Pulled Apart Opening Celebration with the Artists

Monday, March 1 5 – 6:30 p.m.

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East Mojave: Weather Station by Cynthia Hooper, 2005, oil on panel, 8” x 10”
East Mojave: Weather Station by Cynthia Hooper, 2005, oil on panel, 8” x 10”

To begin the celebration, Pulled Apart artists Terry Berlier, Adam Chin, Cynthia Hooper, Carrie Hott, and Gail Wight will introduce one of their works from the exhibition. This will be followed by a conversation between Engineering Professor Lauren (Lou) Sassoubre and artist Cynthia Hooper discussing her paintings and videos that document the mark that human infrastructures leave on the landscape.

About the artists:

Terry Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist who investigates the evolution of human interaction with the natural world, queerness, and ecologies. She has exhibited in solo and group shows both nationally and internationally, including at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts, Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco, and Contemporary Art and Spirits in Osaka Japan. Berlier is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sculpture Lab in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.

Adam Chin is a fine art photographer who spent a career as a computer graphics artist for TV and film, working on such films as Shrek 2, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon. He studied photography and printmaking under Barry Umstead at Rayko Photography in San Francisco. He currently practices using Machine Learning neural networks trained on databases of real photography to render images.

Cynthia Hooper's videos, essays, paintings, and research-based projects examine and interpret infrastructural landscapes in the United States and Mexico. Her detailed investigations patiently capture the incidental and emblematic activities that define these complicated places, and also advocate for the efforts of regional laborers, activists, and researchers who tactically refashion their complex geography. She has exhibited and screened her work at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, among other cultural institutions. 

Carrie Hott is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, California. She has presented her work as part of exhibitions and projects across the country, most recently at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Recology San Francisco, and the Museum of Capitalism in Oakland. She is the recipient of the Artadia Award, a Cultural Humanities grant, and has had residencies at Mills College and Headlands Center for the Arts. She currently teaches in USF’s Department of Art + Architecture and UC Berkeley’s department of Art Practice.

Gail Wight has taught in the Art Practice program at Stanford since 2003, focusing on Experimental Media. Working primarily in experimental photography, video, interactive media and printmaking, Wight’s work examines the interplay between art and biology. Her exhibition record includes dozens of solo exhibitions throughout North America and Great Britain, and her work has been collected by numerous institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Yale University, and Centro Andaluz de Art Contemporaneo in Spain.