Dana Hemenway

Dana Hemenway, All That Glows Sees, September 10th – October 29th, 2016
About the Artist
Selected Press & Publications


Dana Hemenway is an artist based in San Francisco, CA. She is interested in the aesthetics of context and display; the resulting work ranges from sculpture to video to site-specific installation. Dana received her MFA in 2010 from Mills College. She has had residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) and Root Division (San Francisco, CA). Dana has exhibited her artwork locally, nationally, and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in San Francisco Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, ÆQAI, SFGate.com, ARTSlant, and Art Cards. Dana is currently a co-director at Royal Nonesuch Gallery, an artist-run project space in Oakland, CA

Artist Statement

I create sculptures, installations, and videos that offer an opportunity for utilitarian objects and materials to step outside of their usual function and oscillate between their prescribed use and their new role as art. This stems from an ongoing exploration into the relationship between an item’s value and the environment in which it is presented. For example, I am curious to see how preconceived notions shift when a context is presented as the object. Display contexts and in particular galleries and museological spaces provide endless inspiration.

Materials and items associated with seamless presentation of the object of attention––such as extension cords, moving blankets, nails, paper, and pedestals––become the focal point and come into the work as both materials and subject matter. Sometimes the material itself is used to render another form, as in the case with Untitled (extension cords -blue) (2013), where I used 26 50-foot extension cords, an item often hidden, to create a giant macramé wall hanging. Alternatively, in Untitled (nails) (2010), I rendered nails using porcelain, a precious craft material, to give the nails a chance to be what they uphold.

Useful materials and items that support objects of focus can so often hide in plain sight because of their banality or periphery thus contributing to the invisible framework of context. It is this relative invisibility or in the editing of information that is received by the eye and sent to the brain that drives my investigations into these materials. How is it that while we physically see a wide range of ‘things’ in our environment we then instantly omit much of that range, involuntarily creating a hierarchy of value by what we focus on? As I explore how context becomes a framework for seeing, I bring to the forefront mechanisms, materials and objects that often recede, subverting the inherent nature of perception.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2010 Mills College, Masters in Fine Art, Studio Art
2003 University of California Santa Cruz, Bachelors in Art

Residencies

2017 SÍM Aritist Residency Reykjavík, Iceland
2016 The Wassaic Project, Artist Residency, Wassaic, NY
2015 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Artist Residency, Omaha, NE 2010 Root Division Studio Artist Residency, San Francisco, CA

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

2019 Solo Exhibition, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Forthcoming in September 2019 2016 Paul Wackers & Dana Hemenway, Pulse Miami, curated by Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Miami, FL

2018 HVAC: Thermal Comfort, Soundwave Biennial, CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA, collaboration with Surabhi Saraf, curated by Sophia Wang

2016 Paul Wackers & Dana Hemenway, Pulse Miami, curated by Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Miami, FL

Dana Hemenway: All That Glows Sees, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011 Metric: Dana Hemenway & Anthony Ryan, Park Life, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions / Screenings

2018 KEEP MOVING AND COLLECT ART, Works in the Christina H. Kang Collection, Sophis Gallery, Seoul Korea 15-Year Anniversary Exhibition, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2017 Dead Dog’s Eye, Aquarius, Brooklyn, NY Play, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

Spin Cycle, SÍM Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland
Dream House, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA Detritus, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA Made in Turkiye, No Lab, Istanbul, Turkey
Cut from the Left, tmoro projects, Santa Clara, CA

2016 Parking Lot Art Fair, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, San Francisco, CA 2015 LEGIT 3D, Skyline College Art Gallery, San Bruno, CA

Gesture/Fragment/Trace: Rebeca Bollinger, Dana Hemenway and Sean Talley, Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA Art Market On-Site Project, with exhibitor Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The 2015 Dorothy Saxe Invitational: Tzedakah Box, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
Post Fabrication, Wave Pool Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Naught, Gensler, San Francisco, CA
2014 Glow, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA

LPP Window Installation, Little Paper Planes, San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Now 7, with exhibitor Bay Area Art Workers Alliance, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA LA Art Book Fair, with exhibitor Little Paper Planes, Los Angeles, CA

2013 Non-trip to a non-site of a non-flagpole, EXO Project Space, Oak Lawn, IL Schrödinger’s Cats, Popular Workshop, San Francisco, CA
RISK, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA Schrödinger’s Cats, Important Projects, Oakland, CA

10-Year Anniversary Publication & Alumni Exhibition, Root Division, San Francisco, CA 2012 FAX, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 In the Common Corner of Four Rooms, Statler-Waldorf Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Bay Area Currents, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
First-Person Plural, MacArthur B Arthur, Oakland, CA
Cream, from the top, at the SF Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

