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It’s All About Love: Mixtapes for the Landscape

A recorded durational soundscape, designed to be heard in conjunction with a designated pathway on Montalvo’s grounds, and created in a form accessible on Montalvo’s stART here application by means of a smart phone.  The soundscape may be connected to physical elements along the designated pathway in a number, form and nature to be determined in advance and subject to Montalvo’s final approval.  The conceptual content of the soundscape is described by Artist as follows: “Just like the old school mixtapes you painstakingly created for your sweetie pie, these mixtapes offer separate playlists experiences designed to speak to your heart. The…
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Works By Riva Lehrer

Acrylic, dimensional collage and mixed media on Amate paperCollection of Larry A. Gerber Mixed media on paperPrivate collection, Chicago Mixed media and collage on paperCollection of Larry A. Gerber Acrylic on panelCollection of Larry A. Gerber Riva Lehrer
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Untitled (Marble and Wood Sculpture)

Marble, wood, steel, canvas, graphite, mixed media46 x 48 x 24 in.Courtesy of the artist and Rena Bransten Gallery, San FranciscoPhoto: Diane Roby Jackson spent extended periods in 1983 and 1985 in Carrara, Italy, working on marble sculptures, which he has continued in his studio in Oakland, California. In an art historical sense one might perceive the figures in his otherwise abstract paintings as an attempt to resolve or at least investigate the space between abstraction and figuration. That would be wrong. His figures are not trying to become something else, they exist in between states — being and becoming,…
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Of Color

Photo courtesy Pilar Agüero-Esparza The large-scale painted and woven canvas tapestry mural by Pilar Agüero-Esparza, brings together the power of the hand-made, references to the body through skin color and prismatic color found in the landscape. While juxtaposing ideas related to social hierarchies and stratums, the tapestry interweaves symbolic color both of the physical body (as represented by a skin tone palette) and color found in nature. Through the creation of a wall like structure, Agüero-Esparza evokes the tradition of Chicano muralism, which is often used to uplift marginalized communities, into the social space of the Montalvo Arts Center Italianate…
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One Legged Woman Standing

Courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery and the Estate of Stephen De Staebler. The fractured human form has long been a subject for acclaimed American sculptor Stephen De Staebler. As with many of his works, One Legged Woman Standing recalls the fragmented remains of figurative sculpture from classical antiquity. The incomplete figure registers the vulnerability of the human body—the cataclysmic effects of time, disease, and war—as well as the modern existential experience of the individual who feels psychically and spiritually fragmented. Balancing atop one leg, it also alludes to human endurance and tenacity. De Staebler’s One Legged Woman Standing finds a home among a classical…
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Return to the Garden of Eden

High-fired stoneware, porcelain, glazes; aluminum baseOverall: 80 x 30 x 38 in. / Base: 30 x 40 in.Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco Return to the Garden of Eden is deeply inspired by Zhang’s upbringing in Maoist China, his subsequent disillusionment, and his ultimate relocation to California as a young artist in the 1990s. The sculpture reflects both a geographical journey and an ideological search. The monumental clay figure features the artist’s signature style – a blend that reflects Bay Area Figurative and California Funk traditions with nods to Chinese history. Inspired by his time studying…