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Dear Future...

Please note: This exhibition has been extended until February 19, 2021

Dear Future... is a group exhibition that examines the complexity, uncertainty and possibility surrounding the future. Exhibiting artists Jessica Houston, Ariel René Jackson, Jen Liu and Sherwin Rio use their visual languages to pen metaphorical letters to the future. As recipient, the viewer "reads" and internally responds to the vulnerable correspondence between themselves and the artist.

Through video, performance, sculpture, photography and oral history each visual metaphor serves as a type of contemporary relic or narrative that amplifies concepts of identity, place, structure, belonging and in/visibility as they relate to our future. The works on view present perspectives that reflect hopeful or utopian subtext, while others portray a more austere or critical glimpse into a proposed morrow.

The Future Is A Constant Wake, 2019, Still.

Courtesy of Ariel René Jackson & Michael J. Love

The Future Is A Constant Wake, 2019, Still.

The Future Is A Constant Wake, 2019, Still.

Courtesy of Ariel René Jackson & Michael J. Love

The Future Is A Constant Wake, 2019, Still.

New Dawn Fades, 2008, Two channel digitized 16mm. Running time: 5:12

Courtesy of Jen Liu

New Dawn Fades, 2008, Two channel digitized 16mm. Running time: 5:12

New Dawn Fades, 2008, Two channel digitized 16mm. Running time: 5:12

Courtesy of Jen Liu

New Dawn Fades, 2008, Two channel digitized 16mm. Running time: 5:12

New Dawn Fades, 2008, Two channel digitized 16mm. Running time: 5:12

Courtesy of Jen Liu

New Dawn Fades, 2008, Two channel digitized 16mm. Running time: 5:12

Footwork, Bamboo, rope, twine, wire, fans, & wind, 2017. Photo by Alex Taylor.

Courtesy of Sherwin Rio

Footwork, Bamboo, rope, twine, wire, fans, & wind, 2017. Photo by Alex Taylor.

A Complete Crossing: Fort Mason Pier 2 Historic Railway & Footbridge Intersections (Detail), Site-specific bamboo, rope, and wire installation at Fort Mason Pier 2 SFAI Campus, 2018. Photo by Marco David Castaneda.

Courtesy of Sherwin Rio

A Complete Crossing: Fort Mason Pier 2 Historic Railway & Footbridge Intersections (Detail), Site-specific bamboo, rope, and wire installation at Fort Mason Pier 2 SFAI Campus, 2018. Photo by Marco David Castaneda.

He Spirit's Work Is Shared Lifting, Hand-split and engraved Indiana limestone, fabricated steel, metal wheelbarrow handles, found pallet wood, rope, and cement, 2019. Located at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, KY. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Courtesy of Sherwin Rio

He Spirit's Work Is Shared Lifting, Hand-split and engraved Indiana limestone, fabricated steel, metal wheelbarrow handles, found pallet wood, rope, and cement, 2019. Located at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, KY. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Letters to the Future- Antarctica, 3022, Archival Pigmented Print, 28 x 42”.

Courtesy of Jessica Houston

Letters to the Future- Antarctica, 3022, Archival Pigmented Print, 28 x 42”.

Deployment III, Archival Pigmented Print, 36 x 24“

Courtesy of Jessica Houston

Deployment III, Archival Pigmented Print, 36 x 24“

Rosi Braidotti Letter, Archival Pigmented Print, 8 x 12”

Courtesy of Jessica Houston

Rosi Braidotti Letter, Archival Pigmented Print, 8 x 12”

Jessica Houston has traveled from pole to pole—using photography, painting, oral histories and objects—to evoke natureculture entanglements. Her multimedia projects often include site-specific oral histories that amplify the memory of a place and evoke land as a living process. She has worked on projects involving communities and their relationship to their environments in the Canadian Arctic, Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, and Italy. Houston has created site-specific works for the New Jersey MOCA, Asbury Park, New Jersey; the Castello di Corigliano, Puglia, Italy; Governors Island, NY, NY; and The Albany Airport, Albany, NY. Select exhibitions include Art Mûr Gallery, Montréal, Canada; The Hyde Collection Museum, Glens Falls, NY; and The Latimer House Museum, New York, NY. Her works are funded by The Canada Council for the Arts and are in the collections of Prêt d’œuvres d’art, Musée National Des Beaux-Arts du Quebec; Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), Montréal, Québec; Bank of Montréal, Toronto; and the Consulate General of Monaco, Montréal.

Ariel René Jackson grew up between New Orleans & Mamou, LA. She currently lives and works in Austin, TX where she completed her MFA at The University of Texas at Austin in 2019. Jackson's lyrical video essays explore kinship with places and situations. Her multidisciplinary practice translates narratives of belonging, by way of performative and sculptural acts, utilizing repurposed imagery or objects. Black histories and Jackson's familial farming legacy sustain and inform her focus on land and landscape as sites of internal representation. Jackson is an alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and has shown work nationally at institutions such as the SculptureCenter, CUE Art Foundation, Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, Depaul Art Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, and RISD Museum.

