Posts Tagged ‘Art Shows’

FRUITFUL BODIES by Serena JV Elston – Oakland, CA

Thursday, January 28th, 2021
Artist Serena JV Elston brings her Fruitful Bodies fungi sculpture series exploring violence against women through mushroom laden bodily forms to Dream Farm Commons in Downtown Oakland.

Exhibition Ends Saturday, January 30th

Fruitful Bodies is an exploration of violence against women via a series of sculptures grown from mushrooms. The work draws on Greek mythological themes to illustrate a loss of agency for both the female body and the natural world. The exhibit opened at Dream Farm Commons in Downtown Oakland on January 8th and ends January 30, 2021. The sculptures are visible from the street and free to view.
Elements of this body of work are grown from mushroom species with distinct qualities and paired to types of nymphs, female spirits of nature. These female figures without a head or hands are displayed crawling towards an open window in the gallery. Failing to escape, she collapses in situ and her flesh transmogrifies. Lacking these appendages, the victim cannot be identified. This could be any one of the multitude of nymphs, dryads, orades, or naiads that have suffered the same fate. In myth, the only defense these demigoddesses possess is to relinquish their ichor, the power of divinity that flows in their veins. Under duress, they metamorphose into a natural formation, a stream, a stone or a species of tree, to avoid predation. This process is permanent and their sacrifice extinguishes any agency they once possessed.
Specifically, these transformed feminine bodies become resources for human consumption. The grotesque composition of Fruitful Bodies offers an allegory for western civilization’s cultural domination over nature, to wit, the ubiquitous pattern of extractive policies towards nature through the commodification of women’s bodies. Date: Though Saturday, January 30
Time: The exhibition can be viewed from outside looking in, day or night or visited inside by appointment with the artist
Location: Dream Farm Commons, 349 15th St, Oakland, CA 94612Cost: FREE About Serena JV Elston
 Serena JV Elston (USA 1987, BFA) is an ancient futurist. Her art asks: in this modern technological race for the new, what have we left behind that we should weave back in again? As machine-based technology increasingly integrates into every aspect of our lives, we crave experiences that make us feel authentic and spontaneous. Her work leverages that collective loneliness to create participant-generated mythology that constitutes the changes necessary for our continued existence together on this earth. By recontextualizing our origin stories, her work explodes the axonometrics of narratives that no longer serve us. Her research-based practice investigates the disciplines of architecture, agriculture, and ancient history to search for those forgotten tools that connect us to the land, to the people, and to ourselves because in a world defined by its traumas art can be liberatory.
Serena received a BFA in Architecture and Sculpture from MassArt. She was awarded the Bay Area Visual Artist Exhibition Production Relief Grant from Ever Gold [Projects]. She was the 2020 artist in residence at Dream Farm Commons, a gallery in downtown Oakland, CA. During which she exhibited with the group show Future Emergent: Visual Narratives for a Planet in Crisis and Possibility. In 2018, she constructed Siren Island, a floating platform on which performances and other immersive events take place. In October 2020 her first international work was shown by VideoDrome Paris & S.O.F.A. in Lucca, Italy.  She will be in residency at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Los Angeles from February through March 2021.

About Dream Farm Commons Dream Farm Commons 

Dream Farm Commons is an experimental exhibition and project space located on 15th and Webster street in Downtown Oakland with a focus on the creation of socially engaged sculpture and social practice works, The site was founded by 3 visual artists and is creatively sustained by six artists/future thinkers. In our work, we claim aesthetic agency, those abilities of the visual, poetic, and performative to seep into consciousness and both retrieve the past and foreshadow the future. Before the pandemic, we made monthly to bi-monthly exhibitions, social practice projects, residencies, pop-ups, dinners, workshops and performances. During the pandemic, we have continued programming with multifaceted exhibitions seen from street side, virtual events, mail art, residencies and mutual aid support.

GATS “Drifting Forest” – Solo Art Show – Opens Saturday May 9th, 2015

Friday, May 8th, 2015
GATS Drifting Forest 2015 Solo Show.

“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

GATS Bart Shot.

