I Look for Clues in Your Dreams | Art Exhibit at the Berkeley Art Center
Photography by Robb McDonough
I Look for Clues in Your Dreams, a group exhibition curated by Heather Marx, examined the elemental spirit of the American West. Featuring Bay Area artists: Leo Bersamina, Chris Duncan, Kristin Farr, Jenny Sharaf, Victoria Wagner and Amber Jean Young, this critically acclaimed exhibition was on view at the Berkeley Art Center from May 21 through July 17, 2016.
It was my desire to create an exhibition with the rich history of Northern California in mind and by looking for clues in these artists’ works, I hope to tell a story about this powerful and complex ‘dream' of Northern California and its bewitching hold on our collective imagination, writes Heather Marx.
I look for Clues in Your Dreams included works that are informed by a spirituality that is influenced by the mythology of the American West and, specifically, Northern California. These six artists, who Marx views as seekers and explorers, represent a continuation of the area’s rich visual and social history, including elements of psychedelia, community and a reverence for the local landscape. Following the lead of the utopian idealism and the beauty and freedom of the 1960s and 70s, each exhibiting artist reshaped and re-vitalized the world around them in the pursuit of visual magic.