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Andrea Guskin: Unfurling – Reception & Artist Talk

April 6 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Artists’ Reception: Sat, April 6, 3 – 6 pm
Artist Talks: April 6, 3:30 – 4:00 pm
Workshop with Andrea Guskin / Cyanotype Spice Portraits: April 20, 1 – 3 pm

Andrea Guskin works across the disciplines of photography, installation, and painting to create objects, images, and spaces where the familiar converses with the existential. She explores the act of unfurling as a way of seeking knowledge. Through the use of light and spice, her work reflects research ranging from quantum physics to her ancestry.

Fascinated with recent efforts to read an ancient scroll using a particle accelerator beam, Guskin began researching the structures related to quantum physics — from the Large Hadron Collider to quantum entanglement—and creating light installations in the Mills College Greek amphitheater. In the resulting photographs, the distorted internal structures of the accelerators became voids of possibility and a contemplation on the fragility of existence.

Guskin carried these explorations into the dark room, creating photogram spice portraits of her family’s ancestral background. She used her breath to move the combinations of spice across the paper. Through exposure to light, the tiny particles allude to the expanse of outer space—drawing a connection between the intimate, the everyday, and the vast.

Andrea Guskin is a San Francisco Bay Area artist raised amongst the woods and college campuses of Wisconsin and Ohio. After studying painting at Antioch College, Guskin moved to New York City and became a part of the visual and songwriting community on the Lower East Side. Since arriving in California, she has exhibited her work in galleries and alternative spaces throughout the state, including the Richmond Art Center, the Berkeley Art Center, Swarm Gallery, H Gallery, and the Red Poppy Art House. Guskin received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Mills College at Northeastern University in 2023. Guskin currently lives in San Leandro with her husband and two sons.


April 6
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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