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Photo credit: Ebtihal Shedid , Asgary headshot.  Josue Zavala, deSoto headshot.

Artist Talk:
Unpacking the Process with Sholeh Asgary + Lewis deSoto
June 4th, 2022 from 1-2pm
at Minnesota Street Project

Exhibition Dates:
May 21- June 25, 2022


Join us for an artist conversation between Sholeh Asgary and Lewis deSoto. This event is in collaboration between Incline Gallery and Minnesota Street Project.

Asgary is an interdisciplinary sound artist whose first solo exhibition on the West Coast, ALBEDO, is currently exhibited by Incline Gallery. ALBEDO uses radio waves, fluorescent light tubes, and water as mediums that situate the site's history as a portal to explore relationships between interment and frequency. deSoto is an artist known for his installations, sculpture, photography, writing, and public art that engages cosmological questions, notions of self, and plays with inherent phenomena.

For this occasion, Asgary and deSoto will engage in a conversation that explores how artists unpack their work after its creation. This process and dialogue reflect upon the space between artwork and language and directly relate to ALBEDO and each artists' respective works.

Live real-time visuals of the exhibition, and related artworks will accompany the conversation. Attendees are encouraged to view ALBEDO prior to the event.

Support for this event is provided by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program. Incline Gallery was honored to be selected as one of the grantees in Round 13 of the Grant, back in the fall of 2019. Incline Gallery’s vision for this grant is to support emerging artists by giving them a solo exhibition and an opportunity to partner up with other organizations in the Bay Area art community.

ALBEDO is on view at Incline Gallery through June 25, 2022. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 pm or by appointment.

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Image Credit: Ebtihal Shedid

Sholeh Asgary is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary sound artist whose works implicate the viewer-participant into future mythological excavations, bridging large swathes of time and history through water, water clocks, crude oil, movement, light, imaging, voice, and sound. 


An affiliate artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, Asgary is featured in Art in America’s 2022 “New Talent Issue” and has been supported by numerous residencies and fellowships, most recently including MASS MoCA, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, UCLA ArtSci, ARoS Kunstmuseum, and Berkeley Art Center. Such institutions have presented her work as Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Minnesota Street Project, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Charlotte Street Foundation, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Stanford University. Asgary is a recipient of a 2021 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant for her solo exhibition at Tiger Strikes Asteroid NY, a 2019 Kenneth Rainin Foundation New Project Grant with Dance Elixir, a 2020 California Arts Council Grant for her program MAJLES with Arab.AMP, and a 2022 SECA nominee. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley and serves on the Curatorial Council for Southern Exposure. Asgary holds an MFA from Mills College and BA from San Francisco State University.

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Photo credit: Michael Jang, deSoto at Headlands

Lewis deSoto (Cahuilla), born 1954, in San Bernardino, California is known for his installations, sculpture, photography, writing, and public art that engages cosmological questions, notions of self, and plays with inherent phenomena. He was educated at UC Riverside and Claremont Graduate University. He taught at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA., and served as the Director of Graduate Studies at California College of Arts and Crafts. He is an Emeritus Professor of Art at San Francisco State University.


His installations vary in theme and choice of materials. Since 1991 he has used sound elements in interior and exterior situations. These installations have been presented at the Joshua Tree National Park, Art Omi International in Ghent, New York, the Palm Springs Museum of Art, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Metronom, Barcelona, Spain, List Visual Art Center at MIT, ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas, the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, the Columbus Museum of Art and Denver Museum of Art as well as U.C. Berkeley Museum of Art.


He lives in Napa and Channel Islands Beach, CA.

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