We were just carried away with Jessica Jenkins’ solo show at FM Gallery in Oakland. Eclectix stumbled upon the exhibition while visiting nearby ZeroFriends Gallery located on 25th Street. The front windows have curly-Q metal works across them, which first caught our attention and then the art inside roped us in. Luckily someone was coming out so we were able to pop in to see Jessica’s show (the gallery has limited hours, check their site).
Jessica’s show is titled fahr-muh-kol-uh-jee (pharmacology for all you brain-dead people out there, like me). It is mostly anatomically based graphite works, beautifully rendered and displayed in an elegant presentation. The graceful and clean graphic design of the exhibition card (above), deftly convey the show’s ambiance.
There is an overall vintage feel to the hangings and imagery – as if one was transported to a Victorian science salon. The gallery space is on the smaller side with artists’ studios in back.
A large painting (above) covers one wall that speaks volumes for itself – a commanding nude with her insides tumbling out. It always amazes me that something so grotesque as inner organs can be so beautifully represented by artists. Up against the next wall is a huge, incredible altar and painting titled Altar To Modern Medicine. (below)
If all this wasn’t enough, Jessica also has wonderful sculptures and yet more gorgeous drawings in her back studio space (below), so make sure you ask to see them.
The exhibition is up until December 30th, 2012.
Hours: Saturdays 1-5pm, Sunday-Friday by appointment. Every first Friday of the month 6-10pm during the Oakland Art Murmurpermalink.