Lexa Walsh: Consolidated Mess

Dates:

August 20, 2022 - November 6, 2022

Overview:

Residency and exhibition inspired by the Hamilton Airfield historical archives

 

Lexa Walsh: Consolidated Mess is an interactive residency and exhibition envisioned by Walsh and informed by the Hamilton Airfield historical archives. Walsh is interested in the complexities of war; how we find value in some wars over others, who is valued, and how this value changes with time. Walsh will be in residence in the Second Floor Gallery at the museum for five weeks, and open for ‘office hours’ while constructing the project. Walsh’s research and visual output will subsequently be on view as a six-week installation and animated through a series of public programs throughout the run of the exhibition. 

About the Artist: Lexa Walsh (b. 1968, Haverford, Pennsylvania) is an artist and cultural worker based in Oakland. Walsh makes projects, exhibitions, publications and objects, employing social engagement, institutional critique, and radical hospitality. Embedded in her practice, she works as an arts laborer, organizer, curator and archivist. 

Her upbringing as the youngest child of fifteen informs her work, as does practicing collectivity while coming of age in the Bay Area post punk cultural scene of the 1990s. She founded the experimental music and performance venue the Heinz Afterworld Lounge, worked for many years as a curator and administrator at CESTA, an international art center in Czech Republic. Walsh founded and oversees Oakland Stock, the Oakland branch of the Sunday Soup network micro-granting dinner series that supports artists’ projects. 

Says Walsh: I make context-responsive participatory projects and exhibitions about power and value. I act as anthropologist, archivist, curator, facilitator, and experience-maker, fusing these practices to create physical and emotional spaces for social engagement and institutional critique. I create platforms for interaction across hierarchies, representing multiple voices and inventing new ways of belonging, not only for people, but also for collections and archives.  

She has been a recipient of Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award, the CEC Artslink Award, and the Gunk Grant, and was a de Young Artist Fellow. Walsh has participated in projects, exhibitions, and performances locally and nationally, including at Apexart, New York; di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa; the Oakland Museum of California; the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. She has also done several international artist residencies, tours, and projects in Europe and Asia. Walsh is a graduate of Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice MFA program and was a social practice artist in residence in the Portland Art Museum’s Education department. 

Images courtesy the Hamilton History Museum 

This exhibition is generously supported by the County of Marin Community Service Fund

 

 

Lexa Walsh: Consolidated Mess

Dates:

August 20, 2022 - November 6, 2022

Overview:

Residency and exhibition inspired by the Hamilton Airfield historical archives