Press Release - "In The Night Kitchen"


Soren Behncke - ”April In Nice”
Acrylic on Canvas
57.08 x 53.14 Inches | 145 x 135 cm


In The Night Kitchen
Angela Heisch
Austin Eddy
Soren Behncke
Michael Swaney

Opening Reception: Saturday January 12th, 12-10pm.
Showing Through: Friday, February 1st, 2019
1523 b Webster St. Oakland, CA 94612

pt.2 is pleased to announce In The Night Kitchen a group exhibition curated by Pablo de Pinho. The gallery is showing for the first time, current work of Angela Heisch, Austin Eddy, Soren Behncke, and Michael Swaney. The exhibition is a painting based group exhibition, which focuses on small-scale to large-scale framed and unframed paintings on linen, canvas and cardboard. The gallery is located at 1523 b Webster St. and is just blocks away from both 12th & 19th st Bart Stations. Opening receptions at pt.2: are always free and open to the public. To receive a preview of the exhibition please contact


Angela Heisch - “Haze Gaze”
Oil on Canvas over Wood Panel.
12 x 12 Inches. 2018.


Artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York.   She was born in New Zealand, and was raised in Buffalo, New York.  Angela attended SUNY Potsdam, where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2011.  She then went on to attend the University at Albany, where she received her Masters in Fine Arts in 2014. Angela has partaken numerous times in the SUNY Best in Show exhibit in Albany, New York.  Over the past year she has had solo shows in Troy, New York, as well as Middleburg, New York. This past summer, Angela was a fellow at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Residency. This past year, she was a Dedalus fellow and recipient of the Dedalus Foundation’s MFA Painting and Sculpture Fellowship.


Austin Eddy
”One Foot Out The Door, A Geese Laying, Night Time.”
Oil, colored pencil, paper on linen in artist frame.
26 x 22 x 2 Inches. 2018.


Born in 1986, Boston Massachusetts. In 2009, he received a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “I was born in Boston Massachusetts on the morning of Dec. 5th 1986. I attended high school at the Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, Mass. Graduating from there in 2005, I then moved to Chicago, Il to attend The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. I graduated with my B.F.A in painting and drawing from the school in 2010. After graduation I stuck around the city of Chicago, living in the neighborhood of Pilsen. I am currently interested in making semi auto biographical works that startle the line of abstraction and figuration, the majority of the imagery is imagined but often times is referential to events, interactions, or experiences that originate from daily life. Previous to this most recent body of work I was working with a far more personalized idiosyncratic hieroglyphic like language of marks and forms to tell the story of transition. Through the abstraction of fingers and faces that simultaneously existed as building and cloud forms I was trying to address the idea of transition and to some degree transformation.”


Michael Swaney
Finger Family (14th Hand)”
Acrylic, Spray Paint, Oil Bar and Oil Pastel on Canvas.
74.8 x 59.06 Inches.
190h x 150w cm.



Born in Gibsons, Canada and is based in Barcelona for 12 years. In 2000 he graduated with an Illustration and Design diploma from Capilano University in Vancouver and has showed his works around North America and Europe since then. He makes paintings, drawings, collages, mosaics, sculptures, quilts, murals, and is inspired by everything that occurs on the margins of society and academia, creating his own language form that builds on an Art Brut background. The imagery in his work mixes abstraction and figuration. “I've been drawing since I was really young and can't remember ever taking a pause. Aside from all the typical 80s kids' toys, I was really big into amphibians, reptiles, dinosaurs and any sort of marine life. I was into drawing all that stuff and had an ongoing drawing project with my Gramma around the age of 5. We would draw all those creatures on the backs of cereal boxes and cut them out, then lay them all over the living room floor and call it ‘The Sea’.”


Soren Behncke
”Cellar Interior”
Acrylic on Cardboard
18.11 x 17.32 Inches
46 x 44 cm
Framed with TC Glass.



Danish sculptor and painter, born May 9, 1967 in Sønderborg, Denmark. He moved to Aarhus at the age of seventeen. Søren Behncke has a background as an illustrator and graphic designer, but changed his focus in 2003, and began to work with sculpture and painting instead. Behncke does both gallery-oriented works, and sculptural happenings and actions in public spaces. Inspired by the architecture students' use of cardboard and glue guns for their model building, he makes works of discarded papers he collects from the neighborhood around the changing mini studio at home and abroad. His choice of material not only keeps production costs to a minimum, but the rich packaging universe of warning signs and logos has become an integrated and unique feature in Behncke's visual language. In Denmark, Behncke is best known under the alias 'Papfar' because of its spectacular happenings and staging of cardboard sculptures in the public space. Among his works is a sculpture of a Massey Ferguson tractor in the size 1: 1, a cardboard rabbit tied to a tree, various tools in cardboard, and a tribute to Jørgen Nash in the form of a 4m long papers in front of the Little Mermaid . In 2005, he smashed a man-made cardboard snake bush to the giant Boy at the Aros Aarhus Art Museum, which three years later officially invited him to a solo show in the West Gallery. He has since added another identity to the list of aliases - namely the "Posemanden", which is the name he uses when the woven or embroidered images with strips of plastic bag into the wire fence.

About the curator:


Born in Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, and moved to Los Angeles in 1999. He moved to San Francisco in 2005, where he attended San Francisco State University for Jazz Performance and Ethnomusicology, performing at the MOAD. in 2015 graduated as a Painting major with honors from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has been curating painting and sculpture exhibitions since 2011, curating his most recent group show at Usagi in DUMBO NY. Throughout the years, he has curated shows with Anaick Moriceau, Atelier Pica Pica, Mrzyk & Moriceau, Adam Higton, Matt Gil, Liz Yoshiko Schmit, Aaron Curry, Julien Couic and others. He exhibited his personal work three times at v1 Gallery in Copenhagen, as a guest artist. Furthermore, he has shown his work alongside Alicia McCarthy, Atelier Pica Pica, Ruby Rose Neri, Francesco Igory Deiana, Barry McGee, Muzae Sesay, E.B Itso, Derek James Marshall and others.