Sapiens / Stories: Bruna Massadas, Chris Fallon and Sahana Ramakrishnan

October 7 - November 3, 2021

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Our October presentation on 8-Bridges.com features three artists whose work will be featured in upcoming CULT programming on both sides of the Bay, in San Francisco and Oakland.

Story-telling 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 to weave modern mythologies that elicit déjà vu. Massadas, Fallon and Ramakrishnan are all active agents in the environments they portray. The settings range from domestic to landscape, imagined through a fantastical lens. The scenes invite commentary on contemporary social themes such as climate change, gender inclusivity and the consumption and commodification of cultural artifacts.

Massadas draws from nostalgic memories of her homeland of Brazil, implying her eternal connection to a now distant land–and reminding us of our responsibility to the natural world. Ramakrishnan connects trans-Atlantic goddess mythologies to personal reflections and self-portraiture. Meanwhile, Fallon creates darkly humorous interior scenes in which gender-ambiguous figures challenge existing traditions of portraiture, and explore how the practice of collecting shapes the fashioning of our personal mythologies.

Each artist posits the cyclical impact of our built and natural environments in contrast to our bodies residing and living within these spaces, a question mythology has explored since the beginning of recorded history. Fallon, Massadas, and Ramakrishnan take this exploration a step further to position their accountability with their environment and role in modern myth-making.

Chris Fallon’s solo exhibition Irresistible Deception opens at CULT on Friday, October 15; work by Ramakrishnan and Massadas will be included in CULT’s 2nd space opening in Oakland November 2021.

This month’s presentation supports the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco. October’s virtual exhibition will be live on 8-bridges.com from October 7 through November 3.

Image Caption: Chris Fallon, Last Looks, 2021, Acrylic on wood panel, 48 x 60 inches, courtesy of the artist and CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions
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
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
Bruna Massadas Hot Springs, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 14 x 16 inches 35.6 x 40.6 cm
Bruna Massadas Orb Fruit Tree, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 30 x 36 inches 76.2 x 91.4 cm
Bruna Massadas Jungle Moon, 2021 Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 inches 40.6 x 50.8 cm
Chris Fallon And the Rock Was Christ, 2021 Acrylic on wood panel 24 x 24 inches 61 x 61 cm
Chris Fallon Back Room, 2021 Acrylic on wood panel 48 x 60 inches 121.9 x 152.4 cm
Chris Fallon Last Looks, 2021 Acrylic on wood panel 48 x 60 inches 121.9 x 152.4 cm

Current

Chris Fallon: Irresistible Deception
October 15 - December 11, 2021

Sapiens / Stories: Bruna Massadas, Chris Fallon and Sahana Ramakrishnan
October 7 - November 3, 2021

Past

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