MICHELLE FILLMORE’S “TOTEMS”
Exhibition: August 10th to October 2nd
Michelle E Fillmore’s paintings are emotional metaphors primarily focusing on her upbringing and experience with mental illness. Her work aims to open up a discussion of mental health and to point out the stigmas and challenges inherently attached to it. She paints as a way to confront her past and finds peace in painting with extreme detail and realism. As such, her work embodies strength and beauty in imperfection. Such subject matter also indicates that challenges and adversity, particularly in childhood, are ultimately opportunities to grow. She strives to pick subject matters with different types of surfaces every time, to showcase her mastery with all textures. Her motivation and objective are to portray her personal insights through paint, charcoal or pencil.
MOLLY KARs’ “When We Were Wild”
Exhibition: June 7th to July 31st
There are many essential traits separating humans from animals and much of the Molly Kars’ anthropomorphic artwork is an exploration of this differentiation between us and them. How we create and sustain relationships, how we communicate, our ability to think abstractly, our biological tendencies, cultural expectations, and social conventions (should we choose to agree to them)—these are the underlying themes that direct each of her paintings.
Elizabeth Zunino’s “Perennial Nostalgia”
Exhibition: April 4th to June 5th
Elizabeth’s pen and ink gardens and oceans meander through playfulness, love, loss, struggle, nostalgia, hope. Bound together by throngs of intertwining flora, fauna, and pattern, her portraits and narratives transfigure and transcend, telling abstracted stories within stories. Collages of line interlock and overlap. Colors define spaces and muddle others. She isolates and overcrowds, flattens and distorts, simplifies and complicates. As she creates her sea of layers, she is swallowed deeper into the souls of the depicted, often becoming neither lost nor found upon completion.
Anna Krumpos's "Shallow Night"
Exhibition: January 2nd to March 29th
About this show, the artist says, "I close my eyes and feel my lungs expanded, the sun turned white, my footprints sunk into the mountain. The things of imagination stand in the flesh – in blue and shadow. There is no clock on the wall, only the rhythm of a swirling heart. The climb is not safe, but it’s good."
AkeemRaheem's "Colors of My Mind"
Exhibition: October 20 to December 21st
These works feature the colors of AkeemRaheem's mind and his love of spray painting those things that pop into it. His art is an expression of his unique and creative perspective.
Stephen Loewinsohn's "Town Geometry"
Exhibition: August 3rd to October 19th
When Stephen started photographing his hometown from the air, he was immediately struck by the beautiful swirling patterns of twin black lines that adorn many of our streets, highways, and intersections. These abstract compositions are created on such a grand scale that they can only be fully observed from a great height. Town Geometry is a reference to “town business” a local expression that serves as a kind of shorthand for all the things that go on in the streets of Oakland. When seen from a new perspective, a kind of stillness and symmetry emerges from what can seem like chaos on the ground.
Lisa Sy's "There and Anywhere"
Exhibition: April 6th to July 6th
Inspired by the California West, these pieces investigate the negotiation between dual forces: such as the natural versus the constructed, stasis versus motion, and focus versus expansion.
Alise & Jack Eastgate's Collective & Solo Work
Exhibition: February 2nd to April 4th
This month we feature collaborative and solo work by Oakland-based visual artists, Alise and Jack Eastgate.
Brian Strang's "The Kingdom Is Within"
Exhibition: December 7th to January 31st
The relationship between the human and natural has been ingrained in our psyches for centuries as an adversarial one. But while each of us leaves footprints on the ecosystem, we exist within it. After all, who is not a part of nature? We must learn to be guided by nature more accurately, to listen to its myriad complexity, its interconnection so pervasive that it exceeds our limitations. We must listen with imagination and follow the ancient elemental poetry of the world, even when it seems perilous. Poetry is encoded within the forms all around us; one only has to look closely to see it.
Tim Walters' "Sentinels"
Exhibition: August 13th to October 31st
Their purpose may be to bar, welcome, or warn—but they are mute and blank, and can only teach us what we would already know, if we had only known we knew it. “Sentinels” is informed by Tim's lifelong love of science fiction, fantasy, and the surreal, and straddles the boundaries between abstract and concrete, dreaming and waking, intuitive and rational, familiar and strange. Each image is generated by its own computer program, using routines from a software library of Tim's own creation.
Henry Riekana's "See Differently"
Exhibition: April 18th to July 26th
What does the word “seeing” mean to you? For most people, the first definition that comes to mind is either of our abstract visual sense, or a physical process involving photons hitting cells in our eyes and transmitting signals to our brain. With this work, Henry is challenging the viewer to operate in a realm in between those two extremes, shutting off that analytical part of our mind that is constantly narrating our lives, and allowing the subconscious mind to experience seeing as a sensation.
Erin Crociani's "Dark Elegance"
Exhibition: February 16th to April 5th
This show is about different pieces of Erin and who she am. Most of the art is inspired by poisonous flowers that she has grown in her garden. These pieces came about from my love of the macabre and visiting the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. I fell in love with their poisonous garden and always wanted one. I found it so fascinating that something so beautiful can kill you.
Rick Oginz Drawings
Exhibition: January 4th to February 15th
As an artist Rick is motivated by science, technology, and my immediate surroundings. He strivse to articulate place in unexpected ways, and activate the inanimate.
Jenn Leighton's "Waxy Improvisations”
Exhibition: October 7th to November 30th
These multi layered encaustic works are a result of playing with various papers and images along with stamps and hand cut stencils. The word encaustic comes from the Greek word, enkaustikos, meaning “to heat” or “to burn.” Beeswax melted with resin and pigment forms the paint, and it is applied hot. Each layer of wax must be fused with heat to the layer beneath it. Due to the nature of the medium, the works present themselves with a dream-like quality. “Happy accidents” allows for moments of improvisation, problem solving and ultimately a more interesting and creative finished product.
Carol Aust's "All Together"
Exhibition: July 22nd to October 7th
I work with acrylics on canvas and wood panels. Through my figurative paintings I endeavor to express the human need for connection and belonging and the obstacles in achieving either. Each individual in my paintings is at some critical juncture of a spiritual/psychological journey.
Radio Free Clear Light's "Two Angels"
Exhibition: March 31st to June 30th
The Two Angels collection features processed photo-collage compositions which incorporate photos, digital manipulations and visual music. With each piece Radio Free Clear Light attempts to transcend the subjective perception of human form while exploring the fractal nature of consciousness. The various circles within each piece (circles of varying colors, size and density) are screenshots of music interpreted into visuals by a program written by Radio Free Clear Light. All of the music you see was improvised by Radio Free Clear Light.
Summer Romasco's "Happy in the End"
Exhibition: September 3rd to February 17th
Summer Romasco’s Happy in the End explores common pop culture signifiers - their impersonal monotony, their fluid meaning, and their ability to generate aesthetic pleasure. Her subject matter centers on the most clichéd motifs such as skulls, flowers, and mushrooms. Romasco creates patterns and disruptions by repeating, altering, and juxtaposing these symbols examining the flux of signification with a perspective that is both hopeful and ironic. As an exploration in meaning making, the work rejects delineations between high and low art and high and low culture. Likewise, Romasco’s technique includes both fine art painting and industrial screen printing which results in images that are both atmospheric and graphic.