SWISS CONSULATE - SILVERMAN - RATIO 3 - ADOBE BACKROOM
GARAGE SALE PROJECT - ELECTRIC WORKS - FIVEPOINTS ARTHOUSE
(with assistance from RWM)
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Silverman Gallery: Volker Eichelmann & Florian Schmidt - Haute.
Comment by AB: Appealing uncomplicated unembellished abstracts by Florian Schmidt look like leftovers hammered together, and demonstrate quite nicely that you can make something out of nothing. Impractical yet engaging collaged constructions, text paintings and rudimentary wood structures by Volker Eichelmann refer to avant garde architecture of the early 20th century.
Art by Florian Schmidt at Silverman Gallery.
Art by Florian Schmidt in above image closer.
Florian Schmidt art at Silverman Gallery.
Art by Volker Eichelmann & Florian Schmidt.
Volker Eichelmann art at Silverman Gallery.
Art by Volker Eichelmann.
Ratio 3 Gallery: Takeshi Murata - Get Your Ass to Mars.
Review by RWM: Poignant testament about desire to be elsewhere. Takeshi Murata's digital images showcase all manner of exit valves-- alcohol, books, tobacco, music, and instruments that look like they're made of internal organs which appear to be compromised. Other objects suggest ploys necessary to get by. Murata's video, "I, Popeye," chronicles the pain of life and desire to be elsewhere. Some wish to escape; not everyone is thrilled to be here. Popeye ultimately transitions beyond the living sphere. Mars was once more fun and fantastic than it is now that science has had its way, but it remains one vast wilderness. This is not the case on the Mars of our fables and fantasies where we picture it overrun by all sorts, existing as a fantasy world, fun to dream about or visit in a video reverie as is witnessed here.
Comment by AB: Takeshi Murata's computer-generated Popeye video is worth seeing; I'm relatively rapt and actually pause (a rarity) from my frenzy to take a fair amount of it in. His unsettling otherworldly still-lifes are equally engaging, and for those of you keeping score at home, they're generated entirely by computer. Worth a visit.
Digital art by Takeshi Murata at Ratio 3 Gallery.
Digital imagery by Takeshi Murata.
Art by Takeshi Murata.
Takeshi Murata art.
Popeye art video by Takeshi Murata.
Popeye video by Takeshi Murata at Ratio 3 Gallery.
Popeye visits Bluto - video art by Takeshi Murata.
Popeye leaves the earth behind - video by Takeshi Murata.
Floor plan at Ratio 3 - art by Takeshi Murata.
Adobe Books Backroom Gallery: From the Golden West Notebooks - Poems by Jason Morris, Illustrations by Jason Grabowski and Jesse Schlessinger. Curated by Katie Hood Morgan and Colter Jacobsen.
Comment by AB: Event and art show to celebrate the release of "From the Golden West Notebooks," published by Publication Studio Berkeley, Allone Co. Editions captained by Colter Jacobsen.
Photography by Jason Grabowski at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery.
Jason Grabowski art.
Jason Grabowski art in above image closer.
Art by Jason Grabowski at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery.
Installation - art by Jason Grabowski and Jesse Schlessinger.
Colter Jacobsen (right) publisher, "From the Golden West Notebooks."
The Garage Sale Project: Barrett Gentz - A Crystal Myth.
Comment by AB: Fascinating documentation of the annual World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig held in Mt. Ida, Arkansas, brought to us here in Ess Eff by Arkansas native, Barrett Gentz. The show also includes art about crystals, and actual crystal-rich mud that attendees to dig through themselves.
World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig photos c/o Barrett Gentz.
Quartz characters & their bounty - photography by Barrett Gentz.
Art about quartz by Barrett Gentz at Garage Sale Project.
Dig in the mud for crystals - installation by Barrett Gentz.
Barrett Gentz art at Garage Sale Project (yes, it's a garage).
Electric Works Gallery: Paul Madonna - Book Release & Art Exhibit.
Comment by AB: Paul Madonna turns out quality pen, ink and wash drawings at a prodigious rate, and they're all really good. He goes on the road for this exciting episode of his career, releasing his second book, Everything Is Its Own Reward, and exhibiting drawings from fifteen cities around the world. Nice gig if you can get it. Good show; sidle on by.
Art by Paul Madonna at Electric Works Gallery.
Paul Madonna art (finger span = 6 1/2 inches).
Pinkie cam detail art in above image.
Artist Paul Madonna meet and greet.
Art by Paul Madonna at Electric Works Gallery.
Everything is its Own Reward, new book by Paul Madonna.
Art by Paul Madonna.
Paul Madonna art closer at Electric Works Gallery.
Fivepoints Arthouse: Celestial/Terrestrial.
Artists: Jon Carling, Dave Higgins, Obi Kaufmann, Alex Rosmarin, David Seiler, Alison Tharp.
Review by RWM: The extraterrestrials have landed, but instead of attacking they have posed for these artists. All sorts of strange creatures here. Creatures odd and mild, as if they truly are from from somewhere else. Some may already be out their undiscovered in our rain forests, home to many endangered species. Creatures yet to be named? Your guess is as good as mine.
Comment by AB: Oakland goes bozo.
Art by Alison Tharp at Fivepoints Arthouse.
Art by John Carling (right) at Fivepoints Arthouse.
Art by Oakland artists at Fivepoints Arthouse.
Abstract art by Nicole Bron Chappuis at the Swiss Consulate.
Precision abstract art by Nicole Bron Chappuis at the Swiss Consulate.
One more from art by Nicole Bron Chappuis at the Swiss Consulate.