Sapiens / Stories

November 10, 2021 - April 30, 2022

Amy Lincoln
Amy Nathan
Bruna Massadas
Chris Fallon
Curtis Talwst Santiago
Dana Harel
Marcel Pardo Ariza
Marcus Leslie Singleton
Nicki Green
Masako Miki
Rebekah Goldstein
Ruxue Zhang
Sahana Ramakrishnan

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Aimee Friberg, curator and founding director of CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, is bringing a new art project to the San Francisco Bay area for the eighth anniversary of her gallery. A second CULT location, named CULT Bureau (482 D 49th Street, Oakland, Calif.), opens on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 (from 6 to 8 p.m.), building upon CULT’s distinct focus to present cutting-edge, conceptual and experimental art by emerging and established artists and designers. Additionally, the new space will give seasoned and emerging collectors opportunities to connect with artists and artwork in an intimate and relaxed, salon-style environment. The inaugural exhibition Sapiens/Stories will feature artists who fashion personal and cultural mythologies through an exploration of environment, history and magic including Amy Lincoln, Amy Nathan, Bruna Massadas, Chris Fallon, Curtis Talwst Santiago, Dana Harel, Marcel Pardo Ariza, Marcus Leslie Singleton, Nicki Green, Masako Miki, Rebekah Goldstein, Ruxue Zhang and Sahana Ramakrishnan.

Storytelling is a connective tissue between all people and a marker of our evolutionary progress as humans. The artists featured in this presentation draw from familiar and imagined realities, weaving together modern mythologies that elicit déjà vu and envision the future. These 13 artists express a multiplicity of perspectives through painting, illustration, mixed media and sculptural work. Together they draw from historical and ancestral references as well as lived experiences to examine and celebrate the environment, intersectional identity and generational relationships by embracing the surreal.

The natural settings in Lincoln, Zhang and Massadas’ paintings are dream-like, stemming from and celebrating the magic of Mother Nature. Massadas draws from nostalgic memories of her homeland of Brazil, referencing her eternal connection to a now distant land—and reminding us of our responsibility to protect our Earth. Meanwhile, the beguiling flowers and plants in Fallon’s work are contrasted with peculiar, reptilian people fetishizing objects. His seamless inclusion of non-binary figures establish a norm of gender-ambiguity and exploration. His work also reveals an intimate lens to cultural appropriation, acknowledging his role as a bystander witnessing this flagrant behavior.

Exploration of the medium is a key to establishing visibility of intersectional identities. Ariza’s mixed-media photographic work also uses wry humor and tenderness to proudly share representations of intersectional queerness and connect generations. Miki’s felt and bronze sculptures and watercolors depict yōkai from the mythology of the Shinto tradition. By engaging with these ancient mythologies, Miki hopes to forge new collective narratives that express contemporary cultural values, echoing dichotomies of human identity and transformation. Ramakrishnan connects trans-Atlantic goddess mythologies to personal reflections and self-portraiture. She uses hybridity between animals and humans to reveal states of the human psyche.

Nathan, Green, Harel, and Goldstein reimagine space, testing the physical properties of the three-dimensional. Their investigations are archaeological, pulling out familiar forms to decipher meaning from ambiguity and pose questions. Like Fallon, Harel mines the psyche and the dark recesses of the mind, recapitulating the human head in distorted ways. She and Nathan both refer to ancient Greek and Roman mythology in their rendering and narratives. In contrast, Singleton relays truth-telling through his contemporary observations of everyday people and quotidian moments, while Santiago unearths ancestral memories drawing from his Afro-Carribean roots to tell lesser-known narratives.

Through observation of environment and human relationships as well as a study of the past, these artists create personal mythologies unique to their experiences.

Bruna Massadas, Orb Fruit Tree, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 30 x 36 inches 76.2 x 91.4 cm
Chris Fallon, Loaded Compliment, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 24 x 18 inches
Marcel Pardo Ariza, Rosie, Cait and Kat, 2018 Mounted Inkjet print, ash artist frame, Pool Blue paint 53 x 53 inches
Masako Miki, Offerings - Green Reflection, 2021 Ink and Watercolor on Paper 24 x 32 inches
Sahana-Ramakrishnan, Self Portrait with Sea Snake, 2021 Oil on canvas 40 x 35 x 3 1/2 inches 101.6 x 88.9 x 8.9 cm
Sahana-Ramakrishnan, The Wrong Kind of Mermaid, 2021 Oil, acrylic, color pencil and graphite on canvas 12 3/4 x 10 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches 32.4 x 27.3 x 5.7 cm

