Sunday, September 8, 2013

Gray Loft Gallery ~ Short Stories


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.


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 present and historical events. An inner geography reflects a connection to the past and present, the conscious and the unconscious, the personal and universal.

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.

2889 Ford Street, third floor, Oakland

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 $200.00.)

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
Maria Foley
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 Karver
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.
Julia Nelson-Gal
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.
Deborah O'Grady
 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 unique print.
Susan Scott
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 Sollins
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!

2889 Ford Street, third floor
Oakland, CA 94601


Visit our website for more information and our blog for photos of past events and directions.

Contact us if you have questions, or would like more information about the gallery, our shows or to make an appoinment to visit the gallery.


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Gray Loft Gallery
2889 Ford Street, #32
Oakland, CA 94601

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