Electric Works: "Valediction," After four governors, multiple reviews, continual controversy and outrageous cost over runs, the Bay Bridge has finally opened. It is the most complex engineering feat in the history of California and is the largest the largest self-anchored suspension bridge in the world, with a single tower rising 525 feet into the air and transitioning to a graceful skyway that touches down in Oakland.
'Valediction" is the result of a collaboration between local artists Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather that focuses on the now demolished East Span of the Bay Bridge. Their works are delicate, complex and patterned, mapping the unique grids of human built systems overlaying the natural movements of the Bay Area.
The Bay bridge — the old part which finally came down this month and the new construction, with its size, scope and design elements — has claimed their attention for over four years. In the future, works like theirs may be the only memory we have of a structure and of a process that dominated the commute between Oakland and San Francisco since the Loma Prieta earthquake of October 17, 1989.
Shadravan Gallery: "Dualities" the latest works by former Merritt College Professor and Oakland based artist Kim Thoman. Dualities expresses Thoman’s interest in duality in many forms: body and soul, intellect and intuition, stillness and movement, male and female, the physical world and the unseen, life and death.
Thoman will exhibit 15 pieces from her “Pod Series” and “Venus Series” that trace the major developments in her recent work over the past 5 years. The "Pod Series" paintings juxtapose a wide range of computer-generated pods and painted natural imagery. The pods come in three varieties: an elongated tri-partite form, a twisted shell, and a pointed lozenge with an oval opening. Each of the pods has a skin of digitally applied paint, covering its surface. The "Venus Series" strongly suggests a figure and recalls the Venus of Willendorf, a paleolithic fertility statuette. The landscape is evocative of the desert landscape and reflects Thoman’s experience at an artist’s residency in Taos, New Mexico.
“...Thoman doesn't resolve conflicts, but reveals their superficiality. At heart, everything is in union...” - Renowned art critic, Peter Frank. Full review at www.kimthoman.com/peterfrank.html
Opening night will take place on Friday, September 6 from 5-9pm during the Oakland Art Murmur, the first Friday of the month gallery walk. www.oaklandartmurmur.org
Alex Katz: Portraits & Late Summer Flowers: Alex Katz, 85, casts a long shadow in the New York art world, but seldom shows here. This show samples his graphic works, which resemble his paintings more than do those of any other painter who works in both media. Through Oct. 2. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday. Meyerovich Gallery, 251 Post St., S.F. (415) 421-7171. www.meyerovich.com.
Summer Show 2013: A selection of works by high-profile artists, most still living, including John Baldessari, Anselm Kiefer and Wayne Thiebaud. Ends Saturday. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. John Berggruen Gallery, 228 Grant Ave., S.F. (415) 781-4629. www.berggruen.com.