What Happened to the Other Dollar?, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico
Dangerous and Hard to See, Bragg’s Pie Factory (in collaboration with Arizona State University), Phoenix, AZ Cream, from the top, Surfacing talent from Bay Area MFA programs, Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2010 Introductions 2010, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
5th National Juried Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA
Between You and Me: Mills College MFA Exhibition 2010, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA

2009 Passive/Aggressive Film Screening, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Unreal, 31 Rausch St Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Air Waves, Painted Bird, San Francisco, CA
Alternative Visions 2009: A Brief Eternity: Bay Area Student Experimental Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA Stimulus Package, BlankSpace Gallery, Oakland, CA

Life Support: The Emergency Kit Project, Rock Paper Scissors Collective, Oakland, CA

Moab Video Project Screening, Locust Projects, Miami, FL (organized by Christy Gast, www.moabvideoproject.org)
2008 I feel I am free but I know I am not, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA (as MultiTask, in collaboration with Oliver Herring)

Moab Public Television Broadcasts (Aug 3 – 9), Moab, Utah (organized by Christy Gast, www.moabvideoproject.org)

Three Pieces: Platform for Art and Sound, Root Division, San Francisco, CA 2007 I.O.U, Mission 17, San Francisco, CA
2006 Terror?, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Embroidered Stories/Knitted Tales, The Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

Publications / Press

2018 Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED, The Hustle: An Artist With Four Jobs and a 380-Mile Commute, March 8, 2018
Larry’s List, The Talks: My Art Collection As My Children Christina HeeKyung Kang, Seoul, Korea, January 24, 2018 Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED, How to Start a Year of Bay Area Art Off Right, January 4, 2017

2017 Elísabet Brynhildardóttir, STARA Journal, Interview, Vol. 9 Issue 2, 2017
Roula Seikaly, Daily Serving, Talking About 100 Days Action, Part 1, April 24, 2017
Cut From the Left, Exhibition Catalog, tmoro projects, Essay by Maggie Haas (Dream House)

2016 Alexxa Gotthardt, Artsy, 50 Must-See Artworks at UNTITLED, Art Miami, NADA, PULSE, and More, November 26, 2016 Danica Willard Sachs, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, Dana Hemenway: All That Glows Sees, October 21, 2016
Joe Rosato Jr., NBC Bay Area, New San Francisco Art Studio the Savior of the City’s Arts Scene, September 14, 2016 Jeffrey Edalatpour, SF Weekly, Fall Arts 2016: Weird, August 31, 2016

Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED, Artful Dodger: September Swells With Visual Art Happenings, September 1, 2016
Lauren Murrow, San Francisco Magazine, Inside the New Art Studios at Minnesota Street Project, August 2016
Monica Westin and Danica Sachs, Artsy, The Bay Area Artist-Run (and Artist-Centered) Galleries You Need to Know, August 10, 2016

2015 Anton Stuebner, Art Practical, Gesture/Fragment/Trace, September 17, 2015
Hannah Leow, ÆQAI, Post Fabrication at Wave Pool Gallery, April 24, 2015
The 2015 Dorothy Saxe Invitational: Tzedakah Box, Exhibition Catalog, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Introduction by Claire Frost

2014 Lauren Murrow, San Francisco Magazine, Twisted Beauty: Dana Hemenway Electrifies the Art of Macramé, August 2014 Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, ‘Bay Area Now 7′ review, July 18, 2014
Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED.org, Visual Arts, Wish You Were Here: A Postcard from the LA Art Book Fair, February 5, 2014

2013 Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, The other ‘Cats’, August 17, 2013
Heidi De Vries, Engineer’s Daughter, Schrödinger’s Cats, August 19, 2013
Monique Delaunay, SF Art Enthusiast, San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries Passport 2013, October 15, 2013 Jackie Im and Aaron Harbour, 9th Floor Radio, Questionnaire 3 – Dana Hemenway, January 30, 2013
10-Year Anniversary Publication & Alumni Exhibition, Exhibition Catalog, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2011 Christy Khoshaba, Misson Local, New High-End Valencia Business Scene, October 13, 2011 Liz Glass, ARTslanT, Call-and-Response, August 15, 2011
Emma Spertus and Post Brothers, Artcards Review, SF Artweek: Preview Night, May 21, 2011 Synchronized Chaos Web Journal, Artwork Feature, February 6, 2011

2010 JD Beltran, City Brights, SFGate.com, State of the Artists, May 12, 2010
Between You and Me: Mills College MFA Exhibition 2010, Exhibition Catalog, Mills Art Museum, Essay by Stephanie Hanor

