Setting forth by signs at interface gallery

Artists: Yevgeniya Baras, Sahar Khoury, Lauren McKeon, Mindy Rose Schwartz

Exhibition title: Setting forth by signs

Venue: interface gallery, Oakland, California, US

Date: September 21 – October 21, 2018

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and interface gallery

“The meanings behind the petroglyphs were in many cases meant to be obscure. And then some observers think the meanings only present themselves to certain people, and only some of the time. I like that idea of meaning being elusive from an observational standpoint but also from within, from the core of what might constitute meaning itself.”
– Andy Battaglia discussing Petroglyph National Monument

Interface is pleased to present, Setting forth by signs, a group exhibition featuring sculptures and paintings by Yevgeniya Baras, Sahar Khoury, Lauren McKeon, and Mindy Rose Schwartz.

Collectively, the works in this exhibition exude an occult-like energy. They evoke slippery memories, embedded feelings and knowledge – ghosts or signifiers imprinted on the subconscious. To varying degrees, the artists all incorporate unorthodox materials such as papier-mâché, sticks, yarn, reflective tape and string. Rough, sometimes even mangled surfaces, convey a sense of excavation and invite an unearthing of meaning. While the meaning to be unearthed isn’t entirely clear, there’s a sense that the signs are pointing us towards something deeper.

Setting forth by signs, 2018, exhibition view, interface gallery, Oakland

Setting forth by signs, 2018, exhibition view, interface gallery, Oakland

Mindy Rose Schwartz, God’s Eye Makeup Mirror, 2018, Branch, resin, crystals, mirrors, thread, cord, chain and paint

Setting forth by signs, 2018, exhibition view, interface gallery, Oakland

Sahar Khoury, Untitled (tomato cage in base with four holes and two openings), 2018, Glazed ceramic, resin, paper textile mache, steel

Sahar Khoury, Untitled (tomato cage in base with four holes and two openings), 2018, Glazed ceramic, resin, paper textile mache, steel

Lauren McKeon, Recently made islands, 2018, Paper, pigment, crab

Yevgeniya Baras, Untitled, 2015, Oil on canvas, 16 x 20.

Setting forth by signs, 2018, exhibition view, interface gallery, Oakland

Sahar Khoury, Untitled (Cloud grid on ceramic base with four holes), 2018, Ceramic, cement, steel, rug, paper textile mache, acrylic

Yevgeniya Baras, Untitled, 2016, Oil on canvas, 18 x 20

Mindy Rose Schwartz, God’s Eye Makeup Mirror, 2018, Branch, resin, crystals, mirrors, thread, cord, chain and paint

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