Working out of Studios 11 in Oakland’s Ironworks district, Terry Furry (pronounced like the english word “fury”), creates beautiful, graphic-realism oil paintings featuring faces, body parts, mythological gods, and the occasional random object.
His figurative paintings are composed of tightly placed sections of saturated pigment deliberately left unblended. By neighboring areas of distinct color Terry’s portraits look like flesh-toned oil spills, or, as he aptly puts it, “topographical.” These puddles of color sensuously map the contours of the human body, emphasizing light and shadow.
Emerging artist, Jason Vo spends at least five hours a day in his cozy studio in outer Mission. Located at the end of a winding corridor within a larger complex, Vo’s space is equipped with the essentials: a computer for music and image references, painting tools, a window for fresh air, and a cooler of beers. In the hallway hang several “mess-ups.” The collection of rejects unintentionallyprovides a timeline charting Vo’s progression from geometric abstraction to realistic portraiture. Above the three steps leading away from his studio hangs an attempt at painting a seated woman, her face now crudely painted with a smiley face.
The Midway’s latest exhibition, Curious Constructions, officially opened to the public last Friday, September 11th with an eclectic mix of art and music. A midst the soulful beats of Left University’s live hip hop performance, visitors were treated to the amazing works of three California-based artists: Eric Staller, Mike Shine and Clint Imboden. Stepping through the Midway’s warehouse entrance, viewers are first treated to the light painting photographs of Eric Staller whose work hovers between performance art and documentary photography. Staller’s light drawings, from the 1970s, captures the trans formative moments of desolate New York City streets into electrifying dreamscapes. Milling about with hors-d’oeuvres in hand, visitors actively discussed possible techniques used to make these images.