Bay Area Currents
Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, California
June 23 -July 24 2009
Selections by curator Kevin Chen
This exhibition of 11 artists collectively embody four main areas of exploration: the relationship between nature and humanity and the unanticipated results of this fusion, the prevalence and consequences of a predominant consumer culture, the manifestation of identity and personality through the increasingly dying medium of hand written text, and the world individually depicted through portraiture.
These artists utilize traditional media in new inventive ways and stake out fresh territory with resourceful and novel means of image and art production. We are extremely fortunate to have such a vibrant, creative, and consistently inquisitive community of artists in the Bay Area, whose work asks us to see daily life with reinvigorated perspective and solicits both an emotional and intellectual response to broad issues and concerns affecting all of us.
Kevin B. Chen