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Apr
28
Fri
Friday Nights at Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the party every Friday night with OMCA and Off the Grid! The Galleries are open late, with popular food trucks out on 10th Street, and family-friendly activities inside. Savor California beer and wine around the Koi Pond while enjoying live music, dancing, art activities, and more! Bring the whole family to OMCA for a sampling of the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine—and all that OMCA has to offer!

Cost: Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

Transportation: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $5 flat fee after 5 pm.

Each week has great line up you can see here: www.facebook.com/museumca

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Apr
29
Sat
Oakland Art Murmur Saturday Stroll @ Saturday Stroll
Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland’s highly popular first Friday Art Murmur gallery walk are also open EVERY Saturday afternoon. Known as the Saturday Stroll, this is a quieter and more focused time to view art and visit with gallery directors.

Many galleries also hold special events on Saturday afternoons, such as artists talks, receptions, film screenings and trunk shows. Check our event listings for details.

www.oaklandartmurmur.org/saturdaystroll 

May
3
Wed
Andres Guerrero ‘Fruits of our labor’ @ LAND AND SEA
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, May 5th, 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00pm May 6th, 2017, 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Best known for his eponymous Guerrero Gallery, artist and curator Andres Guerrero continues to make an impact within the Bay Area art scene as one of the area’s leading voices. To the unknowing eye, an entrance to his current Bayview space sees the cavernous warehouse as a tool of perpetual deflection— redirecting our focus to the objects within the space, yet for those closer to Andres each wall and angle is embedded with the gallerist’s considered thought, keen eye to craft, and refreshingly DIY approach to labor. And while so much of Andres’ work falls behind the scenes and under the larger umbrella of the gallery, his personal practice provides an intimate and rarely seen glimpse into the artist’s motivations and background.

LAND AND SEA 5428 SAN PABLO BLVD, OAKLAND, CA 94608

May
5
Fri
Aggregate Space Gallery: First Friday Event ‘Fata Morgana’ @ Aggregate Space Gallery
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fata Morgana
A Site-Specific Experience
Dimitra Skandali, Oliver Leach, and Amelia Konow
7 April – 6 May 2017

Dark water twisting from the depths of the sea of her memory; shimmering, swirling fortean anomalies in a clear blue sky: sun dogs, daylight constellations, ball lightning, and kaleidoscopic visions.

Fata Morgana is a complicated form of mirage that is seen in a narrow band where sea and sky meet. It is here, when the sun is just right, elaborate visual distortions appear. Aggregate Space Gallery presents this immersive sculpture, video, and experimental visual event, where illusory structures manifest themselves in projected images and altered light.

Opening Reception
7 April 6-10pm

Second Saturday Artists Talk
8 April 11am

First Friday Event
5 May 5-8pm

Gallery Hours
Fridays and Saturdays 1-5pm
and by appointment

Aggregate Space Gallery
801 West Grand Avenue
Entrance on West Street
Oakland, CA 94607
510.832.3807
www.aggregatespacegallery.org
facebook.com/aggregatespace
info@aggregatespacegallery.org

#ASGOakland
#installtheunimaginable

Aggregate Space is a warehouse and has a similar temperature to the outside; please dress accordingly.

Image courtesy of the artists

 

Creative Growth Art Center: Living Color @ Creative Growth Art Center
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

With winter’s closing, the sight of fresh grass, violet blooms, and exotic butterflies signal the arrival of a new season in truly polychromatic fashion. This Spring, Creative Growth Art Center invites you to consider the vibrancy of a bird’s wings or the intensity of a piece of cake in Living Color, an ode to color featuring over fifty artists.

This show will highlight the various ways in which color resides within our lives, from fashion design with Ron Veasey’s stylish portraits or Ying Gee Zhou’s colorful hair arrangements to the wonders of the natural world, as seen in Larry Randolph’s “Birds of the Stars” or Julie Swartout’s nearly-sculptural fruit arrangements. In other instances, artists create their own color arrangements, as in Paulino Martin’s grey cityscape turned pop-city or in Edward Walters’ colorful geometric landscape. These electric investigations of color will also be accompanied by an array of furniture, textiles, wood, and ceramic pieces, including Maureen Clay’s fantastic multicolored chair and Terri Bowden’s white ceramic ducks.

