Author: John

Outwit the Monster

ONLINE GROUP EXHIBITION
8TH – 29TH OCTOBER 2021

WOW x WOW Gallery proudly presents Outwit the Monster.
One of the biggest fears and challenges that faces every creative at one time or another, is the creative block. Reasons for the rising of these barriers to inspiration are numerous and include the fear of imperfection; physical and mental exhaustion; the pressures of a deadline; an existential crisis; etc. Diagnosing the cause of a creative slump may make it easier to break through it, however, building up an arsenal of techniques to combat or prevent this dreaded condition is well worth the effort. What works best for each individual on each separate occasion is going to be entirely personal and tailored to the circumstances, although some tried and tested jump starts are, changing routines; getting outdoors; engaging in monotonous tasks; allowing yourself to fail; talking to other creatives; just turning up (in other words, not waiting for inspiration to strike before starting work). This exhibition is in honour of every creative who has battled with the wild beast and managed to ‘Outwit the Monster’.


Monster Drawing Rally 2021

LIVE DRAWING EVENT & FUNDRAISER
Monster Drawing Rally 2021
Saturday, October 9, 2021
2-6:30 PM
OUTDOORS: Alabama Street between 19th Street and 20th Street in San Francisco

Combining the energy of a monster truck rally with the creativity and brilliance of the Bay Area art community, Southern Exposure’s annual Monster Drawing Rally is a can’t-miss event. And this year it’s back to being in person Saturday, October 9, 2-6:30 PM.

The Monster Drawing Rally is an incredible afternoon of artmaking and fundraising where over 100 artists create brand new work right before your eyes in a frantic race against the clock. As you spy on the creative process, you’ll see sketches morph into full-fledged artworks – immediately available for just $100 each.

As part of our commitment to support artists during these challenging times, all participating artists have the option to receive up to a 50% commission of the sale, with remaining proceeds going directly to further our work at Southern Exposure.


Ethereal Folk @ RPS

October 1 – October 30, 2021

RPS Collective in Oakland, CA, is honored to host artists working to visually interpret depths of spooky folklore. Across the world stories are traded, fables shared and expanded, in myth, magic, mysticism, and ominous lore.

Art by: Allegra Rush, Aydan Donato, Chris Granillo, Daryll Peirce, Eduardo Valadez, Felicia Ann, Gata Lata, John Casey, Kristina Eng, Kristine Holohan, Liliana Herrera, LuxMan Jhula, Pancho Pescador, Peter Pendergrass, Sasha Laurel, Sloan Paige, Suzie Ferras, and Zachary Sweets.

Rock Paper Scissors Collective
2120 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland, CA 94612
Hours: Wed 4-7 / Thu 2-7 / Fri 2-7 / Sat 1-5


Svane Family Foundation

“Safety Cage”, 2021, mixed media, 35″ x 11.5″ x 11.5″

SEPTEMBER 16 – 30, 2021
San Francisco Art Institute, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard

Excited to be part of the @svanefoudnation Ark exhibition and benefit auction, opening September 16th! Commissioned at the height of the pandemic, the 100 works included represent the diversity and brilliance of Bay Area artists, reflect on this historic era, and share visions of what to carry into the future. All auction proceeds go back into the local arts community via @artspansf.

Art makes the Bay Area the vibrant, creative, and innovative place we love to call home. Don’t miss this exhibition, spread the word, and plan your bids today—register to receive the auction preview at svaneff.org.

The foundation committee asked grant artists to use the theme of the Ark as a way of navigating through difficult times (pandemic, social unrest, political chaos, etc.) and create a work of art to reflect that idea. My work is “Safety Cage,” a mixed media piece that conveys the following:

“’Safety Cage’ is a kind of pandemic self-portrait. I envisioned humanity traversing the dark land in dark times, each individual isolated in their own safety cage. This cage is personal ark, mobile but contained. And contained inside is human hope, in the form of an awkward and fragile golden flower, waiting to be released once the dark times have passed, to grow and thrive again. Through this isolation comes self discovery, contemplation, and the desire to be delivered and to emerge stronger and more golden.”

