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Closing Reception August 27th

23 Aug

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As Election Day 2016 draws near, popUp Gallery is proud to present a group of artists whose work explores many of the issues that will confront our next President and Congress. Throughout history, artists have depicted the events of their times with courage and graphic clarity. The work in this show is charged with powerful messages that illustrate the passions of each artist and challenge us to consider the implications – and unintended consequences – of our actions upon the world we live in and the lives with whom we share it. As you go to the polls on November 8, look beyond the personalities and think about the policies – be careful what you vote for.

August 27th, 2016, 6:00 to 9:00 PM CLOSING RECEPTION with Live Music by Jazz and Blues musician Jenny Reed

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Participating Artists

Carlo Abruzzese

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Alameda County Demographics

Artist Statement:

My art integrates the disparate worlds of fine art and quantitative information, creating images that encourage the viewer to re-interpret the world around us.  I explore pages of data that now fill the public realm relating to demographics, religion, ethnic backgrounds, immigration– topics that often define us– and recompose these statistics into works of fine art.

I use simple materials (acrylic paint, graphite pencils, rulers and drafting film) to create complex, information-rich art. My process is labor intensive. Instead of using a computer to generate layouts and designs, I sort through the numbers and graphs, collate information, sketch out designs, and then draft and paint. This allows me to digest the information; the final product not only accurately describes the quantities, but the qualities of the new ‘map’ I have created.

My background as an architect has greatly influenced how I approach art. An architect takes information and translates it into built form. The intent is to make a functional, beautiful object. My art uses this same process, creating images that evoke discourse and insight into our society.

Gabriele Bungardt

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‘Limited Intelligence’ – Detail

Artist Statement:

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” James Madison – from the New York Packet 1788

Growing up in post war Germany, I am sensitive to the rise of populist leaders. Fascist tendencies can slowly undermine a democracy in a time of world wide turmoil and fear. History has shown that charismatic populist leaders can lead to disaster by exploiting fear, spreading lies and bullying opponents.

America may be resistant to a total closing down of its democratic society, but the process of erosion needs to be recognized. Generating scapegoats (Muslims, Immigrants), and run amok internal surveillance systems; threatening journalists, activists and whistle blowers with detention; influencing the judicial system by nominating activist judges; elevating presidential powers, and eroding voting rights are just some of the staples in the fascist work book.

Mark Bryan

The Trump-o-Matic

‘Alameda Demographics’ by Carlo Abruzzese

Artist Statement:

People often ask me, “Where does this stuff come from?” ……always a good question……but not so simple to answer. Certainly my life experience, personality and inclinations all contribute to my choices of what to paint, however, I still find the creative process mysterious.

“You may not be interested in war but war is interested in you” Leon Trotsky

Although turning inward is my first instinct and love, I can’t always stay inside my head and ignore what’s going on in the world. When the circus turns especially ugly or when I get a good idea, I feel the need and responsibility to make some kind of comment. Humor and satire have been my way to deal with serious topics which are often too grim to portray directly. There is always some satisfaction for me in pointing out the absurdities of human behavior and making fun of the villains of the day. I don’t know if this kind of work has any effect on the situation, but at least it has a therapeutic value for me and others of like mind. Many times I’ve heard “thanks for painting a picture of how I feel”. That’s good enough for me.

Mi’Chelle Fredrick

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Artist Statement:

In past elections, I have sometimes been frustrated, sometimes disappointed, occasionally angry, but I’ve never felt the level of anxiety I’m feeling this year. Fear is a powerful force. We can let it silence us or allow it to motivate us. The choice is ours – so far.

Experience has taught me not to wait silently for somebody to fix things, so I have chosen to let fear push me out of my safe corner, find causes I’m willing to fight for, and vote for candidates who support my causes. It’s hard to pick just one wrong that needs righting, but human rights might be a good place to start. If we can reach the understanding that, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, and a host of other demographic identifiers, we are all human, that would be a good first step.

As a woman who has spent most of my life working in male-dominated fields, personal experience tells me that gender bias still has a very real impact on the lives, liberty and happiness of women and girls around the world. Perhaps Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress in 1916, said it best: “We’re half the people; we should be half the Congress.”