Jen Liu is a visual artist based in New York and Vermont, working in video/animation, choreography, biomaterial, and painting to explore national identity, gendered economies, neoliberal industrial labor, and the re-motivating of archival artifacts. She is a 2019 recipient of the Creative Capital Award, 2018 LACMA Art + Technology Lab grant, and 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship in Film/Video. She has presented work at The Whitney Museum, MoMA, and The New Museum, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC; Royal Academy and ICA, London; Kunsthaus Zurich; Kunsthalle Wien; the Aspen Museum of Art; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; MUSAC, Leon; UCCA and A07 @ 798, Beijing; and the 2014 Shanghai Biennale and 2019 Singapore Biennale.

Sherwin Rio is an interdisciplinary artist who uses visual metaphors from a Filipino-American perspective to address invisibility, hyper-visibility and mis-visibility produced by colonial structures. Rio has exhibited and performed as a solo and collaborative artist throughout the U.S. in venues such as: Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA), Carlsbad Museum of Art (NM), San Jose State University (CA), Portland State University (OR), Dominican University (San Rafael, CA), Human Resources (Los Angeles, CA), Torpedo Factory (Alexandria, VA), and SOMArts Cultural Center (San Francisco, CA). He has received awards including the 2019 International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, 2018 Ella King Torrey Award for Innovation & Excellence in the Arts, and the 2017 Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Fellowship Award. Rio received a dual MFA/MA in Studio Art/History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2019 and a BFA in Printmaking with a minor in Art History from the University of Florida in 2014.


Andrew Bablo & Pat Milbery: In A New Light 1 & 2

Murals Are Permanently On View In Crabbe Hall Lobby

The lobby of Crabbe Hall, which houses our Oak Room Gallery and studios, served as a blank slate for duo Andrew Bablo and Pat Milbery to revitalize. The east coast/west coast collaboration between Andrew Bablo and Pat Milbery results in an unprecedented revitalization of Crabbe Hall lobby. Built in 1919, the building houses UNC’s Oak Room Gallery and Visual and Performing Arts studios. Bablo and Milbery were inspired by the architecture and characteristics of the building such as its original oak doors, green marbled baseboards, and sky high arches and wanted their footprint within the space to compliment, not detract, from the classic beauty of the building’s interior. 

Pat Milbery is, above all, a creative collaborator, as well known for the large-scale murals he's created alongside some of the most prominent street and graffiti artists in the world as he is for the playful photo shoots and video parts he's participated in as a pro snowboarder. His vivid street art collaborations adorn the walls of dozens of boutiques, breweries, residences, bars, and other businesses in Denver, around the Rocky Mountains, across the country and around the globe, and he's helped curate and create major art installation projects for brands including the Ford Motor Company, X Games, Budweiser, Zumiez, Loveland Ski Area, Wahoo Fish Tacos, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. He has shared snowboard contest podiums with the likes of Shaun White and Travis Rice, and the Snowboard Camp Tour he founded to make freestyle riding more accessible to kids is now entering its second decade. He's also the co-owner of So-Gnar, an umbrella collective responsible for the Snowboard Camp Tour, the So-Gnar streetwear and apparel line he helps design, and the Shredded Beats hip-hop concert series he promotes. He's equally proud of his Minnesota roots and his 17 years of Colorado transplant status, and splits his time between Denver and Golden and wherever his van full of snowboard gear and aerosol cans take him.  

From design to production, Andrew Bablo builds, crafts and experiments through the use of various media. Seeing no boundaries or limitations, he loves to work interactively, large-scale and in the eye of the public. Bablo started his career in branded and licensed apparel design, working with major league sports teams across the country. He spent years creating garments for several retail brands including Reebok and ’47. Later, Bablo collaborated with the industry’s top artists, athletes and brands as the former Editor-in-Chief of Steez Magazine. Over the course of nine years and 35 issues, Bablo grew the magazine from a black and white photocopier to a major publication, distributing throughout thousands of major newsstands such as Barnes & Noble in the U.S. and Canada. In 2015, Bablo founded Steez Design, bringing his artistic background to the commercial design world. Bablo graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design. Currently residing north of Boston, he works as an artist, designer and entrepreneur.

Andrew Bablo & Pat Milbery, Crabbe Hall lobby mural

Andrew Bablo & Pat Milbery, Crabbe Hall lobby mural

Andrew Bablo & Pat Milbery, Crabbe Hall lobby mural

Andrew Bablo & Pat Milbery, Crabbe Hall lobby mural