Ark Exhibitions artists include Aaron De La Cruz, Adam 5100, Adreinne Waheed, Adrian Burrell, Alicia McCarthy, Amy Palms, Amy X Neuburg, Andy Vogt, Angela Hennessy, Anna Valdez, Antonio Vidal, Asma Kazmi, Barry McGee, Brett Amory, Brian Singer, Butterfly Williams, Camila Magrane, Casey Gray, Cate White, Chad Hasegawa, Chanell Stone, Chelsea Wong, Chris Duncan, Chris Johanson, Christopher Martin, Cliff Hengst, Courtney Desiree Morris, Dana Dart-McLean, Dana King, Davina Semo, Dionne Lee, Dohee Lee, Donna Personna, Eli Thorne, Ellen Bruno, Emilio Villalba, Eric Johnston, Erica Deeman, Esther Elia, GATS, Gina M. Contreras, HP Mendoza, J. John Priola, J.L. King, Jake Ricker, Jeffrey Cheung, Jeremy Fish, Jessica Hess, John Casey, Justin Hoover, Katie Gong, Kelly Tunstall , Ferris Plock , Kevin Earl Taylor, Kindah Khalidy, Klea McKenna, Kristin Farr, Kristine Mays, Lady Henze, Lauren Elder, Linda Connor, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Madeleine Tonzi, Marcus Shelby, Maria Guzmán Capron, Mark Garrett, Mary Joy, Mary D. Watkins, Melanie DeMore, Meryl Pataky, Michelle Pred, Monica Denevan , Muzae, Nina Wise, Oliver DiCicco, Paul Madonna Studio, Peter Cordova, Rabbit Garcia, Rachel Lena Esterline, Robert Bowen, Ruby Neri, Sam Vernon, Sarah Hotchkiss, Seth Eisen, Sheila Ghidini, Steve Ferrera, Sydney Cain, tamara suarez porras, Tammy Rae Carland, Tan Sirinumas, Terri Loewenthal, Terry Furry, Tess Davis, Tosha Stimage, Trevor Ewald, t.w.five, Kyle Lypka and Tyler Cross, Val Britton, Yarrow Slaps, Yétundé Olagbaju, and Zac Scheinbaum.


Posies: a Pocketful @ Gearbox Gallery

Two sculptures I have in this show

Aug 26 – Oct 2, 2021
Opening Reception on Saturday, August 28th, from 1-3pm

Curated By Ruth Santee

Throughout history, flowers have commanded human attention. Our relationship with flowers is special. In many ways it is symbiotic. Most flowers are cultivated and require human care, wild flowers being the exception. In return, flowers provide us with a rich cultural, and sensory experience. There are countless cultural and scientific references to flowers throughout history. Humans have designated the flower as a symbol of birth, death, love and honor. We adorn our bodies, our homes, our churches and our graveyards with them. We pick them, plant them, buy them, pollenate with them, draw them, sculpt them, dry them, eat them, preserve them and heal with them. For most people flowers carry enormous symbolism, provide soothing sympathy and are an integral part of many of cultural ceremonies. Flowers heighten our awareness. By using all of our senses, our continued relationship with flowers connects us to each other and the environment.

This exhibit promises more than mere reverence for the “flower”. Posies: A Pocketful explores the unique interpretations 11 established artists have with this subject matter. Posies in this exhibit include: Bronze, steel Ikebana, abstracted zip tie flowers, ceramic blossoms, dancing paper mache flowers, illuminated neon flora, floral assemblage of found objects, paper flowers, and flowers on paper.

The exhibiting artists are:
David Kimball Anderson
Jerry Barrish
Lynn Beldner
John Casey
Cheryl Coons
Roger Daniells
Vicki Gunter
Carrie Lederer
Ruth Santee
Tiffanie Turner
Franca Van Allen

Gearbox Gallery
770 West Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
510-271-0822
info@gearboxgallery.com