Fast forward 100 years, women still occupy only about 20 percent of elected offices in this country and even fewer high-level appointed positions. We can do better than that.

Mark Harris

I too am America

‘I too am America’ by Mark Harris

Artist Statement:

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

I began this series in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, MO. It is a cathartic response to the recent surge of murders of unarmed African American men by police in the United States. These events forced me to examine my own ideas about “post–racial” America and its promise of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for all. After this examination I found myself with two choices: stay ignorant, and believe the illusion that America is and always has been great and democratic; or do some research and discover the ugly truth about the history of white supremacy and institutionalized racism at the roots of American society. This body of work explores the continued effects of that legacy today. It is meant to challenge us as citizens to cultivate discussion, civic engagement and action.

Ken Kalman

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‘M-16’ by Ken Kalman

Artist Statement:

Humans are territorial creatures with a strong need for self-preservation. We are also storytellers and historians who map and catalogue geographic, political, and real estate boundaries. The fact that maps tell only a temporary tale is what makes them most interesting to me.

Modern weapons have evolved from the simplest tools of early man, and many of them are stunning examples of fine machinery and craftsmanship. My interest in guns and maps come from a study in military history, a respect for human invention and an occasional glimpse of morality.

The guns I make are covered with paper maps (vintage and contemporary) and these maps reflect something of the time, place and purpose of the gun. The connections between the map and the gun range from geography alone to the civilizations, tribes and populations that were destroyed by that particular weapon.

The sculptures are made of aluminum sheet and rods, rivets, screws, and paper. They are non-functioning and include rifles, semi automatic guns, and pistols.

Michael Kerbow

The Gorgon Stare

‘The Gorgon Stare’ by Michael Kerbow, Oil on canvas, 38″x48″

Artist Statement:

My art explores the way in which we engage with our surroundings and the possible consequences our actions have upon the world in which we live. Through my work I attempt to question the rationale of our choices, and try to reveal the dichotomy that may exist between what we desire and what we manifest. Recently my work has focused upon the mechanisms that power our society and examines how they may influence the construct for a possible future.

Mark Martin

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‘One Worker’ by Mark Martin

Artist Statement:

Born in rural Wisconsin, I worked the fields of the family farm until I was old enough to hire out to local farmers and big agricultural companies.  I’ve worked in heavy industry including an iron foundry.  Since then I’ve had many day jobs, but have always made art with my heart, mind, and hands.

While working to promote the Occupy movement, I was involved in banner and sticker making.  I realized from this experience that I wanted direct contact with social issues in my studio practice, so for the last five years I have been joyfully making art on issues of social justice and past movement heroes.

I work to bring people together with fairly non-confrontational art that helps people explore and question our society. I make this work because I believe art has a strong role to play in shaping our society and culture.

John Rogers

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Artist Statement:

The Grey Invaders series of dioramas riffs on the perceived safety of convenience culture, and the increasingly blurry zone between global turmoil and domestic peace. Using various ubiquitous locations, such as the gas station and convenience store, and painstakingly replicating traffic zones, trees, signage, Rogers overlays the menace of overt control upon what we take for granted. He further convolutes the scenes with military figures from various stages in history, critically investigating our own legacy of invasion and salvation. The figures, both civilian and military, are caught in very human acts, flirting with the ladies and them flirting back, sipping on a MegaGulp, scanning the crowd… and this draws us in to the tiny drama as well, stirring the tension between veracity and the absurd.
   Five of the seven pieces in the series were conceived and executed before the fall of the Twin Towers. At that time it was a meditation on our involvement in foreign affairs, and the divide between the violent repercussions resulting from this oft thinly-veiled imperialism, and the plodding comfort of privileged North America. After the Fall, it became a foreshadowing of our militarization, our “Endocolonization”, as brilliant French philosopher Paul Virilio puts it — further domestication of the flock…  Never was it wishful thinking, and never more so than now.

Brian Singer

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Artist Statement:

My mixed-media pieces are created from flyers stapled to telephone poles (lost dog, garage sale, etc.). After years of weather, these community billboards become a rusting graveyard of events past. I remove the paper scraps and re-assemble them into graphic structures inlaid with chaotic bits of image, typography, and rust.

