Vanishing (Portraits) features color photographs of miniature (mostly black and white) cemetery portraits found on tombstones in the south of France. These portraits of portraits explore themes of history, memorialization and time. Sharnoff writes: “I was moved by two desires: first to record effects of time on the found photographs showing the alterations due to years of exposure; and second, to preserve the portraits before further damage made them unrecognizable.”
As an illustrator Ward Schumaker's work appears frequently in such publications as the L.A. Times, New York Times, Poetry, and Le Figaro; in collateral for United Airlines and Hermès; and in books. He has illustrated two limited edition for The Yolla Bolly Press: Two Kitchens in Provence by M.F.K.Fisher; and Paris France by Gertrude Stein. His personal work has appeared in solo shows in Nashville, Shanghai, and recently at the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco.
John McNamara came to the Art Practice Department in the fall of 1993. In 1994 he developed and implemented the course "Art 8, Introduction to Visual Thinking," an entry-level course focusing on the investigation of art processes and conceptual strategies. "Resource," a reference guide for new Cal students, named it one of the most student recommended classes to take within the University.
An exhibition, lectures, and films focused on the explosion of interest in real and imagined pasts, especially medieval pasts, since 1989, from Estonia in the north to Bulgaria in the south.
Squeak Carnwath is widely known for her large, luminous canvasses. “Carnwath builds her paintings up layer by layer, blending poetry and imagery with color and luminosity to emphasize the essence of her message: We should all take the time to appreciate and revel in the familiar circumstances of our daily lives,” art critic Miriam Seidel has said. As Carnwath herself puts it, “Art is the antidote that reminds us to breathe, to feel the soles of our feet and the touch of the ground on the bottom of our toes.”
Katherine Sherwood teaches in the Art Department at UC Berkeley. Her mixed-media paintings gracefully juxtapose abstracted medical images, such as cerebral angiograms of the artist’s brain, with calligraphic renderings of ancient symbols. Her paintings investigate the point at which the essential aspects of art, medicine, and disability intersect—playing with our striving to know more, to control our future.
Bay Area artist Ali Dadgar works in painting, experimental printmaking, digital photography, and performance. He explores various processes and techniques with a variety of objects and surfaces in order to reflect on and transform how meaning, function and value are created.
Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at UC Berkeley and the author of several books and articles on medieval political theory. His current projects are “The Invention of the Discourse on Peace in the Late Middle Ages” and “El Conflicto entre Caballería y ‘Res Pública’ en Castilla, Florencia y Borgoña, siglos XIV y XV.”
Lydia Nakashima Degarrod is a visual artist and cultural anthropologist from Chile. Her stated aim is to expand the boundaries of the disciplines of cultural anthropology and art by using the knowledge of both to question the boundaries of ethnographic and artistic representations.
An MFA Candidate at UC Berkeley, Jonn Herschend has exhibited at locations around the Bay Area, and in Portland, Nashville, and Norway. In 2002 he was artist in residence at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Hershend’s works have been critiqued in The New York Times Magazine and the San Francisco Examiner. He serves on the board for Out of Site, the center for art and architecture in San Francisco.