Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Something other than potato salad and fireworks

By kbender
Friday, July 4th, 2008 at 12:46 pm in Uncategorized.

You’ve done the parade in Alameda, you’ve had your share of deviled eggs and potato salad. Now what?

Die hard artists and their fans don’t take holidays off. Tonight, like all first Friday’s of the month, is the Oakland Art Murmur (www.oaklandartmurmur.com) art walk to 19 art and cultural venues.  There are two different times to go check out the art: 6 to 9 p.m. or 7 to 10 p.m.

It’s also the last night to see an amazing three woman show at Johansson Projects, a year-old gallery at 23rd and Telegraph that was just named best gallery by the East Bay Express.(http://www.eastbayexpress.com/bestof/best_gallery/BestOfAward?oid=776795)

The show at Johansson Projects is called Portals and it features works by Jen Stark, Anna Fidler and Jana Flynn. It will be open tonight _ Independence Day_ from 5 to 9.m. The show closes Saturday.  Below is a little description of the show, but even if you don’t really understand all the art speak, it’s really neat stuff to check out. Beats the fireworks.

“Johansson Projects presents Portals, an art exhibition that ventures into unknown, mystical apertures through spiritually charged, innovative paper creations. Offbeat, and at times explosive, Portals ignites the senses and impels the mind to investigate the dynamics of the divine.

Prompted by the inconspicuous possibilities of natural forces, Miami-based Jen Stark produces intricately hand-cut paper explosions with simply an X-acto knife, glue and an eye for evolving repetition. Stark’s remarkable ability to transform something as simple as paper into a harmonic and magical sculpture of pulsating color demonstrates her aptness at recognizing the potential in the undetected. Stark has gained the attention of several publications including Wired, Wallpaper, Ready-Made and Preen and has been named a 2008 recipient of the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium’s Visual and Media Artists Fellowship.

LA artist, Anna Fidler peels back the curtain from our earthly surroundings and steals us glimpses of washy, liquid landscapes indeterminable yet parallel to our own. Figures huddled together in electric-hued palates conjure fantasies of spirit rituals and mystical incantations. A polymath musician and video-maker as well as painter, Fidler received her MFA from Portland State University in 2005 and has since exhibited in Tokyo, Japan and across the United States before showing at Johansson Projects.

Carl Jung meets landscape in artist Jana Flynn. Through the use of collage, paint, thread and tea leaves, Flynn intermingles spiritual and philosophical ideologies to create miniature abstractions of vast panoramic settings as though geological backdrops to a lucid dream. Flynn’s organic approach lends viewers an introspective look into her world that generates both a feeling of boundlessness as well as gravity. A San Francisco native, Flynn lives in New York where she is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Parsons The New School.



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