Most of the larger scale projects I create are a direct reaction to either personal or shared events. The feeling of isolation created by the internet led to The 1000 Journals Project, a shared artifact network connecting strangers the world over. The rhetoric about what’s good or bad for the economy led to my questioning why we’re not talking about what’s good or bad for people instead. I seek to make people think, consider, and even question their preconceived beliefs.

Mark your calendar for this year’s show at PopUp Gallery

14 Apr

With one of the most unique elections in our history in the making, artists are motivated by current events to reflect the mood of the country in their work. PopUp Gallery is showing some of California’s most engaging political artists.

Register to vote and take an interest!

Opening Reception August 6, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm

Stay tuned for more information on our artists

Thanks Everybody for a Great Reception

28 Sep

PopUp Gallery wanted to let you know how gratifying it was to see so many of you at our receptions.We hope all of you were enjoying the wonderful group of artists we put together for this spectacular show.

Please stay tuned for future shows. We will be back in 2016.

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For more information on our artists and their contribution to this show click on their photo on the right or scroll down to the previous posting.

‘Shadows’ starts August 14th to September 11th, 2015

25 Jun

popUp Gallery returns to the Bay Area art scene with an exciting new exhibition entitled – “Shadows”. This show features eight local artists whose work represents bold interpretations of the theme. Going well past literal depictions of light and shadow, the work leads viewers from shadows in nature and richly layered sculptures to mysterious abstracts and the precarious world of those who live in the shadows.

Opening reception is Friday August 14, 2015 during the 2nd Friday Estuary Art Walk in Alameda.

Participating Artists:

IMG_1828 loresCarole Jeung – Photography

Artist Statement
I use photography as a way of keeping notes, to capture a thought as it occurs and to record a moment that I see. I photograph shadows, patterns, and textures as I come upon them, usually with my phone. When I catch my observations in this way, it feels like a fleeting moment becomes an eternal one.
It’s also a way of gathering evidence that these things exist in real life. I’m not interested in processing or manipulating the photographic image, so I do not crop or alter the image after the photo has been taken. My favorite cameras are instant ones, where the printed image is immediately in hand; there’s a collaboration between my eye and the camera that produces an image that is both direct and oftentimes surprising.

Gherardi_Unwound_webDanielle Gherardi – Ink and Mixed Media

Artists Statement
Is there a fine line between protection and confinement? Do the words “apron” and “cape” conjure gender? Can one form stand as a symbol for antithetical ideas? In the process of creating sculpture, drawing and collage, I attempt to balance self-posed questions such as these with strong intuitive impulses. A sculpture comes together for me in much the same way as a collage. I respond to certain materials or shapes, juxtaposing them until they suggest a new idea within a thematic framework. Drawings and collage provide a more immediate, experimental arena to play with ideas, both leading up to and being informed by the sculpture.
For many years I have explored themes of protection, confinement, and erosion of concrete boundaries through an often formalist, architectural language. More recently, this architectural language has “moved inside”, and expanded to domestic materials and symbols. This new sculpture is born of the easily accessible flotsam and jetsam of a household; broken furniture, stainless scrubbers, and heavy-duty foil become the basis for creating forms that more directly relate to the human body, its vulnerabilities and strengths.

Davis.MarsFlora Davis – Sculpture

Artist Statement
Metal is my canvas. Like a Zen alchemist, I work the surface, creating patinas through the application of an eclectic mix of chemicals and compounds on copper, brass, aluminum and steel. Through multiple applications I strive to achieve an amazing range of patterns, textures and colors. My inspiration is nature: whether it is earthy and textural or lyrical and rhythmic. This combination of man-made and natural, results in a balance between strength and softness, nature and industry. My artistic process is an ongoing exploration of certainty, versus not knowing, controlling, versus letting go. Instead of relying on a sketch, I establish an intuitive connection with the materials as I work with them. This process allows ideas to gradually evolve and change, as the metal is cut, bent, shaped, and textured. It is an intimate process, both playful and challenging.

Bungardt_Homeless_webGabriele Bungardt – Painting

Artist Statement
My paintings often depict the daily struggle that fills the lives of men and women across this country. Emotional interactions and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships are at the core of my work. The subtle nuances of body language convey many meanings, and it is this ambiguity that I find most interesting. Although I create my own stories, I prefer to leave viewers enough room to interpret the scenes from their point of view.

