Touch Stone: Opening Reception

Date(s) - 04/05
7:00pm - 10:00pm


1430 34th Street
Oakland, CA


Kirsten Brehmer and Dionne Lee

April 5 – June 2, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 7-10p
Gallery Hours: Saturdays + Sundays 12-6p, 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


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