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K GALLERY at Rhythmix Cultural Works

The mission of Rhythmix Cultural Works is to bring people together through culture and the arts. The exhibitions shown in the K Gallery are constantly evolving to reflect the vitality of the Bay Area cultural arts community. Gallery Hours: Wed, 6:00 to 9:00 pm or call to schedule an appointment.


Now ShowingSmall Worlds
Coming Soon: Through Her Eyes

Small Worlds

Small Worlds

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
 
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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, Pons Maar, Kate Mink, Thomas Young, Winston Smith, Emily Bonnes, Justin Angelos, Frank Morison and Michael Tunk
 

Michael Tunk

Michael Tunk takes photographs and magazines from the 1800’s-1980’s and re-contextualizes them into something beautiful. He takes refused detritus and spins a yarn of gold. He takes the weight from a hoarders home and fixes it into aesthetic candy. His pieces are never photoshopped, he uses only Xacto blades and what’s left of the bones in his wrists.

Artwork: “The Unknown Rider Killshot”

Michael Tunk - The UnknownRider Killshot

Thomas Young - “Explain Yourself!”

My desk is usually cluttered with magazines and cut-out pictures from magazines ranging from the 1920s to the 1970s. I move the cut-outs around, flip through the magazines, looking for something that clicks with the background image I’ve chosen, or the phrase, joke, or pun repeating in my head. That’s how it goes. “One of these days”, I tell myself, “I’ll organize all of this into subject matter.” But I don’t think I’m being truthful with myself; I need the mess for that gem to jump out.

Artwork: “Life or Death”

Thomas Young - Life or Death

Pons Maar

Pons Maar chooses only the tastiest, top quality images from undisclosed archives. He combines them in ways that confuse and delight.

Artwork: Isthmus Of Raquel

Pons Maar - Isthmus Of Raquel

Emily Brock Bonnes

For the show Small Worlds I created a series of insect illustrations. These illustrations evoke nostalgia for the work of early naturalists before the advent of the camera. Emily Bonnes is the assistant manager at Redux Studios and Gallery in Alameda.

Artwork: Snail 
 Emily Brock Bonnes - Snail

Justin Angelos

Justin Angelos was born in 1971 in Los Angeles, Ca. After spending many years on the road with a job in the tradeshow industry Justin now lives in Burlingame, Ca where he is a fulltime stay at home dad and artist. Life, death, loss and rebirth play a major role in the forming of many of his ideas. He is inspired by the current state of our world and the debris man leaves in his wake. Primitive culture, the animal world and to today’s fast paced and disposable society add fuel to his work.

Artwork: Clergy 
 Justin Angelos - Clergy

Katie McCann

As a child, I lived in a wonder world of faeries, witches, science fiction and botany. Not much has changed, the only difference being that I record all of my thoughts and stories in the form of intricately cut and pieced together collages. I like everything old and a little tired so I seek out images and photographs that are antique, vintage and forgotten. I transform these paper memories and records into other worldly creatures who are sometimes static like specimens and at other times are surviving in a unique habitat. I am rooted in the tradition of old fashioned childhood where discovery was at the bottom of the garden in amongst the crushed leaves, the lilac and the fungi. I hope that the creatures I uncovered in that quiet landscape are reflected in my collages.

Artwork: Fundiform 

 Katie McCann - Fundiform

Winston Smith

Punk Art Sur­re­al­ist Win­ston Smith, a mas­ter of “hand-carved” col­lage, has been craft­ing his thought-provoking art since the 1970’s. After being abroad for six years, Win­ston returned to Amer­ica and was aston­ished by the com­pla­cency the Amer­i­can pub­lic exhib­ited towards the cor­po­rate dom­i­na­tion in their soci­ety. Win­ston began tak­ing “safe” images from mag­a­zines and com­bin­ing them to cre­ate polit­i­cally charged works of art that chal­lenge the viewer to con­front incon­gruities and polit­i­cal para­doxes of mod­ern soci­ety.

Artwork: “When Think Tanks Think”
 Winston Smith - When Think Tanks Think

Kate Mink

Kate Mink is a Scottish mixed media artist living in Berkeley. Using collage, encaustic and silkscreen techniques, Kate traps found images and old paper between waxen layers, embroiders lost photographs with threads and beads to create new lives for forgotten things.  

Artwork: “Mes petites” 
 Kate Mink - Mes petites

Cara Davis

Cara Davis is from Ladbroke Grove, London, England where she creative ability was developed. Drawn to South Africa aged 20 she worked and travelled, discovering the richness of the region. Soon after her journey of discovery brought her to California. Now living and working in Alameda, California here she was reawakened to the power of artistic expression to make sense of the world.

Artwork: One Day Dreams Will Come True 
 Cara Davis - One Day Dreams Will Come True

Frank Morison

Frank Morison is a cut-and-paste collage artist based in Oakland. Primarily using print materials of the 20th century and present day, his artwork attempts to synthesize current affairs and culture in light of their historical development, or else to produce a non-temporal expression altogether. Contradiction and honesty on the page demonstrate his view of collage as a medium critical of our society.

Artwork: California III 
 Frank Morison - California III

 

Owen Everett

The lines that form Owen Everett's detailed images of machinery and urban tangle are automatons in their own right. They form a dense societal structure that shapes their appearance, the direction in which they move, and their intersection with other lines. The sum of their parts may collectively appear to form a circle or a polygon that may in turn resemble a mechanical finger, or a building's cornice. That the interaction of these lines collected forms an image, that in turn can be assigned intent, is incidental. The primary intent of each line is to exist, and to form a stable foundation for the next line. In such, Owen's work is as much a product of process, as in celebration and expression.

