City College Art Gallery is proud to present A Multi-Pronged Approach, featuring artwork by Yvonne Escalante.
Yvonne Escalante is an artist and educator who lives and works in San José, California. Her art utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques in multi-media sculptures and installations that explore themes of cultural, social, and environmental justice. Escalante’s work has been exhibited at venues throughout the Bay Area, including the deYoung Museum, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California. Raised in Southern California, Escalante received her BFA from California State University, Long Beach and later earned her MFA from San José State University, where she now runs the Jewelry and Small Metals area.
A Multi-Pronged Approach grew out of the artist’s frustration with global events. “From the seemingly constant state of war the United States and other countries are engaged in; to horrifying acts of terrorism at home and abroad; to refugee crises in Africa, the Middle East, and my own ancestral homeland of Central America – the multitude of desperate situations around the world and the unstoppable flow of stories and images of suffering leave me sad, anxious, and reaching for solutions that don’t materialize,” Escalante says.
This exhibition looks at the folly of seeking easy fixes to unimaginably complex problems. The medical cabinets that make up First Aid: Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death are modeled after arcade claw machines to encapsulate the frustration and tension of trying to clench the prize of a desperately-needed cure. Homeland Stability is a shrine to another remedy that doesn’t exist. An intimidating and not entirely trustworthy syringe offers the false hope of escape from the haunting memories of conflict.
Tying the exhibition together, literal threads run through several pieces to represent an attempt to mend a seemingly broken society and to make some sense of the many recent mass involuntary migrations the world has witnessed.
“A Multi-Pronged Approach is a direct attack on the maladies that captivate and confound us. There is no singular solution, just a multitude of stabs in the dark,” Escalante says.
The City College Art Gallery is located in the Visual Art Building, v119, on the Ocean Campus of City College of San Francisco. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, free to the public, and just a few blocks from the Balboa BART station.