Bursting with recipes to awaken your eyes and taste buds, Gail Lewis’ Sweet Treats Cookbook will be available beginning May 5.

EXHIBITION OPENING: Friday, May 5
MEMBERS’ PREVIEW: 11am – 2pm
MAIN EVENT: 5pm – 9pm
LIVE MUSIC: Jason Jagel
FOOD by Tacos Oscar

Exhibition runs May 5 – June 16, 2017
creativegrowth.org/news/living-color

Friday Nights at Oakland Museum of California @ Oakland Museum of California
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the party every Friday night with OMCA and Off the Grid! The Galleries are open late, with popular food trucks out on 10th Street, and family-friendly activities inside. Savor California beer and wine around the Koi Pond while enjoying live music, dancing, art activities, and more! Bring the whole family to OMCA for a sampling of the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine—and all that OMCA has to offer!

Cost: Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks.

Transportation: OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Event parking is available at the Museum for a $5 flat fee after 5 pm.

Each week has great line up you can see here: www.facebook.com/museumca

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Art@Archer: Rick Bell, “A Decade.4 — California Street Art” @ Art@Archer
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meet and talk to Oakland photographer, Rick Bell, in his first formal, solo exhibition of street photography, at this First Friday Opening Reception.

Rick has spent over 10 years photographing and video graphing graffiti artists, performance artists, poets, and musicians. He has traveled California from LA to Sacramento, and, in each city, identifies those unique artists that make up its heart.

Providing entertainment during the reception will be Santa Cruz poet, Lyrical Eye and Oakland saxophonist, Kalin Josua Freeman. Artist, Rick Bell, will perform vocals with Kalin.

Light refreshments will be served.

Fourth Wall Gallery: Cate White, “Heroes for Ghosts”
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Transmission Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Karl X. Hauser’s work. Perhaps best known for the intense quality of his graphite drawings, which are the foundation of his creative enterprise, Hauser also works with bronze, aluminum, ceramics and glass, as well as watercolor and digital processes. A full range of pieces will be on hand for this exhibition at Transmission Gallery.

Good Mother Gallery: ‘Wasteland 2’ @ Good Mother Gallery
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Wasteland 2 A Short Film by Andrew H. Shirley

