Visible Horizons

Image: Rhonda Holberton, Failed Parachute, Video Still, 2012.

Exhibition dates: Friday, August 10 - Saturday, October 6, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, August 10, 6pm - 8pm
Location: SFAC Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm - 5pm

Artists: Andrew ChapmanChris Duncan and Rhonda Holberton

The SFAC Galleries’ has commissioned new installations from three dynamic, young regional artists for our new exhibition, Visible Horizons.  Andrew Chapman, Chris Duncan and Rhonda Holberton, acting as both curators and artists, will be presenting three perspectives on the idea of the horizon, drawing attention to the roles access, visibility, and myth have on relationships between landscape, architecture, and the human body. In our daily lives the true horizon is largely obscured by natural and human-created objects; this augmented intersection of earth and sky is called the visible horizon. While the horizon can be understood as a site of unification, it also divides all visible directions into two categories: those that intersect the Earth's surface, and those that do not. Chapman’s layered multimedia installation, Duncan’s interactive aural landscape and Holberton’s camera obscura will offer visitors a chance to challenge their literal and conceptual notion of where and what the horizon is and how we interact with it on a daily basis.

Free Public Programs will play a large role in this exhibition. Watch for announcements soon about experimental music nights, a special film screening and more!


Learn more about the artists!

ANDREW CHAPMAN is a visual artist working in Oakland, California. He received his BFA from the California College of the Arts in 2006, and an MFA from Stanford University in 2012. Chapman’s work is largely rooted in painting, and explores non-representational image making and themes of realism within abstraction.  His interests lie in examining links between opticality, recognition, and the function of visual understanding in an increasingly image and media saturated society. In Visible Horizons, Andrew Chapman will show Beyond there, there is a there, a mixed media installation.

CHRIS DUNCAN is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Oakland, California. His work incorporates the use of repetition, color, light, sound, reflection and geometric abstraction as a way to ponder perception, reality and balance.  To counter his solitary studio practice he is an active curator, gatherer and independent publisher with his partner Maria Otero under the moniker LAND AND SEA. Chris has exhibited with frequency across the United States, including Halsey Mckay Gallery,  Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Kemper Art Museum. Chris is a 2013 Master of Fine Arts candidate at Stanford University. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY library, the SFMOMA library, and Berkeley Art Museum. Chris Duncan is represented by Eli Ridgway Gallery in San Francisco, California. In Visible Horizons, Chris Duncan will show Offing, a sound sculpture.

RHONDA HOLBERTON’s interdisciplinary practice documents her navigation of complex phenomenological systems. Her work reveals a magic and symbolic reading of empirical canons of belief through a hybrid of scientific and metaphysical practices. She received her BFA from California College of the Arts and is currently completing her MFA at Stanford University. She has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at the  Basement Gallery, the South Gallery and the A21 Gallery in Oakland. In Visible Horizons, Rhonda Holberton will show The Invention of the Ship was also the Invention of the Shipwreck, an immersive video & camera obscura installation.


Evening Public Programs (SFAC Main Gallery, free) 

Sound & Vision  Thursday, September 6, 7 - 9pm.

  • 16mm NASA film screenings and musical performances by James Cordas, Chris Musgrave.

Sound & Words  Saturday, September 15, 6 - 9 pm.

  • Readings from texts produced by meditations on the horizon with an intermission and closing performances on Duncan’s Offing by filmmaker Paul Clipson and musician Danny Grody. Readers include: Randy Colosky, Kevin Killian, Alli Warren, Cedar Sigo, Ajit Chauhan, Jacob Wick, Owen Gump, Jackie Im, Aaron Harbour and more.

Sound & Reflection Friday, September 21, 7 - 9 pm.

  • Inspired by the "Shifts in Horizon" workshop at the Headlands Center for the Arts, artist Sean McFarland speaks about how the horizon influences his work, and musician Suzy Poling plays Duncan’s Offing.

Sound & Celebration Wednesday, October 3, 7:30-9:30pm.

  • Performances on and around Duncan’s Offing by Collin McKelvey, EN, John Davis.



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