A couple of really exciting pieces of news to share with you.
Firstly, I'm thrilled to announce that I am now represented by Vessel Gallery, Oakland. Like everyone familiar with the East Bay art scene over the last decade, I've got to know and admire Vessel as one of the key galleries at the core of Oakland's art-led revival. The thoughtful curation, support for both emerging and established artists, and commitment to the larger community of owner-director Lonnie Lee have always impressed me. I was invited to take part in the well received group show Disruptus last summer, and now look forward to future projects together.
In late August/early September I will be completing an installation piece for The Crocker Art Museum. The Crocker has an excellent and nationally recognized education program and last year commissioned four artists and artist-teams to design temporary art installations that could be accessed and interacted with by pre-school age children. My proposed piece has now evolved into a permanent sculpture/mural/installation environment that will completely remake the existing early years education space.
The starting point for my idea was a piece in the Crocker's collection, a spirit canoe from Papua, Indonesia. I will be making an actual life-size boat with human and animal figures, and building it into an environment that will make entering the room feel like entering one of my paintings. The aim is to invite children, and their adults too, into this scene and to immerse themselves in fantasy and role play.
It's going to be an interesting project the progress of which you'll be able to follow on Facebook or Instagram.
Detail of spirit canoe from the Crocker's collection.