First Friday June Art Murmur

by admin on June 7, 2012

June’s Art Murmur was one of the busiest this year so far; there was a lot to see from Old Oakland to Uptown. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Society for the Encouragement for Contemporary Art group (SECA), known for their coveted annual Bay Area SECA Art Award was also taking the Art Murmur walk through the galleries!

Marion and Rose’s Workshop has a really fun exhibition of work by Dealy,Dawk Mutlip. The group of three work collaboratively to make improvisational collages and paintings on book covers and place them in the space very much like an installation. The works were created from “fun, love, discorse, strife, ingenuity, conflict, improvisation and sometimes genius.”

Sheila Ghidini’s graphite drawings and Esther Traugot‘s sculptures and installations at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary transform chairs and books, and organic matter like seashells and tree roots by displacement or manipulation, calling attention to the beauty and aesthetics of these common objects.  Ghidini’s drawings of books were inspired by a recent visit to her writer friend’s New York apartment, where she saw volumes of poetry, art, journals, and address books. Ghidini’s large-scale installation, “In a Field of Emerging Forms,” features found chairs, their shadows drawn on the walls, which makes their residual presence permanent.  Esther Traugot’s, “Outside In,”  comprised of natural objects “gilded” with hand-dyed crochet, asks the viewer to re-examine the world. Suspended from the ceiling, lining the gallery walls and presented as specimens on pedestals, Traugot’s sculptural arrangements, massive twenty-foot long plant roots, seashells, and vines personally excavated by the artist and crocheted around “investigate the relationship between nurturing and controlling nature.”

“Treads and Risers” a dual show of artworks by Julie Ann Travis and Gabrielle Teschner at FM Oakland was an intriguing examination of the dynamics of architecture and place. Teschner’s work takes inspiration from travel and the encounter of cultural identities. Her works are stark and heavily geometric, which may allude to abstraction, but looking long enough, the forms are reminiscent of elements of design and spaces. Travis’ work of small scale dwellings are perhaps not designed for living, however do call attention to the symbols, and tactile qualities of architecture.

Zerofriends‘ “QUAKE: 26 Years of Hustlin'” that opened the day before Art Murmur is an intense retrospective of Bay Area street artist Quake’s “continuous, and vibrant public art” over a quarter-century. The exhibition includes hundreds of photos of Quake’s outdoor work, cleverly installed to spell out his name on the wall.