Rebecca Weisman & Lida Winfield

Rebecca Weisman & Lida Winfield

July 1 to August 13, 2016

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Skin Ego: an exploration between boundaries, nature and the imaginary


Rebecca Weisman is a Vermont based video installation artist whose work uses body, performance, site specificity, and the natural world to explore hidden or psychological dimensions of reality. Known for both her single-channel videos, and large-scale video installations, she weaves together ideas about the body, gender, psychoanalysis, landscape, and non-human life. Her installations use video, sound, and sculptural objects to tell deconstructed stories that are often fragmented, process-based, and rich with free-associations.

Rebecca Weisman uses many mediums/media in site-specific installations and films, often self-producing shows in unlikely venues and locations: the Oregon desert, vacant urban buildings, a Vermont mountaintop, her home. She has shown work nationally and internationally, most recently in two Burlington, VT-based site-specific shows, An Order at the former Saint Joseph’s Orphanage (2015), and Conceal/Reveal, co-sponsored by Overnight Projects and Burlington City Arts (2016). Weisman lectures and publishes scholarly essays on the intersection of philosophy and art, most recently a project on “Dark Ecology and the Abject” at the International Zizek Studies conference, Cincinnati later published in the International Journal for Zizek Studies (2015). She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College, teaches undergraduate courses in art and theory, and is the Director of the Institute of the Arts, Global Center for Advanced Studies.


Lida Winfield is a Vermont based dance artist.  She develops and creates dances that are quirky, provocative, and physically honest. Lida challenges herself  and her audiences to participate in dance as an open dialogue. Her dances tell stories, ask questions, explore limits, and celebrate beauty in what is awkward, raw, and vulnerable. She is inspired by the human capacity to cope, to imagine and to transform. Her work is informed by wilderness, socioeconomic divides, disabilities, access, the search for place or home, the magical and the quiet details of everyday life.

Lida Winfield is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist. Since 2006 she has created original solo, duet and group work; merging storytelling, dance and visual art to create captivating and poignant performances that have taken place on and off the stage.  Lida has traveled nationally and internationally as a performer and educator working with diverse populations in conventional and unconventional settings.   In 2011 she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College with a focus on the transformative power of the expressive arts.

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Zen Cohen

Zen Cohen

April 1 to April 29, 2016
Reception April 14, 2016  at 5:30 pm

The Gatekeepers 
a five channel video installation


Zen Cohen is a video artist, photographer and art director based in San Francisco, CA.  She received her MFA in Art Studio at the University of California at Davis and her BFA in Media Arts from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. Her video and photo projects have been presented in venues such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, deYoung Museum, Centro Atlántico Arte Moderno, ARTSpace New Haven, Vanity Projects, The Center for New Music & Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley, Recombinant Media Lab, SOMArts, Krowswork, 21 Grand, Roxie Cinema and Artists Television Access (ATA).



Christian Hali: Missing Volumes

Christian Hali: Missing Volumes

January 28 to March 24, 2016
Reception Thursday February 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm with Artist Talk at 6:00 pm

MissingVolume_01Christian Hali is a multidisciplinary artist.  His work explores male identity, the domestic space, and the everyday.

“Everything is a performance. We perform for ourselves as much as we do for others. 
I’m interested in how mediated images and narratives smuggle ideology through popular culture and mass media. How has that affected my perception of everything? I use the tropes and conventions of film/TV as a structure to explore the everyday, the domestic space, and reflect on the macro and micro.”

Christian Hali is an adjunct art & design instructor who has taught at California State University Stanislaus, Modesto Junior College, Art Institutes of California San Francisco and the Sony Pictures Media Arts Program in Los Angeles. Hali is an award-winning artist, art director, illustrator, and creative executive with ten years of production experience for MTV, Disney, Nickelodeon, and Daniel Ostroff Productions. He is a published illustrator with Simon & Schuster and Landoll Books, and his illustration is in the University California Santa Cruz library archives.



Stanislaus State Juried Student Exhibition

Stanislaus State Juried Student Exhibition

November 30, 2015 to January 16, 2016
Reception Thursday December 10, 2015 at 5:30pm
*The gallery will be closed on December 24-26, 2015 in observance of Christmas in addition to December 31, 2015- January 1, 2016 in observance of the New Year


Rachel Clarke: Amalgamated Spaces

Rachel Clarke: Amalgamated Spaces

October 8, 2015 to November 21, 2015
Reception Thursday October 8, 2015 at 5:30 pm with Artist Talk at 6:00 pm
*The gallery will be closed on November 11, 2015 in observance of Veteran’s Day

Rachel Clarke (born Shropshire, UK) is an artist, writer, curator and educator living in Sacramento, CA. Clarke is Professor of New Media Art in the Art Department at California State University, Sacramento.

Rachel Clarke; Terra IncognitaHer work – intertwining themes of nature, culture, and technology – has been shown in galleries, museums, new media art festivals and film screenings nationally and internationally. She has recently shown at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz Austria; Aggregate Space in Oakland, CA; WORK Detroit, MI; and Currents International Festival of New Media in Santa Fe, NM.

Commissions include Crocker Mosaic, a new media participatory artwork created in collaboration with composer Stephen Blumberg for the opening of Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum extension in October 2010. Working in collaboration with Sacramento Metropolitan Art Commission she was artist and co-curator for an NEA funded augmented reality public art project, Broadway Augmented located in the Broadway Corridor in Sacramento, that launched in fall 2014.


