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April 12–May 12, 2024

2023 Left Coast Awards Exhibition
Selected by Renee Cyla Villasenor
Institute of Contemporary Art
San Francisco

Opening Reception: Friday, April 12, 7–9 pm


In the East Gallery, the 2023 LCA Exhibition Awards Show will present the works of Tara Daly and Uma Rani Iyli. These two prominent Bay Area artists were chosen by the 2023 Left Coast Annual juror, Renee Cyla Villasenor, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco.

Tara Daly makes textiles, paintings, and ceramic sculptures. She notes that, "The diversity of my approaches to art making are tributaries to a river of sense making in a deluge of apocalypse. I sculpt objects that reflect breakdown, and I weave pieces that are about beauty and balance. My sculptures are born from the terror of falling apart, and my textiles and paintings are attempts at mending and repair. Feminism and craft practices are touchstones in my practice."

She is drawn to weaving as both labor and as a metaphor. Self-taught, she began weaving on improvised, wall mounted looms as a way to connect with something ancient and human. Daly states "I begin "blind," without pattern or cartoon, and my compositions are borrowed from what has been emerging in my paintings. I make paintings of geometric shapes that have a spiritual feeling, like diagrams of balance and connection. Symmetry plays into that, reflecting that there is an opposite and equal effect from each cause. Making these works is a receptive, intuitive process, and a striving for harmony."

A graduate of the Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture and the San Francisco Art Institute, Tara creates through a materials driven process. Continually stretching herself, she has been an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts, Penland School of Crafts, the Santa Fe Art Institute and was a recipient of Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center.

Uma Rani Iyli is an interdisciplinary San Francisco Bay Area artist. Highlighted in this exhibition are selected work from several series Winding and UnWinding Series, Garlands Series, Silk Brocades Series, and Fortune Teller Series, created over a period of 7 years in unison with exchanges of themes, marking and materials. One media feeds into another, serving as bridges between her Indian roots and contemporary culture. Examining ancient cultures and focusing on notions of women's work, her scalable artwork investigates linking these practices with a contemporary context. By sharing Uma's own stories and visions, this exhibition instigates an exchange of ideas, pushing the boundaries of what is perceived and what results in her studio.

Having grown up in India's traditional caste-based society, Uma Rani Iyli identifies belonging to the weaver's community. With that identity, she references weaving, stitching and pattern making in her art using remnant thread sourced directly from weaver communities collected during her annual trips to Eastern India. In a more literal sense, the meaning of this directly sourced material is growing in significance in her work. Intertwining all these elements are at the foundation of her practice as an artist and what inspires her to pursue the layered direction of her multi-media approach towards creating.

Born in Bangalore, India, Uma Rani Iyli's studio practice has been based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1996. She received her foundational art education at the College of Fine Arts, Bangalore. At the age of twenty-one, she moved to the United States and continued her studies at California College of Arts graduating in 2003 with a BFA in Sculpture. In 2019, her work was recognized with a nomination for the TOSA Award by Minnesota Street Project and the SECA award nomination by the SFMOMA.


SVOS Open Studios Coastside Weekend, during the Left Coast Annual:
Over two dozen Sanchez Art Center and Art Guild of Pacifica artists (site 268) will be participating in Silicon Valley Open Studios coastside weekend on Sat May 4 and Sun May 5. Extended gallery hours of 11am — 5pm, both days.

Art x Nature x Art, a celebration of art and spring:
Art x Nature x Art, our spring fundraiser, pairs natural floral creations inspired by art in the 2024 Left Coast Annual, created specifically for this event by talented local floral designers. This annual event will be held the final weekend of the Left Coast Annual exhibits, Fri, May 10 – Sat. 11. Tickets, by timed entry, will be available on Eventbrite, $25.00 in advance, and includes live music, special floral mocktails, and a hands-on corsage/boutonniere making activity to create as a gift or for yourself. On Sunday, May 12, the last day of the exhibitions, entry will be $5.00, with the natural floral creations still available to view, as we continue the celebration of spring, art and Moms!

Funds raised will provide ongoing opportunities for the community to view outstanding exhibitions and participate in community creative engagement activities.

Sanchez Art Center is located at 1220 Linda Mar Boulevard in Pacifica, about a mile east of Highway 1. For more information, visit www.SanchezArtCenter.org or email info@sanchezartcenter.org.


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