In the Galleries

1 Dec : Carpe Diem (Oakland)

Participating artists include: Zoltron, Eddie Colla, Filth Grime, Nite Owl, DYoungV, Lisa Pisa, Hugh Leeman, Helen Bayly and Daryll Peirce

lOAKal gallery
December 1, 2012
8:00 am - 8:00 am (Dec. 2)
550 2nd Street, Oakland, California 94607 

When Roman poet Horace penned his famous phrase, "Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero", he meant it as a call to action, a declaration that tomorrow is unforeseen and that it is today which must be celebrated. Two thousand years later, lOAKal takes the phrase literally with our latest exhibition "Carpe Diem," founded on the belief that if you put a varied group of artists in one room for a 24 hour period, you create an environment for transformation.

On December 1st, lOAKal gallery in Oakland will enlist ten artists, each of whom will be given an 8ft x 8ft panel and a 24 hour window to come together and create their works in unison, effectively turning the gallery into an incubator for their inspiration. Creativity feeds off of creativity and at a certain density the whole becomes greater than the sum of it's parts. Without a tremendous amount of time to deliberate, "Carpe Diem" becomes an experiment in gesture, expression and energy.... capturing lighting in a bottle. The gallery will be open to the public all day on December 1st. Visitors are encouraged to tour the gallery while the works for “Carpe Diem” are being created.

The opening reception for Carpe Diem will be held the following Friday December 7th from 6-10pm

28 Nov : Au-dela du Street art (Paris)

Au-delà du Street art
Exposition du 28 novembre 2012 au 30 mars  2013

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Cette exposition propose aux visiteurs de découvrir les évolutions de cet art urbain.
Après une évocation historique du mouvement en France au travers de photographies et d'oeuvres de pionniers - notamment Ernest Pignon-Ernest et Gérard Zlotykamien - l'exposition se poursuit avec les créations de 11 artistes : Bansky, C215, Dran, Invader, L'Atlas, Ludo, Miss. Tic, Rero, Shepard Fairey, Swoon et Vhils.
6 d'entre eux ont spécialement réalisé une installation pour cet évènement : C215, L'Atlas, Ludo, Miss. Tic, Rero et Vhils.

23 Aug: Stencil Portraits by Thomas Muller (Hamburg, DE)

Thomas and I have a lot in common. We both started photographing stencils and then firgured out how to cut and paint our own. Thomas is one of the first photographers to share his photos with the Stencil Archive, and was featured in my book back in 2008. When I took my Stencil Nation tour to Europe, he helped me set up a presentation in Hamburg. Most if not all of the stencil artists showed up to that freezing basement happening, and they all brought art with them.

15 Sep: Scott Williams Home Invasion (SF, CA)

Home Invasion
Scott Williams
September 15 - Oct 20, 2012
6pm to 8pm
This fall, Steven Wolf Fine Arts will recreate the studio interior of painter Scott Williams, best known to San Franciscans as an early aerosol street artist who painted murals, cars and interiors using a spray can and stencils. His primary media though, since 2000, when he exchanged spray can for airbrush, is canvas, wood, and books. Williams cinematic, stencil montages take the form of landscapes, rock posters, political propaganda and various forms of abstraction. Literature, punk flyers, Asian woodcuts and obscure comic books are among his many sources.

One of his most intriguing creations is the interior of the Victorian Mission flat that he has lived in for the past 25 years. The residence, studio and gallery is a mixture of wall stencils, decay and paintings that hang on the wainscoting and stack on the floor like sloppy layer cakes. The space is a link to an era of San Francisco studios that flourished before skyrocketing rents, gentrification and the evolution of live/work spaces into generic corporate interiors. His capacity to achieve a painterly looseness with stencils, and his tendency to work flat on the ground in the manner of the abstract expressionists mirrors that link to the past. The installation will include paintings from every stage of Williams' career, new stencils made directly on the wall, and fragments of the studio itself.

8 Sep: Rone's Darkest Before the Dawn (SF, CA)

Rone’s posters are some of the most iconic in Australia, hiding under overpasses throughout Melbourne. He is renowned for the stylized images of girls’ faces - it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that he has had more posters in Melbourne’s streets than any other artist in the city’s history. Rone is one of the original members of Everfresh Studios where he still works daily. His ‘girls’ come with him as he travels and now appear on the streets of Los Angeles, New York, London, Toyko, Barcelona and Hong Kong. Of all the stencil artists from the initial Melbourne stencil boom of the early 2000s, he is the only one remaining who still is consistently getting his work up.

Rone’s art has been acquisitioned by the National Gallery of Australia, and in 2011 he sold out his first ever solo show in Melbourne before it even opened, highlighting his status as the literal poster boy of Australia’s next crop of street artists.

Fall from Grace was his first solo show of 2012, coming on the back of an invitation to Hawaii’s Pow Wow convention of contemporary street artists in February and the joint Don’t Look Back exhibition with Brit Tom French at London’s Zero Cool Gallery in April.

19 Aug: BumblebeeLovesYou Short Film (Downy, CA)

Carmichael Gallery


A film by HANDi

With new work by Bumblebee

Epic Lounge

8239 2nd Street

Downey, CA 90241

Reception: Sunday, August 19, 2012, 6pm (Screening wil commence at 7pm.)

Carmichael Gallery is pleased to announce a special screening of the new documentary short Bumblebeelovesyou, a visual profile of Los Angeles-based artist Bumblebee. Presented by The Downey Arts Coalition, Bumblebeelovesyou was produced by HANDi, a team of Downey-based filmmakers.

There will be a reception and screening at the Epic Lounge in Downey on Sunday, August 19, 2012, followed by a discussion on the documentary and the growing art scene in Downey. A series of new works by Bumblebee will also be on view.

9 Aug: Urban Ibiza


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