BAN 7 Clinic: Object of Transformation (featuring alumna Alicia Escott)

Presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
August 6–24, 2014
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts | 701 Mission Street | San Francisco 94103

Hours: Thurs.-Sat., noon-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m. (First Tues. of month FREE)
Closing reception: Sun., Aug. 24, 2-5 p.m

The drive to transform and restore relationships -- to others and ultimately to the self -- is the key to survival for the artists participating in Object of Transformation (curated by Raphael Noz).

In response to the strategy of openness of BAN 7: Exhibition (part of Bay Area Now 7: Visual Arts), the artists here find a material metaphor in the physical holes in the windows of this gallery.

Playing with these points of connection between inside and outside, the artists invite visitors to transform simple gestures of communication and transmission into acts of performance and participation.

In the end, we are all the object of transformation -- a continuous summation of what’s lost and what’s left.

CCA Alumna Alicia Escott

Alumna Alicia Escott (MFA 2009) locates her work in relationships -- person to person, person to community, community to species, species to planet.

In A Brief History of the Sunset / After You Left We Started Buying things on Amazon, the objects she creates carry the communication back and forth like vectors for these relationships -- physical letters, packaging pillows, butterflies made extinct by advancing human development.

Through online transactions, conversations with visitors and letters sent through the mail, she transforms loss into reconciliation, while honoring some of its inevitable emptiness.

Escott invites visitors into a conversation starting simply with “What is your mailing address?” as a point of departure, with the possibility of a back-and-forth mail correspondence.