Living room light exchange bay area
Afrosurreal Writers + Gail wight + willis and conrad meyers
San francisco, Tuesday october 16th 7Pm
Alan Clark, Shannon Holbrook, Thaddeus Howze, Rochelle Spencer, Amos White, Audrey T. Williams, and Dera R. Williams form the AfroSurreal Writers, which collaborates with the Association of Black and Brown Writers, founded by Vernon Keeve. The AfroSurreal Writers have been featured in Ms., where they interviewed poet Arisa White, Poets and Writers, the East Bay Express, Clockwise Cat, The Fourth River, and Solstice. They curated the Let’s Play exhibition and the NEA-sponsored Digital Literature Garden for Oakland's Pro Arts Gallery.
Gail Wight is a visual artist constructing biological allegories. Working across mediums – sculpture, video, interactive electronics and print – her art teases out the impacts of the life sciences on the living: human, animal, and other. The interplay between art and biology, theories of evolution, deep time, animal consciousness, and the vagaries of biochemistry are themes that have, over the past three decades, become central to her work. Wight’s recent works of art have turned to California’s wild northern coastline as a vibrant repository of these themes. Gail holds an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute where she was a Javits Fellow, and a BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. Her works of art have been exhibited internationally and have been collected by numerous institutions, including New York’s MoMA, Yale University, the de Young in San Francicso, and the Centro Andaluz de Art Contemporaneo in Spain. Wight is a professor of Art Practice in Stanford’s Department of Art & Art History, where she focuses on Experimental Media.
Conrad Meyers, ASG Co-Founder and Executive Director, directs the exhibitions programming and operations of ASG, which he co-founded in 2011. He brings to bear his practices as an artist and educator, where he works in and teaches about video, sculpture, and installation. He is visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute and works professionally in custom design, fabrication, architecture, and construction. In addition to his role as Executive Director, Meyers curates ASG’s film series and conducts lectures on film history and its popular cultural significance. He serves on Root Division’s advisory board, the audience engagement committee for Headlands Center for the Arts, and formerly was on the governing boards of Oakland Art Murmur and Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions (BAASICS). He holds an MFA (sculpture) from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA (sculpture) from the University of Maryland.
Willis Meyers, ASG Co-Founder and Board President, is an artist, unassuming technology advocate, and ASG Board Chair who has dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours year over year to support the visual arts in the Bay Area through ASG. While working on the strategy and growth around ASG’s board of directors and implementing tech tools like a new website and database for ASG in the past 9 years, she has held positions in the IT and Exhibit Design field for Bay Area institutions such as: Bay Area Video Coalition, Exploratorium, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Ninth Street Independent Film Center, and Children’s Creativity Museum. Willis brings a decade of hands-on facilities and technical project management experience to her current work at ASG, as well as a passion for technology and arts education. She holds a BFA (sculpture) / Minor (art history) from Herron School of Art and Design and received an MFA (sculpture) from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008.