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GearBox Gallery, "Walking the Line"

You Surpass Them All  (2017), Oil, casein, and graphite on panel, 18 x 76 inches

You Surpass Them All (2017), Oil, casein, and graphite on panel, 18 x 76 inches

Note from the Juror - Drew Bennett,
Artist & Founder of the FaceBook Artist In Residence Program

The art that matters most to me is art that is most clearly a document of its own coming into existence. That is, the line between intellectual and/or emotional concept to physical actions enacted on the materials to final resting place, or finish work, is expressed directly as the final document.

Those ideas/emotions can be belabored or miraculous, that physical process of exercising the psychic beginning can also be meticulous or improvisational... whatever the case, the authentic, resonant examples of art in my life are documents of this baseline process.

The artists in this show have a wide range of psychic backdrops, physicality's enacted, and materials used to arrive at their finished work, but each finished work presents an honest and direct engagement with what I believe it means to walk the line as an artists.

I believe this breath of work has substantial emotional, intellectual, physical, narrative, and aesthetic oppositions, arguments and disagreements within itself, but that each work is strong enough on its own to be made stronger by this discourse, as that discourse is what its all about.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 3rd, 6-9pm
Juror’s Talk and Reception: Saturday, August 18th 2-4pm

“Walking the Line”
August 2 - August 25, 2018

Thursday & Friday: noon-6pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm

770 West Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612