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Indispensable: Sasha Petrenko

“Indispensable” is a series that asks the de Young’s Artists in Residence to describe a tool that is essential to their work.

The headset microphone is a favorite tool of corporate presenters, motivational speakers, aerobics instructors—the peppy, the positive, people who “stay on message” and want you to “hang in there.” But it’s put to a more complicated use in Sasha Petrenko's hands. “It makes me think of TED talks, an expert who has it all figured out. But the more I learn, the less I know, and I realize I might just be better off not knowing.”

October 21, 2016

Q&A with January Artist-in-Residence John Zaklikowski

January Artist-in-Residence John Zaklikowski has titled his residency Culture and Physics Collide, an apt description for his artwork which utilizes a wide variety of technological materials and meets at the intersection of art and science. His large-scale assemblages investigate notions of perception and optical illusion, illustrating the interplay of art, science, literature, and cultural studies. 

January 21, 2014

Q&A with November Artist-in-Residence Ana Teresa Fernandez

November Artist-in-Residence Ana Teresa Fernandez enacts and participates in the intersection of politics and personal identity through painting, performance, and video. Her work illuminates the barriers, both psychological and physical, that confine and divide gender, race, and class in western society and the global south.

A woman dressed in black climbing over a metal fence.
Borrando Frontera by Ana Teresa Fernandez

November 8, 2013

Q&A with August Artist-in-Residence Peggy Gyulai

August Artist-in-Residence Peggy Gyulai explores the connections between music and the expressive possibilities of paint on canvas in her work. She listens to and looks at music as a subject, object, inspiration, and—like Richard Diebenkorn—invokes the dynamic tension between the poles of abstraction and representation, creating substance from ephemeral phenomena.

August 14, 2013


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