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Oct
20
Fri
Interface Gallery: Nando Alvarez-Perez’s ‘Portentology’ @ Interface Gallery
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Interface Gallery is pleased to announce Portentology, Nando Alvarez-Perez’s first solo show with the gallery.
Featuring work by Sarah Cathers, Anna Nearburg, and John Zane Zappas
October 20th – November 26th
Reception: Friday, October 20th from 6-9 pm

For this exhibition, Alvarez-Perez imagines the gallery as a kind of divination room, presenting a series of new photographs along with related objects –science fiction books, religious iconography, drug paraphernalia, and divination tools—that allude to the many ways we try to make meaning of the world and predict what’s to come.

Among the objects are works made by artists Alvarez-Perez invited to contribute; John Zappas (wooden ash trays), Sarah Cathers (pe…ndulum dousers), and Anna Nearburg (stone and metal book ends). The objects are presented on shelves and on a table in the center of the gallery, where three coins and a copy of the I Ching invite visitors to cast and read their own hexagrams. Two Eames chairs are also provided for visitors to sit and read the books presented. As the artist notes, Eames’ son called it the “chair of tomorrow.”

Attempting to divine the future is a universal endeavor with ancient roots that feels particularly compelling given the political uncertainty of our times. Alvarez-Perez invites viewers to consider the various approaches he presents—from chance methods and altered states to the reading of novels and visual art—as valid forms of meaning-making that, while elusive, can be deeply nourishing and informative.

Oct
21
Sat
Mercury 20: Terry Dunn ‘Garden 2’ @ Mercury 20
Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Terry Dunn: Garden 2

Oct 19th – Nov 25th

In Garden 2 Oakland artist Terry Dunn presents his latest work, three-dimensional wall pieces.  Individual carved and painted elements are assembled and evolved into whimsical and evocative concoctions.  In response to a sense of dread due to the current destructive impact of humans on the natural world, Dunn has turned to the exuberant beauty of nature for inspiration and solace.  By closely observing plants, and in particular flowers, he has reinvented nature and created a fantastic and playful botanical world.

Terry Dunn was born in Portland, Oregon.  He earned his BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1982.  He has resided in the Bay Area since then.  His work has been exhibited in the Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest and New York City.  This is his sixth solo exhibition at Mercury 20 Gallery.

EVENTS:
– Artists Reception: Saturday, October 21, 3-6 pm; Artist Talks 4:30
– First Friday Art Murmur: Friday, November 3, 6-9 pm

Oct
27
Fri
City Limits Gallery: Keith Boadwee and Steve Hurd @ City Limits
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Keith Boadwee and Steve Hurd
October 27-December 3, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, October 27, 7-11pm
Keith Boadwee and Steve Hurd first met in 1987 at UCLA. Boadwee was a student in Paul McCarthy’s class and Hurd was the teaching assistant. I’d like to imagine it was art love at first sight. They shared a mutual admiration for German Expressionist painters and an affinity for provocation, a desire to milk a reaction out of their classmates and the world at large. These traits, along with an unflinching respect for each other’s art practice, would be the glue to bind them together for decades to come.

For their two person exhibition at City Limits, Keith Boadwee will be showing a table overflowing with hund…reds of unique drawings that viewers will be able to handle themselves. Some of the drawings are studies for larger paintings, but the majority function as discrete objects. The table serves to map Boadwee’s brain, and subsequently, his art practice. In Boadwee’s world, the drawings may depict a scatalogical vignette, an erotic encounter between mythical beasts, or a combination of both. They are funny, irreverent, and full of just enough mordant humor to make one laugh and cringe with delight.

