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

Born 1982, CA

Lives in San Francisco, CA

RESIDENCIES
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
2017 Detritus, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

2016 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
2017
Detritus, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

2016
Parking Lot Art Fair, Fort Mason Center for the 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

-ennial, PLAySPACE, CCA, San Francisco, 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)

Bake Sale, BlankSpace Gallery, Oakland, CA

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

Out the Window, Artists Television Access, San Francisco, CA

2006

111@111, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Terror?, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

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

PUBLICATIONS / PRESS
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 / HONORS / COMMISSIONS

2016
Nomination, 2017 SECA Art Award, San Francisco, CA

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

2002
Irwin Project Grant, Elena Baskin Visual Arts, UC Santa Cruz, CA

TALKS / LECTURES / WORKSHOPS

2016
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

2016

Royal Production Company Presents, Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA (Funded by Alternative Exposure), 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 – Present Co-director, Royal Nonesuch Gallery, artist-run project space, ongoing curatorial projects

2011 – Present Root Division Curatorial Committee Member

EDUCATION

2010 Mills College, Masters in Fine Art, Studio Art

2003 University of California Santa Cruz, Bachelors in Art

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016

California State University East Bay, Hayward, CA, Senior Thesis, Senior Seminar, Senior Portfolio, Drawing 1

2015

San Francisco State University, CA, Professional Practices for Artists

California State University East Bay, Hayward, CA, Senior Thesis, Senior Seminar, Senior Portfolio, Drawing 1, Drawing Lab

2014

University of California Santa Cruz, CA, 3D Foundation

San Francisco State University, CA, Professional Practices for Artists

2011

University of California Santa Cruz, CA, Material Metaphors I