Touch Stone opens TOMORROW 4/5 from 7p to 10p

Published on 2019-04-04

Kirsten Brehmer and Dionne Lee

April 5 - June 2, 2019
 Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 7-10pm
 Gallery Hours: Saturdays + Sundays 12-5pm, or by appointment

CTRL+SHFT is pleased to present Touch Stone,  an exhibition by Kirsten Brehmer and Dionne Lee. Through photography and  video, Brehmer and Lee explore their own relationships to land and  nature, and how such spaces can shape one’s understanding of their place  in the wider world.

Touch Stone is an exhibition investigating how we understand our  participation, position, scale, and effect in our environments. The  works explore the sublime experience of recognizing one’s scale to their  surroundings while considering markers of place, everything from the  gap between two trees to your shadow passing over a patch of poppies on  your walk home.

Accompanying the exhibition is a reading and research room featuring  text selections and work by invited artists: Alex Arzt, Angela Berry,  and Nkiruka Oparah, whose works engage the natural world in relation to  the self. This room offers a casual space for conversation and  engagement with resources meant to serve as an entry point for deepening  one’s relationship to the natural world. Programming throughout the  duration of the exhibition will include an herbal workshop, special  readings, guided walk, and informal gatherings in the reading room to  exchange ideas and resources.


Meet + Read in the Reading Room
 Sunday, April 7, 12-3p
 Sunday, May 5, 12-3p

Artist’s Way* Neighborhood Walkabout  
 Sunday, April 21, 12-3p
 *The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Herbal Workshop with Myrna Cabán Lezcano of Flor y Machete
 May, Date TBD

Dionne Lee (b. 1988, New York, NY) received her MFA from California  College of the Arts in 2017. Her practice is based in photography,  collage, and video, and engages ideas of power and racial histories in  relation to the American landscape. Lee’s work has been exhibited at  Aperture Foundation and the school of the International Center of  Photography in New York City; Aggregate Space and LAND AND SEA in  Oakland, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Root Division in San  Francisco. She currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Kirsten Brehmer (b. 1992) born in Tampa FL, and raised in Steamboat  Springs, CO. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts in  2017. She was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Grant in the Summer of 2013,  and has taken part in the AICAD residency in Brooklyn, New York in  2016. Her work has been exhibited at Fused Space and on Alcatraz in San  Francisco, and at Studio Grand, CTRL+SHFT, and Flowers Gallery in  Oakland. She is an active member of CTRL+SHFT Collective and currently  lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Image: Kirsten Brehmer + Dionne Lee