Artwork: Hammer Titan

 

Owen Everett - Hammer Titan

 

Rosie Morales

As humans, we are often inertly drawn to images which are high in occult, religious or metaphysical symbolism. Across cultures, the same myths and folktales will often repeat or echo each other, creating a language of allegories and imagery across time and space which speaks to our innermost psyche. As an artist, I am highly inspired by Jungian archetypes and dream symbolism, as well as the intricacies of early alchemical texts and images. My work attempts to link contemporary folklore with ancient mythos through the syntax and semantics of icons and illustration.

Artwork: St Bax 

Rosie Morales - St Bax

 

Edward Swanson

These works are merely an exercise in the automatic: the scribble of the subconscious mind to express or imply a state of consciousness.  Raw, unrefined, and unstructured, these works are not burdened by the constraints of artistic technical prowess, or premeditated ego driven high concepts.  Rather, the only intention is to manifest images without concise intention altogether.  The work is a reflection of profound visceral instinct of the Artist, or rather a recollection of latent desires and unrecorded obsessions.  Therefore, in function the drawings become a symbolic language of the “subliminal immateria,” rather than that of the contrived corporeal experience.  This is the mind in a state of Oblivion.  These are the memories of Savage Gods.

Artwork: Untitled

 

Edward Swensen Untitled


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Through Her Eyes

  

2nd Friday Opening Reception: July 10th, 6pm-9pm
Wine, Women & Song - In Conjunction: Saturday, August 22 from 4pm-10pm
Exhibit Runs: July 10–September 4, 2015 
Where: K Gallery, Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda

 



K Gallery presents Through Her Eyes featuring eight East Bay artists working in a range of media to illuminate the varied lenses through which women see the world. From casseroles to mythic archetypes, from bowling balls to dreamscapes, the artists, Carol Aust, Charlie Milgrim, Deborah O’Grady, Ginny Parsons, KC Rosenberg, Susan Scott, Deborah Sullivan, and Jan Watten embrace things that have become ordinary, to reignite mystery and delight.

Carol Aust

Aust’s paintings endeavor to express the human need for connection and belonging and the challenge of achieving both. Each figure in her paintings is at some critical turning point in a journey; they are emotionally charged narrative fragments infused with a mysterious tension and secrecy.”

Artwork: Beach Dancer

Beach Dancer - Carol Aust

Charlie Milgrim

In my work I respond to life as I see and feel its surges; irrational, irreverent and reverberating. I am constantly challenged to edit my impulses and form digestible images.

Artwork: Golfing on Venus

 

Golfing on Venus - Charlie Milgrim

 

Deborah O’Grady

Groups of three women carry archetypal meaning.  Where are the Graces, and Fates to regulate our activities and shape our fate?  Perhaps they, like mythological Daphne are trapped within the trees.  In the series “Grove,” I imagine these metamorphosed women emerging from the trees, with enigmatic expressions and unknown powers, re-animated and ready to resume their roles in these dangerous and mythic times.

Artwork: Three Women

Three Women - Deborah O'Grady

Ginny Parsons

For this series I painted with laundry detergent and fingernail polish, products traditionally used by women. "Land and Sea" was inspired by the estuary, a short walk from my home and also by the Piazzoni murals in the De Young.

Artwork: Land and Sea 6

 Land and Sea 6 - Ginny Parsons

 

KC Rosenberg

When my mom persuasively said, "it's Casserole Night!",  it meant she’d be rehashing leftovers into a new meal in order to save time and resources. Casserole Night is a series that comes of a driven challenge to use every drip of paint and put every studio move and impulse into a work. Layers of grids and dots in vibrant, active repetition become an ordering of instances: breath suspended, pattern shifted... encapsulating life's tiniest and yet momentous evidence into one-pot canvases. Nothing goes to waste, as I allow the momentum or excess of one canvas to become the basis for the next, with not a single gap between starting and ending the works.

Artwork: Adios Sunset Surprise

Adios Sunset Surprise - KC Rosenberg

 

Susan Scott

My work is an allegorical exploration of existential, psychological, and spiritual ideas. I’m particularly interested in exploring our relationship with nature on a psychological level, including the notion that we think of nature as separate from ourselves, as an unlimited commodity to be used up, owned or conquered. What sort of flaw has evolved in humans, that makes us destroy the very thing we need to ensure our meaning and survival on Earth? Carl Jung said “The world hangs by a thin thread, and that thread is the psyche of man. ... What if something goes wrong with the psyche?” I think this is one of the most profound and important questions ever posed and it informs much of my work.

Artwork: A Phantasmal Peace

A Phantasmal Peace - Susan Scott 

Deborah Sullivan

My large clay sculptures are autobiographical totems. Their stories are a map of my personal landscape. They are high fired clay built over a steel armature and finished with glazes, oxides, stains and acrylics.

Artwork: Heart

Heart - Deborah Sullivan 

Jan Watten

In this new series FIFTY, I am attempting to capture this mid-century time of life by photographing women over the age of 50.  The portraits are minimal and uncomplicated, depicting their identity and revealing a much larger story about the search for personal identity in this time of life.  Intrigued by the idea of identity and portraiture, I have been attempting to capture unique qualities and characteristics in my subjects for more than two decades.  In all my photographic series I am interested in how identity is portrayed through a small but very revealing aspect of someone. 

Artwork: Leslie

 Leslie - Jan Watten
 
 


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