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UNDERPINNINGS

UNDERPINNINGS

Dalar Alahverdi, Leah Korican, Elizabeth Sher

June 14 – July 20, 2024

Artists’ Reception: June 22,  5 – 7 pm

Oakland Art Murmur / First Friday: July 5, 5 – 9 pm

Three artists explore underpinnings in this exhibition. Alahverdi’s work connects the fundamentals of human nature, emphasizing that despite diverse appearances and histories, we share the same core elements. Korican made a series of cyanotypes during the recent eclipse which she altered with text and paint, creating visual poems. Through minimal drawings, Sher aims to visually articulate her fascination with the fundamental connections spanning architectural structures, urban planning, politics, ecology, artistic creation, and the intricate workings of our minds.

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Leah Corican

Leah Korican

Leah Korican is a visual artist and writer. She has lived around the world, including Cave Junction, Oregon; and Florence, Italy. She has a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited nationally including at the Richmond Art Center, Bedford Gallery, and the Triton Museum. Her public art commissions include a large-scale site-specific cut-out for the Nashville International Airport, and permanent artworks for Kehilla Community Synagogue and Rumsey Engineers in Oakland, California. Her writing has appeared recently in Heartwood Literary Magazine.

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Elizabeth Sher

ELIZABETH SHER is a Bay Area artist and filmmaker, and Professor of Art Emeritus at California College of Art. As a visionary creative, she possesses the ability to seamlessly integrate contemporary concerns into visually captivating artworks. Sher follows a series-based approach, drawing a parallel with musicians who curate thematically different albums. Infused with a touch of humor and a perceptive interplay of language and visuals, her exhibitions consistently defy the confines of artistic expression, pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.  Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and is in the permanent collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), The Museum of California, Oakland, Fine Arts Museum, De Saisset Museum, and many private collections.

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Dalar Alahverdi

Dalar Alahverdi is a visual artist based in the Bay Area, California. With roots in the Middle East (Iran) and Armenian heritage, her work is deeply influenced by themes of social justice, human rights, and immigration. Dalar’s current medium is mixed media, allowing her to blend techniques such as drawing, printmaking, and collage to convey her ideas. She is passionate about interactive art, striving to create connections and engagement between her pieces and their viewers.

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