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UNEARTHED: Found + Made

December 12, 2015–April 24, 2016

Intermixing work by a contemporary artist with the creative practice of amateur local clubs, this exhibition highlights a mashup of two distinct types of activity and the literal act of taking things from the earth, generating conversation and mutual understanding across communities and creative ways of working.

In a unique mash-up, UNEARTHED: Found + Made intermixes work by a contemporary artist with the creative practice of amateur local clubs. Oakland-born, Los Angeles-based artist Jedediah Caesar imitates geological processes in making his sculptures, sometimes encasing found objects from the urban environment in clear or colored resin. The California Suiseki Society and the San Francisco Suiseki Kai practice a Japanese tradition of carefully collecting, appreciating, and displaying stones on carved wooden platforms. Placing Caesar’s sculpture alongside suiseki by members of these clubs highlights a similarity in process they share: each collects loose material from the landscape, reworking and presenting it for shared appreciation. Highlighting the mashing-up of two distinct types of activity and the literal act of taking things from the earth, UNEARTHED: Found + Made features the comparisons between these two practices to generate conversation and mutual understanding across communities and creative ways of working.

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