2009 Unreal, Exhibition Catalog, 31 Rausch St Gallery
I.O.U., Exhibition Catalog, Mission 17, essay by Mary Ann Kluth

2007 Erin Garcia, Afterimage, What Are You Afraid of?, Jan/Feb 2007, Issue 34.4

 

Awards / Commissions / Grants

2019 SFO Public Art Commission, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA, in-progress, awarded 2017, completion slated for 2019 2018 Commission for H3 Hotel, Healdsburg, CA, in-progress
2017 Individual Artist Grant, Cultural Equity Grants, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA
2016 Charter Resident, Minnesota Street Projects Artist Studio Program

2015 Lead Applicant, Southern Exposure Alternative Exposure Grant for Royal Nonesuch Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2013 Semi-finalist, 2×2 Solos, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA
2012 Nomination, 2012 SECA Art Award, San Francisco, CA
2011 Commission for Thai House 530, San Francisco, CA

2010 Herringer Family Foundation Appreciation Award, Mills College, Oakland, CA Finalist, MFA Studio Award, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

2009 Sarah Lewis Fellowship, Mills College, Oakland, CA
Teaching Assistantship Scholarship, Mills College, Oakland, CA

2003 Irwin Project Grant, Elena Baskin Visual Arts, UC Santa Cruz, CA

Talks / Lectures / Workshops

2017 Mills College, Artist Lecture, Senior Seminar Class Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Artist Talk

2016 Mills College, Artist Lecture, Senior Seminar Class
The Painting Salon, Artist Lecture, Minnesota Street Project Mills College, Artist Lecture, Graduate Seminar Class

2015 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Artist Lecture Mills College, Artist Lecture, Graduate Seminar Class

2014 San Francisco State University, Artist Lecture, Professional Practices Class 2012 Mills College, Artist Lecture, Graduate Photo Seminar Class

Mills College, Artist Lecture, Sculpture 1 Class
2011 Root Division, Developing Curatorial Proposals, Adult Education Program, Professional Development Workshop, 1 Session

Root Division, Demystifying Contemporary Art, Adult Education Program, Art Enrichment Workshop, 4 Sessions UC Santa Cruz, Artist Lecture, Special Topics in Photography Class
Performance Art Institute, Cream from the Top, Artist Panel Discussion, moderated by Kenneth Baker

2009 Pacific Film Archive, Alternative Visions 2009, Artist Panel Discussion

Curatorial Projects / Juries

2017 Step of Two: Emily Mast & Henna Vainio, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA, Curator
2016 Royal Production Company Presents, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA (Funded by Alternative Exposure Grant), Curator

Faces and Vases, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA, Curator
2015 Resonate: Root Division’s Inaugural Exhibition in New Space, Root Division, San Francisco, CA, Curator

Storm Drain Murals Pilot Program, San Francisco Arts Commission, Public Art, San Francisco, CA, Selection Panelist 2013 Art on Market Street Poster Series, San Francisco Arts Commission, Public Art, San Francisco, CA, Selection Panelist 2011 You Look Familiar, San Francisco Arts Commission, Art at City Hall, San Francisco, Juror

Taste, Root Division, San Francisco, CA, Curator
2009 Unreal, 31 Rausch St Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Curator
2008 Jacqueline Gordon: SYNAH sometimes you need a hole, SFAC Gallery, 155 Grove St Windows, San Francisco, CA, Curator

Paul Hayes: Drawing From Another Dimension, SFAC Gallery, 155 Grove St Windows, San Francisco, CA, Curator

Reconciling America: Miraculous Encounters with the Mundane, SF Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Curator 2007 Introductions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA, Juror

Winter Workshop: Mission Greenbelt Campaign Headquarters by Amber Hasselbring, SF Arts Commission Gallery, CA, Juror

Kenneth Lo: Rice Balla Chronicles, ATA Window Space, 3-month Guest Curatorship, San Francisco, CA, Curator 2006 Rebecca Frediani: Folk Saint, ATA Window Space, 3-month Guest Curatorship, San Francisco, CA, Curator

Matthew Hughes Boyko: Initials, ATA Window Space, 3-month Guest Curatorship, San Francisco, CA, Curator

Writing

2016 LA Art Book Fair: RECAP, SFAQ, February 18, Co-Author
2015 Recology AIR // Chris Sollars : Castaways, Curiously Direct, September 23, Author
2012 The 2012 ZERO1 Biennial: Seeking Silicon Valley, perfect bound exhibition catalog, 111 pages, September 2012, Editor & Contributor

Afterimage, Art Practical, Issue 3.11 / And I Say, It’s All Right, March 15 2012, Author AFFILIATIONS

2015 – 2017 2011 – Current 2011 – 2017

Co-director, Royal Nonesuch Gallery, artist-run project space Root Division, Advisory Committee Member
Root Division, Curatorial Committee Member