IMG_2451Kathryn Keller – Sculpture

Artist Statement
Like any accomplishment in life, I believe that how it is achieved is just as important as the achievement itself. So whenever I look at my art, not only do I appreciate the finished piece, but also the route I took to get there. Anytime I want to look back on the process of creating a given work of art, it’s all right there for me to recall and appreciate.
I am and have always been a painter. When I had the recent opportunity to explore sculpture in various media, a whole new world that I took to immediately opened up. To see my art in 3D. As an interior designer I had always drawn in 2D while visualizing the 3D, and here I had it in my hands. These metal sculptures came out of a prototype of a wall piece that was turned on it’s side at the end of one working day, and I saw “it”, the idea grew to the 7’ and above you see today. They are abstract and in that one can delight in the light and shadows, the hard and the soft, while at the same time visualize; trees, buildings, fog, water, etc., and it’s like.

coastal tree 9 copyLinda Colnett – Digital Art

Artist Statement
Growing up on the South Plains of Texas where a tree is a rare sight indeed, I developed a great respect and a good deal of awe upon encountering a tree. Much of my body of work has been devoted to images of trees. Versatility and experimentation have formed my work over the years. Utilizing paint, mixed media, sculpture and computer technology to create works, I have also developed large and smallscaled installations. Fascinated by texture, my work often assumes an organic quality. I am inspired by the general human condition, including issues related to ecology, spirituality, gender, race, cross-cultural connections, and geopolitical power struggles. Despite the seeming gravity of some of these subjects, I attempt to render my work in ways that invite interest through beauty and humor.

MIChelle_art_webMi’Chelle Fredrick – Drawing

Artist Statement
I am known, primarily, for my graphite drawings although I often work in watercolor and pastel, sometimes combining these mediums. My work is typically representational and highly detailed in character.
Most of my work is created in the additive process, using layers and layers of lines or color to build images. For the “Shadows” exhibition, I chose to work in the reductive or subtractive method, where much of the drawing is done with an eraser instead of a pencil. This method forces me to think not in terms of building an image with lines, but rather with values, pulling objects out of the background by identifying their highlights and shadows. I begin with a background “wash” of graphite powder on Dura-Lar, and the images are then lifted out of the background using erasers, adding and subtracting until the image emerges from the shadows.

ct_davenportlanding2Sirima Sataman – Wood Print

Artist Statement
Everything that exists along the ocean’s edge is affected by the conjunction of two vital forces –  land and water. The stark portraits of gnarled trees along the edge of the northern California coast are iconic representations of relationships. Erosional forces are at work – creating similarities and differences. The absence of color accentuates the beauty of their sculptural form. Revealed is the essential nature and substance of wood worn away by the action of prevailing coastal winds, water, and sun.

popUp gallery at autobody fine art, 1517 Park Street, Alameda, CA 94501

Closing Reception of “In Other Words” August 8, 2014

3 Aug

OpeningReceptionPopUp Gallery Opening Reception was a hit.

See Nanette Deetz‘s Article in the Mercury News, Alameda Journal and other local publications.

Our closing reception August 8, 6PM to 9PM will feature live music by Jazz and Blues Musician:

Jenny Reed

 L.A. Weekly says: “Jenny Reed offers new life to the blues with fresh vital originality

popUp Gallery, 1517 Park Street, Alameda

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Last Chance to see ‘In Other Words’ August 8, 2014

30 Jul

Come celebrate popUp Gallery’s second anniversary with an intriguing exhibition of words and pictures, music and poetry by twelve Bay Area artists whose imagery is infused with stories.

Poet ‘Éclat’ aka Mark Lynch will make a special appearance at our closing reception August 8, 6pm to 9pm.
Mark Lynch engages and writes about people in real time, producing a personal, poetic metaphor of his subject’s essence, with a collection of pieces resulting by the end of the event.

And for your listening pleasure, live music by Blues, Soul musician: Jenny Reed
Jazz, Blues & Original selections

Our new show, “In Other Words”, tells stories about personal journeys and cherished memories through private musings, poetry and prose, and fragments of familiar novels. This is visual storytelling at its very best, providing tangible evidence that the magic of language still exists in a splendid variety of patterns and forms that evoke deep emotions and vivid imagery, reminding us of our collective past or perhaps offering a glimpse into the future. Our show will inspire you, surprise you and entertain you.

