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Adia Millett, Weston Teruya and Frederick Hayes Adia Millet, 2016, The Guest House
PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY is looking forward to launching our upcoming one-person exhibitions with Adia Millett, Weston Teruya and Frederick Hayes in our 3 room exhibition space at 480 23rd Street in Oakland. PSG is honored to debut The Guest House, Adia Millett’s one-person exhibition of intimate scale paintings. Her muse for this series of 6 x 6 inch acrylic paintings is the thirteenth century Persian poet Mewlana Jellaludin Rumi. The poem, The Guest House focuses our attention on Millett’s 74 foot linear installation of painted houses. Frederick Hayes continues his exploration of African American portraiture, and urban landscape using charcoal and paint. Frederick Hayes’s exhibition takes the viewer on a walk through his city, albeit a fictionalized city. Hayes’s city is filled with faces both known and unknown; billowing cloud formations over geometric urban cityscapes; and detailed brick facades. Hayes remarks, “I have an undeniable interest in portraiture, the African American experience, the working class, and the sort of learned approach to art making that manifests itself in various guises and disguises.Each idea or set of images represents a fragment that can function on its on or with other works. For me they are documents that narrate a small piece of what I observe and experience day to day. They are just as much about the materiality of the medium and its process, as they are about a community of thoughts.” Weston Teruya presents The Future Needs New Plans, a series of talismanic paper sculptures honoring the community histories and spaces that surround and intersect his life and work. Each piece weaves together found paper materials marked with traces of their past uses, prints of archival photographs, and cut paper imagery. The objects and the accreted layers of material reference historic sociopolitical movements, moments of cross cultural solidarity, and current community struggles (including moments where past coalitions have faltered). These are wayfinding devices of a sort, objects that focus and call upon the intersection of geographic space and collective action; that look to the past to move us forward. The paper sculptures in this exhibition were created as a Fellowship artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute and in residency at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, Michigan.