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Blesofsky, Smith, & Anderson @Swarm Gallery

Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 05:05
Not many art shows that you can sail your boat to, but Swarm Gallery in Oakland allows such an experience.

DIS/INTEGRATIONS - Sonya Blesofsky
STOCK UP ON HEAL AND MANA POTIONS - Casey Jex Smith
Project space | ECTOPLASMIC RESPONSE - Barry Anderson

January 30 - March 14, 2010
@Swarm Gallery
560 Second Street (by Jack London)
Oakland

Not too many art galleries right next to a free places to keep your boat for the night. We combined a Saturday on the San Francisco Bay with an art show within walking distance of a marina which happens to be owned by the fine folks who own the one we keep our boat which = FREE overnight.

Calm winds and extreme tides made for a longer journey.

Down the estuary past the massive cargo ships.

Once docked we made our way around Jack London Square... Note the debris due to extreme tides not 'cause Oakland's dirty.

Enjoyed some wine on the dock till darkness and made our way over to Swarm a couple blocks away.

Out front Swarm Gallery

Never heard of them till tonight, Tune-Yards played music. Nice stuff.

Ran into solid guy and talented artist John Casey

Theo liked Tune-Yards

Not sure if I like the music better than the bassest. Doesn't he look like he should be in Daryl Hall and John Oates?!

Started to look at everything but the art... onto the art.

video installation from Kansas City based Barry Anderson

Casey Jex Smith

Casey Jex Smith

In his current body of work, "Stock Up On Heal and Mana Potions," Smith deals with personal identity and finding meaning in between three seemingly disparate worlds; religion, sci-fi/fantasy, and "high-art". His work blends appropriated imagery and ideas from illustrated Bibles, Dungeons & Dragons manuals, Durer etchings, Agnes Martin paintings, Mormon architecture, NASA photos, The Lord of the Rings, and Sunday School flannel-board cut-outs into semi-cohesive narratives. This work attempts to legitimize how he spends his time by visually placing art, religion, and high-geekdom on the same hierarchical strata. This blending and prioritizing is a reflection of how he functions in the world. Frodo's ring is a metaphor for spiritual weakness, a temple becomes a repository for wooden Frank Stellas, Big Foot is the Bible's Cain, and a James Turrell installation is a meditation on the Holy Ghost.

Sculpture work from Brooklyn-based artist Sonya Blesofsky

Blesofsky's work is directly inspired by her daily commutes in the city on foot, bicycle, bus or train through an ever-evolving architectural landscape. Primarily, she is interested in structural failure, construction, development and urban renewal. Her work consists of drawings and architecturally-flawed installations made out of paper, cardboard, wax, or foil. It comes from a place of great anxiety about things being unstable or falling apart.

Important elements in Blesofsky's work are engineering, scale, shadows and easily recognizable materials. The construction of each piece is labor-intensive, yet once built, the work will soon break, decay or be deconstructed. In this way there is a sense of urgency for experiencing each piece, as this is temporary work. It is important that construction flaws be left visible, as Blesofsky intends to expose the process and techniques used in the creation of each work. With this work she intends to generate questions and emphasize tension relating to dialectics of creation and destruction, vulnerability and indestructibility, the light and the dark, and stability and the tenuous.

Casey Jex Smith

Casey Jex Smith detail of above work

Back to the boat for conversation and more wine.

Thanks, Oakland. {moscomment}

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