1517 Park Street, Alameda, California

Meet our artists

Companion to California

Companion to California

Adam Donnelly – Pinhole Photography http://www.adonnelly.com

 Artist Statement
My work is rooted in pinhole photography – a historic process that predates the medium itself and essentially stands as the first technological iteration of photography as a whole. I build the cameras myself which creates a tactical connection to my materials. As objects, the cameras are both sculptural and functional and I look to the materials I use during the camera building process to inspire a photograph and create a dialogue between camera and image.

For my Visual Literacy series I create pinhole cameras from recycled books. The vocabulary of our visual imaginations is comprised of imagery that we take in throughout the course of our lives. When reading, the mind utilizes this vocabulary to form a visual narrative based on the text that the eye is consuming. This intangible narrative can only be “seen” by the reader. I am presenting my own visual translation of specific texts by using books as cameras.

Moby Dick, Ahab

Moby Dick, Ahab

Bill Ford – Illustrations, Drawing  http://hermanandfyodor.tumblr.com/

 Artist Statement
Dostoyevsky and Melville were speculators in the markets of the Sublime. In their storytelling, they open high and then knock it all down where they can pick things up at a discount, cover their short and take a nice spread. In these drawings I endeavor to short their short. And slip through a back door to the Sublime. Rather than illustration, I think of them as Abstract Expressionism with figures.

I had a career in advertising and another in software design. Since the second grade, when the art teacher showed me Lautrec’s At the Moulin Rouge and I thought I could do something like that, I have been drawn to the flame of art over and over again. I have been drawn to Giotto and Durer, to Caravaggio and Velasquez, to Rembrandt and Piranesi, to Van Gogh and Picasso, to Franz Kline and de Kooning, to Jackson Pollock, to Winsor McCay and George Herriman. I have been drawn to an economy of means, to a density of line and a heavy virtual mass, to psychological presence and multiple scales of interest, to encapsulated forms with uncertain edges, to things that seem to take over my pencil and live a life of their own. To things that go bump in the night.

CD Cover

CD Cover

Colin Herrick – Limited Edition Music Label  http://timereleasedsound.com/

 Artist Statement
I have been making art constantly for more than 30 years now. Having spent many years working in the printmaking field, and working on larger print/photo media wall works, I stumbled into the business that I am now in through both my love of music, and my love of the beautifully packaged product. I had always sought out and bought musical releases that came in some sort of artistically produced package, but it wasn’t until 2011 that I thought about starting doing this myself. I only wish I had thought to do this 20 years ago, when all music came in a package of some sort!

Founded in 2011, Time Released Sound is a lovingly hand made, limited edition release music label that is as much an art project as it is a musical outlet. Focusing primarily on classically infused and folk based ambient and electroacoustic sounds by the artists we know, love and admire, we will be striving at all times to produce visuals and packaging for these fine releases that are as original and uniquely beautiful as the music itself.

We here at TRS are trying our best to keep the beauty of physically packaged music alive..but we need your help, please! Think twice before illegally downloading music….support the few independent music stores that are still in existence…and above all enjoy the feel of the music in your hands, as well as in your ears!!

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Dara Lorenzo – Printmaking  http://www.daralorenzo.com

Artist Statement
There are windows into people’s lives that we often do not look through. People have connections with history and time. We all have roots and pasts. People embark upon adventures, and create personal narratives.
In this body of work I was trying to create a narrative about close surroundings and relationships, the stories that we just can’t ignore. I wanted to project a visual timeline about recent experiences involving my present circumstances. Comparatively I became interested in lineages and stories by fumbling through old pictures and albums. These are usually the albums of our lives, photographs of people and places that we are close to and love. It made me wonder more about the people of the past, and trying to understand a connection between our lives.
We all use collage as a function to form connections and storyboard visually. Collaging my present experiences with my immediate family and friends is, in a way an effort to bring us closer, to understand more. It is an exploration of a history.
The work uses photographic investigation as well as collage and printmaking processes to create an overlapping and layering of memories and stories. These compositions have narratives about people and places. I started my investigation thinking about how people interact through mark making and messages in the sidewalks and facades in the cities that we dwell in. That idea pushed me into a more internal place that is about story- tellers and the narrative of the individual.

Book Necklace

Book Necklace

Elizabeth Ashcroft – Jewelry, Sculpture  http://www.artbyashcroft.com

Artist Statement

The “Dissected Library” – that’s how I think of my ongoing series of altered, or repurposed, books.

I find the literal board-paper-thread-glue-ink-word essence of the book to be the ideal platform for exploring the boundaries of my creative expression and intuition. The duality of the book as both a visual object and a conduit for ideas is a source of constant inspiration. There is something deeply satisfying about physically carving into the depth of a book; about taking an existing work of art and giving it a new context; about bringing together found words and images from disparate sources to orchestrate a new creative relationship.

New Yorker 1

New Yorker 1

 Gabriele Bungardt – Painting  http://www.gabrielebungardt.com

Artist Statement

My Still Life paintings are about recording the everyday objects that make up most of the narrative of life. They are the pages of my own journal, a testament to daily routines and meditations, with each scene representing a piece of the continuing story.

I’m often more interested in the shadows than the object, because the presence of the shadow (often overstated in my paintings) represents the light I crave so much, and which, to me, is equivalent to happiness. Light inspires my still lifes and its depiction in my artwork is a form of homage to California and the lightness of being and positive attitudes that are a reflection of a culture that takes its essence from the presence of light.

 

Waves (Detail)

Waves (Detail)

Jan Dove – Book Art  http://www.jandove.com

Artist Statement

Artist Books are visual art that finds its expression in the form of books, sometimes incorporating text, sometimes without text. Artist Books can dwell in the realm of the narrative, but they don’t have to.The forms of “the book” are numerous, especially when you consider them historically – clay tablet accounts, scrolls, folded papyrus, manuscripts written on skin, and collections of printed pages. I consider stories recorded on obelisks and in stained glass to be types of “the book” for the non-reader.
I like to test the boundaries of the book form, trying to make the form of my books relate more to the content of the book than to the traditional Western book form. Many of my books incorporate line drawings of the human figure.
I draw the figures directly into the computer and usually composite them with my digital photographs. I enjoy combining the newest technologies with the old and with the mark of the individual hand. The content of my books is about the things I am thinking about; usually the planet that I love (such as it is) and the people who inhabit that environment, such as they are.

Chicago Mfg Memories

Chicago Mfg Memories

Leah Virsik – Book Art  http://www.leahvirsik.com

Artist Statement
The challenge to look at things in alternate ways fuels my work. My preoccupation with reuse is entwined in my familial roots. As a child, I remember a quilt frame my dad made for my mom that took up our entire living room. His grandmother taught him to quilt using old clothing. My mom taught me how to sew. Now, I create collages and paint papers that I tear up. In the process, paper scraps land on my studio floor and come alive with vivid personal memory and speak of pure potentiality. I can’t bear to throw them away. Inspired by Richard Serra’s Verb List, I use alternate ways to connect, stack or sew these scraps together. My work includes remnants of torn personal journal entries that hint at a desire to expose myself. The process feels like a personal excavation.

As I combine these fragments of my life, I concurrently explore the larger themes of value and abundance. My art and life converge as the paper stacks in my studio mirror the piles of paper in my office. Yet my artwork shows commitment and a focused effort of layering seemingly disparate fragments to create work larger than myself.

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Fin

Mary Wings – Drawings, Visual Storytelling

 Artist Statement
Illustrations for an Untold Story:
I had a wonderful idea for a novel
(I thought)
a lightweight detective novel
based in the small community of San Miguel de Allende.
I wanted the illustrations to reflect a Mexican sensibility
in color, tone and symbolism, echoing
velvet paintings, lottery cards, holy cards….
I succeed far better with the illustrations than with the writing.
I couldn’t find a title.
The images kept coming.
I find it hard to sit down at the computer. My leg falls asleep.
I was worried that people in San Miguel might recognize themselves in the story.
The easel with the black paper beckoned and beckoned.
My friends liked the paintings very much. Some laughed in a nice way.
That was pleasing.
Everyone likes to fantasize about the meaning of the paintings/cards that I presented.
And so I present them to you.
Make of them what you will.
And if the shoe fits, enjoy.

