Ben Belknap is an artist and musician who lives and works in Oakland, CA. His art work consists primarily of small scale, richly glazed ceramic sculpture. In 2003 he received his bachelors degree from The California College of Arts and Crafts and has since had art shows at various galleries around the Bay Area and elsewhere. CLICK HERE to watch VIDEO
Bart D. Frescura, born and raised in the Bay Area, has been obsessed with film since he was a child. This obsession is seen in the variety of mediums in which he works (photography, painting, sculpture, and illustration). With a cinematic perspective and hungry eye his works have a film noir quality; creating strange characters and documenting lost stories. He also has worked behind the scenes in make-up, costume, and illustration for local filmmakers. He lives and works in the East Bay as a mold-maker, finisher, and patina artist.
Clare Szydlowski is a printmaker, educator and storyteller who lives and works in San Francisco. She received her MFA from San Francisco State University and currently an Artist in Residence at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area and is concerned with the ways that industrial processes, theories and terminology have shaped the North American landscape; both the physical world and the collective imagination. Interested in the decay of the U.S. manufacturing industry –a world of concrete and architecture in disrepair as well as the phenomenon of suburbia — hinterlands of credit and commercial sprawl, she can often be found climbing into abandoned grain elevators and over the fences of housing development construction sites. CLICK HERE to watch VIDEO
David Fullarton is a Scottish born, San Francisco based visual artist specializing in works that combine images with text. He keeps notebooks filled with scribbled phrases, scraps of paper and other ephemera that he incorporates into his artwork. These elements represent the often overlooked stuff of daily life, which is the root of Fullarton’s inspiration. He sees beauty in the ways people manage to find joy and meaning in the minutiae. The artist paints vibrantly complex canvases whose elements jumble and mix together in a facsimile of modern life. Fullarton compliments these with smaller mixed media drawings on paper. These paper works are sometimes the genesis of the finished paintings, but are more often stand-alone vignettes featuring forlorn characters who find themselves in compromising situations.
David Spiher is an artist who lives in the East Bay and makes art—currently producing prints and paintings—at the Compound Studios in Oakland. He seroconverted in January 1987 and was diagnosed with AIDS in 1998. “I have been an assistant for a number of artists, designers and crafts people so I am really used to helping others make work. However, very often I have found it really hard to make my own, to justify my own choices, sometimes even to myself,” Spiher says. As a way to free himself from these self-imposed restrictions, he has shifted personae depending on subject matter and interest in various media. From 2004 to 2009, he produced hand-painted pornographic ceramic plates as Virginia Trembles. As David Six, he has been producing figurative work for about eighteen months. About the works shown here, he says: “On a lot of levels I equate my experience of HIV—for myself, my lovers, my friends and generation—with the flooding of New Orleans and the tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan. It sounds crazy because it was crazy… is crazy.
Ghost Ghost Teeth (aka Simon Tran) is a first generation Vietnamese American artist. He creates spontaneous day-glo dreams that explore an ebb and flow between fevered catharsis and quixotic chaos. He creates fantastical worlds that offer an escape from the prosaic life. Ambiguity is essential to his work although the symbols and patterns used in his work evoke memory.
Heather Hardison is an North Carolina born illustrator and sign painter living and working in Oakland, California. She is the author & illustrator of the book Homegrown: Illustrated Bites from your Garden to your Table (Stewart, Tabori, and Chang 2015.) Her work explores the intersection of art and design, weaving typographic and informational elements, with hand drawn imagery.
Jeanne Lorenz has had solo exhibitions at White Columns, New York City and Mixture Contemporary Art in Houston. She has shown her work at P.S.1/MOMA, the Drawing Center; and P.P.O.W. in New York City. In 2008 her collaborative print Stars that Shine Darkly was included in biennale of American prints at the University of Richmond Art Museum. In 2002 she was a fellow at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. She was also the recipient of the Helen Winternitz Award for Painting from Yale University. Recently, she has been a visiting artist at U. C. Berkeley, U. C. Santa Cruz, Sonoma State and the California College of the Arts. In December she will be a visiting lecturer at Occidental College in Los Angeles. CLICK HERE to watch VIDEO
Lena Verderano Reynoso is an artist and antiquarian. She received her PhD at the University of California Berkeley. Her artistic and academic work is centered around nineteenth century American sideshows and popular culture. Her art has been exhibited internationally and has been featured on E! Online, Gawker, the WB, TMZ, the Rumpus.com, Alameda Magazine, Oakland Magazine, Apartment Therapy, and many other publications and newspapers. She has published articles on folklore and Early American amusements in Proverbium and the Early American Review. She owns a gallery in Oakland, CA with her husband.
Sean Jewell received his BA in Psychology and History of Art and Visual Culture… (PSYC HAVAC). “For me, printmaking is self exploration. I am an eternal optimist and am drawn to bright colors and bright messages. Carving comforting truths into blocks of wood carves them into my memory. The result is a hodge podge of fleeting fixations, childhood rememberings, and lessons I mean to embody. I Shake my head and this is what comes out.”
Mary Burger makes paintings and mixed-media works using biomorphic and geometric patterns, repeating and misrepeating shapes to find new vocabularies. She treats color and pattern as languages that she’s continually relearning, where meaning comes from relationships between elements and a shift in relationship creates a shift in meaning.
Mary is a poet and environmental designer as well as a visual artist. Drawing on these practices, she considers the intersections between natural and cultural adaptations and shifting perceptual habits. As human activity alters the natural environment, human can’t be separated from nature. Humans have transformed nature through habitat destruction, the spread of toxins, the eradication of species, and the violent disruption of our own communities, yet these consequences also reveal our place in natural systems. In her work, Mary looks for ways to engage with those contradictions
Matt Reynoso works in a variety of medium including wood, metal, painting, printmaking, illustration, and murals. His work ranges from intimate forged jewelry to building sized murals. He has done numerous commissioned works for cities, businesses, and private entities. Some of his notable projects include a reclaimed wood conference table for Numi Tea and a downtown mural for the city of Fullerton. Click HERE to watch VIDEO
Zach Clark is an Oakland based artist and designer, by way of Denver and Chicago. Having received his BFA from The University of Illinois Chicago, his abstract paintings and print work focus heavily on color, shape, and texture. Thematically, his work is influenced by his urban surroundings, having driven through every major city in the US and most of Canada, and an unquenchable love of complex carbohydrates in both solid and liquid form. He has inner demons around coming to terms with being a Californian, and is the founding editor of Composite Arts Magazine, a free electronic quarterly, theme based, visual and literary arts magazine.
Shannon Taylor is an Oakland-based illustrator who earned her BFA from the California College of Arts (& Crafts) in Illustration, and recently graduated with Distinction from the University of Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts Masters in Illustration. She has spent the better part of this past decade traveling, painting, lecturing, and showing work the world over. Currently Shannon is the Director of Arts and Restoration at Children’s Fairyland in addition to freelancing. She enjoys collecting miniature frames, painting giant mushrooms, and toiling away in her sketchbooks.
If you asked Andrew from June Box Signs in Berkeley, he would tell you “I’m just a sign painter.” Upon further inspection you will see he is much more than that; a skateboarder, a musician, & a political dissident painting cries for sanity in this changing climate, calls for action against state-sanctioned terror, & song lyrics from every underground classic artist you’ve never heard of, all put in the context of traditional hand-painted signs, & hand-lettered showcards. Trained in graphic design & typography, Andrew takes a simple, direct, & hard-hitting approach to paint beautiful & apocalyptic phrases that the rest of the world is simply too afraid to say. But he’s “just a sign painter.”