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VISUAL | Kala Gallery is proud to present Both Directions at Once, featuring new work by 2017-2018 Kala Fellowship artists.

Both Directions at Once – Exhibition Opening Reception

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Date(s) - 07/19/2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Kala Art Institute


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  • Arts Exhibition: July 19, 2018 — September 22, 2018
  • Opening Reception: July 19, 2018, 6-8:30pm

Kala Gallery is proud to present Both Directions at Once, featuring new work by 2017-2018 Kala Fellowship artists. The exhibition includes Jennifer Basile, Rachel Livedalen, Yuki Maruyama, JoAnne McFarland, Robert Minervini, Golbanou Moghaddas, Lorena Guadalupe Molina, and Tyler Starr.

Artists in Both Directions at Once examine cultural and personal identities, immigration and racial struggles, preservation of nature and the environment, and the human desire to attain utopian states, in their unique spatial and visual perspectives. The title of the exhibition is inspired by multiple sources, the John Coltrane album recently found and released this year, Both Directions at Once, the song It’s Only a Paper Moon, and novel 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. On an opening page of 1Q84, there is a quote from the song:

It’s a Barnum and Bailey world, Just as phony as it can be, But it wouldn’t be make-believe, If you believed in me.
– It’s Only a Paper Moon

Our life is influenced by illusion and delusion. We experience many things in everyday life and create our own interpretations to form both personal and community identities. This process goes in both directions: on one level each person creates their own personality, yet, once the communal standard is established, that creates labels for a person to embrace, defy, or something in between. As the 1Q84 story suggests, the power of illusion also goes in both directions: creating a positive energy to believe in our own illusions, belief and love, and on the other hand, delusions can be used to influence people creating insecurity, confusion, a sense of superiority, and inspiring fear.

Eight artists in the exhibition Both Directions at Once, explore personal struggles and present diverse viewpoints. As John Coltrane said to saxophonist Wayne Shorter in the late ‘50s, “…about starting a sentence in the middle, and then going to the beginning and the end of it at the same time… both directions at once.“ (from the album’s liner notes), artists can move freely as they wish through their creative process posing critical questions to themselves and to our community.

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