Opening reception Saturday May 9th, 2015 – 6pm to 10pm

Hashimoto Contemporary
804 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA

DISTANT REVERENCE – Madeleine Tonzi and Felicia Gabaldon

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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

Faultline Artspace
815 High Street, second Floor
Oakland Ca

Madeleine Tonzi:
Felicia Gabaldon:




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

GATS / JESSICA HESS – Two Person Exhibit – San Francisco, CA – May 3rd, 2014

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Gats Jessica Hess Art Show.

opening: 5/3/14
on view until: 5/24/14

BLACK TO THE FUTURE Art Show – August 16th, 2013

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Blackball Universe presents: “Black to the Future” – Afro-Futurism Defined

Show: August 3-31st Saturdays: 12-5pm
Reception Party: August 16th (Fri) at 7pm
230 Madison Street Oakland, CA 94607

“Black to the Future” premieres on August 3rd at our Blackball Universe Gallery, re-introducing our inaugural artist Norman Maxwell along with Deadeyes and Nelson Enriquez. This collaboration comments on afro-futurism and diverse cultural influences.


Norman Maxwell, our first featured artist, began his career as a graffiti artist in 1979. After an art school education and decades of dedication, Maxwell developed a unique and expressive style that reaches a wide audience of admirers. His hefty resume includes art direction and set design for the music videos of Madonna, Janet Jackson, John Legend, and Iggy Pop to name a few. Blending street art and classical aesthetics in a deep exploration of urban symbolism, Maxwell reaches for a self-declared “visual soul” style that explores themes consistent with Afro-Futurism.

Deadeyes first started as an artist by lifting ideas from his zine writings and incorporating them through street art, murals, and installations. Inspired by the street art characters in the San Francisco mission in the late 90’s, he began creating visuals similar to tribal masks. He developed his characters by exploring the fluidity of his lines. He discovered diverse cultural influences in his works, with symbols from traditional African, Inuit, Polynesian, and Native American art forms. He believes that this new visual language from various styles will enable his viewers to accept the combinations of culture in their daily lives.

Nelson Enriquez is a multidisciplinary artist primarily focused in painting, photography, video, and mixed media. Born in Havana, Cuba, Nelson’s work is both social and sometimes biographical, exploring themes of immigration, travel, frontiers, consumerism, and material scarcity. Nelson has exhibited widely in Cuba, Germany, and the U.S. in both personal and collective exhibitions. E has received international awards from “Europa Abierta” and the Cuban National Festival of Ephemeral Sculpture.

DAN ISAAC BORTZ – Two Part Solo Exhibition – PART 1

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013



Barry McGee installation in progress at BAM/PFA

Saturday, August 18th, 2012
On August 24, BAM will be opening their massive Barry McGee mid-career survey.

WHEN: August 24, 2012 – December 9, 2012

WHERE: Berkeley Art Museum – 2626 Bancroft Way


“Throughout his career,” writes Alex Baker in the exhibition catalog, “Barry McGee has continued to surprise and contradict expectations.” Including rarely seen early etchings, letterpress printing trays and liquor bottles painted with his trademark cast of down-and-out urban characters, constellations of vibrant op-art painted panels, animatronic taggers, and an elaborate re-creation of a cacophonous street-corner bodega, along with many new projects, this first midcareer survey of the globally influential San Francisco–based artist showcases the astonishing range of McGee’s compassionate and vivacious work.

McGee, who trained professionally in painting and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, began sharing his work in the 1980s, not in a museum or gallery setting but on the streets of San Francisco, where he developed his skills as a graffiti artist, often using the tag name “Twist.” McGee’s use of this and other monikers—such as Ray and Lydia Fong—as well as his frequent collaborations can make it difficult to precisely situate the artist’s unique authorship. Using a visual vocabulary drawn from graffiti, comics, hobo art, and sign painting, McGee celebrates his Mission District neighborhood while at the same time calling attention to the harmful effects of capitalism, gentrification, and corporate control of public space. His often-humorous paintings, drawings, and prints—all wrought with extraordinary skill—push the boundaries of art: his work can seem refreshingly informal in the gallery but surprisingly elegant on the street.

McGee has long viewed the city itself as a living space for art and activism, but his more recent work has brought the urban condition into the space of the gallery. Increasingly, his installation environments express the anarchic vitality of the inner-city street, incorporating overturned cars and trucks, and often spill beyond the frame of the gallery or museum.

