Landscape Stories – pop-up show at FLAX art & design
Show dates: January 18 – March 30, 2021
Artists’ Opening Reception: Saturday, February 6, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: FLAX art & design, 1501 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland, California
Gray Loft Gallery presents Landscape Stories – a pop-up show at Flax art & design in Oakland. The exhibit includes urban, natural and abstract landscapes by four Bay Area artists, and includes painting, mixed media and photography.
About the Artists:
Anthony Holdsworth, painting
Anthony creates paintings almost exclusively on site over a period of days or weeks. In the process he comes to know the neighborhoods and the people who live and work there. They contribute ideas, history and often pose on the street. Unlike a snapshot or a brief study, these paintings represent his experience of locations over time.
Over the years he has documented the urban landscape in Oakland and the Bay Area under pressure of gentrification, giving us a disquieting testament of our common condition, conveying its original intensity. Though sometimes devoid of people these cityscapes emerge from his interaction with passersby and inhabitants at each site.
Ginny Parsons, painting
Ginny is interested in dripping, pouring, splashing and moving paint. She works intuitively, using a variety of common household ingredients like beeswax, borax and castoff house paint. She uses whatever surfaces come her way – left by the dumpster, dropped on her porch by the neighbors or washed up from the estuary. Her imagery comes from nature, which is where she feels connection and inspiration.
Michael Teresko, photography
Michael’s work continues the study of the interaction between the man-made and the natural worlds explored by the New Topographics photographers. Michael states that photography is less a creative activity and more a reductive exercise, an attempt to filter distractions from the visual world. He tries to find structures hidden in the banal and chaotic spaces all around us, and in them hopefully find images with a dream-like power and mystery. Michael shoots with film as it lends itself to a more measured and thoughtful pace, and it keeps him connected to the magic and craft of analog photography.
Xan Blood Walker, photography
Xan Blood Walker’s work explores her urban environment and the impact it has on different aspects of our lives; tangible, experienced and sensed. Xan’s photos seamlessly blend humor and darkness. She draws heavily on her background as a homeless, addicted 80s punk rocker. This past experience was a dark time in her life, but it was also beautiful, authentic and a deeply poignant period which has influenced her photography today.
About Gray Loft Gallery:
Gray Loft Gallery – founded in 2012 – was voted Best Art Gallery in 2016 and 2017 in the Oakland Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards and has been referred to as a hidden gem in Jingletown. The mission of the gallery is to inspire, engage and celebrate artists in our community and beyond. We acknowledge the achievements of emerging, mid-career and established artists – with an emphasis on those who live and work in the Bay Area.
The gallery is temporarily closed due to the pandemic.
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