Artist
Robert Kinmont was born in Los Angeles in 1937 and grew up in Bishop, CA. He received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1970 and his MFA from the University of California, Davis, in 1971. From 1968 to 1981, he exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Art; the de Young Museum, San Francisco; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. During this time Kinmont also held teaching positions at Ontario College of Art, San Francisco Academy of Art, University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco Art Institute. In 1976, he founded and taught at Coyote, an art school in Bishop, CA. From 1981 to 2004, Kinmont studied Buddhism and worked as a carpenter. He returned to his artistic practice in 2005, and has since exhibited in several group exhibitions including State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 co-organized by the Berkeley Art Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art; Ends of the Earth: Art of the Land to 1974 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Afterlife: A Constellation, curated by Julie Ault as part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial. He has also had solo exhibitions at Alexander and Bonin, New York (2009, 2011) and RaebervonStenglin, Zurich (2012, 2015). He lives and works in Sonoma, CA.

di Party di Rosa: Auction Preview

Gatehouse Gallery

Roy De Forest, Untitled, 1997. Lithograph, silkscreen, 22 x 30 in. Courtesy of di Rosa collection, Napa.

Roy De Forest, Untitled, 1997. Lithograph, silkscreen, 22 x 30 in. Courtesy of di Rosa collection, Napa.


Get a sneak peek at the artwork featured in the live and silent auctions at di Rosa’s 14th Annual Benefit Art Auction: di Party di Rosa. As di Rosa’s largest fundraiser of the year, the event is known for its dynamic offering of contemporary art by Bay Area artists. This year’s auction includes work by such nationally recognized artists as Roy De Forest, Paul Kos, Deborah Oropallo, and Richard Shaw, as well as many notable emerging artists that have been featured in recent exhibitions at the museum, including Sanaz Mazinani, Chris Sollars, and Richard T. Walker.
Visit Paddle8 to view all auction artworks, learn about the artists, and bid by proxy online through October 16. The main event takes place at di Rosa on October 17. For more information, visit our auction page.
Proceeds benefit di Rosa’s cultural and educational programs supporting the art and artists of Northern California.

Body Talk

Gatehouse Gallery
This exhibition explores how technology is rapidly changing the human experience by prompting a reengagement with the corporeal. Inspired by a number of artists activating relationships between the body and the world at large, Body Talk presents works in performance, sculpture, video, and large-scale installation by six emerging Bay Area artists and artist collectives: Bonanza (Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully and Lana Williams) and May Wilson nod to the history of Minimalism and Process Art, engaging the language of formal abstraction to stage a corporeal encounter with the viewer. Christian and Kevin Nagler and Renée Rhodes take longstanding backgrounds in dance as points of departure for their projects which play a range of topics through the body. Similarly, Mads Lynnerup and Manners (Sophia Wang and Lisa Rybovich Crallé) mine the realms of fitness regimes and exercise tools to explore the static nature of art objects displayed in the museum context as well as the choreography and scripting of routine behaviors.
As we become ever more disembodied from daily life through various means of technology, Body Talk aims to locate an expanded awareness of how we might physically engage the world, using our entire bodies—not just our heads (or our iPhones)—as tools for gaining experience and knowledge.
Learn more:
Read the exhibition brochure (English)
Read the exhibition brochure (Spanish)
Read the press release
Peek inside the exhibition
Related Public Programs & Events:
Saturday, August 1, 2015, 6-8 PM
Opening Reception
Location: Gatehouse Gallery
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 1-4 PM
Closing Reception
Location: Gatehouse Gallery

Squeak Carnwath: The Unmediated Self

Gatehouse Gallery
Squeak Carnwath (b. 1947) has been fiercely committed to painting for decades. A well-known Bay Area artist, Carnwath often combines layers of words and images, fragments of things she comes across in daily life, in her work. Her paintings are just as much about the process as they are the product, becoming an extension of herself and her search for meaning, and allowing for imperfections and unplanned results.This exhibition focuses on a selection of di Rosa’s holdings of Carnwath’s paintings from the 1980s. In these works, limbless torsos float on darkly rendered backgrounds betwixt lines of text; female figures are featured among a painted collage of imagery. The juxtapositions Carnwath creates seem like brooding versions of motivational posters, calling into question the viewer’s relationship to what is represented, yet are so bold and elegiac that their materiality appears devotional, creating something salient from the familiar.
Read the exhibition brochure
This exhibition is part of Collection in Focus, an ongoing series of exhibitions that highlight important and often understudied objects from di Rosa’s permanent collection that would otherwise remain in storage.

Opening Reception: Body Talk

Gatehouse Gallery

Manners, Basic Edition (study), 2015. Courtesy of the artists.


This exhibition explores how technology is rapidly changing what it means to be human by prompting a re-engagement with the corporeal. Inspired by a number of artists activating relationships between the body and the world at large, Body Talk presents works in performance, sculpture, video, and large-scale multimedia installation by six emerging Bay Area artists and artist collectives: Bonanza (Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully, and Lana Williams), Mads Lynnerup, Manners (Sophia Wang and Lisa Rybovich Crallé), Christian Nagler (with Kevin Nagler), Renée Rhodes, and May Wilson. As we become ever more disembodied from daily life through various means of technology, Body Talk aims to locate an expanded awareness of how we might physically engage the world, using our entire bodies—and not just our heads (or our iPhones)—as tools for gaining experience and knowledge.
Free. Members Preview 5-6 PM.
Get social: Join the event on Facebook to see who’s coming, invite friends, and coordinate carpooling.

Closing Reception: Body Talk

Gatehouse Gallery

Renée Rhodes, Visitor Center, September 2015. A workshop and series of site-specific performances at di Rosa.

Renée Rhodes, Visitor Center, September 2015. A workshop and series of site-specific performances at di Rosa.


Join us for the closing celebration of Body Talk featuring Renée Rhodes’ somatic workshop Visitor Center and durational performances in conjunction with Manners’ sculptural environment Basic Edition. Refreshments will be provided.
$10 General / $5 Members
Reservations are strongly recommended; email us to RSVP
Event schedule:
1-2:30 PM: Renée Rhodes presents her performance Visitor Center, a group movement workshop taking participants on a journey through the di Rosa landscape (departs promptly at 1 PM). Read Rhodes’ artist statement about this performance.
1-3 PM: View the exhibition and enjoy complimentary refreshments in the Gatehouse Gallery. Guest artists Crystal Sepúlveda and Oscar Tidd present a sound and movement-based performance engaging Manners’ sculptural environment, Basic Edition (2015).
Read the artist bios.