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First Friday of November BROKE is releasing his new zine SORRY MOM, I’M A VANDAL.
“GATS is known to many as a floating face, with jaded, droopy eyes and a long, dreaded beard. The iconic mask he paints is ubiquitous in the streets of the East Bay, and can be found on walls all over the world as well.
On May 9, the enigmatic graffiti artist’s work will also be on view at Hashimoto Contemporary (804 Sutter St., San Francisco) for his first solo show — Drifting Forest — in the gallery. Partially, the title of the show comes from the fact that GATS did most of the paintings included on found driftwood.
More than an aesthetic choice, the material of GATS’ panels and wooden sculptures are a testament to the deterioration of nature. “These skeletons of the forest are sacred as I mourn in the graveyard that is urban sprawl,” he wrote in an email interview.
Although GATS’ work is mainly found on city walls, this is a rare chance to see the artist’s potential when given more time and material options. In his new works, he abstracts recognizable features of the mask he paints, and rearranges them to form new compositions while staying true to the visual language he has developed.
There will undoubtedly be a line around the block for the opening of the show on May 9 from 6–10 p.m. Look for the full interview with GATS in next week’s Express.”
— Sarah Burke, East Bay Express
Opening reception Saturday May 9th, 2015 – 6pm to 10pm
804 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA
Lizzie is a Cincinnati born artist, who works to dissect her dreams by pulling inspiration from her subconscious realms and bringing them into realty. Celeste, a bay area native is inspired by found objects, she works in hopes to become grounded in a disconnected world. Both artists can be seen in both the gallery and on the streets, whose large-scale murals were featured in the Endless Canvas Special Delivery shows in both Portland and California.
Field Day is located on 329 19th St, Oakland, California 94612 www.fielddaywearables.com/
Endless Canvas will be participating in this years PrintMakers Picnic taking place this Sunday, Aug 17th!
We will be bringing out some rare prints from the archive.
Invite your friends: www.facebook.com/events/355794991235988/
Endless Canvas photographer Madeleine Tonzi will be exhibiting her new paintings with Felicia Gabaldon at FaultLine ArtSpace later this month.
Opening Reception: July 19th, 6-10pm (Free Admission, All Ages)
Show Runs: July 19th – August 9th
Gallery Hours: 12-5pm Thursday-Saturday and by Appointment
815 High Street, second Floor
Felicia Galbaldon’s Paintings and Drawings are an abstract representation of what one perceives to be a landscape. In her art, Felicia seeks to explore the ways that external stereotypes are internalized through psychic formations of language (thru artistic rendering), archetypes, folklore, religious iconography, familiar imagery, architectural and scientific references. Felicia hopes to suggest that the production of space and human experience influence the formation of individual and communal systems of belief.
In both, her figurative works and abstract representational, she is documenting abstract organizational systems and distinct identities of space. The historic developmental models and the “psychic residue” which implies the presence of inherited characteristics of the mind. By referencing familiar imagery Felicia hints at the subtle history of what inhabited space and the human experience is whether it be external or internal for her viewers.
Felicia is from Santa Fe, NM, but currently resides in Berkeley, CA
Part of the proceeds from all the GATS work sold in this show will be donated to The Prisoners Literature Project, an all-volunteer grassroots group based in the East Bay that sends free books to prisoners in the United States.
Doors open at 6pm on May 3rd. (No Cover / All Ages)
Limited Edition Prints to be released at the gallery on the third and then a week afterwards online if there are any left through
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:
Hashimoto Contemporary presents a two person show featuring new works by San Francisco-based painter Jessica Hess and anonymous graffiti/street artist GATS. Expressed through a blend of classical and contemporary methods, this month’s exhibition explores graffiti and street art’s influence on the Bay Area landscape through both a fine art and street level perspective.
