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Art + Process + Ideas: Indira Allegra and Rebeca Bollinger

Not on view
6/6/2018 - 7/22/2018
Organizing institution: Mills College Art Museum

The 2018 Art + Process + Ideas (A+P+I) Exhibition features new work from current residents Indira Allegra and Rebeca Bollinger. Launched in January 2015, A+P+I is an artist-in-residence program hosted by the Mills College Art Department and Mills College Art Museum. 2018 A+P+I exhibition showcases the work of the fourth round of artists to the program. Each of these artists brings with them a unique approach to art-making and a commitment to research that compliments an academic setting. The residency fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and provides opportunities for the students, faculty, and staff of Mills College as well as the larger Bay Area arts community to interact, learn, and work with the visiting artists.
Allegra and Bollinger mine the properties of emotion to recover psychological territory from the systems and structures that enfold our personal and collective histories. Indira Allegra works with tension as a creative material, exploring responses to political and emotional triggers through sculpture, poetry, and performance. Continuing her Open Casket series, Open Casket IX uses the weave structure of crepe, a textile commonly used to line the interior of caskets, as a starting point to create a new kind of memorial—one which explores the irregular, cyclical nature of grieving for those impacted by police violence. Open Casket IX uses online expressions of mourning to create a digital fabric that speaks, creating an installation that meditates on the role of digital media in the grieving process and the tension between immaterial and material realities when coping with death. 

Working within a generative practice, Rebeca Bollinger identifies the nuances that reside between unstable ground and order. She gives this study visual form and language while working in several mediums including photography, sculpture, video, performance, and installation. Into The Matter springs from Catalog of Stains, an ongoing writing project developed while the artist observed a loved-one’s cognitive decline. In this instance, the stain is evidence of marked time, ingrained experiences that influence and inform our greater understanding. When these stains are in disarray, objects and environments take on new meanings. As the mind grapples with interpretation, hidden stains rise to the surface offering an uncomfortable access—a trespassing of intimacy, as well as underscoring the vulnerability of perception. 
Mills has a long tradition of supporting artists, and this residency continues the campus' important role as a site for exploring new ideas in the arts.

The 2018 A+P+I Artist Residency is supported through the generosity of the Helzel Family Foundation and the Sylvan C. Coleman Foundation in memory of Barbara Coleman Frey.


Indira Allegra works with tension as creative material through sculpture and performance. She has been honored with the Mike Kelley Artist Project Grant, Jackson Literary Award, Lambda Literary Fellowship and Windgate Craft Fellowship. Allegra’s work has been featured on BBC Radio 4 and Surface Design Magazine. Her commissions include works for SFMOMA, de Young Museum, The Wattis Institute, City of Oakland, SFJAZZ Poetry Festival and the National Queer Arts Festival. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Arts Incubator in Chicago, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, SOMArts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Catharine Clark Gallery, Weinberg/Newton and The Alice Gallery among others. She has screened at the Seattle Art Museum, MIX NYC, Hannover LGBT Festival, Bologna Lesbian Film Festival and Outfest Fusion. Allegra’s writing has been widely anthologized, she has contributed works to Cream City Review, HYSTERIA Magazine, make/shift Magazine, Sinister Wisdom Journal and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought among others. Indira has been a visiting artist at Southern Denmark University and is a former Dr. and Mrs. Ella Tag Lecturer at East Carolina University and a Shelly Osborne visiting artist at UC Berkeley. She has completed residencies at The Banff Centre in Canada, Ponderosa Center in Stolzenhagen, Takt in Berlin, Headlands Center for the Arts and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. She is a KQED ‘Woman to Watch’ and 2018 Art + Process + Ideas Visiting Artist at Mills College. 

Rebeca Bollinger  creates ceramic, aluminum, bronze and glass sculptures. Combined with drawings, photos, video, text, and sound, these objects manifest the stains and instabilities of memory and fiction.Her work has been featured in exhibitions such as Art in the Anchorage curated by Creative Time (New York); the California Biennial (Orange County Museum of Art); Bay Area Now (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts); and 010101: Art in Technological Times (SFMOMA.) Solo exhibitions include Henry Art Gallery (Seattle); Feigen Contemporary (New York); Rena Bransten Gallery (San Francisco); and Walter Maciel Gallery (Los Angeles) along with group exhibitions at Ballroom Marfa, Krannert Art Museum, Asian Art Museum, Angles Gallery, Museum Fridericianum, Hunter College, the M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, and Pacific Film Archive, among others. Bollinger is a recipient of a SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the James D. Phelan Award in Video, the Artadia Award, a Creative Capacity Fund grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation.


Bender Room with Rebeca Bollinger, Kris Force, Brendon Glasson and Coconut
Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 7:30PM

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