popUp Gallery returns March 14, 2014, with another eagerly anticipated show, entitled
This exhibition takes the viewer on a magical journey through the natural world and beyond. Nine Bay Area artists explore the complex relationships we share with nature through work that celebrates its intimate details and endless diversity. These artists reveal not only the mysteries of the real world around us; they also create fantastic new worlds and imaginary creatures to inhabit them.
Opening Reception: March 14, 2014, 6pm to 9pm, during second Friday Estuary Art Walk
Closing Reception April 11, 2014, 6pm to 9pm and open by appointment
1517 Park Street, Alameda, California
Preview of our nine Exhibiting Artists:
“Waking in the Alameda morning, no matter the season, I marvel at the beauty of birds across the bay through my bedroom window – sandpipers in the mudflat, egrets rising and then later, as the sun sets, herons in their slow evening ballet, pelicans and mallards streaking the orange sky. This is my inspiration. Clay transforms my memories.”
“I am thrilled creating ambiguous, archetypal and timeless forms that can transport the viewer. The visual and tactile experience of interacting with repetitively carved holes in a ceramic surface is fascinating. I am also intrigued with creating an enchanting environment through cast patterns of light and shadow. A love of ocean life and creatures informs my art work as does my obsession with drawing mandala designs. This affinity for ocean creatures began while I was a young girl growing up in a beach town where I collected starfish, sea urchins, shells and sand dollars. In later years I learned to surf and became entranced with the 1862 published atlas by Ernest Haeckel of single cell free-swimming protozoa called radiolarians. His detailed drawings were similar in nature to the mandala designs I have drawn my whole life. Sea life and nature have been the inspiration for my ceramic luminaries, pottery, sculpture and jewelry. I have been lead to create symbolic shapes incorporating holes and carving that have reference to sea creatures, bones, skeletons, spiders, flowers and other elements of nature. I want my mysterious specimens to resonate and communicate with ancient and modern worlds alike and stimulate the viewers imagination.”
“I rob from the graveyard of pop culture and splice together new creations (screen prints, sculptures, videos and collages) that feed off the history of cherished objects. I excavate, reuse and reanimate pop artifacts in service of a personal narrative. Set inside an increasingly virtual, digital universe cluttered with the remains of material culture, my work explores how possessions can also possess.”
“I am fascinated by nature and the human condition-both real and rendered. In combining representations of both, a narrative is suggested. With the purity of graphite on paper, nothing detracts from the creative process and the new reality that results. I love working in series so that the images can recall myths and tell stories. Some time ago, I fulfilled a life long dream of traveling to the Galapagos, and these series depict the strong impact the land and its creatures had on me. I have always defined myself by my art,and, as such, my work is a celebration of life and all of its complexities.”
“I grew up on a small farm in Wisconsin. Raised by parents who practiced conservation long before people talked about eco-systems and biospheres, I learned to cherish the Wisconsin woodlands and their wild inhabitants. My earliest drawings were of the land I knew and natural themes are recurrent in my work. Maybe it was the ghost of John Muir, whose childhood home was a few miles from mine, or Aldo Leopold, whose journals about his farm along the Wisconsin River spoke so eloquently of the interconnectedness of land the and the life it supports; voices spoke to me as I roamed the meadows and hillsides and I still practice lessons I learned then about stewardship of the earth and its wild and natural resources.
With all that we now know about the fragile interdependence of nature and the impact of demands humans force upon it, people who dismiss the extinction of species after species as inevitable and insignificant outrage me. Consider, for example, the honeybee. Each tiny bee may seem insignificant, yet honeybees are responsible for pollination of approximately 75% of the world’s food crops. The honeybee has a profound effect on the food supply of over 7 billion people.“
“I focus my camera on colorful flowers in various outdoor settings. I use simple ambient backgrounds; set out of focus where I can emphasize color combinations, shapes, forms and texture, to create an abstract feeling of an unexpected space for the viewer to identify. On the other hand, in the series ‘String of Life’ I explore the digital medium where I have combined my knowledge of darkroom printing and Photoshop skills; a result that might be similar to an alternative process photograph or an ultra modern high tech image.“
Shari De Boer
“In my artwork I create small views of a quiet world. I enjoy the close-up observation of plant life and objects and seek out beauty in everyday life. It seems as if I’ve always been drawing flowers and plants but I really haven’t. While growing up my family had a wholesale nursery business next to our home. The nursery was my early playground and later my workplace. I spent endless hours in the nursery and our sheltered backyard, but I took for granted the beauty of the shrubs and trees that surrounded me. It wasn’t until I was an adult, working as an architect and beginning to paint in watercolor that I consciously began to observe and depict the grace of plant forms and structure. Over the years I have broadened my artwork to include abstraction, surrealist imagery and illustration, but I continually find myself returning to nature for both subject matter and inspiration.”
“Not only do I find it hard to find the appropriate words to describe one’s own work .But I also prefer to let my work speak for itself. I might add though, that if you believe culture is political, then my landscapes are political pictures. But with more than one interpretation. They are not painted to give answers, nor ask questions but raise awareness of the complexity of good and evil in a morally conscious viewer.”
“Kindred Spirits” has been evolving since 2011. Originally this work was a field of whimsical boughs posing as humans suggesting many strengths and frailties. Some were dancing and some were sulking. Some were just happy to be alive. Do they not grow and die as people do, dealing with the outcome of a seed that started to grow and then inevitably die? People sometimes bring up the subject, “But what about the heads?” I have fought the idea of heads from the beginning and said, “No, they are complete as they are”. The boughs since then have moved into smaller families and clanships …with some members developing regalia.
2nd Friday Art Walk in Alameda and Jingletown, Oakland