Embark Gallery Presents "Extra Ordinary"

A range of exploration of memory, ritual, embodiment through objects

Image: Natasha Loewy.  Bulletin Board , 2019. Paper, pins, nicorette, and clay on inkjet photo

Image: Natasha Loewy. Bulletin Board, 2019. Paper, pins, nicorette, and clay on inkjet photo

Embark Gallery is proud to present Extra Ordinary, a group exhibition highlighting the complexity of objects in relationship to memory, ritual, identity and the physical body. The work presented throughout the exhibition ranges in medium including installation, video, sculpture, performance and photography. 

Extra Ordinary creates an opportunity for viewers to reconsider their frequent interactions with the daily objects around them. This includes acknowledging the participation in the purchase of beauty and other consumer projects to recognizing their vast browser and data history over just a single year period among other activities. 

Objects are also innately and intimately tied to identity. Many of the exhibiting artists work hint at the misconstruction of identity through either branded objects or objects that have the ability to contain or hold the body. Additionally, some of the artists question, what are the implications when objects become lost or are temporary? Can they still act as a physical vessel for memory? 

From a range of varying perspectives, exhibiting artists each address the relationship to the body in their work. Specifically, the photographic work on view emphasizes vantage points on how the body exists in space, as well as the remnant of objects that can be left behind on the body. In totality, this exhibition creates new connections for how we move through the world, choosing certain objects to carry with us and how visible or invisible we allow these objects to be in our life and daily rituals.

Shirin Towfiq.  No, I Never Went Back (ghost print) , 2019. Photographic print byproduct.

Shirin Towfiq. No, I Never Went Back (ghost print), 2019. Photographic print byproduct.

Exhibiting Artists:

Katie Curry, Kathryn Gardner Porter 

and Haley Toyama (SFAI)

Mason Hershenow (SJSU)

Mallory Kimmel (CCA)

Natasha Loewy (SFSU)

Harlee Mollenkopf (Mills)

Beril Or (SFSU)

Efe Ozman (CCA)

Sherwin Rio (SFAI)

Stuart Robertson (Stanford)

Shirin May Towfiq (Stanford)

Juror: Samantha Reynolds, Art Programs Director, Root Division

Embark Arts offers exhibition opportunities to current and recently graduated Masters of Fine Arts students in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide a space for an engaged community of artists, curators and scholars, and we aim to expand the audience for up and coming contemporary art. The juried exhibitions are held at our gallery in San Francisco at the historic Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 13th, 6-9pm

Exhibition Dates: September 14 - October 19, 2019

Hours: 12–5pm every Thursday-Saturday

Press Previews by appointment.

Media Contact: 

Angelica Jardini | Curatorial Director