Join us on Friday, October 10, 6:00 to 9:00 pm for the monthly 2nd Friday Art Walk at Gray Loft Gallery!
The current exhibit in the gallery is INHABITING SPACE,
curated by Ruth Boerefijn, an exhibit that explores how we occupy
physical and psychological environments. The five artists (who have
been colleagues in art conversations for over forty years) filter the
concept of inhabiting through diverse backgrounds and media, and respond
to the gallery space itself with installations of light, photographs
and sculpture. The exhibition also examines the influence of such
individuals in the long arc of creative life.
Show dates: September 12 – October 25, 2014 2nd Friday Art Walk reception: October 10, 6 – 9 pm Closing Artist Party: Saturday, October 25, 6 – 8 pm Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 1:00 to 5:00 pm and by appointment
Photographs by Judith James.
Installation photo of Ruth Boerefijn and Patricia Stroud's work.
“Stream” is part of Inhabiting Space, a
group show about how we occupy physical and mental environments.
Fishing line cascades from the ceiling in waves, indicating a
rectangular block of space without actually filling it. The viewer has
to focus to see through to the wall, where a quote from Jeanette
Winterson compares being shut in a coal hole to swimming in a stream.
The installation recreates this metaphor by simultaneously evoking the
feeling of enclosed space and deep, flowing water. Next to Winterson’s
written words, the looping strands of fishing line are the “handwriting”
of the artist, communicating in concrete terms her own experience of
what it means to immerse yourself in the stream of experience.
"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
"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.
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
Oakland Art Murmur is gearing up for FLOURISH Oakland, this Saturday, October 11! And it's not too late to get a ticket!
OAM's annual fundraising party and art auction, and the evening will
celebrate more than just visual arts, with live Jazz from The Oakland
Manouche Project, and cameos by Oakland Ballet dancers. from
Michelin-star chef Daniel Patterson’s Haven and Plum Bar will highlight
the culinary arts, complemented by desserts from Sweet Bar Bakery and
drinks donated by Trumer Pils and Blue Moon. Over $3,000 in raffle
prizes, containing gift certificates to Oakland’s top restaurants and
Help us celebrate and support the arts in Oakland!
There is a There There November 14 to December 12 2nd Friday Art Walk Reception: Friday, November 14, 6 to 9 pm Open duringJingletown’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
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 furniture, art and events that
reflect this attitude. More than 30 Bay Area artists – primarily from
Oakland, and who have previously shown or are affiliated with the Gray
Loft Gallery – will have their work displayed in salon-like arrangements in the gallery.
Curated by Jan Watten.
Please join us for these events and support the local art scene and the Gray Loft Gallery - as the future in our present location is uncertain...
GRAY LOFT GALLERY 2889 Ford Street, third floor Oakland, California 94601 510.499.3445 DIRECTIONS
Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 1:00 to 5:00 pm Sundays by appointment