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Mi’Chelle Fredrick – Drawing  http://popupautobodygallery.com

Artist Statement
I am often asked what comes first, the words or the pictures. It depends. Sometimes a phrase haunts me until I’m inspired to illustrate it. Sometimes the image suggests the words. Often words and images burst to the surface simultaneously and I find myself madly scribbling phrases along the margins of the painting or drawing thatI’m working on.
As a child, I was a voracious reader. I lacked the skill then to illustrate what I read, but I created detailed scenes in my mind page after page. My mental images were often so vivid that I could recall them years later. Even now, if a movie is made from a book I’ve read, the sets and characters rarely live up to my imagined scenes.
For me, words and images are inextricably linked. Many of my drawings have poems to accompany them, but the poetry is often too personal to be shared. I continue to seek ways to merge my writings with my visual arts.

SPECIAL GUEST:

 Éclat, aka Mark Lynch – Poetry at the closing reception August 8.

http://www.eclat.name

The discreet and charming Éclat engages you as a caricaturist would.
But instead of drawing a portrait, Eclat composes an original poem about your personality and immediately prints and presents the poem to you on Éclat’s custom stationary, suitable for framing.

Chat with Éclat as you would with any other guest.
While you converse, Éclat composes a unique work of art…about you.
Éclat writes it, reads it to you and gives you a beautifully printed copy to keep.
Each guest who talks with Eclat departs with their own original creation in hand.

Don’t miss the Art Event of the Season!

6 Apr

Combined Card copyFor the recent article about this show by Nanette Deetz click here

Both galleries are celebrating with a special Artist Reception

April 11, 2014, 6PM to 9PM 

Don’t miss your chance of getting Free Art.  Artist Dickson Schneider
will set up his legendary
FREE ART CART in front of popUp gallery
and give away many original art pieces.

 

popUp Gallery, 1517 Park Street, Alameda 
Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford Street, Oakland
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Meet our Artists:

Dickson Schneider – Free Art

Free Art from Dickson Schneider

Free Art from Dickson Schneider

As a special treat artist Dickson Schneider will set up his legendary FREE ART CART in front of popUp gallery.
“For the past three years I have been giving away art at the Oakland Art Murmur, and at Art Basel Miami Beach. Giving art away has become the center of my art practice. More and more, I want to create and engage art communities through unofficial channels.” Dickson Schneider

Flavia Krasilchik

Sculpture

Sculpture

Artist Statement

“Waking in the Alameda morning, no matter the season, I marvel at the beauty of birds across the bay through my bedroom window – sandpipers in the mudflat, egrets rising and then later, as the sun sets, herons in their slow evening ballet, pelicans and mallards streaking the orange sky. This is my inspiration. Clay transforms my memories.”

Lisa Jacobs

Sculpture

Sculpture

Artist Statement

“I am thrilled creating ambiguous, archetypal and timeless forms that can transport the viewer. The visual and tactile experience of interacting with repetitively carved holes in a ceramic surface is fascinating. I am also intrigued with creating an enchanting environment through cast patterns of light and shadow. A love of ocean life and creatures informs my art work as does my obsession with drawing mandala designs. This affinity for ocean creatures began while I was a young girl growing up in a beach town where I collected starfish, sea urchins, shells and sand dollars. In later years I learned to surf and became entranced with the 1862 published atlas by Ernest Haeckel of single cell free-swimming protozoa called radiolarians. His detailed drawings were similar in nature to the mandala designs I have drawn my whole life. Sea life and nature have been the inspiration for my ceramic luminaries, pottery, sculpture and jewelry. I have been lead to create symbolic shapes incorporating holes and carving that have reference to sea creatures, bones, skeletons, spiders, flowers and other elements of nature. I want my mysterious specimens to resonate and communicate with ancient and modern worlds alike and stimulate the viewers imagination.”

Mark Taylor

Printmaking

Printmaking

Artist Statement

“I rob from the graveyard of pop culture and splice together new creations (screen prints, sculptures, videos and collages) that feed off the history of cherished objects. I excavate, reuse and reanimate pop artifacts in service of a personal narrative. Set inside an increasingly virtual, digital universe cluttered with the remains of material culture, my work explores how possessions can also possess.”