WHEN: Friday May 5, 2017 6-11pm
WHERE: Good Mother Gallery 408 13th St, Oakland, CA 94612
WHAT: WASTEDLAND 2 by Andrew H. Shirley (Beer and popcorn will be served)
ABOUT THE FILM: In a post apocalyptic land, the last few remaining inhabitants are the spirit animals of graffiti writers. This existential fantasy follows three solitary vandals (played by Wolftits, Avoid, and Smells) who cross paths while on the hunt for the meaning behind the abandoned enigmatic artwork left behind by UFO 907 (another nomadic artist). Roaming from one decaying zone to the next in a never ending search for beer, weed, and a wall to paint, these artists form a pact with the rest of the …surviving mystics (played by Rambo, Noxer, EKG, and others) to attain the answer to their unanimous question of their futility- “What’s the point?”
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: This traveling exhibit had it’s debut in Detroit last September in a former Lincoln Motor Car assembly plant turned Make Art Work gallery. The film has since been on tour transforming spaces into a immersive film experience in the shape of a three dimensional post apocalyptic-graffiti-wonderland. Here questions of fate and self collide with graffiti folk lore through word play, interactive kinetic sculpture, paintings, artifacts, and characters – all centered around thematics from the film- created by the actors themselves and members of the notorious Brooklyn based 907 graffiti crew. This environment allows the viewer to enter the psychology of the narrative, to identify and ultimately re-define the way one traditionally engages with film and artwork.
Trailer https://vimeo.com/147150111 Website www.wastedland2.com Press https://wastedland2.com/press/
As with the original Wastedland (10 min/ B&W/ 2008), for Wastedland 2 Shirley asked several prominent NYC graffiti artists to create costumes and masks in the likeness of what they believe to be their spirit animals. Then, using the same landscape the artists typically employ as a backdrop for their artwork, they traveled from the mountains of Upstate New York to Black Mountain, North Carolina, filming in squalid buildings and freight train yards along the way, illegally. The mystical theme of the seeker was incorporated into the process of production, letting the film write itself from narrative exploration and unscripted improvisation. It was not until the film had been edited that the script finally finished itself.
Andrew H. Shirley finds an obsession in living experimentation. Shirley is a multi disciplinary artist whose work has appeared in PS 1, MOCA, Museum of Sex, McDonald’s International, and whose films have screened at festivals in over 300 cities worldwide. As a social architect, he has curated the underground into public events from institutions such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music to a secret tree house art gallery he built in upstate NY. He resides in Brooklyn, NYC, with his cat Myrtle.
EXHIBITING ARTISTS INCLUDE: Adam VOID, Amy Smalls, Andrew H. Shirley, DARKCLOUDS, George Vidas, Greg Henderson, Noxer, RAMBO, Robin Drysdale, Ryan C. Doyle, SMELLS, UFO 907, William Thomas Porter, WOLFTITS and local Bay Area vandals (TBA).
“A new Wizard of Oz for the Anarchist Street Youth.” Charlie Ahearn Director of Wild Style
“Unreality has made an unexpected narrative incursion into the usually predictable world of Graffiti Art or maybe this is Graffiti’s break-in into the abandoned back lot of the Brothers Grimm.” Bill Daniel Director of Who is Bozo Texino? : The Secret History of Hobo Graffiti and author of Mostly True.
“Wastedland 2 is a road trip without road, a therapeutic buddy film without saccharine, staged in a post apocalyptic terrain that is revealed as graffiti oasis. The hapless beer- and weed-fueled journey is pure youthful angst suspended in chemicals and many in the audience laughed in recognition at the head-banging frustration voiced about fundamental life questions by these furry characters.” Jamie Rojo & Steven Harrington of Brooklyn Street Art

Interface Gallery: Ehling/Bennett, “His Carpets Flowered” @ Interface Gallery
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Interface Gallery is pleased to announce Ehling/Bennett’s first solo show, His Carpets Flowered – May 4th – June 11th.

Ehling/Bennett is the collaborative practice of Jeremy Ehling and Kim Bennett. The aritists have worked in collaboration since 2014. Ehling has worked in stained glass conservation and Bennett comes from a family of quilters. These backgrounds inform their collaborative process, which involves handing their works back and forth as the artists alternatively stitch material to the surface and add gestural marks and washes of paint. They describe this process and the resultant works as “rectangle conversations.” In their words:
“Talking is part of it, sitting outside is part of it. Leaves falling are part of it. Finding a relationship to the ways people used to make things is part of it.”

The title for this show comes from Lorine Niedecker’s poem of the same name.

Please join us for an artist reception on Friday, May 5th, from 6-9 pm.

Joyce Gordon Gallery: “Mood City” Photography by Philip Hennen @ Joyce Gordon Gallery
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Mood City” Photography by Philip Hennen
Exhibit Dates: May 5 – July 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5th 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Friday, June 2nd, 6-9pm (Talk 7pm)

Joyce Gordon Gallery presents, “Mood City,” a photographic view of the Bay Area through the artistic lens of Philip Hennen.

Philip Hennen’s photographic art is rooted in urban reality, but a reality with wings. It is his personal way to define and clarify the world around him. The idea for his photography series “Mood City” comes out of this need for clarity, but narrowed down to the people and places closest to him. He often heightens color and settings to create twinges of fantasy and surrealism. Philip works in both, color and monochrom…e formats; he does not restrict himself. These methods are intended to set different artistic and emotional moods. Some of Philip’s influences include the urban perspectives of Gordon Parks, Vivian Maier, Steve McCurry, and the landscape composition of Ansel Adams.

