Radical L@te at the Berkeley Art Museum

Yesterday night I went to one of the L@te events at the Berkeley Art Museum that take place every Friday night at 7:30pm.

I had no idea what to expect from the show and exhibit because all the website said was, “For our final Radical L@TE, we feature a selection of Bay Area artists who expand cinema into the gallery space with dazzling 3D, multiple screens, and multiple projectors. The evening will feature work by Lynn Marie Kirby, Michael Snow, Greta Snider, Johunna Grayson, Jeanne C. Finley, John Muse, Kerry Laitala, and Lynne Sachs that arises from documentary explorations and scientific experiments, reframed by conceptual concerns.”

I loved the color of all the images they projected.

Honestly, that little description doesn’t really say much about what I experienced last night. It doesn’t even cover what I saw and heard. To say the least, the exhibit and show were very, very interesting. It’s certainly art exhibits like this that make me realize how art is really up to your own interpretation.

The exhibit consisted of different components all within one of the galleries in the museum. Considering the weather that we had in Berkeley last night, I would say that a fairly big crowd actually that showed up.

Imagine looking at these with 3D glasses on.

Against one wall there was a projector showing different abstract images against a plain white screen and on the wall next to it, the image was being projected onto what looked like a large piece of aluminum. The images were nebular looking and it made me feel like I was on a spaceship. Not to mention, you were supposed to wear 3D glasses when you were looking at the images, which made them even trippier to look at.

Looks like space, right?

On the opposite side of the museum in its only little corner was a collection of four different collage pieces in which they were described as pieces that helped to inspire future movies that the artist later created.

These were the projectors used for the shows. There were also filters used throughout the shows.

The main component of the exhibit consisted of three projectors against a wide screen in the middle of the room. There were a couple of slide shows that played while I was there. One was titled something like “Deaf Dogs Hear Too,” but it had nothing to do with dogs. Another spewed out various questions that were supposed to be asked of couples to ensure their happiness, which was accompanied by random but also cohesive images that tied into the questions. Another one spoke about a woman who saw the face of Jesus in a tortilla.

The best seats in the house were right in front on atop this sculpture. All photography courtesy of the author.

These short movies were very strange, but they were interesting at the same time. Like I said earlier, this exhibit rang true to the whole concept of art being up to your own interpretation.

Also, lots of the shows were funny in their own ways. Whether that was the intent of the artists or not, I’m not sure, but I thought it was all very crude and witty humor. The style of the movies actually reminded me a lot of the French film Amelie, which I really enjoyed because it was so strange.

If you’re ever looking for something to do on a Friday night, I’d recommend taking a look at these exhibits. You might be very pleasantly surprised by what you see.

Janne Rivera
BARE Reporter

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