Nostomania, new work for my beloved homeland, Scotland, showing at
the fabulous Thomas Tosh, Thornhill, Scotland
Opening night Friday 26th of May, 6:30pm-9pm
And I am honored to be a Springback artist for Spring Fling 2017 open studios
also at Thomas Tosh
Spring Fling Weekend
Sat 27th-Mon 29th 10:30am - 5pm
So looking forward to catching up with old friends and making new ones.
Stop by and visit my plates, jouet optique, and 'wee ghosties'
showing along side other fine works of art and one of a kind hand painted plates
The Compound Gallery
August 27th - October 16th
1167 65th st Oakland.
Open Weds-Sun 12pm-7pm
Opening this weekend at Topaz Salon,
Collages by me alongside the beautiful photographs by Ralph Moon
Come join us this Saturday for the opening evening
2003 Hopkins @ the Solano tunnel, Berkeley.
Opening this Saturday the 6th of June 6-9pm
So proud to be in this show with Amy Burek!
Curated by the wonderful Toni Gentilli
Please come visit me, Amy, Toni, Granny Josephine (above)
and new works by Martin Webb and Lisa Wicka
will be on display in the main gallery and the Fabrefaction gallery.
INVISIBLE FORCES: AMY BUREK AND KATE MINK
In the Compound Studio Artist Gallery
June 6th – July 12th, 2015
1167 65th st, Oakland, CA
Invisible Forces – Amy Burek and Kate Mink
Curated by Toni Gentilli
Microbes and memory can both play tricks on a person’s senses prompting one to
momentarily act, think, or feel differently – unlike themselves – be it through an
undetected illness or ambiguous yet intense recollection. Genetic code and
photographs, on the other hand, reaffirm who we are in a conspicuous, tangible way,
as physical evidence of evolution, familial lineage, and personal history. Two
mixed-media artists, Amy Burek and Kate Mink use these corporeal phenomena to
creatively manifest the invisible forces that influence us, whether hereditary or
imaginary. Although these artists’ subject matter seem at odds with one another, they
are equally mysterious and awe-inspiring. Together, Burek and Mink reveal that perhaps
the distinction between the magic of twenty-first century biosciences and the beliefs of
nineteenth century Spiritualism is less perceptible than we thought.
Kate Mink constructs wistful mixed-media collages with found antique photographs and
other historic ephemera. Her delicate work is tinged with equal parts beauty and
melancholy, like Victorian mourning art made with human hair twisted and woven into
impossibly ornate designs that often enshrouded images of loved ones lost. Mink
transforms anonymous portraits into familiars, shadowy silhouettes of possibly known but
imperfectly remembered spirits from another time. She sews and screenprints onto them
ectoplasm-like emanations and gilded auras reminiscent of Spirit Photography. Her
work conjures the power that photographic images once held over us with the valency
of a physical imprint, the light-traced visages of kith and kin to be held, cherished, and
kept safely in a vest pocket or in the clasp of a locket, close to one’s heart. Mink’s
clever use of carte de visites (personal calling cards that predate the internet, but in
retrospect, functioned like an analog Facebook) demonstrates the imperceptible allure
of charismatic personalities, regardless of our relation to them, our historic fascination
with celebrity and self-aggrandizement, as well as an ongoing obsession with taking
and collecting photographic images
Amy Burek creates what at first glance appear to be straightforward silkscreen and
letterpress prints unencumbered by extraneous decoration. Burek’s work, however, is
anything but matter-of-fact. The imagery and information she layers together derive
from her years working in microbiology. Through her art, Burek slyly offers insight into the
horrifying and humorous aspects of the unseen world of bacteria, DNA, and biotoxins.
Take for example the piece, Actinomycetales. The phrase “The Scent of Rain” is printed
in sky blue across a halftone of an extreme close-up image captured beneath the lens
of a scanning electron microscope. The work’s title refers to a soil-dwelling bacteria that
produces an organic compound called geosmin, which is the source of the scent we
associate with a summer storm. A related piece depicts Pseudomonas syringae, an
airborne bacteria naturally present in the atmosphere. Scientists have determined that
it is an ice-nucleating pathogen capable of inducing freezing conditions required for
cloud formation and precipitation at warmer temperatures than inorganic particulate
matter alone. Proteins isolated from Pseudomonas syringae are used in cloud seeding
and artificial snow manufacture, proving that although it is impossible for us mere
mortals to control the weather, with the help of bacteria, we can make it rain.
First, coming up on the 22nd of May 'The Strikeaway Show' at Paxton Gate Kids !
I am thrilled to have 2 pieces in this amazing show of Matchbook/box art done by over 200 artists worldwide. Curated by Courtney Cerruti and Alicia Dornadic.
Opening 22nd May 6-9pm - 30th of June.
Paxton Gate's Curiosities For Kids
766 Valencia St, San Francisco, California 94110
Second, I am honoured to have pieces in:
Michael Tunk and Friends
2nd Friday Opening Reception: June 12th, 6pm-9pm
Exhibition runs: June 6th - June 30th, 2015
Where: K Gallery, Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda
Open for Pro Arts - East Bay Open Studios
June 6th & 7th, 11am-6pm
June 13th & 14th 11am-6pm
The K Gallery at Rhythmix presents Small Worlds, a collection of scaled down and miniature works displaying a variety of rendering techniques ranging from collage to micron pen and ink drawings. Though physically smaller, the works explore the limits of content density and labor intensiveness within a confined space.
In the tradition of Persian and Western Medieval illustrated manuscripts, the smaller scales of the images engage the viewer at an immediate distance, welcoming them to enter a presented microcosm of each artist’s worldview. Though each of the artists create their own world through personal experience and sphere of interest as well as physical psycho-geography, they may often find such overlapping and universal themes as occultism, futurism, myth and lore. The images exhibited by the artists are representations of both individual and universal archetypes within the small world of perception in the mind. Therefore, each piece may become a small world in and of itself.
Featuring works by:
Cara Davis, Owen Everett, Rosie Morales, Edward Swanson, Katie McCann, Frank Morison, Kate Mink, Thomas Young, Winston Smith, Emily Bonnes, Justin Angelos, Frank Morison and Michael Tunk
fantastic flyer made by the unstoppable Michael Tunk with help from his wee daughter!