Philip C. Hennen was born in Oakland, California but was raised in the neighboring creative and political hotbed of Berkeley in the late 60s and 70s. Philip’s visual art started with painting in acrylic at the age of 10, and then later photography starting in High School that led into a career as an adult. His intense interest in guitar and music started in his early teens. Philip continue to split his creative and professional time between music production and photography.

Joyce Gordon Gallery is a commercial fine art gallery located in the downtown district of Oakland, California. It exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and international artists. The aim of the gallery is to respect the creative pursuits of the individual and seeks to make such work accessible to a broad audience.

Pro Arts Oakland: ‘Everyone is Hypnotized’ @ Pro Arts Oakland
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Everyone is Hypnotized
May 5 – May 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, 6 – 9pm

Everyone is Hypnotized: Artists Dérive the Bay Area, is a group exhibition of works by 11 Bay Area artists that draw from the experience of wandering about the Bay Area’s rich and varied landscapes. This exhibition was curated by the Oakland-based team Gipe + Tell as part of Pro Arts’ Curators in Residence program. Exhibiting artists include Sebastian Alvarez, Brian Dean, Joanne Easton, Marshall Elliott, Jon Gourley, Jon Kuzmich, Leora Lutz, Andréanne Michon, Maria Porges, Michal Wisniowski and Minoosh Zomorodinia.

The exhibition is inspired by Guy Debord’s “Theory of the Dérive,” a dérive being an unplanned journey in which… participants ‘let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there.’ Curators, Gipe + Tell began with the question, “What steps can artists take to engage in intellectual investigation, creative growth, and critical interrogation while navigating the urban environment?” They asked the artists to engage in dérive as a template for exploration, with the artwork being a visual manifestation of their experience. The resulting artwork highlights the possibility for engagement, detachment or both.
Opening Reception:
6:30pm – 7:00pm Music by Daniel Larlham
7:15pm – 7:45pm Performance by Minoosh Zomorodinia

ABOUT THE CURATORS:
Gipe+Tell maintain an interdisciplinary practice based in the Bay Area, exhibiting as an art team and curating group exhibitions. Since 2013, they have curated three exhibitions, including “The Known Universe” (March 2015), which was the recipient of the Curatorial Proposal Grant at Root Division, San Francisco, CA. They have also exhibited their own work, an installation called “Is This Normal?” at InSpace Curatorial in the Felt Factory (curated by Hanna Regev); and in “Some Men”, a collaborative installation at t moro projects, Santa Clara, CA.

Gipe + Tell’s Studio Lab Curatorial Residency is made possible, in part, through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Everyone is Hypnotized: Artists Dérive the Bay Area exhibition and related public programs are supported by a generous grant from the Zellberbach Family Foundation.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Sebastian Alvarez is a Bay Area-based trans-disciplinary artist. His personal practice and collaborative projects highlight the interrelation of disparate infrastructures and the uncanniness of human-made systems. Alvarez’s research-based work manifests in the form of still and moving allegorical images, video, infographics, performative lectures, sonic compositions, and walks. He is a member of an artist collective facilitating workshops and performances at San Quentin State Prison that collaborates with incarcerated artists to explore their own personal journeys, as well as systemic issues of inequality, violence, and incarceration. Alvarez is currently part of a sci-fi documentary film and transmedia project about the imaginative and material processes of building transcendent, utopian communities in Brasília, Brazil. He has performed, curated, and presented work internationally at such venues and institutions as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Whitney Biennial (NYC), Postgarage (Graz, Austria), Townhouse Gallery (Cairo, Egypt), the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art Bourges (Bourges, France), and Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, Austria).

