In a few weeks my solo show opens at the Transmission Gallery in Oakland, CA. The gallery is fairly new to the Oakland scene but within this short time they have mounted some ambitious shows. The current show, "Indisputable Still Life" exhibits works by David Kimball Anderson, Richard Shaw with John Waters and others. The previous show, "A Trapped in your Mind Feeling" was curated by Lucy Puls in conjunction with the very cool and experimental Aggregate Space Gallery, just across the street.
We are all searching and looking for a door to open for all of us and my career has been nothing but challenging since 2009 and despite that I have worked non stop in the trenches looking for a break either in the Applied Arts or the Fine Arts. My entire artistic career has been built around whatever external interest that can be brought to my work. Illustration, art education, art shows, commissions… heck, if you like the way that I chop wood I'd come over and chop your stack of wood. I try to connect.
On Friday the gallery folks traveled all the way up from the bay to my foothill studio to select the works that will make up this show and also requested some additional works in the final hours that now need to be made. It was the first time in my career that my work was reviewed in such a professional and academic way, it was so much fun for me and I love this art thing when it is going in your direction.
Here's to finding new doors and keeping all and every other door open.
Super thanks to Ruth Santee and Cameron Brian for this opportunity and also for being very nice and cool folks.
*below is a sample of some of the works that will be shown.
Richard Downs | Connections | Solo Show
Curated by Ruth Santee and Cameron Brian
December 6, 2013 - Opening 6-9pm
Exhibit December 6 - January 18, 2014
770 West Grand Avenue
wire sculpture photographs: michaelllewellyn.com