About

Social Media

News

UPCOMING SOLO SHOW: THIS STORM IS CALLED PROGRESS
The Fourth Wall Gallery, Oakland, CA
May 11 - July 6

Statement

About Current Work: In order to engage directly with materials I begin each painting without a reference. I have been working like this since around 2013, reacting to the surface of the canvas with marks and colors, and then adjusting the composition through layers of paint. This covering up is my way of working out form. It is about destruction as well as the attempt to fix failures. I find it interesting how graffiti on walls is often covered over with white paint. This act of covering over is an attempt to negate what is underneath but it fails at that and instead results in a hybrid mark. I’m interested in this hybrid mark. Often, in my own attempt to cover something in a painting, I stumble across its solution. Content is essential but, for me, it cannot be willed. It must be found. Finding it requires patience. This involves a slow process of waiting for the painting to clarify its meaning. When a painting works, when it is finished, this involves a sense of familiarity and recognition. Happily, this often results in a title coming into my head – usually through associations to something I’ve been reading or music I’ve been listening to. The title does not refer to what I set out to make nor does it define the work. For me it simply grounds the painting in a moment.

About Past Work: The works archived in the Past Work section, and made between 1990 and 2012, almost always start with some visual or literary reference. I call these works “narrative landscapes.” They take their subject matter from literature and places. These multi-media projects are anchored in my painting practice but they also make use of film, video, installation, and the internet. Because I come from a collage background where, as Kurt Schwitters wrote, you “adjust materials of different kinds to one another,” it is natural for me to think of these mediums simply as different materials being adjusted on a larger ground.

Bio

Marlene Angeja is a Bay Area artist who has been exhibiting and teaching for over twenty-five years. Painting as process, with its inherent flaws and failures, is central to her work. Angeja completed her MFA at California College of the Arts in 1990, where she received the Barclay Simpson Award for her multi-media installation, The Yellow Wallpaper. She has shown throughout the United States, as well as in Portugal. Her work is in the collection of the Capelinhos museum in Faial, Azores, Portugal as well as private collections. She recently retired after nineteen years of teaching in the Department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University.

CV

Education

  • 1990 California College of the Arts, San Francisco. MFA, Painting
  • 1975 Saint Mary's College, Moraga, Ca. BA, Painting
  • 1973 Sacramento City College, Ca. AA, Fine Art

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019
    • This Storm is Called Progress, The Fourth Wall Gallery, Oakland, Ca.
  • 2018
    • Ground: Paintings by Marlene Angeja and Manuel Angeja, Gavilan College Art Gallery, Gilroy, Ca. (two-person)
  • 2011
    • Farol (Lighthouse), Interpretation Center of Capelinhos Volcano / Capelinhos Museum, Faial, Azores, Portugal
  • 2008
    • Volcão dos Capelinhos: História, Geografia, e Migração, Centro Do Mar, Whaling Museum, Horta, Faial, Açores, Portugal.
  • 2007
    • Olhares de 2 Artistas Luso-Americanas, Centro Municipal de Cultura, Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal. (two-person)
  • 2006
    • Recent Paintings, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.
  • 1996
    • Tulips, Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego, Ca.
    • Marlene Angeja / Hifumi Ogawa. Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, Ca.1995 (two-person)
  • 1990
    • The Yellow Wallpaper Installation. The Alice Hotel / Alice Arts Center, Oakland, Ca.
    • Madwoman in the Attic, Cassandra Kirsting Gallery, Oakland, Ca.

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018
    • Eight at The Fourth, Fourth Wall Gallery, Oakland, Ca.
  • 2015
    • Five from 415. Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CN.
  • 2013
    • Faculty Exhibition. Natalie & James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University
  • 2009
    • In Between: The Tension and Attraction of Difference. Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, Ca.
    • Passive/Aggressive. Southern Exposure, Video screening at Artist Television Access, San Francisco
  • 2008
    • Capelinhos: História, Geografia, e Migração. Centro Do Mar, Whaling Museum, Horta, Faial, Açores, Portugal
    • Obsessive Nature, Winter 2007-2008 Exhibition curated by Jane Salvin, Heritage Bank, San Jose
  • 2007
    • Faculty Exhibition. Natalie & James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University
  • 2005
    • Women in Portugal and the Diaspora. Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley
  • 2004
    • Monumental. Video screening. Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco
    • CCA See. Oliver Art Center, Oakland, Ca.
  • 2003
    • Faculty Exhibition, Natalie & James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University, Ca.
    • 23rd Annual Fall Auction. San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Ca.
  • 2002
    • Shikishi: Gifts of Art for the New Year. Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, Ca.
    • 22nd Annual Fall Auction. San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Ca.
  • 2001
    • Talking to Myself: Culture, Fantasy and the Domestic Condition. Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego, Ca.
    • I/O Public Video Program, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.
  • 2000
    • Flowers, San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park
    • Gallery Artists. Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego
  • 1999
    • Twelve Attitudes: A Multimedia Exhibit of Women Artists. Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego
  • 1998
    • Pictorial Faculty Exhibition. Natalie & James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University
    • Art in City Hall. Veteran's Building, San Francisco
  • 1996
    • Confess. Southern Exposure at Project Artaud, San Francisco
  • 1995
    • About Drawing. Meridian Gallery, San Francisco
    • American Color. Louis Stern Gallery, Los Angeles and Porter Troupe Gallery, San Diego
    • Embarcadero Window Series. Curated by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
  • 1994
    • Odun De Odun De, Oliver Art Center, Oakland, Ca
    • Bay Arts 1994, San Mateo County Arts Council, Belmont, Ca.
    • Spaces, University Art Gallery, California State University, Hayward, Ca.
  • 1992
    • Nine. Walter and McBean Galleries/SFAI, San Francisco
    • Telling Stories. Preito Gallery at Mills College, Oakland
  • 1991
    • Chain Reaction. San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco
    • Wet Paint. Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco
    • BACA Seventh Annual, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, Ca.
    • A Mulher de Portugal aos Estados Unidos, Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society, Sacramento, Ca.
  • 1990
    • The Yellow Wallpaper Installation. The Alice Hotel / Alice Arts Center, Oakland, Ca.
    • CCA Third Annual Barclay Simpson Awards Exhibition. Barclay Simpson Gallery, Lafayette, Ca.
    • CCA M.F.A Exhibition, Oliver Art Center, Oakland, Ca.

Public Collections

  • Interpretation Center of Capelinhos Volcano / Capelinhos Museum, Faial, Azores, Portugal

Awards and Publications

  • 2012
    • Twenty-five Years of the Barclay Simpson Award, Exhibition Catalog, California College of the Arts
  • 2008
    • Capelinhos: História, Geografia e Migração, Açoreano Oriental, June 29
  • 2003
    • Rosa Simas ed., Women in the Azores and the Immigrant Communities, Empresa Grafica Açoriana:Ponta Delgada
  • 1992
    • Kenneth Baker, Art Institute's Topical Turn, San Francisco Chronicle, Sept 9
    • Robert Friedman, Female Culture, San Francisco Sentinel, Sept 24
    • Nine, Exhibition Catalog, essay by Patricia Davidson. Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute
    • SECA nomination, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • 1990
    • Barclay Simpson Graduate Award, California College of the Arts
  • 1988/1989
    • California State Fellowship

Teaching and Residencies

  • 1997-2016
    • Department of Art & Art History, San Jose State University, San Jose, Ca., Lecturer.
  • 2002-2003
    • California College of the Arts, Oakland/San Francisco, Ca., Adjunct Professor
  • 1999
    • Artist in Residence, Ecole de Beaux Arts, Aix-en-Provence, France, July.