Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gray Loft Gallery ~ Inhabiting Space opening

You are cordially invited to the opening reception of 

2nd Friday Art Walk
September 12, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Gray Loft Gallery is extremely pleased to present INHABTING SPACE, curated by Ruth Boerefijn, an exhibit that explores how we occupy physical and mental environments.  Five artists filter the concept of inhabiting through diverse backgrounds and media, and respond to the gallery space itself with installations of light, photographs and sculpture.

Exhibiting Artists:
Ruth Boerefijn    Renée Carriere    Gail Gordon  
Judith James    Patricia Lyons Stroud
Show dates:  September 12 – October 25, 2014
Artists’ opening reception: 2nd Friday, September 12, 6 – 9 pm
Rock Wall Wine Company wine tasting: Saturday, September 27, 3 to 5 pm
2nd Friday Art Walk reception: October 10, 6 – 9 pm
Closing Artist Party: Saturday, October 25, 6 – 8 pm

Ruth Boerefijn

The repository of our experiences is rich, but sometimes we get entangled in it. To work  our way out of complexity we need a compass, a way of orienting ourselves. Our sense  of place arises through the call and response between people, places, and histories.

Renée Carriere

"Tree Recollected"
"Recently I have been looking into how form begins to take its shape, how it manifests itself and how it might begin to dissolve or come apart."

Gail Gordon

"Light Form With Volume"
I am fascinated with forming an invisible element such as light, and creating a focused and voluminous form that can be perceived in the viewer's mind.

Judith James

"Underwater City" references the tension between habitation and habitat arising from  the pressure of urban expansion. Conceived as a response to the impending development  of San Francisco's last undeveloped area, this series imagines a proto-city submerged  beneath the waves. The approach was suggested by the underwater lots visible on the Gold-Rush-era plat maps of San Francisco lots that continue to exist today in the waters  of India Basin.

Patricia Lyons Stroud

Sometimes I feel as though I'm just asking questions.  If I'm lucky I get some answers, and if I'm really lucky  I get to be surprised. The best works for me are the ones that surprise - they seem to have made themselves.

upcoming exhibit:

There is a There There

November 14 to December 12
2nd Friday Art Walk Reception: Friday, November 14, 6 to 9 pm
Open during Jingletown’s Winter Art Walk
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 & 7, 11 to 6 pm
2nd Friday Art Walk Closing Reception: Friday, December 12, 6 to 9 pm

Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s philosophy of collecting and supporting art and artists, this group show will be celebrating that way of life by creating environments in the gallery with art, furniture, poetry readings and musical events that reflect this attitude. Curated by Jan Watten.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the gallery for a prospectus.

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

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