Photos by Peter Cavagnaro


Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Luckily we caught the very end of the show right before BDS Crew took down the installation on June 18th, 2012.

BDS Art Show.

BDS Show.

BDS Show.

BDS Show.


BRICK BY BRICK – Art Show – July 6th, 2012

Thursday, July 5th, 2012
F4CGallery Presents:
Daniel Albrigo, 
Jamos “Ikon” Douglas Meagan Spendlove

F4C Gallery.

  1. (Photo Credit: Famous Four Colors)

New York’s Daniel Albrigo joins the F4CGallery with his new cosmic & psychedelic take on America’s trails of glory. Piecing together the past with a futuristic look.

The Bay Area’s Meagan Spendlove stacks her vibrant colors & ethereal linework. Molding together the rounds of motion, design & creative flow.

Colorado’s Ikon (Jamos Douglas) will be showcasing his works and installing a must see mathematically based burner. Composed of various cuts, changing colors and shape from the angle of viewing. We welcome this talented freight & brick slayer.

Music by:

Located at:
1525 Webster St.
Oakland, CA

HANDSTYLE Art Show – A Celebration of Street Caligraphy – Friday Feb 24th, 2012

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Endless Canvas Handstyle Art Show.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24TH 2012 – 7pm to 10pm
Free event taking place at Ear Peace Records – 3268 Adeline Street in Berkeley, CA
(Two and a half blocks from Ashby BART toward Oakland.)

To mark the end of our ENDLESS CANVAS Best Handstyle Contest we are throwing an Art Show focused on the ancient art of “Writing your name on shit!”

Optimist, Pemex, Ceaver 640 THR, Roar CBS, Ras Terms, Pobrecito, GATS, Logo, WKT Crew, Dead Eyes, Meck, Broke One, Anemal AOD, Cuss, Safety First, Nina STM, Musik, Tupac, Bella Ciao, Attica, Raskal, Elite, Sabot and MANY MORE!

We will be releasing a new ENDLESS CANVAS T-Shirt designed by TBIS (the winner of the contest) as well as a new Limited Edition Screen Print by legendary graff artist RAS TERMS at the event.

Don’t blow up the spot! Please don’t crush the block the night of the event out of respect to the venue for hosting our crazy asses.

EXPRESS THE REPRESSED – A Political Poster Exhibit – Portland, OR

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

This art show is open through the month of October.
Thank you Matt Page for making this video.

Express the Repressed from Matt Page on Vimeo.

VYAL – Painting Live at LA VS WAR 2011

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

More info about the Art show at

SWAMPY Art Show – San Francisco, CA – 6/11/2011

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Swampy Graffiti Art Show.

CALL FOR ARTISTS – 1 2 3… OPPLA’ STICK – (Italian Sticker Art Show)

Friday, November 26th, 2010

1 2 3… OPPLA’ STICKThe Quick Art of Stickers

Open call for Stickers —> Deadline: 20 March 2011

All artists are invited to participate in the first ever stickers expo in Savona, Italy.


The exhibition is organized by “True Love Art Gallery”, “In Your Eyes E-Zine” eZine “Frammenti nei tuoi Occhi”

and will be March 26th 2011 at the ex-Macello Comunale Piazzale Amburgo Savona (Italy)

To partecipate send your stickers within 20/03/2011 to this address:
True Love Art Gallery
Via Vacciuoli 18r
17100 Savona

Don’t forget to send also your name or nickname, website or social network, country

Their email addresses:

Related Websites and Social networks:

They will not accept:
– Any kind of ads by the form of stickers
– Stickers that portray images copied by the web
– Stickers containing homophobic or xenophobic messages

CRYPTIK’s Installation at Marxist Glue – Los Angeles, CA

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Cryptik Society Wheatpaste Installation at Marxist Glue.

This was Cryptik’s installation at the Marxist Glue art show in Los Angeles. The stencils are hand cut and the lettering is free hand.

Cryptik’s Buddha character first caught our attention when we were down in LA for the Art vs Cops show almost a couple years ago now. Right after the second riot for Oscar Grant, Cryptik came through the east bay and hit some nice runner spots.

The show runs the first three weeks of November 2010 at the Hold Up art gallery on 2nd street in Little Tokyo.