Independent vice presidential candidate and former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez — Ralph Nader‘s running mate — will have his art shown in the back gallery at Johansson Projects, a contemporary art gallery at 2300 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland.
Entitled “Crossing the Delaware,” the show includes “collages from found objects creating faux personal narratives that evoke nostalgia and trigger subconscious embedded memories and associations. His art focuses primarily with found paper fragments, creating objects that adhere to his personal sense of equilibrium.” Kicked off with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. next Thursday, May 15, the exhibit will run through June 13.
Gonzalez used materials that he had found throughout San Francisco to create collages. Most of the pieces are small and used two or three items. There were two that he took cream color cardboard and broke the cardboard into pieces and placed it on a cream color backing. The examples are “With the Throat of a Silver Vale” and “Its Starry Paleness.”
Part of the fun was identifying the original source of the material that he was using for his collage. It took several of us to figure out that he was using a parking lot ticket for one of his collages.
His best creation was identified as “Winged Angel”. Using a paint sample from Kelly Moore Paints (the colors on the sample are identified Winged Angel and Beth’s Kiss), he creates the impression of an angel with pieces of foil paper and a torn piece of white cardboard, “Winged Angel”.
In some of the collages, Gonzalez took a great deal of effort to place the pieces. An example is the piece, “Now.”
What was not evident in the photos posted at Lincart’s website is that each collage is signed or initialed by the artist in large letters. In some cases, Gonzalez also noted the date of when he created the painting. Gonzalez is selling his collages for an average of $600. (That would buy a lot of chess sets for an elementary school.)
Several pieces have already been sold.
I’m not an art critic — some might call me a Philistine, and perhaps they’d be right — but… $600? I don’t think so.
UPDATE @ 4:58 P.M. TUESDAY: The gallery just sent me images of two of the pieces which will be part of Gonzalez’ exhibit: