Wanton Expressions! Opening Reception: New Work from Barbosa Prince, JC Garrett, & Rocky Angel

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princegarrewttangel.2Reception for the Artists
September 19th, 2014
6 to 9pm

Fine Art has many incarnations, but much of what comes to the forefront of the art world is formulated to hit popular pressure points and is purposefully visually pleasing for an over the couch existence in the abodes of the bourgeoisie.

Underneath this green grass of pretty art, and its seemingly freshness, resides an underworld miasma of visual chaos that exposes the unknown, the darkness of human capabilities, and the depths of lust and deviation.  The three artists in Wanton Expressions! expose and celebrate these realms from politics to conspiracy to human desire.

Barbosa Prince paints the powers that shake the world from the horrors of the Mexican drug war to the hypocrisy of gross opulence in American society. His meta-expressionistic style is painterly manic, vivid in poetic representation, and unafraid in its execution.  JC Garrett employs digital media and touches upon unrestrained lust, and perverted desires with his imitable exquisite drawing style. He utilizes a variety of personalities, from 60’s pin ups and political figures to his alter egos, in compositions that touch upon subverting and degrading their positions of power. Rocky Angel demystifies the mysteries of the universe with his folk inspired storytelling paintings. From UFOs to the nature of religion and divine interference we gain insight into the workings of the world and the forces behind them.

Beautiful, decadent, and unapologetic these artists have the courage to paint wantonly without reservation or guilt!

 

Opening Reception: Process and Interpretation – New Work from David Burke and Clint Imboden

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Reception for the Artists: August 22nd, 2014 6- 9 pm

David Burke and Clint Imboden are artists who both engage in a high amount of focus on process and materials. Burke paints in a controlled chaos manner. He takes colorful inks and manages to guide them into creating vivid images of industrial architecture, representations of a variety of animal life, and objects. Their spilled appearance is highly controlled and painstakingly produced upon a mylar type ground that results in beautiful abstractions with translucent qualities. Imboden appropriates objects and redefines them by constructing sculptures that tend defeat the original purpose. His spheres of saw blades is a classic example of his ability to remove the material object intended role and create a sculpture of beautiful mathematics, symmetry and contradiction. His resin sculptures of militaria take deadly devices and diffuses them with candy colors which result in disarming happy feel-good visual experiences.  This show is not to be missed! Gallery hours Thursdays 12=5 pm and by appointment.

Opening Night: Photos from Ren Dodge’s Human Polaroid

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Ren Dodge gave patrons of INFERNO gallery an up-close an personal look at his process and how his Human Polaroid operates. Through the evening people were photographed but also invited into the camera to see first hand how the process works. The below photos are the result of this carnivalesque experience.

Human Polaroid: Family
Human Polaroid: Family
Human Polaroid: Artists - Tessa McKaig and Barbosa Prince
Human Polaroid: Artists – Tessa McKaig and Barbosa Prince
Human Polaroid: Chai
Human Polaroid: Chai

 

 

Human Polaroid: INFERNO Patrons
Human Polaroid: INFERNO Patrons
Human Polaroid: Anthony Henline
Human Polaroid: Anthony Henline
Human Polaroid: Hoodie Man
Human Polaroid: Hoodie Man

 

Human Polaroid: Artist - Mimi Vitetta
Human Polaroid: Artist – Mimi Vitetta
Human Polaroid - INFERNO Patrons
Human Polaroid – INFERNO Patrons

From the Eye to the Lens

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walker_vitteta_dodge_smlINFERNO Gallery presents a group show of three East Bay Photographers: Mimi Vitetta, Ren Dodge, and Lia Walker. Vitetta produces photographs that are familiar bay area images digitally enhanced and presented in light boxes. The overall feel is a surreal somewhat haunting vision of the world around her. Dodge has produced a series of photographs in his Human Polaroid. Reminiscent of carnival booths and a tradition of photography long passed, Dodge steps inside his human sized camera and takes portraits, sometimes with multiple exposures. The result are long exposure images that capture the soul of the subject in a time machine like manner. Walker creates elaborate stage settings that magnify the subjects of her portraits with whimsical decoration and brilliant use of color and light. The show opens July 25th, 6 to 9pm and is up through August 16th, 2014. INFERNO gallery is located in the Vulcan Lofts at 4401 San Leandro St. Oakland, CA 94601