lone some Conversations:

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Thursday, July 23, 2020, 12PM - 1PM

VENUE: Online

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Join lone some participant Modesto Covarrubias in conversation with Chris Evans, Ernest Jolly, and Constance Lewis as they discuss their practice, their projects, and coping in times of isolation, cultural shifts, and social pivot.

ABOUT lone some

Featured on 25 independent public sites around the Bay Area, including Montalvo’s public park and the entry foyer of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, lone some includes works by six artists responding to social isolation and loneliness in the ever-changing landscape of our urban areas, in this significant moment of COVID-19, shelter-in-place, and civic unrest. For more information, visit: montalvoarts.org/lonesome.


Modesto Covarrubias is a solo and collaborative artist whose work investigates the physical, psychological, and emotional connection to environments. His interdisciplinary practice employs a broad range of media including drawing, photography, installation, printmaking, textiles, and performance. He is an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. His practice includes RoCoCo, an ongoing collaboration with fellow CCA Associate Professor KC Rosenberg. Covarrubias’ work has been included in exhibitions at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery; Galleria Civica in Modena, Italy; The Poor Farm in Little Wolf, Wisconsin; The Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York; and at the Oakland International Airport. His work has been featured at Oakland Museum’s Gallery 555, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), and in Oakland Magazine and San Francisco Magazine. A Bay Area native, Covarrubias lives in Berkeley and maintains a studio in Oakland, California.


Chris Evans is an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist trained in music and dance. Her practice focuses on how we might cultivate listening, listening to the invisible, listening for the forgotten, listening to what silence holds, listening with our eyes, ears and bodies. Her work asks us to listen to the unknown, to let the unknown seep into our ears, every pore before we colonize it with our minds and our words. Using the tools of cello, improvisation, dance, literature and languages, research and collaboration, she aims to create moments of community that revere, challenge and lovingly hold our imaginations, stories, and bodies. She is the co-founder of Idora Park Project Space with Ernest Jolly, directs Reconstruction Study Project, and is a member of the House Full of Black Women collective directed by Ellen Sebastian Chang and Amara Tabor-Smith, and A Simple Collective founded by Rhiannon MacFadyen Evans. She was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music/Sound/Text in 2016 for work on Reconstruction Study 1A and received an Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music/Sound/Text in 2013.


Ernest Jolly is an artist and curator, and the co-founder of Idora Park Project Space, a creative platform for experimentation in Oakland, CA. He is also an installation artist whose work investigates the human condition including migration, environmental degradation and place. Within his practice, Jolly employs the built environment, sound and objects to explore such themes. His experience includes work at the Oakland Museum of California, UC Davis Design Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. Ernest holds a BA and MFA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University and Mills College, and studies at The Hungarian Academy of Art in Tihany, Hungary. He is currently an Arts Commissioner for Alameda County - District 5. His curatorial series Material, Land and Body at Idora Park Project Space will resume after shelter-in-place concludes. 


Constance Lewis is a curator, gallerist, art advisor, artist, and the Principal of Opal Art Management. She studied photographic conservation under Philippe Arbaizar, Curator of Photography at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and honed her curatorial skills working with multiple exhibitions and collections including André Kertész (National Gallery, Washington, D.C., 2005); Lee Friedlander: At Work; La Guerre d'Algerie (documentary photography from the Algerian War.) Soon after earning her degree in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute, she founded Opal Gallery, an artist collective that exhibited an international selection of artists. She has published; Oraien Catledge: Photographs (University Press of Mississippi, 2010) and has curated exhibitions in Paris, New York, Atlanta, Mississippi, and New Orleans. In addition to her work in photography, Lewis holds a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis on Visual Literacy from Rice University.  She currently works and resides in New Orleans and Houston.