Reimagine: That Which We Know But Don’t Realize
May 16-Sep 16
Room for Big Ideas • FREE
As the human population expands, the landscapes that have shaped, taught, and nurtured us are rapidly shifting and forcing out the past in the name of progress. The latest RBI installation, Reimagine: That Which We Know But Don’t Realize, explores the ways in which we simultaneously create and conceal meaning in landscapes, and how that process defines us in relation to our environment. The installation features an interactive alternative visual history of the Bay Area by artist Aaron Terry, including an elevated platform that will provide a heightened perspective on the work; an exhibit by photographer Joan Osato that juxtaposes intimate portraiture and panoramic landscapes; and a music-video work by artist and musician Khalil Anthony that will allow viewer to record music and spoken words to add their voice to a world reimagined.
Photos by Aaron Terry, courtesy of Ever Gold Gallery
Aaron Terry’s work consists of mixed media projects from printmaking to performance, that often depict the “urbanyetti,” an alter ego or hero character. Through installation, collaboration, costumes, or large-scale flat works depicting the urbanyetti in über-urban, post-apocalyptic landscapes, this reoccurring character activates the notion that histories, stories, and mythologies are full of subtleties and complex ingredients drawn from cultural references, contemporary media, and individual persuasion. From Carnival to revolution, masks and dress have revealed and obscured identity, conduct, social positions, mockery and metamorphosis. Aaron Terry is interested in the imported boundaries between mankind and nature, confronting the collision of the urban and rural, and questioning the practice of social alter egos that often define behavior on a grand scale. Through the lens of a westernized sociopolitical need for control in the face of the unknown future, I play with the potential to suspend reality and transform the individual identity, ultimately questioning our society’s capability to create a contemporary narrative.
Terry’s work has been shown in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Philadelphia; Portland, Oregon; and the Bay Area. He currently lives in the redwood groves of Canyon, CA. He holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and currently teaches at the California College of the Arts and SFAI.
Joan Osato is a Bay Area photographer, born and raised in San Francisco. She works in medium film format, preferring to work with existing light, hand held. Her style is documentary, although her images exude mysterious or dreamlike qualities. Working in color, and black and white, the finished portraits are printed with an image size of 40" x 40".
Joan Osato has been considered for prestigious awards such as the Prix de la Photographie, and awarded an Exhibition in The Bay Area Currents 2009. Her work has been exhibited at the Meridien Gallery and IcTus Gallery in San Francisco, and featured in publications (Koream Magazine, and Artslant, Juried Exhibit Winner in Photography). She is the inaugural recipient of the San Francisco Arts Commission Artist and Communities Partnership Grant.
Joan Osato has also played a pivotal role in local and national theater for well over a decade. She served as Youth Speaks' Managing Director from 2001-2007 and is currently the Managing Director for the Living Word Project.
Khalil Anthony is an educator, artist, singer/songwriter, and dancer; an enigma; a charismatic vocalist who is able to invoke the spirit and the word while staying true to the musical fervor and flavor of the process of creating. Always moving toward the next station, he has worked hard to develop his sound and his ability to be flexible inside of the music.
Influenced by the importance and the intention found in country and folk music, he has found ways to incorporate soul, rock and reggae into his sound by working with talented musicians in the construction of his first CD, “Urbanfolksunshine.”
As a solo artist, Khalil Anthony has been compared to Tracy Chapman, Ben Harper and Paul Simon. Smart, fresh and urgent, his music stands alone as a symbol of honest and potent creative genius.
YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
National Endowment for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
Community Engagement and Youth Education Programs are made possible in part by:
The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Sato Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Kimball Foundation, U.S. Bank, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Special Innovation Projects in 12-13 supported, in part, by generous grants from:
Association of Performing Arts Presenters and MetLife Foundation All-In: Re-imagining Community Participation Program, and EmcArts’ Innovation Lab for Museums in partnership with AAM’s Center for the Future of Museums and MetLife Foundation