Book Nook: Alice Leora Briggs, Dreamland Art
Written by Charles Bowden with art and illustrations by Alice Leora Briggs, Dreamland: The Way out of JuÃ¡rez. is a dark and moving treatise on the brutality of daily life in Juárez, Mexico, where members of the Juarez cartel rule with a brutal hand.
Featured Artist: Avery Palmer
Avery Palmer is a true multi media artist – creating ceramics, paintings and drawings of complementary and serious beauty. His subjects are imbued with an antiquated warm color palette and like vintage shape shifters, they pose in surreal compositions, often in side-show like structures.
Featured Artist: Agostino Arrivabene
Agostino Arrivabene is an Italian artist, creating incredible surreal impossibilities with an old master’s skill set. Falling into the deep category of Wunderkammern “rooms of wonders”, they are mystical visions from inside the artist’s head – sharing a world of wonderment. From humans who grow coral wreath limbs – to floating spirits shaped like microscopic parasites, his work takes us to all the right places.
Featured Artist: Klaus Haapaniemi
Klaus Haapaniemi’s artwork is inspired by nature, Finnish folklore, fantasy and traditional decorative arts.They’ve a silkscreened feel to them with super saturated color and clean edges. Animated flora and fauna pose, surrounded by bright patterns and splashes of modern graphics.
Jasmine Worth is a painter we’ve long admired, with a darkly surreal style. Her imagery is composed mostly of smaller works – women in cloaked religious attire, saintly iconic souls. Sometimes they float, eerily beheaded or embracing Eraserhead-like infants, sometimes they bleed sorrowfully and sometimes they just give you “that look” – all knowing and soulfully spiritual.
The Art of Giving is the new exhibition which opened Friday at Gary Francis Fine Art, in Alameda. It is a strong show, full of varied and excellent pieces, different medias and styles. Mostly all local contemporary artists, it is a fine representation of talent – every piece brought something new and interesting to the table.