Announcing R&D Projects and Upcoming Performance "Visions from the Pit"

Embark launches new, postgraduate program of research-intensive partnerships and solo exhibitions | Embark at the SF Intl. Arts Festival
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Announcing Our R&D Program!
Embark Arts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new addition to our exhibition programming. R&D Projects is a postgraduate program of research-intensive partnerships that will culminate in a series of solo exhibitions at Embark Gallery this summer. With this program, we are extending our support of emerging MFA artists to their postgraduate careers by offering graduated artists who have shown with Embark the opportunity to develop new scholarly and investigative projects in partnership with local nonprofits.

For our first year, we have paired the following artists with nonprofit organizations.


Tanja Geis | UC BERKELEY 2015
Geis has partnered with the Smithsonian's Environmental Research Center in Tiburon to conduct research in the Bay's ecology, invasion and predation, and urban ecological zones. Geis’ artistic practice involves painting, installation, video and participatory events which explore liminal and mongrel spaces as zones for perceptual transformation. Geis was born and raised in Hong Kong and lives in Oakland. 
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Christopher Nickel | STANFORD 2015
Nickel has partnered with the Internet Archive, a nonprofit library that archives and offers access to collections that exist in digital formats, to investigate contemporary information and communications technologies. Nickel explores our investment in virtual technologies and their reflection in the physical world through photography, projection, and installation. He is based in Oakland. 
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Angela Willetts | UC DAVIS 2016
Willetts has partnered with Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and will be working with National Park Service historians and local archives to create a body of work that addresses the geography and history of the Fort Mason campus, its materiality, and its architecture. Using open­-ended, experience-­based inquiry around physical materials to explore ideas of entanglement and interdependence, Willetts' work encompasses sculpture, performance, installation and video. Originally from the UK, she has lived and worked in the Bay Area for the last eighteen years. Learn more


The San Francisco International Arts Festival
May 25 - 27 at the Chapel, Fort Mason
Are you anxious about the end of times? Is death in your future, but you just can't spare the time out of your busy schedule to plan accordingly? Or does reading the news make the world feel like an endless string of apocalypses?

Join us for Visions from the Pit, performative vignettes on chaos, the monstrous, and the apocalypse, and allow Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Lindsay Tunkl to calm your existential nerves with the news that the world has always been falling apart. With both gravity and humor, Bhutto and Tunkl present queer strategies for living and dying in the Anthropocene in this one-hour performance at Fort Mason's Chapel. Early bird tickets on sale through March 31.
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Embark Gallery provides exhibition opportunities to graduate students in Fine Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In honor of Embark's expansion, our upcoming exhibition Spread will explore ideas of change, improvement, transformation, transition, multiplying, metamorphosis and/or modification. The opening reception will take place Friday, April 7 at 6-9pm.

Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., Bldg. B., Ste. 330, San Francisco, CA 94123
Tanja Geis, still from Depends How You Look At It (Indian Lake & Blue Mountain Lake, NY) (2016), digital video.
Tanja Geis See Bird 1 (2016), cyanotype on paper, 36" x 25".
Christopher Nickel Cable Length, Alcatel Lucent (2016), photograph.
Angela Willetts Material/Girl (2015), digital video, performance for camera.
Lindsay Tunkl Scents of the Apocalypse (2016), nuclear blast, drought, tsunami and asteroid collision.