Brian Dean received his MFA in Photography from SFAI and his BFA in Photography from Bard College. He has studied under such renowned photographers as Stephen Shore, Larry Fink, and Linda Connor. He has exhibited photographs locally in SOMArts and the Berkeley Art Center and in numerous galleries on the East Coast. He has also won several awards, including being chosen as a finalist for the INTRODUCING! Young California Photographer Award by Paris Photo, Los Angeles; the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award; and the Paul Sack Building Competition. Dean is currently a freelance photographer in San Francisco.

Joanne Easton is an artist, designer and educator. Using a variety of materials and sites, Easton’s work appears straightforward but responds and invites contemplation with perception and phenomenology. Through the use of sculpture, photography, drawing, and installation, Easton creates works that explore how meaning is made, resources are used and value allocated. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. Easton received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MAAE from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Easton’s thesis focused on doubt and imagination in first-year art-school critiques. Her research was presented at the National Art Education Association Convention in New York.

Oakland-based artist, Marshall Elliott’s work is what he calls “site-responsive,” which emphasizes the role that the site plays on the creative act be it sculpture or conceptual art. His way of making springs from observation, study, or encounter with the history of place as a starting point for work. With a background is in Film Studies and English Literature, Marshall Elliott received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014 and exhibited his MFA thesis work in the exhibition “Principal” at The Old Mint in San Francisco. He has shown his work in Colorado and Oregon as well as in the Bay-Area at venues such as Root Division and Incline Gallery and received the San Francisco Art Institute’s prestigious 2014 Anne Bremer Memorial Prize and Outstanding Graduate Student Award. More recently, he completed an artist residency at Art Farm in Marquette, NE, participated in the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts “(Im)Materiel” in Sausalito, CA and exhibited his work at City Limits Gallery in Oakland, CA. Marshall has completed artist residencies at Art Farm in Marquette, NE and at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, CA. He will be an upcoming resident in the Artist Studio Resident Program at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco.

Jon Gourley is a San Francisco based artist who makes work about modes and failures of communication. He received a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2012 and a BA Studio Art & Biochemistry and BS in Chemistry from the University of Iowa. He was also a Root Division resident artist for the past two years.

Jon Kuzmich creates labor and process-intensive visual systems that involve the conceptually driven organization of small, synthetic units into large and complex systems. His work is often inspired by the fact that our perception as human beings is altered and distorted by our belief in systems that we create (religious, economic, scientific, etc.). By virtue of this distortion, systems change our relationship to the world, manipulate our understanding of reality and influence our relationship to the cosmos. In essence, our belief systems keep us confined within a synthetic, human-created world.

Leora Lutz’s personal ideology stems from the fruition of DIY, punk rock reasoning and a life-long practice with the handmade—continually supporting the active roles that art and writing both play in shaping history and impacting peoples’ lives. Her hybrid creative professional background includes over 10 years’ experience in art education programming, spearheading events, and writing for museums, galleries and independent art projects including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Riverside Art Museum and the LA Department of Cultural Affairs to name a few. Since 2011 she has worked at CCA as an educator and Writing Consultant where she counsels students on Visual Thinking Strategies, Critical Thinking and English. She has also taught participatory, conceptual studio classes at City College of San Francisco.

Andréanne Michon received a BFA, with distinction, from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) with a major in photography in 2010 and she completed a MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2013. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Michon’s work has been selected in national and international juried group shows by important photography curators at major museums: – Jennifer Blessing, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Anne Lyden, then at the J. Paul Getty Museum; Julian Cox, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Sandra Phillips, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); Drew Johnson, the Oakland Museum of California, and Britt Salvesen, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Amongst other works, her Winter Solstice piece was shown in a solo exhibition at La Bande Vidéo in Quebec City and her Finite Ecosystems foldbook at the Art Book Show of 2016 at Bass & Reiner Gallery, in San Francisco.

Maria Porges is an artist and writer whose work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions since the late eighties. She received a SECA award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has twice been in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. A finalist for the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writer’s Grant in 2014, her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, the New York Times Book Review, and a host of other now-defunct art magazines. She has also authored essays for nearly 100 exhibition catalogues and dozens of scripts for museum audio tours. Porges is an Associate Professor at California College of the Arts.