Elisabeth Kohnke: The Perfect

Elisabeth Kohnke: The Perfect

August 24 to October 3, 2015
Reception Thursday September 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm with Artist Talk at 6:00 pm
*The gallery will be closed on September 7, 2015 in observance of Labor Day

The Perfect

Kohnke - The PerfectInspired by Jørgen Leth’s “The Perfect Human” and utilizing audio from the film, Kohnke extends and juxtaposes his critique on the human ideal into our daily environments.  For as much as we focus on ourselves and how we could improve or become more “perfect”, we also idealize what nature should look like by encouraging specific ecosystems and disposing of others.  Who ultimately benefits?  Are we flexible enough in our ideologies and efficiencies to allow for change and evolution around us?

The Anthropocene has taught us that humans and nature are not as separate as we thought.  Kohnke intends to explore our struggle in seeking perfection around us through scrutinizing cultural ideals and historical identity.

Elisabeth Kohnke is a visual artist working primarily in installation, video and photography.  Her interests reside in ecosystems, self-reflexivity, post-humanism and memory.  Kohnke received a BA from Mills College in electronic music and video.  Since the early 2000’s she has performed and collaborated with many bay area artists, dancers and filmmakers.  Starting in 2007, she managed the Experimental Media Arts program at Stanford University until she left in 2014 to pursue an MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Elisabeth was born in Monterey, California and currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Modesto Modernism

Modesto Modernism

Free screenings:

In the middle decades of the 20th century, the Modernist architecture of Modesto, California, was on the cutting edge of environmental and artistic design and it received national attention. In the 1940s, the New York Museum of Modern Art published three books featuring Modesto architecture and a photo of a Modesto home was on the cover of the catalog for its trend-setting 1944 exhibition on modern architecture. From the 1940s through the 1960s, many books, professional journals, and popular magazines published articles on Modesto buildings, but nothing exists in video. The city’s national stature in architecture began with the Heckendorf House designed by John Funk in 1939. The success of that house and the national attention it received inspired Modesto residents to hire other major designers for their landscape, commercial, residential, and government projects.

There are more than 85 Modernist buildings and landscapes in Modesto from 1939 to 1972 by noted 20th century designers including John Funk, William Wurster, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gardner Dailey, Henry Hill, Cliff May, Joseph Eichler, Christopher Alexander, William Turnbull, Joseph Esherick, SOM, Thomas Church, Lawrence Halprin, and many more. Modesto’s architecture was a model for other cities and a laboratory in the development of a distinctive California style that blended the indoors with the outdoors.

“I had no idea when we started doing the research we would uncover designs from so many major architects,” said Bob Barzan, director of the Modesto Art Museum.

Produced by Steve Arounsack & Jessica Gomula-Kruzic
Directed by Jessica Gomula-Kruzic
A Production of the Modesto Art Museum, with support from the Creative Work Fund.

Alexa Fraser-Herron & Scary Cow

Alexa Fraser-Herron & Scary Cow

July 9 to September 3, 2015
Reception Thursday, July 9 at 6:30pm.

Alexa Fraser-Herron is a writer, director, and producer based out of San Francisco. Originally lured to the city to pursue fine art at the San Francisco Art Institute, Alexa later channeled her myriad interests into film. Upon discovering a local film collective called Scary Cow, she immediately joined and set to work making shorts, among them EAT PRAY WHATEVER (2008), ALONE FOREVER (2010), the experimental horror short 7 MINUTES IN HELL (2010), PETE & VERONICA (2012), and MINI SUPREME (2015). Alexa now runs Scary Cow in addition to being the production manager for Peaches Christ and lecturing on various aspects of creative development and film production.

Filmmakers are photographed with Darryl Macdonald, center, executive director of the Palm Springs International ShortFest, during the Opening Night: Make 'Em Laugh program at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs on Tuesday. (Photo: Taya Gray/Special to The Desert Sun)
Filmmakers are photographed with Darryl Macdonald, center, executive director of the Palm Springs International ShortFest, during the Opening Night: Make ‘Em Laugh program at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs on Tuesday. (Photo: Taya Gray/Special to The Desert Sun)


Scary Cow is a collective that welcomes anyone with an interest in film. Members pitch their ideas to one another and splinter off into groups of their choosing to make whatever film they’d like. Films are screened three times a year at the Castro Theatre where everyone in attendance votes on which filmmakers should win budget for their next film. This process has nurtured 100s of filmmakers since its inception in 2007 and has fostered a community of filmmakers bonded by the collective spirit. In keeping in this vein, this selection features an eclectic mix of Scary Cow-produced shorts that touch on relationships, love, and sacrifice. All of the films share a sense of intimacy in one way or another and run the gamut from classically dramatic and observational to the absurd.


BFA Graduating Seniors Exhibition & Current works from the Building Imagination Initiative

BFA Graduating Seniors Exhibition

Reception May 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm
May 7 to June 30, 2015
Artist Talk at 7:00 pm


Current works from the Building Imagination Initiative

Reception May 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm
May 7 to June 30, 2015

Housed within the Video & Time-Based Media program of the California State University Stanislaus Art Department, the Building Imagination Initiative is a uniquely service learning oriented, interdisciplinary, academic and research program. The Building Imagination Initiative is offered to students who wish to gain core industry experiences through a project based, integrated learning environment which has strategic partnerships with leading non-profits. Dedicated to creative applications of digital technologies and targeted service learning opportunities within Modesto, CA and the greater Central Valley, theBuilding Imagination Initiative is a highly innovative research program which focuses upon the low quality of life rankings of the Central Valley and the re-imagining of its future as a metaphorical bridge for social struggles endemic to humanity itself. Faculty and students representing interdisciplinary interests create a unique academic environment dedicated to realizing individual artistic intentions while creating a collaborative structure for critical thinking and the understanding of media ecology.

Works on view include student directed documentaries produced with the Center for Human Services, as well as student directed documentaries of the location based game Modesto 2034, held in conjunction with the Modesto International Architecture Festival 2014.