Weefur writes, “The parts of beauty that can feel degrading or the tears that materialize from the most wretched joy are some of the ingredients that make up the Between. These are considered to be the binding agents of ‘Beauty & Horror,’ moments in life when it can be difficult to distinguish discomfort and suffering from pleasure.”
In the gallery, a short film, presented as a diptych within an installation, explores the violent, grotesque, and erotic elements of the Black experience. The work engages the senses by using the Blackberry fruit as a metaphor for Black being.
Leila Weefur is an artist, writer, and curator, who lives and works in Oakland. She tackles the complexities of phenomenological Blackness through video, installation, printmaking, and lecture-performances.
Collaborating organization Aggregate Space Gallery envisions an Oakland where artists can make and experience art in a safe space with access to production tools and hands-on guidance, creating work that fuels critical dialogue in a time when it is desperately needed.
“Between Beauty and Horror” runs through March 23. Gallery hours are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. and by appointment. Events scheduled in conjunction with the exhibit include: a First Friday event on March 1, 5-8 p.m.; an artist talk at The Lab in San Francisco, on March 8 at 6 p.m.; and a Second Saturday artist talk at Aggregate Space Gallery on March 9 at 11 a.m.