Gray Loft Gallery: Inhabiting Space ~ Closing Artist Party
Closing Artist Party: Saturday, October 25, 5 – 8 pm
Join us for the closing artists' party on Saturday, October 25. This is your last chance to see this stellar exhibit.
INHABITING SPACE was
curated by Ruth Boerefijn, and is 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.
“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
our next exhibit...
There is a ThereThere 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, jewelry
and textiles. 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. There will also be poetry readings and musical guests performing during weekend hours.
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