Opening Reception—Dec 10, 2022
Performance by Na Omi Shintani—Dec 10, 2022
Ritual by Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen—Dec 10, 2022
Workshop by Vin Seaman—Jan 7, 2023
Thresholds of Liminality includes works in various media that explore those unwitnessed or imperceptible states and experiences of transformation and include The Invisibility Collective members Susan R. Kirshenbaum, Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen, Samira Shaheen, Christopher M. Tandy, and invited artists Joseph Abbati, Vin Seaman, Allan Rosenfield, Rell Rushin, Na Omi Judy Shintani, and Leif Larson.
Thresholds of Liminality
The Invisibility Collective Bi-Annual Invitational Exhibition
December 10, 2022 – January 28, 2023
Radian Gallery, 440 Brannan St, San Francisco
Liminal: a sensory threshold, barely perceptible or capable of eliciting a response.
Liminality: a liminal state of transition between one stage and the next, especially between major stages in one’s life.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The Invisibility Collective and Radian Gallery are pleased to present their second bi-annual invitational group exhibition: Thresholds of Liminality. Works in various media explore those unwitnessed or imperceptible states and experiences of transformation. Artists include The Invisibility Collective members Susan R. Kirshenbaum, Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen, Samira Shaheen, Christopher M. Tandy, and invited artists Joseph Abbati, Vin Seaman, Allan Rosenfield, Rell Rushin, Na Omi Judy Shintani, and Leif Larson.
The Invisibility Collective is a multi-generational collaborative group of nationally acclaimed artists, curators, and social activists exploring the deep experiences and complexity of the concept of Invisibility. Formed during shelter-in-place as a way to connect and share deep discussion from different perspectives, to date, members of the collective are located in the USA, with concentrations in the SF Bay Area and Pennsylvania. In 2020, The Invisibility Collective and Radian Gallery presented their first invitational exhibition: Seen × Unseen. In their second exhibition: Thresholds of Liminality, artists explore the un- or under-perceived process of transition and the moments at which something might happen, cease to happen, take effect, or become true. Acting as revealers, guides, mapmakers, documenters, whisperers, and companions, the artists in this exhibition bear witness to these thresholds, centering experiences whose great meaning is undetectable by those not within the experience of transition.
Thresholds of Liminality on view at Radian Gallery December 10, 2022 to January 28, 2023. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 3 to 6pm, and a closing happy hour is scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2023, from 4 to 6pm. Additional performances and events will be held throughout the exhibition. For more information, visit radiangallery.com and theinvisibilitycollective.com.
We must reinvent how we value and protect broad swaths of the labor market if we are to emerge from this pandemic—by Lily Janiak for San Francisco Chronicle, March 2021
Interview with collective member Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen and photographed at Radian Gallery on the last day of Seen x Unseen.
In honor of the inaugural exhibition by The Invisibility Collective, we have made a Spotify playlist to immerse yourself into the nuance and complexity of Invisibility via popular music genres 😉
Seen × Unseen
December 5–30, 2020 at Radian Gallery
Reception Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 12 PM PST
The Invisibility Collective and invited guest artists assemble an exhibition that is the culmination of months of virtual “COVID conversations” from the West Coast to the East Coast of the USA. Looking at various ways that people express their feelings about the intersection of being seen and not seen. In Seen × Unseen, the Collective explore the many aspects of what it means to be invisible and present ways of becoming more aware of how this status affects us. Each of the collective’s members have asked questions about their experiences with invisibility and have invited a guest artist to broaden the conversation into our wider community. Together and individually we are exploring this intersection of being seen and unseen.
Susan R. Kirshenbaum
Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen
Christopher M. Tandy (Courtesy of Glass Rice Gallery, SF)
For more information, email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org
REGISTER on Eventbrite for a time to visit on Opening day, Saturday, Dec 5 from noon – 6pm. Visits to the gallery are by appointment. There will be art talks and additional events. Check back!
A list of articles to start your journey into the unseen…
The topic of invisibility is a vast and complex one—from hero superpower to weapon of racism. Today I’ve selected a few articles I’ve revisited and referenced to share with you some words of others I find more helpful when I’m at a loss of my own.
The first article that gave me some clarity to that familiar foggy sinking feeling I couldn’t quite explain. The New York Times Book Review editor Parul Sehgal unpacks the invisibility weapon in the magazine’s long-running series where each week one writer explores a single, timely word.
“Efforts to force collective amnesia are as old as conquest. The Roman decree damnatio memoriae — ‘‘condemnation of memory’’ — punished individuals by destroying every trace of them from the city, down to chiseling faces off statues. It was considered a fate worse than execution. But there are subtler, everyday forms of banishing people from public life…” [read more]“FIRST WORDS: Fighting ‘Erasure’” by Parul Sehgal, New York Times Magazine, a version of the article also appears in print on Feb. 7, 2016, Page 15 of the Sunday Magazine with the headline: Memory Lapse
[ Above: Image © Kija Lucas; photograph from the series Collections from Sundown ]
Aging is the the most universal form of invisibility. It transcends color, creed, and class and slowly transforms us all from here to slowly no here. If the memory of our lives starts to disappear as well, who are we? And were we ever here at all?
Artist Kija Lucas is a San Francisco-based artist exploring memory through photography. In the series Collections from Sundown, she archives the notes and reminders of her Grandmother as she perseveres through memory-loss from Alzheimer’s. Lucas’s quiet series of color photographs with deep black background and sharp focus honors the strength of person, the process of loss, and the tiny remnants we hold onto to fight against the inevitable invisibility of dying.
Collections from Sundown focuses on my grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. The term Sundown here refers to both Sundowner’s Syndrome, a symptom of Alzheimer’s, and the metaphor for the end of life. Sundowning includes increased confusion, collecting and packing of belongings, and often preparing for a perceived trip. These still lives include images of what she collected in a single day, as well as groupings of notes she wrote over a period of several years, and make evident the changes in reality that come with her disease. The notes reflect the repetition experienced by loved ones of a person with Alzheimer’s.Project statement by Kija Lucas
Kija Lucas is an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She uses photography to explore ideas of home, heritage, and inheritance. She is interested in how ideas are passed down and seemingly inconsequential moments create changes that last generations.
Her work has been exhibited at Oakland Museum of California, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, California Institute of Integral Studies, Palo Alto Arts Center, Intersection for the Arts, Mission Cultural Center, and Root Division, as well as Venice Arts in Los Angeles, CA, La Sala d’Ercole/Hercules Hall in Bologna Italy, and Casa Escorsa in Guadalajara, Mexico. Lucas has been an Artist in Residence at Montalvo Center for the Arts, Grin City Collective, and The Wassaic Artist Residency. She is a member of 3.9 Art Collective and the Curatorial Council at Southern Exposure. Lucas received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and her MFA from Mills College.
See this series and more of her work at kijalucas.com