Current

AMY NATHAN: Slipknot Loophole
May 14 - July 30, 2022

Rebekah Goldstein: Welcome Home Stranger
March 19 - May 7, 2022

Sapiens / Stories at CULT Bureau
November 10, 2021 - April 30, 2022

Past

Physics & Fiction
January 20 - March 12, 2022

Chris Fallon: Irresistible Deception
October 15 - December 18, 2021

Sapiens / Stories on 8-Bridges
October 7 - November 3, 2021

Masako Miki: New Mythologies
June 16 - October 12, 2021

Tales of Metamorphosis: Rebekah Goldstein, James Perkins, and Amy Nathan
June 3 - 30, 2021

Janus II - CULT's 7 Year Anniversary Exhibition
April 9 - May 20, 2021

Troy Chew: Yadadamean
October 17 - December 12, 2020

We’re all in this together
August 14 - October 10, 2020

Beyond Words
June 26 - August 29, 2020

Ritual of Succession
January 10 - March 28, 2020

Record of Succession at fused space
January 13 - March 27, 2020

AMY NATHAN: Glyph Slipper
September 13 - December 7, 2019

FEMALE TROUBLE 2
June 28 - August 3, 2019

RUXUE ZHANG
April 20 - June 15, 2019

MASAKO MIKI: Shapeshifters
January 12 - March 23, 2019

JASKO BEGOVIC (SKO HABIBI): HUMAN_E.T.
November 30 - December 14, 2019

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: See You On The Flipside
September 8 - November 25, 2018

FEMALE TROUBLE
June 9 - July 28, 2018

TERRI LOEWENTHAL: Psychscapes
March 2 - May 19, 2018

VECINOS
October 27, 2017 - January 20, 2018

RHONDA HOLBERTON: Still Life
January 10 – March 4, 2017

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Release Me
October 21 - December 10, 2016

NO SHOW MUSEUM: Yves Klein, Maria Eichhorn, Daniel Knorr, Etc.
One Night Only: Monday, October 17, 2016

DESIRÉE HOLMAN: Selected Works
September 17 - October 8, 2016

SHE MOONAGE DAYDREAM:
Facundo Argañaraz, Leah Guadagnoli, Desirée Holman, Kara Joslyn, Max Maslansky, Liz Robb, Tamra Seal, Emily Weiner, & Cate White

July 16 - August 20, 2016

PABLO DÁVILA: Ladies & Gentlemen,
We Are Floating In Space

May 13 - July 9, 2016

MASAKO MIKI: Conversations with Fox, Feather, and Ghost
March 4 - April 30, 2016

SUZY POLING: Total Internal Reflection
January 15 - February 27, 2016

DAN GLUIBIZZI: You Don’t Have to be Alone Tonight
November 6 – December 19, 2015

FRANCESCO IGORY DEIANA: Haptic Render
September 11- October 31, 2015

SEXXXITECTURE: Daniel Gerwin, Rebekah Goldstein, Roman Liška, Max Maslansky, May Wilson & Jake Ziemann
July 1 - August 1, 2015

ADAM SORENSEN: In Situ
May 1 - June 27, 2015

KLARA KÄLLSTRÖM & THOBIAS FÄLDT: Village / High Hills
February 27 - April 25, 2015

PRINCE RAMA: How To Live Forever
January 25 – February 21, 2015

JOSEPH DUMBACHER & JOHN DUMBACHER: Divert (Out of Line)
November 7, 2014 – January 16, 2015

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Passenger
September 12 – November 1, 2014

A PATTERN LANGUAGE: Michelle Grabner, Angie Wilson & Lena Wolff
June 20 - July 19, 2014

MICHELLE BLADE: Gathering Into Being
April 25th – June 7th, 2014

MIGUEL ARZABE: /*Reject Algorithms*/
March 7 – April 19, 2014

JACQUELINE KIYOMI GORDON: Drawings
March 7 – April 19, 2014

FRITZ CHESNUT: Purr Valley
& Rhonda Holberton

January 10 - February 22, 2014

UNSEEN: Miya Ando, Miguel Arzabe, Chris Duncan, Klea Mckenna & Dean Smith
November 10 - December 21, 2013

Past Off-Site Exhibitions

RHONDA HOLBERTON: Still Life 2
April 7 - May 26, 2018

LAS COSAS QUE PINTAN / PAINTING IN AN EXPANSIVE FIELD
Works by Miguel Arzabe & Juan Sorrentino

April 9 – May 17, 2015

EBB: Gina Borg and Chris Russell at Loczi Design
December 10, 2014