2010 SECA Art Award

Mauricio Ancalmo, Colter Jacobsen, Ruth Laskey, Kamau Amu Patton

December 09, 2011 - April 03, 2012

This year's SECA Art Award exhibition showcases four Bay Area artists whose innovative works, while diverse in form and subject matter, reflect overlapping affinities. Mauricio Ancalmo combines various found mechanical instruments in a film-based installation to form a structural dialogue that is both poetically and philosophically inspired. Colter Jacobsen's meticulous drawings, watercolors, and installations often incorporate found ephemera to explore reflection and longing. Ruth Laskey employs weaving, using a traditional floor loom, to expand on the painterly tradition of geometric abstraction. And Kamau Amu Patton synthesizes works in a range of media to investigate the interzone of sound, materiality, and perceptual experience. Established to recognize Bay Area artists of exceptional promise and talent with an exhibition, accompanying catalogue, and cash prize, the biennial award is administered by SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), an SFMOMA art interest group celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011.

  • diptych with two moons on paper
    Colter Jacobsen, Clair de Lune, 2008; graphite on record sleeves; collection of John Seilern; Colter Jacobsen; photo: Alex Delfanne, London
  • four dark geometric shapes forming diamond on paper
    Ruth Laskey, Twill Series (Jet Black), 2009; hand-dyed and handwoven linen; Collection of Jean Crutchfield and Robert Hobbs; Ruth Laskey; photo: DonTuttle
  • dark canvas with light leaks
    Kamau Amu Patton, Feedback 1, 2010; acrylic on panel; collection of Marcus Keller and Robert McMillan; Kamau Amu Patton
  • Mauricio Ancalmo, yellow film reel and light in motion
    Mauricio Ancalmo, A Lover's Discourse [detail], 2010; 16mm film projector, turntable, LP record, amp, speakers, rope, found footage, and sound; courtesy the artist and Eli Ridgway Gallery, San Francisco; Mauricio Ancalmo; photo: Johnna Arnold

Kamau Amu Patton and the machine that’s always learning

2010 SECA Art Award winner Kamau Amu Patton describes the process he used to create his Static Field 3 (2011) series and how he works with machines and technology to generate images.