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August 26 - October 7, 2023 - ARTIST TALKS for group exhibition on Saturday, September 30th 12-3pm
More Of What You Love
polyptych (four panels as one) each panel 16"x16"x1.5"
archival pigment uniquely uv printed on wood panel
SOLD (at Arc Gallery) - Thank you!
How much do you let yourself love what you love? That deep resounding feeling of yes! Colors, spaces, people, vistas, objects, textures, flavors, experiences, sensations, sounds - anything that attracts you like a magnet from your heart. This Yes is about giving yourself permission to shift focus of what is a priority from what’s good for you over to what makes you feel good. Loving what you love guides you to live a life aligned with your true desires, values, and aspirations to let your authentic self shine. When you wholeheartedly embrace and pursue the things that bring you joy, you cultivate a deeper connection and love with your true self. This joy radiates outward inspiring and positively impacting others. Yes please do and be more of what you love!
Connecting to her diverse community of participants, Soad’s process weaves both analog and digital methods of photography, collage, painting, and printing to arrive at the final one-of-a-kind artwork. Reflecting on our own delights, our common humanity, and embracing our interconnectedness, images of textile patterns, hair, or background textures from all participants are combined in creating More Of What You Love.
Working within the mediums of collage, painting, printmaking and installation, Soad explores ideas of connection, empowerment, joy and wholeness from the inside out. Informed by her ongoing journey of becoming more fully herself within her multiracial, multicultural, immigrant heritage living and learning on four continents, Soad encourages us to also step more fully into ourselves. Inner worlds create outer worlds. Soad’s work invites us to appreciate the beauty of our inner treasures and tribulations to better align our pleasures, power and purpose.
📍 Save the Date: Friday, Sept. 29th - Opening Reception: at Voss Gallery followed by an Evening Soirée at Metal Haus Gallery at 8 PM.
"Refusés of the Bay": A Tribute to the Bay Area's Overlooked Artistic Brilliance
Presented by Voss Gallery and Metal Haus Gallery
San Francisco, CA — In a bold and inspired move, Voss Gallery and Metal Haus Gallery collaboratively present "Refusés of the Bay," an art project of two curated exhibitions and an online catalog featuring Bay Area artists whose work was inexplicably overlooked by the jurors of The de Young Open 2023.
About "Refusés of the Bay"
“Refusés of the Bay” is a tribute to the 1863 Salon des Refusés, which showcased rejected artwork from the highly acclaimed Paris Salon, featuring a staggering two-thirds of the submitted work that was not initially chosen. This renegade art fair included emerging works from James McNeill Whistler, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and other world-renowned artists whose careers took off after the show.
This year, the de Young Museum received over 7,700 submissions to its triennial open call for community artists and fewer than 900 were selected. To narrow the gap, Voss Gallery and Metal Haus Gallery are partnering to provide platforms for the work of other exceptional local artists to be shown. Let's celebrate resilience! 🎨🎉
More about my piece:
Let’s look closer at this moment in our lives and how we got here. In thinking about the layers of our inner selves we can ask ourselves how what we don’t know can and does affect us even if we wish ignoring it or pretending it doesn’t matter worked. How does that lack of self-knowledge affect our choices and progress in our lives and in our greater society?
Our lack of self-awareness hinders meaningful societal change by perpetuating biases, impeding effective communication, maintaining resistance to change, fostering inauthentic advocacy, and limiting empathy. Looking closer at ourselves we can recognize our own contributions to systemic issues, make conscious choices aligned with our values, and engage in transformative actions that lead to positive societal change.
I photograph my diverse community to include their hair, clothes, and environments to create collage material for these images. I then print, cut up and mix up these pieces to collage an arrangement representing our moving multilayered inner world. I photograph and uniquely uv print the composition onto a raw wood panel for the final artwork. Weaving analog and digital techniques mirrors our need for inclusion of multiple approaches to find answers to our shared and layered challenges. Looking closer will get us farther.
PAST 2023 EXHIBITIONS -
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SEE MY WORK IN PERSON
Four Chicken Gallery
432 Cortland Avenue
Friday July 14, 2023
Saturday July 15, 2023
Sunday July 16, 2023
KNOWING OURSELVES (a solo exhibit)
DATE: January to June 2023
LOCATION: San Francisco 185 Berry Street - China Basin Campus, Lobby One --- Lots of public transit & China Basin Parking Garage, 920 3rd Street
OPEN: M-F 8am-5pm
GATHER: You, your friend, and I will meet there for a private artist discussion. Let's do it!
MIX & MINGLE: 3-6PM on Wednesday, May 24, 2023
PURCHASE: CONTACT SOAD directly to arrange purchase. Artworks in exhibit are at two price points: $700 & $1200 each silhouette portrait.
Solo Exhibit organized and installed by curator Joyce Faulknor with the support of McCarthy|Cook at China Basin -- Thank you!
BEDFORD GALLERY - visit at The Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California
April 15 – June 25, 2023
About Face, a juried and invitational exhibition, examines the age-old tradition of portraits, using a contemporary lens to challenge traditional portraiture with current concepts and perspectives. Dating back nearly 12,000 years to the Neolithic era where portraits took the shape of plastered human skulls, the act of capturing a human likeness has evolved into paintings, sculpture, photographs, film, and video that represent an individual and offer insight into how (and when they lived. This exhibition seeks to celebrate contemporary portraits and explore how the genre continually changes and shifts as artists respond to the present moment.
Juried by Zoë Later, Associate Curator and Director of Public Programs, ICA San Jose, and David Reyes, Head of Exhibition Installation and Design, Huntsville Museum of Art, About Face includes nearly 100 local, national, and international participants. For many of the artists in this exhibition, rendering humans is an opportunity to record, identify, and educate viewers about contemporary shifts in societal values and perceptions.
BAY AREA GROUP INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION curated by ARC Partner Michael Yochum
WHEN: February 25 - April 8, 2023
LOCATION: Arc Gallery & Studios - - 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco
Carlo Abruzzese, Afatasi The Artist, Ali Blum, Richard Bolingbroke, Jessica Dunne, Annie Galvin, Daniel Galvez, Jordan Herren, Soad Kader, Hope Kroll, Jeff Long, Bao-Khang Luu, Stephen Namara, Linda Raynsford, Fernando Reyes, Wendy Robushi. Luz Marina Ruiz, Harumo Sato, Siana Smith, Anne Subercaseaux, Rachel Tirosh, Victoria Veedell, Hilary Williams, and Holly Wong
What attracts you my artwork? I'd love to hear from you! Send Soad an email.