The Passion for Frida exhibition opened last Saturday to a super packed house in the beautiful and bright new space – known as Sanchez Contemporary. We love and obsess over all things Frida Kahlo and the amount of dynamic, passionate and inspired imagery honoring Frida in this show are terrific. We’ve selected a few of our favorite artworks here – this is definitely a must see exhibition!
Featured Artist: Rebecca Szeto
Recycling old paintbrushes into iconic portraiture, Rebecca Szeto has found a wonderful niche for her artworks. After all, don’t we all hate throwing away our well loved paintbrushes? And they all end up with their own character and personality, just like people. I love the crude and sometimes crusty buildup on the garments where the paint has dried up, time after time.
FotoFix: Beth Moon
The Diamond Nights of Beth Moon are jewels of star studded skies set against immense, ancient and marvelous trees. These photographs make us believe in magic – so ethereal and full of majestic beauty that they leave the viewer breathless with awe.
Red Tide at Bash Contemporary
Red Tide is an exhibit of the Oyster Pirates group (Sri Whipple, Jason Wheatley/Ti Ku, and Christian Michael) – new solo and collaborative paintings featuring Martin Stensaas as well as Sunny Strasburg and Benjamin Wiemeyer. All wonderful solo painters on their own – together they create magical and mystical layered surreal kingdoms of extravagance.
Alina Chau has a light, delicate and whimsical touch, which hearkens us back to early Sixties poster art – illustrations touched by magic and hope. Youthful innocence and fairy tale kingdoms float softly through her watercolors, often embellished with decorative patterns. There is a unique freedom and positivity to her images, gestural looseness and a contagious childlike love of life. She has an upcoming solo show Voyage, in the Elmwood district of Berkeley, featuring her travel and landscape inspired works.
Scott Hove’s Cakeland
Artist Scott Hove, our favorite local master of teeth, art, design and all things cake, will be closing down his monumental Cakeland in Oakland. Scott is moving to Los Angeles where he just purchased a warehouse, downtown. If you haven’t had a chance to wander through Cakeland, his strange fantasia of decorated creamy artworks – make sure you don’t miss this last local chance to take a trip through the gargantuan installation!