Rare Device is pleased to announce our latest gallery exhibition, Masks, featuring the work of five Bay Area artists: Carissa Diaz, Amanda Durbin, Kristina Micotti, Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh & Reina Takahashi.
The show explores the theoretical masks we all wear in society. Sometimes we wear them to become bigger and stronger and braver, and other times we wear them because we feel scared or feel like we don't belong, and still other times it is worn as a celebration of who we are. When you fall outside of the select few that have dominated our society - predominately white heterosexual men, these masks are on a constant rotation. Masks is a physical representation of ourselves, some of which invoke power and others that promote camouflage, that women of color wear in our society every day as they take their space within the larger fabric of a whitewashed American culture.
Join us on Friday evening, September 27th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Rare Device Flagship, 600 Divisadero Street, for the opening reception. The show will be on display from Friday, September 27, 2019 through Monday, November 11, 2019.
About the Artists:
Carissa Diaz is an abstract painter and collage artist currently living in the Mission District in San Francisco. Diaz completed her BA in Studio Art at San Francisco State University and then shortly after that started her career as a working artist. She also works as the Installations and Site Coordinator at a visual arts non-profit, Root Division.
Amanda Durbin is a ceramic artist based in San Francisco. She makes clogs for a living and focuses on her personal work in her home studio in her spare time. She manipulates clay as a form of play and likes to get lost in decorating ceramic surfaces with simple lines and bright colors. She is also co-owner of Little Lodge, a small art gallery and community space in the Inner Sunset.
Kristina Micotti is a Bay Area artist, illustrator, and designer whose bold and playful work requires a smile. Her clients include Facebook, Gap, and Chronicle Books.
Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh is an Oakland-based visual artist and teaching artist. Her work explores history, identity, and the creation of a visual narrative. Ms. Oni-Eseleh was a 2018-2019 Print Public Artist in Residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. Her work has been exhibited in the Bay Area, internationally and across the United States.
Reina Takahashi is a paper artist and illustrator based in Oakland. Her work is created by hand from paper for editorial illustrations, book covers, and stop motion animations, as well as set props and installations. Her clients have included The New York Times, Wired, Lyft, and 826 Valencia, among others. She loves to combine the technical, tactile challenge of making a piece with paper with the conceptual process of telling a story with the work. Her tool of choice is a #24 Excel blade.