2016 Exhibitions

Reclaimed, Jersey City University Center for the Arts

November 7 – December 15


A web-like installation, curated by Etty Yaniv and Michal Gavish, links nine artists who mine and copy segmented narratives from collective histories to reflect on the Zeitgeist of our internet-obsessed culture. Featuring artists: Rodney Ewing, Michal Gavish, Ben Godward, Peter Gynd, Ruth Hardinger, John O’Connor, Sylvia Schwartz, Ben K. Voss, and Etty Yaniv.

Then & Now (Again) Diablo Valley College

November 7 - December 1, 2016


Then & Now (Again) is a group exhibition featuring artists dating from the 18th century to the present, who have been recording and providing a platform about societal inequalities in their artworks. Exhibiting artists include Sandow Birk, Enrique Chagoya, Honoré Daumier, Eugène Delacroix, Rodney Ewing, William Hogarth, Michele Pred, Favianna Rodriguez, John Sloan, and Travis Somerville.

Untethered: Stories of Life in the Fillmore District Nancy Toomey Gallery Minnesota St Projects, SF ​

October 1 - November 19, 2016  

With an interest in unearthing stories from one of San Francisco’s most historically diverse neighborhoods, Bay Area artists Monica Lundy and Rodney Ewing’s exhibition focuses on images from the early to mid 20th century, when the Fillmore District was a Japanese neighborhood, through the Japanese Internment during World War II. As the Japanese left, the area became a thriving African American neighborhood and musical epicenter known as Harlem of the West, ultimately terminating with the Redevelopment Period that displaced the entire community and destroyed thousands of San Francisco’s oldest homes.

Ewing says, “Our work focuses on the Fillmore District’s history of displacement: Japanese Americans in the 1940s, African Americans in the 1960s. It will be in two parts: Trace Drawings, based on photographs of the homes that were destroyed and individuals who were displaced, will focus on the actions of being adrift and erased. Haint (ghost) Houses will be scaled down versions of the structures, constructed out of discarded building materials, suspended in space. The houses’ corporeal forms will be transparent, as if they are apparitions.”

Reviews by Huff Post, Squarecylinder, The New Fillmore, and San Francisco Arts Monthly here

5 Hour Sculpture, A Pop Up Arts Festival Art Escapist Group, Montalvo Art Center

Saturday, July 22, 5-10pm​ 


Montalvo Center for the Arts

More information here

Between Worlds: Arc Gallery, SF, CA

July 9 - August 11, 2016  


Co-curated by Michael Yochum and Jack Fischer, Between Worlds features work created by artists who have been directly or indirectly impacted by displacement. The work included in this exhibition is titled Portals. The installation is a documentation of the African American Diaspora, from Trans-Atlantic slavery through the Civil Rights movement. Each of the four doors represent the individual actions of being captured, escaping, establishing a home, and creating a political presence to defend civil and human liberties. I am proud to be included in this exhibit with established artists such as Maja Ruznic, Carlo Abruzzese, Michal Gavish, and Wanxin Zhang.

Rodney Ewing: Selected Works: Jack Fischer Gallery, SF

June 25 - August 6, 2016 

Rodney Ewing's solo exhibition with Jack Fischer Gallery represents several bodies of work: drawings and mixed media on paper, and two large installations. Featured in the show are Ewing's most recent project Fact&Fiction, and earlier works such as Rituals of Water, and the Port Chicago series. This is the first overview of Ewing's work as whole and an opportunity to reflect upon his practice as a project-based artist.

Overlord: SRO Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

June 3 - 30, 2016

Overlord, curated by artist Kenny Cole, is part of a series of pop-up exhibits called "Narratives," where Cole uses local globally-sourced art that address the ongoing narratives of our times. My contribution is from my series Days and Occasions, where I am documenting observations and conversations that occur between the seconds, minutes, and hours of our lives.

Take This Hammer: Art+Media Activism From the Bay Area: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

March 11 - August 14, 2016 ​

Three Point Nine Collective: Vision Statement: "The 3.9 Art Collective aims to encourage the city and region’s general population to re-examine its current definition of diversity and what a dwindling population of Black residents in San Francisco will mean for a city that prides itself on varied ethnic groups. Given that “3.9 is no less a statistical reality than a transformative moment in American culture, San Francisco now bears witness to one of the more dramatic and debilitating forced migrations in contemporary life,” the Collective has adopted this demographic as a banner of support and resistance to address issues of a declining Black middle class and champion alternatives that enable more resilient platforms of African American identity." 

Google Commission

Jan 2016


Commissioned artwork at the Google SF office building at 1 Market Plaza

Uprooted: Artists Respond to SF Black Exodus

San Francisco’s Fillmore district was once a vibrant African American community, known as “the Harlem of the West.” But in recent decades the Fillmore—like San Francisco as a whole—has witnessed a startling black exodus. A group of artists known as the 3.9 Art Collective are responding with work that both reminds us of San Francisco’s more diverse  past and expresses their resistance to present trends. Their name comes from the percentage of African Americans that some predict will remain in the city by the time the next census takes place, in 2020. The 3.9 Collective’s exhibition, Hiraeth: the 3.9 Collective Searches for Home, at the University of San Francisco’s Thacher Gallery, runs until April 21, 2015. The Welsh word Hiraeth roughly translates to a longing for a far-off home—one that may not even exist or has been changed by time or idealized by memory.

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