Mutual Stores is an artist collective located in a pair of storefronts on Seminary Avenue in Oakland. Founded by Rosa Novak, Brendan Page, and Kate Pruitt, Mutual Stores consists of six individual artist studios, a shared gallery and event space, a residency based around the experimental reuse of ceramic waste, and a small brick library and studio archive created and lovingly maintained by Tania Butterworth.
The mission of our collective is to incorporate sustainable practices into every aspect of studio operations, through tracking our material and energy usage, paying for carbon emission offsets, instituting a thorough waste recycling system, and offering workshops and resources to the local community.
July 27th, 2-5 p.m.Paper and Clay Brick Workshop
August 24th, 1-4 p.m.
Up in the front space until June 7thMay 5
Audio Class Level 1, with Graham LeBronMay 18
Movie Night: Spirited Away, 6pmMay 13 - 28
People, Places, Things (Gallery Show)
Kate Pruitt is a multimedia artist making ceramic objects, sensory environments, and sculptural videos. Through touch, temperature, language, and movement, her work seeks out a playful somatic space, where slipperiness reigns and the boundaries of self soften.
After earning her BA in Art & Art History from Stanford University, Kate spent several years working as a freelance writer, editor, and art director in the Bay Area. She earned an MFA in Studio Art at Mills College in 2017, where she was awarded the Jay DeFeo MFA Prize for her thesis exhibition, “Touch Language”. Her work has been exhibited at venues throughout the Bay Area, including Underline Gallery in Berkeley, Royal Nonesuch Gallery and Blankspace Gallery in Oakland, and Little Paper Planes in San Francisco.
Tania Butterworth is a visual and conceptual artist based in Oakland. Since 2008, she has worked as both artist and organizer to develop exhibitions, design workshops, produce public programs, publish experimental art books, and advocate for labor reform in the art sector.
Her longtime project, The Brick Library, is a multiform archive of "life-size sculpture" – photographs, films, historical paraphernalia, and visual art – which tell human stories of how we shape, and are shaped by, our built environment. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from California College of the Arts.
Rose is a Bay Area-based writer and self-taught artist. Currently, she is working and playing with light reflection and refraction (inspired by Richter) using acrylic paints and addressing and challenging identity politics via photographs.
Her current intellectual influences include Michel Foucault, Paul Rabinow, Seneca, John Dewey, Nietzsche, Tauba Auerbach, David Hockney, Gerhard Richter, Christoph Schrein, Peter Solarz, Seri Tanaka, and Hilma af Klint. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley (Summa Cum Laude) in May of 2017 and studied under Paul Rabinow and Laura Nader. She will pursue her Ph.D. in 2020.
Cathy Lu (b. Miami, FL) is an artist working in ceramics, sculpture, and painting. Her work explores traditional Chinese art imagery and presentation as a way to explore cultural authenticity in relation to objects and contemporary identity.
She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and her BA & BFA from Tufts University. She has participated in artist in residence programs at Root Division, Vermont Studio Center, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Recology SF. Her work has been exhibited at Johansson Projects, Somarts, Aggregate Space, and Berkeley Arts Center. She currently teaches at California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley, and Mills College.
Mutual Artist in Residence is a subsidized studio residency program hosted by Mutual Stores, a collective studio located in two storefronts on Seminary Avenue in Oakland. Participants in Mutual Artist in Residence are given one material resource: waste produced by the studio's clay and water recycling sink. This closed system piece of plumbing produces an accumulation of ceramic waste material that is ever fluctuating and dependent on the work produced and materials used by Mutual Stores studio members. Participants are asked to research and find an experimental use for the studio's collective waste while in residence. Mutual Artist in Residence exists as a way to continuously develop and share research on sustainability systems in ceramics.
The Mutual Garden is both a garden and community space, used for gardening, movie nights, natural dye workshops and more. Our raised garden beds were built by Kate Pruitt and Kim Zitzow and will be used to grow plants for our natural dye workshops. Everything from our raised garden beds to AV equipment for film screenings is made from recycled or salvaged materials. Our movie nights consist of a range of media, from art films to classic American kitsch. Our first film was “Spirited Away” and our second will be “Ghost”.
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Brendan Page is an illustrator, musician, and aural artist. The focus of his work is play: how can illustrations draw from shared experiences to communicate new ideas, when can listening be an interactive activity?
Having illustrated and written music for his own practice for years, Mutual Stores is his first experience within a collective art space. He provides graphic illustrations for the collective and leads pay-what-you-can workshops on audio engineering. Brendan graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in broadcasting with an emphasis in audio production.
Rosa Novak is an Oakland artist working with local clay and ceramic waste cycling. She is interested in the intersection of land use, clay, and place-based making. Through a practice of collecting locally sourced surface clay for ceramic and natural dye applications, Novak explores the material history of our state.
Novak earned her BFA in ceramics at California College of the Arts (CCA) and was a 2017 Windgate Fellow. She has given talks at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and the Environmental Design Archives (CA), and has done residencies at Textile Arts Center (NY), Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (ME), the Center for Land Use Interpretation (LA), and This Will Take Time (CA). Novak is a co-founder of Mutual Stores, a new studio collective in Oakland.www.rosanovak.com
Kim Zitzow (b. so called Richmond, VA) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is located at the intersections of healing, critical thinking, activism, grief, and radical imagination/pedagogy.
Her interest in material functions to address complex entanglements of land use, history, and both political and deep ecology. Her multimedia projects bleed the boundary between the aesthetic and the political in order to foreground the ethical, and are guided by the understanding that we are our relations of responsibility to other, both human and nonhuman.
Kim's work is inspired by a web of teachers, places, artists, herbalists, farmers, academics, activists, and healers. With several degrees from institutions of higher education including an MFA in 2014, she is currently part of Shayne Case’s year long Under the Eagle’s Wing Mentorship cohort. She is a Whiz (an anonymous identity that encapsulates her essential power) of Whiz World, a speculative magical feminist publication. She teaches free sculpture classes at the City College of San Francisco.www.realimaginaryarchive.com
The Mutual Stores gallery hosts rotating events, including shows from artists in residence and studio members, artist talks, and workshops.