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Exhibition dates: March 29 - May 5, 2012
Artists' Reception: Saturday, April 14 from 4-6 pm. Artists' Talk at 5pm
Oakland Art Murmur First Fridays: April 6 & May 4 from 6-9pm
Eric Bohr: Variations
Oakland-based artist Eric Bohr presents Variations, new large scale mixed media paintings exploring the wide range of possibilities inherent in the monochrome tradition. Bohr continues his ongoing dialogue with the color blue, from which he has developed a luminous style of gestural abstraction that moves between restraint and release, the calm and the kinetic.
Eric Bohr, "context", acrylic on canvas, 48"h x 36"w, 2012, photo: Eric Bohr
Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Eric Bohr has lived and worked in California for over twenty years. He apprenticed with Michael Jacobs in Venice, California for four years before moving to Oakland in 1999. His work has been shown in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Washington D.C. and is included in many collections in the United States and Europe.
Terryl Dunn: Megathrust
Exploring the explosive forces of nature, Oakland painter Terryl Dunn presents a new series of work titled Megathrust. The shift in both subject, to current natural events, and palette, in a dramatic departure into black and white, started with last year's Mississippi Rising exhibit and continues with these new pieces.
Terryl Dunn, "ANIMA", acrylic and graphite on wood panel, 60"x80" diptych, 2011
Dunn's inspiration is the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. In this work he imagines energy as it moves through the different elements, examining how line can signal speed, reverberation, and cross current. In addition to conventional brush and paint, the artist uses loose graphite and an electric sander in his mark-making process.
Terryl Dunn was born in Portland, Oregon and received his BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1982. He has exhibited in Portland, San Francisco, and and New York.
Gallery Artists: Object Lessons
Mercury 20 is pleased to present P.K. Frizzell, Peter Honig and Dave Meeker in the group exhibition Object Lessons. The artists are united in their use of found objects to create sculptural work, as well as in their engagement with themes of reflectivity, luminosity, and humor.
Images from left:
P.K. Frizzell, "Paint Cans", layered ultrachrome transparencies, 18"x18", 2012
Peter Honig, "Precipice", archival giclee print, 36"x36", 2012
Dave Meeker, "Red Straw Bowl", swizzle sticks, 24"dia, 14"h, 2012, photo: Bob Jew
Exploring and exploiting the possibility for transcendence contained in the seemingly mundane, P.K. Frizzell's layered transparent prints of paint-can interiors reflect her conviction that "the interior of our human experience, though contained in a finite body, is vast and beautifully mysterious". Through the embedded lenses of her cast resin "mind cones", objects are revealed as symbolic containers of experience, revealing the complex organizational strategies employed in the production of memory.
Peter Honig's large-scale luminous prints of humorous scenarios created from found objects hover between the realm of sculpture and still life photography. Honig manipulates detritus rescued from the landfill, and creates minimal vignettes that mirror interior psychological states. In Honig's world, the interwoven planes of humor and horror exist in harmonious dead-lock, platforms for the exploration of consciousness.
Working in a minimalist vein, Dave Meeker seeks out the most "uber-mundane" of materials as a conceptual leaping off point for his benevolent and ambitious artistic agenda, the wish to "instill wonder, joy, and delight in the viewer." His aggressively non-functional bowl-like constructions of swizzle sticks evoke neurological structures, with their gaping exposed synaptic ends inviting literal and metaphoric connection.
Founded in 2006, Mercury 20 is a contemporary art gallery established, supported and operated by East Bay artists. Mercury 20 maintains a venue for artists to exhibit, develop, and advance their work and is committed to exhibiting art of diverse media and content. Exhibitions rotate monthly and the gallery presents a well-attended opening event every first Friday in conjunction with the Oakland Art Murmur.
ARTISTS REPRESENTED: JULIE ALVARADO, JO ANN BIAGINI, ERIC BOHR, MARGARET CHAVIGNY, TERRYL DUNN, P.K. FRIZZELL, ELI GEISER, PETER HONIG, MAYA KABAT, KATHLEEN KING, LEAH MARKOS, MARY V. MARSH, JILL MCLENNAN, JODY MEDICH, DAVE MEEKER, CHARLIE MILGRIM, PAUL MUELLER, MARY CURTIS RATCLIFF, JULIANNE STERLING, KERRY VANDER MEER, JOAN WEISS
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