Local 123 believes in exhibiting stimulating and interesting work by local artists.
For more information on artists, pricing or upcoming shows, please contact Alex Case at email@example.com.
WINTER SALON: GROUP SHOW
NOVEMBER 30, 2013 - FEBRUARY 2013
IN BETWEEN: Various Artists
SUMMER SALON HANG: JULY-OCTOBER, 2013
BERKELEY YOUNG ARTISTS & 30-DAY DRAW: MAY 5 - JUNE 28, 2013
Paintings, collages and sculptures by students in Jen Burke's Young Artists Workspace in West Berkeley. Art auction through June. Come support local talented youth!
WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID: APRIL 1 - MAY 4, 2013
Featuring new drawings, painting and art by Iris Alden, Justin Carder and Miles Mattison.
VISTA VISION: FEBRUARY 11 - MARCH 31, 2013
Vista Vision is a group show featuring works by three artists currently achieving their BFA at California College of the Arts. Mario Miron, from Oakland, enjoys coffee and music as well as contemplating ecstatic painterly brushstrokes of watercolor, oil and irredescent acrylic. Most works relate to the process of painting. His major study is Painting and Drawing and will be studying in Germany in the upcoming months. Elliott Cost, a native Hawaiian, combines colorful abstracted thought into process and result. His major interdisciplinary study is under the Individualized BFA Degree. Hagen Crosby, from Hawaii and Portland, Oregon, represents travel through photography, sculpture and various woodworking media.
MOON MISSION - MISSION HOME
JANUARY 14 - FEBRUARY 24, 2013
NASA posters from the curator's private collection; graffiti and other mixed media by Alex Case.
WINTER SALON: GROUP SHOW
NOVEMBER 26, 2012 - JANUARY 13, 2013
A dense, diverse, stimulating exhibit featuring works by local painters, screenprinters and woodworkers, including Local 123 staff and customers. Artists include Alex Case, Lorien Stern, Ashley Vaughn, Jon Stich, Iris Alden, Keith Gidlund, Nicole Pierret, Rita Davies, Case Conover, Josh Powell, Mike Steffen, Wyeth Bowart, Stephanie L. Smith and Marilyn Marsh.
YESTERDAY SEEMED KINDA ODD: NEW PORTRAITS by JON STICH
OCTOBER 10 - NOVEMBER 25, 2012
Portraits of 1990's icons by our good friend and prolific Oakland-based illlustrator and painter Jon Stich.
200 YARDS: A GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW
August 6 - September 23, 2012
A collaborative exhibit of photos taken within 200 Yards of Local 123.
GOLDEN GATE TO GILMAN
June 14 - August 5, 2012
Featuring works by local artisans along the San Pablo corridor including Kelly Best, Derek Medonald, Ian Mullen, Conor Ottenweller and Josh Powell.
NATHANIEL PARSONS: Faithful
April 25th - June 2nd, 2012
While Nathaniel Parsons’ paperworks remain Faithful to his rich folkloric oeuvre, they are paired down here – to graphic monochromes and undulating patterns. In Faithful we see his process, layer by layer. His shouts, one by one. He is working reductively in this exhibition, but never minimalistically. The paperworks make promises, and fulfill them.
MARK PETERSEN: Game Changer
March 9th – April 23rd, 2012
Welcome to the gentle, slightly twisted mind of artist, Mark Petersen. Enjoy his sometimes comic, often tender, beguiling, and occasionally bitingly satirical world, which he sees and represents to us through his use of simple, tangible forms.
The imagery on display at Local 123 deals with love, attachment, fear, envy, greed and folly. Mark's cast of characters runs the full range: cats and dogs, ninjas, children's dolls and chess pawns. From homelessness, greed and deforestation, to the apocalypse, he takes it on, expressing his mind in straightforward, tightly composed and finely tuned images.
Like road signs, the message of these paintings and sculptures is a clear and powerful call to attention. As Petersen says,
“This is a wake up call. An alarm.
Don’t push snooze. Again.”
Mark Peterson has been making art for 35 years. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. He lives here in Berkeley, admits to suffering from “compulsive image making disorder”, and is regularly sighted at Local 123 café.
ArtUp! Berkeley Group Show
January 7 – March 7, 2012
Local 123 gallery is thrilled to offer up its expansive white walls to the burgeoning and effervescent talents of student/artists participating in ArtUp! Berkeley. ArtUp! Berkeley Group Show is comprised of students from the Young Artists Workspace (YAWS) and Westside Studio. Both of these programs have been founded by art educator Jennifer Burke. The show features the work of artists of all ages from 5 to 55++. The artists have used a wide range of media to create a vivid collection of paper cuts, hand-sewn portraits, glowing metal blossoms, and flora inspired drawings.