In both observation and celebration of graffiti’s evolution within the local scenery, Hess’s photorealist oil paintings meticulously capture graffiti’s vibrant interruption amongst urban life. Combining traditional and formal technique with contemporary subject matter, her focus lies within the structure, decay and subtle details of each location. Her large-scale canvases isolate various graffiti-laden structures or spaces, while some of her smaller works pinpoint the subtle imperfections of spray paint and abstraction. Her paintings have become a way to encapsulate and preserve the often fleeting and ever-changing urban landscape, immortalizing each mark long after the walls have worn.
Oakland, CA-based street artist GATS (an acronym for “graffiti against the system”) is an international graffiti legend, creating outdoor art in places that reach as far as Palestine, the Philippines and Rome. Known for the iconic mask seen predominately throughout the artist’s work, the face of GATS can often be spotted peering out from an alley way or stretched across a rooftop, greeting passerby’s with it’s all-seeing gaze. Representing a sense of duality, GATS’s iconic totem has filled with intricate insignia over the years, speaking to the artist’s personal reflections. As GATS mentioned in an interview with Hashimoto Contemporary, “Over time the mask has filled up with more names, tears, cracks and other symbols. I’m not a religious person so this mask has become the ritual that I meditate on. The cryptic names that decorate the mask remind me to appreciate people in my life and those I respect. Every tear is to remember a specific individual who was murdered by the police. The mask becomes more and more cracked as it ages. It’s falling away as I lose attachment to the idea of a normal life and start to question which one is actually my alter ego.”
For this month’s exhibition, GATS will be bringing his iconic symbology to the white walls of the gallery in harmony with the brilliance of Hess’s fine art landscapes. Their work will span across a variety of surfaces, from vast large- scale canvases and sculptural painted masks to aerosol adorned remnants of the urban landscape. Together, the artists bridge their two different voices, creating a fresh and vivid look at the world around us.
Drowntown opens May 1st, at Upper Playground Portland with new and select works from artist N.O. Bonzo The show will feature paintings and traditional printmaking techniques incorporating post industrial pigments of rust and oxidized copper. Echoing the artists outdoor installation aesthetic, blight and decay create the backdrop for strong archetypal female figures and narratives.
The show coincides with the release of her book DrownTown,
collecting select works from 2012 and 2013, and documenting a narrative and visual exploration of personal themes: mental illness; gender identity; and suicide in Portland, Oregon. Incorporating metal leaf and hand mixed inks, the artist’s large-scale, hand painted installations populate the city’s riverfront and bridges. DrownTown is a collection of illustrated love letters from a degenerate and stretched across an urban landscape.
Opens May 1st at 6pm and runs until June 1st, 2014.
At Upper Playground Portland: www.Fifty24PDXgallery.com
on view until: 5/24/14
February 7 – March 4, 2014
While we often judge art by the complexity of the artist’s skills with brushes, pencils or sculpting tools, there are plenty of famous works of art throughout the course of the last century that were hardly touched by the artist.
Whether executed by assistants or presented as readymades,
such artworks question at what point something becomes “art” and what role the artist occupies. Inventor? Designer? Architect? Loakal seeks to explore these questions with a fun, interactive exhibition: second annual “By the Numbers.”
A followup to last year’s widely attended edition, “By the Numbers II” is a paint by numbers style show that immerses the audience in the creative process.
“By the Numbers II” will feature the work of Nite Owl, Lisa Pisa, Reggie Warlock, Egads, Maska, Chris Micro and Chris Granillo
Each artist will present a large scale drawing on panel. It will be up to the audience to fill in the colors of each piece. Art supplies will be provided at the gallery and all ages are welcome. The results of the experiment will be on view at Loakal through the end of the month.
Opening reception: February 7, 6:10 PM
Loakal Art Gallery & Boutique
560 2nd St. Oakland
ABOUT THE ENDLESS POSTERS PROJECT:
Every first Friday of the month, Endless Canvas hand screen prints a poster for a different artist directly in the street.
The posters are FREE (donations appreciated) and are only available that night.
NEXT PRINT DATE:
Friday October 4th, 2013 (6pm – 8:45pm)
NEXT DESIGN BY:
Turnip (ERC, PTV)
23rd Street and Telegraph Avenue – Oakland, CA (In Front of Rock Paper Scissors Gallery)