Collagraph by Tanja Geis
Dates: February 2 – March 5, 2017
Open Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00pm-5:00pm
First Thursday Art Walk: March 2, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, March 4, 5:00pm-9:00pm
At Ramon’s Tailor
Artist Tanja Geis will be in residence at Ramon’s Tailor collecting lost and discarded objects from nearby Tenderloin streets. She will be using what she finds to make a series of collagraphs—prints made from a plate collaged with different textures. This work will be produced in conjunction with Kala Art Institute’s Artist-in-Residence Program.
The intention of Sidewalk Collagraphs is to be present with that which we are usually indifferent to if not repulsed by. The project is guided by a hunch that in attending to and formally reimagining the discarded, the lost, and the residual of city life, the artist might offer some intimacy with and perhaps understanding of the ecology of the neighborhood.
About the Artist
Tanja Geis makes paintings, installations, videos and participatory events that explore liminal and mongrel spaces as zones for the transformation of ecological perception. Geis has an MFA in Art Practice from University of California Berkeley, an MRM in Marine Management from the University of Akureyri, Iceland, and a BA in Fine Art from Yale University. Her work has been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and other venues in New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, England, Scotland, Japan, and Iceland. She cofounded Wildfjords Artist Residency in Iceland and has taught at University of California Berkeley. Geis’ awards include a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, a 2015 Graduate Fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts, a 2014 Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award from The San Francisco Foundation, a 2014 Graduate Arts Grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, and a 2014 Peacebuilding Leadership Fellowship from the Shinnyo-en Foundation. Geis was born and raised in Hong Kong and currently lives in Oakland, California.