Knockout: Boxing Art

Knockout: Boxing Art
(September 19th-November 1st, 2015)

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 19th, 6-9pm
Closing Reception & Artist Talk: Sunday, November 1st, 2-6pm (talk starts at 4pm)

Featuring work by: David Amoroso, David Fullarton, Horwinski Printing Co, Justin Pastores, Laura Wong, Nancy Sayavong, Patricia Monaco, Veronica Schaible, Wray Herbert-King

(Featured image by Laura Wong)

Join us for KNOCKOUT- an exciting boxing themed art exhibition! Boxing inspired art including original 1960’s Oakland boxing posters by Horwinski Press. We are giving away boxing themed pins to our first 50 guests (after that, FREE with any purchase-yup our $1 art machine counts). Also, the awesome Vintage Synthesizer Museum will be open and will feature some low-key live electronic performances-find them through our breezeway. Plus, other surprises! Come tour our two buildings and over 12,000 sq ft of art facilities! New work in our Artist Gallery by our current Artist in Residence Nathaniel Parsons, a show featuring new Compound sculpture artists in the Fabrefaction Gallery, and new work in the Admiral Dot Miniature gallery by Sharla Pidd!

(More will be added soon)

David Amoroso shows his admiration for Latin culture through his artwork. His artistic passion is divided between painting, photography, and block and screen prints. Although the majority of David’s work is dedicated to painting iconic portraits of everyday people, he also represents Mexican pop culture through his work. Through his involvement with the Latino community, he has created traditional Mexican altars for Día de los Muertos and Guatemalan Alfombras de Aserrín.He has worked and exhibited in the DC Metro area, California, Mexico, Central and South America. (Left) Painting by David Amoroso, Acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 48″
David Fullarton is a Scottish born, San Francisco based visual artist and illustrator. Because he is a man with very low expectations he is seldom disappointed and therefore lives a life filled with boundless joy. He has spent most of his somewhat checkered artistic career attempting to create a piece of artwork that doesn’t have words written on it. So far he has failed dismally. In his leisure time he enjoys a variety of smoked cheeses despite lingering doubts about their textures. Perhaps his most prized talent is his uncanny ability to stay out of the way.

Horwinski Printing Co. is working on retaining its historic past and using current technologies to insure that the old world craft of hand-set type remains viable for old and new clients. The company has changed little since its start in 1906. The equipment and accessories are original, and although thought by many to be obsolete, have extremely long lives. Old time printing and today`s technologies combine to create a unique product.  The company continues to honor the past craftsmen of letter press printing by using only antique wood type and authentic foundry metal type in its poster and small job work. Three generations of master printers from 1906 to the present, the paying customer, word of mouth advertising, and a constant amount of good hard work are the main reasons for this company’s long business existence. (Left) James Lang of Horwinski Press (Bottom Right) David Fullarton, mixed media, 2015.

Justin Pastores is a painter and draftsman. His work focuses on acculturation, nature,concepts of contrasting relationships using figures, landscapes, and abstraction. Pastores is an avid plein air painter and participates in annual plein air events.His work has been shown throughout the East Bay in outdoor exhibitions, galleries, artcenters, and small businesses including the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Cookiebar, PRSTG/Juan’s Barbershop, Alameda, CA; The Fremont Art Association, Fremont, CA;The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; The Bankhead Theater, Livermore, CA; and California State University East Bay, Hayward, CA. Pastores accepted a BFA in Traditional Arts from CSUEB in 2015. He continues to pursue plein air events, speaking and giving demonstrations, receiving commissions,and working in the studio. He currently lives in Alameda.

Laura Wong is a freelance photographer. She contributes news and sports stories to the Oakland Post, while pursuing long-term documentary projects related to her interests in social justice, women in combat sports, and longstanding communities in Oakland, California. Her projects have brought her to a variety of places and situations: from scrappy gyms where female boxers prepare for their championship fights, to marches through city boulevards alongside thousands of protesters, to the streets of Cuba, before and after it renewed relations with the US. Wong graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Psychology and studied photojournalism at Laney College in Oakland. She is also a member of the Asian American Women’s Artist Association in San Francisco.

Nancy Sayavong lives and works in the Bay Area. Sayavong earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She primarily focuses on sculpture as a visual language to communicate stories by analyzing current subjects in economics and sociology. Nancy Sayavong is currently teaching and influencing metal fabrication to the future architects, designers and makers of the world.

Patricia Monaco grew up in Walnut Creek, California and now lives in Oakland. She received her BA degree at UC Berkeley in Anthropology.  In the 1960s and 1970s she traveled thru the Middle East to India several times.  The travel served as an inspiration to study photography.  After a divorce and raising two children she attended classes in photography.  In 1984 she received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for her work on the BLUES in Oakland and the Mississippi Delta.  With the grant money she traveled to Peshawar, Pakistan with the plan to travel into Afghanistan and photograph the war against the Soviets.  Other photo projects include Boxing and The Black Muslim Bakery. (Above left) “Punching the bag at King’s gym” Photography: Black and White, 16″ x 20″.

Veronica Schaible is an Oakland-based surreal artist and a genuine weirdo. Raised in the heat of Southern California, she moved to the Bay Area to pursue her dream of art all day, every day, all the time. In the years after graduating with a degree in Traditional Illustration in 2009, her focus has shifted to wholly embrace the Wabi Sabi philosophy, using mixed media to excise and explore the abundance of being a self-actualized sentient being.

Wray Herbert-King is a Washington D.C. born and raised photographer and sculptor. He graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in Fine Arts and International Relations. He currently resides and works in Oakland, CA. He attended A.C.R.E. Residency in 2011 and had a show entitled Moving a Hole, with Thelonious Elliott at A.C.R.E. Projects in January 2012. He is the recipient of the Gadberry Award for Art.

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 19th, 6-9pm
Closing Reception & Artist Talk: Sunday, November 1st, 2-6pm (talk starts at 4pm)
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