Light/Dark at Berkeley Art Center with Enrique Chagoya

The California Society of Printmakers opened the Light/Dark show juried by Enrique Chagoya last night to a packed house. It was the first time I remember being claustrophobic in a crowd since being manually pressed into a Japanese train ten years ago, but the show was well displayed (especially for a group show of this size) and the Light/Dark theme was perfect for printmakers. I would recommend going on a quiet afternoon on the heels of a walk through the rose garden.

Some highlights from the show below are Jenny Robinson‘s Billboards and Debra Jewell‘s Soberanes.

Event: Light/Dark
Venue: Berkeley Art Center
Dates:April 2 – May 22, 2011
Ambiance: perfect North Berkeley – perfumed by prehistoric flowers

Reduction Relief Demo

Do I look like I’m imparting wisdom?

We we are at this summer’s Camp Kala high school printmaking course where I was invited to give a reduction-relief demo. The print that I am holding as the example is by Cameron Bentley and was part of the Plain Brown Wrapper trade portfolio in which we both participated in 2008. It is one of the best examples of a step-by-step reduction linocut that I own, and has become a useful teaching tool. The portfolio also came in a very posh cloth-covered box that I cherish for its smooth expanse of cover and crisp edges; it is sturdy and navy and looks like it should house military secrets.

Event: Reduction Relief Demo
Venue: Kala Gallery Classroom, Berkeley, CA
Dates: July 28, 2010
Ambiance: glass-paned wall, plenty of light, attentive students – though not many questions

The Evolution of Print

They’re finally here! A trade show in Las Vegas gave me the excuse to walk the Oakland Airport from the tip of Terminal 1 to the tail of the Southwest wing (as if the convention center had not satiated my desire to walk long distances). But I must say, the show is lovely. The Oakland Museum has done a wonderful job. The lighting is warm and inviting, and the prints – broken into three displays throughout the terminals – give a diverse, but coherent taste of the many things Kala has to offer.


Happy flying!

Evolution of Print: Artists of Kala

The highest-security show of which I’ve ever been a part (with the highest-dollar entrance fee): Evolution of Print: Artists of Kala is curated by the Oakland Museum and located in the gallery space between terminal 1 and 2 at the Oakland International Airport. (I believe that this is very near, if not right across from Hung Liu’s gorgeous glass cranes.) We have not yet gotten the clearance to see it (not having the necessary plane tickets to pass through security), but I will get back to you with pictures after a visit to my sister in Norfolk, VA. Happy traveling!

Also, I’d like to thank Kaoru Kitagawa for having my pieces professionally framed.

Show: Evolution of Print: Artists of Kala
Venue: OAK International Airport Gallery
Dates: August 28 November 27
Ambiance: you’ll either be running past, or killing time

New Work at Kala

It may be made of only plastic bags, masking tape, and hot glue, but Yasuaki Onishi’s work was well received Thursday night at Kala Art Institute’s Residency Projects Part II. Onishi’s large-scale installations fill much of the open gallery at Kala’s new location and appear to be very at home in the structure. It is worth the trip just to relate to the hair-like tangle of black glue which cannot help but send your mind along strings of analogies – the brain, consciousness, emergentism, and sticky fingers.

On the other side of the gallery, the large-scale photographs of Ali Richards are also worth examination, but the pin-up display did prove to be a little distracting in this venue. For a more intimate encounter with her work, this is a good site.

The OnView work, scattered throughout the gallery, presents a nice showing this time. One of my pieces can be found in the main archive, although for more recent work, I would urge you to visit the gallery at Oakland International Airport’s Kala exhibition, or the Kensington library, starting on September 2nd.

Show: Residency Projects Part II

Venue: Kala Art Institute Gallery, Berkeley CA
Dates: August 26 –
Ambiance: delicate work in a large, calcified shell

Kala Show: Residency Projects Part I (and secret fame)


The Kala fellowship residency show is currently up in the new space. Here is a closer view of Chris Turbuck’s graphic novel in its un-bound form. Chris has become such a fixture in the workshop over these past 6 months, I don’t know what it will be like without him and his elaborate tupperware-contained lunches.

Also, I cannot help myself… May I please point out a small claim to fame: Chris used me as the model for the woman getting ready for the interview in the back of this frame. Recognize anyone?

Show: Residency Projects Part I
Venue: Kala Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
Dates: July 16 – August 15, 2009
Ambiance: high ceilings, high walls

Monotype Marathon 2009

Saturday was spent enjoying the company of other Kala AIRs who, like me, were volunteering for the San Jose ICA’s Monotype Marathon Extravaganza! Twelve sponsored artists spent the entire day monoprinting at Kala with press help from the printmakers. The prints will be sold at auction in July to benefit the Institute.

I haven’t made my contribution yet, but will post as soon as it develops…

Event: Monotype Marathon
Venue: Kala Studio, Berkeley, CA
Date: May 30, 2009
Ambiance: messy inking tables, thick damp stack of Rives BFK

New Work from Kala

The new gallery space at Kala is opening its doors officially to the public on May 1, so please stop by to see the first show, Re:con-figure and selected work from Kala artists in residence. My works in the On-View segment of the show, curated by Yuzo Nakano, will be Margaret and the Mirror, and Raising the Umbrella.

Show: Re:con-figure
Venue: Kala Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
Dates: May 1 – August 15, 2009
Ambiance: high ceilings, high walls