I Would Not Change It (detail), 2013, Video projection and sound installation, Courtesy of the Artist (Supported by WaveGroup Sound)
Terry Berlier, Closed (Don’t Fence Me In), 2013, Perforated window vinyl, Courtesy of the Artist
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November 9 - December 21, 2013
In conversation with exhibiting artist, Terry Berlier
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The seemingly nonsensical title of this exhibition is actually taken from the term “loop erased random walk,” a mathematical theory that Terry Berlier does not claim to know anything about. However, she likes the words and the abstractness of the phrase – a phrase that evolved from an exercise she gave to her Kinetic Sculpture class at Stanford when she asked the students to come up with three words that suggested movement.
Terry Berlier’s work is rooted in experimentation, risk taking, and problem solving. From the inception of ideas to the completed installation of her sculptures, Berlier is committed to providing a full sensory experience for the gallery visitor – much like the way we experience life. Many of the works incorporate kinetic features and sound elements and some require participation and collaboration from the audience. A combination of low-end tinkering and high-end technologies are utilized in the creation of the sculptures and her work is often composed of an amalgamation of parts that are found, repurposed, fabricated, crafted, and/or purchased. In the end, the sculptures are characterized by meticulous craftsmanship, thoughtful observation, incisive social critique and subtle humor. Multiple influences determine the subject matter of Berlier’s work: historical, social, cultural and environmental. She has done field research at the Laboratory for Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona and the Recology Waste Center in San Francisco. She has explored the architecture of nuclear storage facilities and the material waste that resulted from the housing market boom and its subsequent bust. She has also investigated how the recording of time and the evolution of history mediate our understanding of ingenuity and progress. As a result of these investigations, Berlier’s sculptures offer humorous and thought-provoking metaphors for our ongoing relationship with the natural world and the consequences of our industrial and technological interventions in the future.
Terry Berlier has been included in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally including the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, the Richard L. Nelson Gallery at University of California, Davis, the Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento, Natural Balance in Girona, Spain and FemArt Mostra D’Art De Dones in Barcelona, Spain. Her work is included in several collections including the Progressive Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio, Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, and Bildwechsel Archive in Berlin, Germany. She has received numerous residencies and grants including the Zellerbach Foundation, Arts Council Silicon Valley, Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research Fellow at Stanford University, Recology San Francisco, Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, among many others. Berlier received an MFA in Studio Art from UC Davis and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.
Terry Berlier: Erased Loop Random Walk is generously supported in part by Doris and Alan Burgess, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University, WaveGroup, and the ICA Director’s Circle.
Opening Reception:Friday, November 15, 6pm-8pmTalking Art: In conversation with Terry BerlierThursday, December 5 (Featuring performances by Terry Berlier and Luciano Chessa&Thursday, January 237-9pm, $5 Members, $10 Non-MembersPay at the doorRead about Terry's works on view in the ICA's Front Windows.Press Release (PDF)
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In conjunction with her large-scale solo exhibition, Erased Loop Random Walk, Stanford-based artist Terry Berlier is exhibiting two site-specific works in the ICA's front windows.
Open Secret, 2013Neon signClosed (Don’t Fence Me In), 2013Perforated window vinyl
An “open secret” is a fact or idea that is widely known but not openly acknowledged or a piece of information that is not widely known, despite being freely available. Berlier’s Open Secret installation in the ICA’s front window references an earlier work by the same name that was a response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. The damage caused by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 in Japan resulted in disastrous equipment failures at the Fukushima plant that led to the release of large amounts of radioactive materials. Since the accident, there have been startling revelations about the lack of safety measure in place at the plant dating back to 1976, including the dismissal of finding in a 2008 study pointing to the immediate need to improve the protection of the power station from flooding by seawater in the event of a tsunami.
With the recurring problems and revelations of cover-ups at Fukushima, Berlier felt it was important to revisit, revise, and refine Open Secret. While reconfiguring the work for the ICA exhibition, revelations concerning the National Security Agency (NSA) lent new relevancy to the work. In June 2013, Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor, claimed that between December 2012 and March 2013, the NSA secretly collected billions of phone and computer data items from citizens in the US and Europe.
While Berlier’s Open Secret has national and international relevancy with regard to safety and security, it also references more personal views and lifestyles that continue to be the subject of contradictory opinions and persistent scrutiny.
Placed in the ICA’s front window, Berlier’s neon sign plays off the traditional “Open” for business signs in storefronts. Closed (Don’t Fence Me In) is a companion piece that Belier has installed in the adjacent window on the ICA’s façade. The window appears to be bricked over, obstructing the ability to see inside the building and thereby suggesting that there may be something to hide behind the wall.
Terry Berlier: Erased Loop Random Walk complete exhibtion details.
In January 2013 the ICA launched On The Road, a satellite exhibition program that seeks to expand the ICA's footprint throughout the Bay Area and further its mission to support the region's contemporary art community. The inaugural On The Road exhibition opened in January 2013 at the new visitors lounge at the San Jose Mineta International Airport in San Jose, CA. To date, the ICA has presented four On The Road exhibitions in public spaces and business locations the San Francisco Bay Area.
Current On The Road exhibitionsThe Club lounge at SJC featuring works by Barbara Boissevain, Kara Maria, and Clive McCarthyMineta San Jose International Airport
Charles Ginnever: Rashomon Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA Modesto Covarrubias the California State CapitalSacramento, CA, through September 2014Works from this ICA Artist-in-Residence on view in the Senate's 2013-14 California Contemporary Art Collection exhibitPast On The Road exhibitionsThe Club Lounge- featuring works by Kathryn Dunlevie, Doug Glovoski, and Clive McCarthy San Jose Mineta International Airport
Sabine Reckewell: Double CatenaryLiquid Agency, San Jose Click on image below to view artwork from all On The Road exhibitions.