Marya Wintroub

Drawing

Drawing

Artist Statement

I am fascinated by nature and the human condition-both real and rendered. In combining representations of both, a narrative is suggested. With the purity of graphite on paper, nothing detracts from the creative process and the new reality that results. I love working in series so that the images can recall myths and tell stories. Some time ago, I fulfilled a life long dream of traveling to the Galapagos, and these series depict the strong impact the land and its creatures had on me. I have always defined myself by my art,and, as such, my work is a celebration of life and all of its complexities.”

Mi’Chelle Fredrick

Drawing, Painting

Drawing, Painting

Artist Statement

“I grew up on a small farm in Wisconsin. Raised by parents who practiced conservation long before people talked about eco-systems and biospheres, I learned to cherish the Wisconsin woodlands and their wild inhabitants. My earliest drawings were of the land I knew and natural themes are recurrent in my work. Maybe it was the ghost of John Muir, whose childhood home was a few miles from mine, or Aldo Leopold, whose journals about his farm along the Wisconsin River spoke so eloquently of the interconnectedness of land the and the life it supports; voices spoke to me as I roamed the meadows and hillsides and I still practice lessons I learned then about stewardship of the earth and its wild and natural resources.

With all that we now know about the fragile interdependence of nature and the impact of demands humans force upon it, people who dismiss the extinction of species after species as inevitable and insignificant outrage me. Consider, for example, the honeybee. Each tiny bee may seem insignificant, yet honeybees are responsible for pollination of approximately 75% of the world’s food crops. The honeybee has a profound effect on the food supply of over 7 billion people.

Pernilla Persson

Photography

Photography

Artist Statement

“I focus my camera on colorful flowers in various outdoor settings. I use simple ambient backgrounds; set out of focus where I can emphasize color combinations, shapes, forms and texture, to create an abstract feeling of an unexpected space for the viewer to identify. On the other hand, in the series ‘String of Life’ I explore the digital medium where I have combined my knowledge of darkroom printing and Photoshop skills; a result  that might be similar to an alternative process photograph or an ultra modern high tech image.

Shari De Boer

Printmaking; Painting

Printmaking; Painting

Artist Statement

“In my artwork I create small views of a quiet world. I enjoy the close-up observation of plant life and objects and seek out beauty in everyday life. It seems as if I’ve always been drawing flowers and plants but I really haven’t. While growing up my family had a wholesale nursery business next to our home. The nursery was my early playground and later my workplace. I spent endless hours in the nursery and our sheltered backyard, but I took for granted the beauty of the shrubs and trees that surrounded me. It wasn’t until I was an adult, working as an architect and beginning to paint in watercolor that I consciously began to observe and depict the grace of plant forms and structure. Over the years I have broadened my artwork to include abstraction, surrealist imagery and illustration, but I continually find myself returning to nature for both subject matter and inspiration.”

Stephen Namara

Painting

Painting

Artist Statement

“Not only do I find it hard to find the appropriate words to describe one’s own work .But I also prefer to let my work speak for itself. I might  add though, that if you believe culture is political, then my landscapes are political pictures. But with more than one interpretation. They are not painted to give answers, nor ask questions but raise awareness of the complexity of  good and evil in a morally conscious viewer.”

Susan Revier

Sculpture

Sculpture

Artist Statement

“Kindred Spirits” has been evolving since 2011. Originally this work was a field of whimsical boughs posing as humans suggesting many strengths and frailties. Some were dancing and some were sulking. Some were just happy to be alive. Do they not grow and die as people do, dealing with the outcome of a seed that started to grow and then inevitably die?  People sometimes bring up the subject, “But what about the heads?” I have fought the idea of heads from the beginning and said, “No, they are complete as they are”. The boughs since then have moved into smaller families and clanships …with some members developing regalia.

2nd Friday Art Walk in Alameda and Jingletown, Oakland

PopUp Gallery is part of the Estuary Art Walk

PopUp Gallery is part of the Estuary Art Walk

popUp Gallery is an independent gallery operating within Alameda’s Autobody Fine Art Gallery space.