With a series of new sculptures and paintings, Steve Hurd continues his practice of using found images and objects to decipher the American experience of mass culture. For Rolling Rock, a new sculpture, Hurd has assembled beer cans into the form of a peace sign. The sculpture probes the psyche of not only the American hippie, but possibly that of beer drinkers and militant recyclists. The sheen of nonviolence is not unlike the cans’ aluminum exterior, but beneath it, we find a bubbly, highly carbonated mixture of thoughts and emotions. In Kingdom Under Attack, Hurd has made a painting with a substrate of broken egg shells. The painted image, rendered as expertly as one could on such a precarious, uneven surface, is derived from a medieval woodcut print of a castle under siege. The painting seems allegorical, perhaps a reference to the fragility of the male American ego? I suppose you have to break a few eggs to make an omelette.
-Micah Wood
Keith Boadwee (b. 1961 Meridian, MS) lives and works in Emeryville, CA. He received a BA from UCLA in 1989 and an MFA from UC Berkeley in 2000. He has had solo exhibitions at Shoot the Lobster (New York), Brennan and Griffin (New York), Salzburger Kunstverein Austria (a collaborative project with AA Bronson), Hacienda (Zurich), Paradise Garage (Venice, CA), ROCKSBOX Fine Art (Portland, OR), White Columns (New York), and Peres Projects (Los Angeles), among others. This summer he had a solo exhibition at Atelier 34 Zero Museum (Brussels). Boadwee taught at California College of the Arts from 2004-15 and San Francisco Art Institute from 2005-16 and in the coming year will be teaching at Maine College of Art and UC San Diego.
Steve Hurd (b. 1956 Washington D.C.) lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1979 and later came to Los Angeles where he studied with Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, and Mike Kelley at UCLA. There he received a Masters of Fine Arts in the New Genre Department in 1988. He has shown individually at Galerie Vedovi (Brussels), Jack Tilton Gallery (New York), Dan Bernier Gallery (Los Angeles) and Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Los Angeles.). He was the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship in 2005 and the Los Angeles Artist Fellowship Laboratory and the City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship in 2012.
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Nov
10
Fri
Jingletown 2nd Friday Art Walk @ Jingletown Oakland & Alameda Galleries
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
3Dot Art Gallery: Closing Reception for Raul D’Mauries @ 3Dot Art Gallery
Nov 10 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Don’t miss the last chance to see work by local artist Raul D’Mauries at 3Dot Art Gallery this Friday, Nov 10th!
R.D’Mauries Art – FREE EVENT

A self-taught artist, Raul began painting with oils and acrylics in 2005. Surreal artists such as Salvador Dalí and René Magritte are major influences, but Raul defines his style as “low brow” or pop surrealism. He continues to experiment with different styles and mediums to improve his techniques. Don’t miss his unique and intriguing piece entitled Pandoras Box!

Art from several other local artists will also be displayed, including unique items perfect for Holiday gifts. We’ll have super cute critters by the talented artist Pommi Nator too!

Other artists include Bill Weber, a.k.a. El Gallo, who is an Alameda native with murals prominently featured across California. He uses a surrealistic style, inspired by Salvador Dalí, to express views on culture and society. Dave Sylvesters paintings and illustrations include whimsical creatures and pop cultural references. Sara Edge specializes in unique art jewelry and paintings that reflect her love of the creepy crawlies in nature. Arianna Siegel creates “magical realism” in mixed media, drawing from the dark side of stories including Dorian Gray and Alice in Wonderland.

 

Nov
11
Sat
Athen B Gallery: Hinterland by Troy Lovegates @ Athen B Gallery
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Athen B. Gallery is excited to announce “Hinterland”, a solo exhibition by Troy Lovegates in Downtown Oakland. The opening reception is Saturday, November 11th at 7pm conveniently located from both 12th and 19th St. Bart Stations in Downtown Oakland. To receive a preview of the exhibition contact info@athenbgallery.com

Troy Lovegates, widely known as “OTHER”, is an artist currently based in Oakland, CA. His works are heavily patterned and saturated with hyper color. With a knack for the use of found materials and the unification of wildly disparate elements, both material and aesthetic, Lovegates uses everything from spray paint, oil stick, water color, acrylic, and ink to create works on canvas and paper as well as wooden sculptures.

A self-described “collector of lost souls,” the artist focuses on the figure as story, building motifs through heavily condensed mark making. The figures in his work are sympathetically drawn from equal parts caricature and realistic observation. Lovegates is constantly revising and adapting previous efforts, reintegrating them into current bodies of work that reflect the history of their making. His hand-carved wooden pieces bring his paintings to life as objects. The powerfully weathered people in his imagery are often real, captured through photographs and observation taken while on his travels over the years. Motivated by his own dreams and nightmares, Troy Lovegates works are emotive arrests of an awe-inspiring imagination.

 

Dec
8
Fri
Jingletown 2nd Friday Art Walk @ Jingletown Oakland & Alameda Galleries
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm