I have started a new body of work unlike anything I have made in the past! I am very excited! I am making full backgrounds and environments for my figures, it is liberating!
Press Release: group-art exhibit
Drawings by Sculptors
Artists in show
Curator, Obi Kaufmann
The SWEE(t)ART Drawing Gallery
1167 65th Street
Show Runs April 17th -May 23rd, 2010
Opening Reception Saturday, April 17th, 6-9pm
First Friday Reception Friday May 7nd 7-10pm
Tea (Last Sunday of Show) Sunday April 16th 3-6pm
Swee(t)Art Drawing Gallery has moved and this is the opening show of 2010!
This show is based around sculptors and ceramicists’ drawn work as art in and of itself. The gathered roster includes emerging and established artists from a regional and national level who have built their careers on exploring their voice in three dimensions. This show explores their never before seen works at their creative genesis, as drawings. How does the sculptor relate to only two dimensions? Is their a tactile element that is maintained? How much of form is simply illusion.
Oakland curator Obi Kaufmann and artists/gallery owners Matt and Lena Reynoso continue their partnership with the side-project of the Compound Gallery, The Swee(t)Art Drawing Gallery. Now in its new location around the corner from its old spot, the Compound Gallery opens once again in April and is proud to host this unique Bay Area gallery.
The Drawing Gallery operates philosophically from a place near the origin of visual art. As a force in the world, Drawing separates humanity from all other terrestrial life-forms with its mysterious ability to transmit rudimentary information about beauty, mortality and emotive trans-generational divinations. Modern Art has subdivided itself into a million nodes of fashion and commodity and still there remains this mark-making impulse that ties us to the beginning of all art which begat then language: writing, theater, the visual arts, et al. The Drawing…the first beautiful word of the hand, the first dance, where the mind meets the eye and the creative spark is kindled and kept.
Swee(t)Art? Yes. It used to be a magazine,and then a website…now a gallery. Mixing both the Sweet and the Tart, Swee(t)Art has always been about the many flavors of contemporary Oakland. Although the gallery is committed to showcase regional and national art and the focus is on the local community, the scope of the work is not provincial and the themes, craftsmanship and presentation of all the high-concept shows at Swee(t)Art are of the highest aspiration in both presentation (of the individual) and cohesiveness (of the group).