The mission of ArtUp! Berkeley is to expand opportunities for the community to make, experience, and be transformed by art. By combining the work of students at YAWS and Westside Studio, ArtUp! taps into an incredible outpouring of creative excitement, characteristic of Berkeley’s artistic heritage and the love its residents have for art making.
Local 123 is pleased to showcase the artists involved in ArtUp! and to honor the local creative energy that has been unleashed right in our neighborhood at Westside Studio on Allston Way and at the Young Artist Workspace, located in Totland Park on Virginia St. Enjoy this wide assortment of highly crafted work made by both youth and adults who call Berkeley home.
Susan Felter - Mimi Plumb
November 4, 2011 - January 4, 2012
Local 123 is excited to present an exhibition that brings a touch of wilderness to the urban juncture of San Pablo and University Avenue. Mimi Plumb and Susan Felter explore natural beauty as it brushes against the edges of our man made environment. In Plumb’s images, we discover the sublimely confusing but equally exquisite horizon line of a horse’s back, seen up close. From afar, these could be mistaken for a view of the undulating hills of California, or white sand dunes, all blissfully untouched by encroaching developers. In Felter’s digital concoctions, nature’s dazzling beauty is juxtaposed with a sense of unease: reptiles are flying, tossed blades of grass loom large, a minuscule distant helicopter hovers in the sky above, birds flap among tiny electronic components.
Mimi Plumb’s large-scale color photographs of horses are part of an ongoing series, “Horse Backs”. Plumb writes, “ In these uncertain times, I’ve found myself asking--What is worth embracing? What is worth preserving? Horses, the line of their backs, the wind in their manes, the cold blue light of the late afternoon sky...”
The horses embody the landscape in their backs. They become the horizon and the horizon line, at times transforming into the rolling hills of the California landscape where I grew up, before tract houses and strip malls became the norm.”
Felter describes the beginning of her “Hunting and Gathering” series thus, "Flowers on a flat bed scanner look like 17th century “tromp l’œil" still-life paintings by Dutch masters who created fictional but hyper-realistic scenes that twisted the laws of nature. Assembling my own "post-natural” digital montages is disquieting but alluring. Words that come to me are ... visceral predatory delicious convoluted alien bejeweled camouflaged.... a thousand centuries of collision and collusion between nature and culture.”
Susan Felter was born in Oakland, California. She earned a BA in Psychology and Art from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in Motion Pictures from UCLA. In 1980 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her photo project “Rodeo Work.” Susan’s photographic art is in museum collections, and has been exhibited and published internationally. She was an associate professor of art at Santa Clara University from 1983 to 2010.
Mimi Plumb was born in Berkeley, received her MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and currently teaches photography at San Jose State University. Her work is in the permanent collection of museums nationally. She has received grants and fellowships from the California Arts Council, the Marin Arts Council, and the Phelan Art Award in Photography. Other projects include photographing for the California State Department of Housing and the United Farmworkers Union.
Limina: galactic paintings and textiles
Rosalie Z. Fanshel
August 12 - September 24, 2011
Fanshel's galactic paintings and textiles engage in representation of abstract subjects, like the cosmos, but the effect is personal and intimate. Intricately crafted scenes on both canvas and fabric, which then are ornately framed, allow the mind entry to both the poetics of space and the wonder found in explaining these spaces.
Fanshel explains that she is drawn to "the paradox between the micro and the macro, the physical and the ephemeral." And in her current series, Limina, "takes up the challenge of representing the visually unrenderable: gas, light and the movement of celestial bodies so vast that they appear formless."
Fanshel bravely and consciously delves into the murky territory of deep space data representation, and in particular the images published by laboratories of elusive astrological phenomena: "My paintings challenge the scientific authority of the popular Hubble Space Telescope images, which claim to provide accurate views of galaxies but in their structure actually recapitulate cultural representations of a longing for the divine familiar since the Renaissance."
Indicating her own structure, "[t]he window or frame in each piece signals a portal between the defined world of the viewer and the expanse of universe beyond," and her own methods for construction, "[i]n my textile painting An Inside View, for example, I constructed the central galaxy figure from over 15,000 French knots, taking more than 300 hours to complete," a tangible universe comes to the forefront.
Fanshel's process fascinatingly combines cultural history, new and ancient art techniques, and personal reflection, as she describes; "Limina is a formal as well as conceptual exploration. I use archival materials, protractor and compass to carefully recreate the abstract geometric patterns employed by Islamic astronomers to map the infinite. Each piece goes through multiple iterations of hand-drawn and digital sketches. Though I take full advantage of Photoshop in preparation for a piece, I feel an urgency to master the immediate language of painting in the context of a cybernated world. Thus the series is also a serious study in the Old Master use of glazes, brushstroke and composition."
We are honored to show Fanshel remarkable Limina series at Local 123, as she aptly remarked, "in a space that focuses on local community and the local food shed, even as the imagery is of the REALLY BIG (cosmic) community."
Curator (thru August 2011), Local 123
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