in conjunction with 2nd Friday Oakland/Alameda Estuary Art Receptions September 13, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Meet the artists, enjoy local wine and experience the gallery which has been referred to as a "hidden jewel" in Jingletown.
SHORT STORIES curated by Karyn Yandow
Gray Loft Gallery is very pleased to present Short Stories,
an exhibit that features visual poetry of seven bay area artists that
reflects the relevance of telling their own personal stories or those of
others through the use of symbolism found in their dreams, memories,
detritus from the past, media from the presentand
historical events. An inner geography reflects a connection to the past
and present, the conscious and the unconscious, the personal and
Participating artists are:
Maria Foley Leslie Frierman Grunditz Sherry Karver Julia Nelson-Gal Deborah O’Grady Susan Scott Amy Sollins
This exhibit is on display until Saturday, October 26. Open Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00 or by appointment.
GRAY LOFT GALLERY 2889 Ford Street, third floor, Oakland 510-499-3445
Another event at the gallery!
Saturday, September 14 from 3:00 to 5:00 at Gray Loft Gallery Photographer Frank Yamrus will be talking about his recent publication "I Feel Lucky" and signing copies.
Rock Wall Winery will be offering wine tastings of their recent releases during the book signing. Join us!
Gray Loft Gallery is also very pleased to present a book signing by celebrated photographer Frank Yamrus on Saturday, September 14 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. His book I Feel Lucky,
with essays by W.M. Hunt and Sunil Gupta, will be available to view and
purchase. (Softcover, 72 pages, 56 color illustrations, 11 x 11 inches,
$35.00. Limited edition book and 5" x 7" print is available for
Vince Aletti's review of ClampArt Exhibition: I Feel Lucky in The New Yorker:
"Self-portraits, taken by the photographer around the time of his
fiftieth birthday, explore one gay man’s midlife crisis with candor,
humor, and a bracing dash of angst. Picturing himself with real and
imagined lovers, both male and female, Yamrus touches on the pleasures
and terrors of growing older, though no less lusty, and weighs his
decision to father a child. Yamrus isn’t afraid to look foolish or needy
(there are pictures of him masturbating and fetishizing a lover’s
underwear), and he undercuts the inevitable narcissism with pointedly
unflattering images. As autobiography, the show is flawed but
endearing—a work in progress." (March 2012)
Short Stories featured artists
Through the use of symbolism and collage, she draws meaning from her
memory, dreams, experience, and desires. Her process, being at the same
time strenuous, joyful and enlightening, gives her the opportunity to
interact with her subconscious and, guided by what emerges during this
process, reach a new dimension of self-understanding. By sharing these
images, Maria hopes to encourage observer to form their own
interpretations – interpretations both intended and unintended.
Leslie Frierman Grunditz
“There are stories here. Follow the patterns and juxtapositions, the
pathways and relationships. Looking for answers, posing questions,
weighing the positives and negatives. Expressions of joy or anxious
obsession. Creating order.” Leslie culls imagery from children’s books,
scientific text, graphic illustrations, and Victorian scrap books.
Sometimes she alters images using Photoshop and then finishes by
mounting the imagery to surfaces - paper or canvas- and continues to
rework and surround them with painting techniques.
Sherry's photo-based work originate from photographs she has taken on
city streets in New York, Paris, London, and in iconic buildings such as
Grand Central Terminal in NY. She is expanding and shifting the
parameters of traditional painting and photography by combining the
images with digital technology, narrative text, and resin surface on
wood panels. By blending these mediums, it enables her to push beyond
their conventional boundaries to create a new hybrid. She writes text
over some of the figures in her photos in an attempt to personalize or
individualize each one. By using text in her work, it adds another
layer, and gives the viewer a chance to “experience” the artwork, and
become part of the process by reading it.
The genesis of her artwork comes from her life-long love of photography
and from interest in collecting discarded objects. The language of
photographic images and the photographic objects themselves fascinates
her, and these found objects, or artifacts, served as a physical means
of conveying information on who people were and how they lived their
lives, but most importantly the “aura” of having been from a previous
time. She is interested in the way the objects reveal personal
histories, memories and human habits, as well as how they communicate
their former function. Also important is an object's aesthetic potential
and how it can be reconfigured to express ideas such as time,
deterioration and mortality.
In her series “Grove”, Deborah imagines these metamorphosed women
emerging from the trees, with enigmatic expressions and unknown powers,
re-animated and ready to resume their roles in these dangerous and
mythic times. Myths of women and nature, common throughout antiquity,
have devolved into a vague association where “nature” is seen as
feminine while “culture” represents creative masculinity. Deborah
overlays historical found photos with images of nature, with each image a
Susan's work is an allegorical exploration of existential,
psychological, and spiritual ideas, and she is particularly interested
in exploring the human relationship with nature on a psychological
level, including the notion that we think of nature as separate from
ourselves, as an unlimited commodity to be used up, owned or conquered.
What sort of flaw has evolved in humans that make us destroy the very
thing we need to ensure our meaning and survival on Earth? Carl Jung
said the future of the world hangs on the thin thread of the human
psyche —and what if something should go wrong with the psyche? Susan
feels that this is one of the most profound and important questions ever
posed, as it informs and inspires much of her work.
Amy’s drawings are revelations of her subjective choices–those sacred
artifacts of magical everyday, holding one’s personal mythology. She
impose the mystery gleaned from personal experience and dreamlike
memories upon each drawing until it becomes a concise poetic form. Her
work reveals a visual world that I have created, where natural laws are
suspended and is rooted in the unity of opposites, the ways in which the
scale of objects and their meanings may be opposite and the same—at the
same time, the co-existence of being and non-being.
Visit all of the participating galleries during the Oakland/Alameda Estuary 2nd Friday Art Walk
September 13, 6 to 9 pm
In Jingletown, Oakland: Apples and Oranges Gallery, 2934 Ford Street, #21 The Clock Tower Studio/Gallery, 1091 Calcot Place, 4th floor Dreyfuss Sculpture/Watercolor Gallery, 2934 Ford Street #35 Float Gallery, 1091 Calcot Place #116 Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford Street, 3rd floor Jingletown Art Studios and Gallery, Derby at Chapman Streets
In Alameda: Artistic Home Studio and Boutique, 1419 Park Street Autobody Fine Art, 1517 Park Street DiStefano, Weber & Kaplan Studios/Gallery, 1130 Ballena Boulevard Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru at Lincoln K Gallery at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue Redux Studios & Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park Street Pixies & Peony, 2305 Santa Clara Avenue Studio 23, 2309B Encinal
Please check websites of each venue for gallery hours and participation.
Support the Arts along the Oakland/Alameda Estuary!
GRAY LOFT GALLERY 2889 Ford Street, third floor Oakland, CA 94601 510-499-3445