New Viewings: Suné Woods and Ranu Mukherjee / Curated by Marc Mayer

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This presentation of the viewing room places California-based artists Ranu Mukherjee and Suné Woods side by side to highlight how each artist employs collage and layering as a strategy. The aim is not necessarily to just build an image, but to reveal the fragmentation, even fracturing of the world, society, family, and our bodies and minds. Come Undone features artworks that subtly uncover some of our vulnerabilities –environmental catastrophes, lack of access to health care (and care more broadly), political division, and troubled histories– which continue to cut us up. Yet, Mukherjee and Woods also call up sensuality as a bodily reminder of our capacity to love, feel, and move forward. This strategy does not recuperate loss or put things back together, but it demonstrates the resilience and power needed to forge new paths forward.

The exhibition is anchored by two video works. Falling to get here (2017) by Suné Woods offers an investigation of intimacy through a compelling representation of the joy and pain of black relation; the political and economic pressure that renders such relation impossible; and the miracle of the persistence of such relation in the face of impossibility. Succession (2018) by Ranu Mukherjee, references the process of ecological succession, the regeneration of a habitat after a devastating event, in this case the California wildfires. As two dancers move through landscape of charred trees and soil, the viewer is placed within the catastrophe, literally and metaphorically, and has to reconcile that at this moment of crisis, that our health is inextricably tied to the health of the Earth. The shock of green grass provides some hope. While we may never become whole, perhaps we may be able to create some equilibrium and balance in order to heal and change.

Suné Woods

Suné Woods is an artist living in Los Angeles. Her work takes the form of video installations, photographs, and collage. Her work was exhibited in Made in L.A. 2018 curated by Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale at the Hammer Museum. She has participated in residencies at Headlands Center of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Light Work. Woods is a recipient of the Artadia Award Los Angeles 2020, Visions from the New California initiative, The John Gutmann Fellowship Award, and The Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer.

Woods has served as Visiting Faculty in the CalArts Photography & Media Program, Vermont College of Fine Arts Visual Art Program, Visiting Lecturer in the department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University, and is currently serving as Visiting Associate Professor at University of California Los Angeles in the department of Art.

Suné Woods
In Flight, 2016 / 2018
Collage, pigment print
66 x 48 x 15 cm

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Suné Woods
River Keeper, 2016 / 2018
Photo collage, pigment print
74 x 56 x 25 cm

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Suné Woods
Estrella, 2017 / 2018
Photo collage, pigment print
76,2 x 76,2 cm

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Suné Woods
It Was All a Screen, 2017 / 2018
Mixed media collage, pigment print
76,2 x 76,2 cm

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Ranu Mukherjee

Ranu Mukherjee is an artist living in San Francisco. She makes hybrid work in painting, moving image and installation to build new imaginative capacities, drawing on the histories of collage, black feminist science fiction and Indian mythological prints of the late 19th century.

Ranu has produced commissioned projects for the San Jose Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Asian Art Museum, the de Young Museum, the 2019 Karachi Biennale, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Arts Commission. She is the recipient of a Lucas Visual Arts Fellowship at Montalvo Arts Center (2019-2022) and has been awarded residencies at 18th Street Arts Center Los Angeles, Facebook AIR, Space 118, Mumbai and De Young Museum. Mukherjee’s work is in the collections of Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, The Avery, Robert D. Bielecki Foundation, Kadist Foundation, JP Morgan, Oakland Museum of California and the San Jose Museum of Art. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco. She is an Associate Professor in Graduate Fine Arts and Film at California College of the Arts.

Ranu Mukherjee
Succession Series 1, 2019
Pigment, charcoal and graphite on paper
127 x 152 cm

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Ranu Mukherjee
Sucession Series 2, 2019
Pigment, charcoal and graphite on paper
117 x 175 cm

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Ranu Mukherjee
Succession 4, 2019
Pigment, charcoal, pastel and graphite on paper
118 x 180 cm

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Ranu Mukherjee
Beam, 2018
Neon line drawing
183 x 122 cm

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