Michal Wisniowski creates installations that depend on collected found objects, crowdsourced images, and interaction with the public. These often generative projects grow with time and require continuous input, resulting in performative acts as part of the work.As a Polish artist whose formative years were divided between communist Poland, refugee camps in Denmark, and post-unification Germany, the intersections of economic and political structures are integral to Wisniowski’s practice. His work seeks out personal agency and alternatives to established narratives within the small resistances of everyday efforts. By using common materials and household objects Wisniowski creates provisional environments that are critical and nostalgic, presenting possibilities for productive survival strategies.

Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian photographer, visual, performance, and video artist. She received an MFA in New Genres from SFAI, and a BA in Photography and an MA in Graphic Design from the Art and Architecture University in Tehran, Iran. She is a member of the environmental artists group Open Five in Iran (view her contribution at 5baz.com), and is a board member of the Women Environmental Artists Directory. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art Isfahan in Iran, Pori Art Museum in Finland, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Marin Community Foundation, and the Nevada Art Museum.

Slate Contemporary First Friday Reception ‘Gardens of Abstraction’ @ Slate Contemporary
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Gardens of Abstraction presents three contemporary photographers who are grappling with the history of painting and the question of how to be an artist in this photographic age. All three are working in large formats, using digital printing technology, and referencing, to various degrees, narratives of old master painting.

Carol Charney has taken paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci, Monet, Van Gogh, Chagall, and Matisse, as her subject, appropriating them and then re-presenting them through her own personal lens of water moving on glass. Christy Lee Rogers creates underwater scenes using multiple figures, elaborate costumes, and dramatic lighting that reference 17th and 18th century Mannerist and Baroque paintings. Diane Rosenblum, on the other hand, has turned to landscape paintings by the Hudson River School, digitizing them, sampling colors, and pulling them out into pixel-like blocks to emphasize the distance between these artists’ 19th century romantic vision of nature, and our contemporary tendency to filter experience (of both nature and culture), through photographic and digital media.

Transmission Gallery: Karl X. Hausen, “I Tried to Make This Pleasant” @ Transmission Gallery
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Transmission Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Karl X. Hauser’s work. Perhaps best known for the intense quality of his graphite drawings, which are the foundation of his creative enterprise, Hauser also works with bronze, aluminum, ceramics and glass, as well as watercolor and digital processes. A full range of pieces will be on hand for this exhibition at Transmission Gallery.

Omi Gallery: Pablo Soto Campoamor, “Mariita’s Kitchen/ La Cocinita de Mariita” @ Omi Gallery at Impact Hub
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Mariita’s Kitchen/La Cocinita de Mariita
works by Pablo Soto Campoamor

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Friday | May 5th
630p – 10p
Free + Every Body Welcome
RSVP Requested HERE!http://bit.ly/2pr0zow

For many of us in the Latin & African diaspora, the kitchen is more than a collection of plates, utensils, appliances, foods, and spices. Kitchens often double as a magical sanctuary space. A space where the sounds and smells of food serve as a portal to our ancestral lands, our family histories, our cultural identity.

Cuban-American artist, Pablo Soto Campoamor presents an intimate collection of paintings that pay homage to his grandmother, Mariita, and the food, stories, jokes, songs, and the imaginary landscape that she cultivated in her grandson’s creative mind, and soul. This show is a celebration of culture, music, ancestry, spirits, and memory. Ordinary elements encased in a crashing symphony of color, rhythm, and pattern.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Pablo Soto Campoamor
I am the son of Cuban immigrants, the first of my family to be born in the United States. Both of my parents are from Havana, but the family roots spread across the island. I grew up in Miami, spent time with my family in Havana, and finally settled in the East Bay area. These three places figure prominently in my work. Spending long periods of time with my family in Cuba had a profound effect on my identity.