It’s that time of year, and this week a host of vibrant city galleries are getting in the holiday spirit (well, only one of them in an explicit sense, unless you count wacky Dutch New Wave film screenings and existential meditations in graphite as “the holiday spirit”). For casual art lovers as well as aspiring collectors with year-end bonuses at their disposal, we’ve rounded up this week’s four most promising openings.
MTV VJ turned artist? Tabitha Soren joins photographer Brice Bischoff and multimedia artist Ellen Black in a group show at Johansson Projects. The three create surreal manipulations of otherwise ordinary environments like the Sutro Baths, Ocean Beach, and the Bronson Caves in LA, in a sense illustrating the power and mystery of Mother Nature. Bischoff's vibrant colors for the Bronson Cave pieces are juxtaposed with stark black-and-white contrast in his residue prints. Soren illustrates the foreboding doom inherent in an unpredictable sea, and Black imagines apocalyptic landscapes in dreamy video scapes.
Johansson Projects’ shows are always worth a peek -- here’s a look at the latest, opening Friday, July 7, at the Oakland gallery: “ibid.: featuring Jennie Ottinger.” I caught up with the Bay Area artist, who received an MFA from Mills College and a BFA from California College of the Arts and has shown in SF, Los Angeles, New York City, and Dallas.
How did you come to develop your paintings?