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A Weed By Any Other Name

A Weed By Any Other Name

Liz Hernández and Ryan Whelan

January 21–May 14, 2023

Liz Hernández and Ryan Whelan standing in front of a large black and white artwork with abstract blackberries
Liz Hernández and Ryan Whelan standing in front of a large black and white artwork with abstract blackberries

Completing the suite of inaugural shows, the ICA SF has commissioned a new project from Oakland-based artists Liz Hernández and Ryan Whelan entitled A Weed by Any Other Name. For the entry project encompassing new mixed-media works, the artists consider the blackberry, humble and wild, as a symbol of resilience and a vehicle to invoke the unease, precarity, and networked resistance of the artistic community in the Bay Area.

This project alludes to the historical, ongoing instability and uncertainties in the Bay Area. It seeks not to provide an answer but rather to generate questions and engage in dialogue with the arts community. A Weed by Any Other Name is a response to the new normal of the Bay Area and acknowledges that just celebrating our resilience cannot be a means to an end.

LIZ HERNÁNDEZ
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RYAN WHELAN
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