Press Release - "Lavender Scented Palms"
Lavender Scented Palms
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 Lavender Scented Palms a group exhibition by Chaz Bear, Jan Gatewood, Maria Paz, Marco Pariani, Soumya Netrabile. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chaz was born in Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Known professionally as Toro y Moi a singer, songwriter, and record producer identified with the rise of the Chillwave movement in 2010 and 2011. Though he has an active music career, Chaz has always maintained a consistent studio practice of painting and design.
Jan Gatewood. Born 1994. Lives & works in Los Angeles, CA. Jan pulls objects from the environments he finds himself in. These works create an ongoing investigation of landscape & materiality. Once employed, the materials create an ambient narrative that encourages the viewer to engage with the objects in a manor that’s personal to them.
(1986) Pariani presents a set of paintings whose formal vocabulary derives from Abstract Expressionism, appropriating significant elements such as large scale formats, dramatic and expressive pictorial keys and gestures, as well as a contained color palette. Pariani immediately transcends national boundaries and is inspired by the society around him, whether in Italy or the United States. It is thanks to this opening of horizons that Pariani was able to intercept and to appropriate the energy that in recent years has given a new vitality to an old medium such as painting. In his works, we can recognize a discipline of constant composition, rigorously respected through the delineation on the canvas of a specific space assigned to the pictorial event. But in this space circumscribed and regulated by almost ritualistic technical passages, painting was born of an intrinsic and radical freedom. This is the surprising aspect of Pariani’s art, capable of bringing together a serial component established by the constant and predetermined pattern of compositions, with a pictorial vitality that is exalted in this closed space.
Maria Paz (b. 1989, Quilpue, Chile), is an artist based in Oakland, California working primarily in ceramics and painting. Her practice draws from the analysis of material culture practiced in Archeology. By creating illustrative sculptures, Paz aims to archive global events, her path to familial healing, and her personal encounters with migration to the United States. She uses the symbolic imagery of her past and present life to reveal the fabric of her intersectional identity; an homage to the ceramic artifacts left before us.
In 2015, Paz began to work as a lab technician in the ceramics department at Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA. In 2017, Paz exhibited her work in London, Britain at Something Gallery and New Image Art in Los Angeles, CA. She is currently preparing for an exhibition titled The Tallest Part Of The Arch at Southern Exposure (SF) in March, 2019.
Soumya Netrabile is a Chicago-based painter and sculptor. Netrabile initially started o studying electrical engineering and working in the biomedical eld. She returned to school a few years later to study art, earning a bachelor’s degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. She’s been committed to painting and sculpting full-time for the last several years, piecing together themes that have always interested her throughout her life--gure, anatomy, biology and color. Netrabile’s current work explores connections between gure and landscape. Through juxtaposing, bending, and layering limbs and body parts, her paintings play with relationships and intimacies between these forms. Her latest paintings are inspired by a recent travel across the United States, where she stopped to explore and detail (through numerous drawings) shifting landscapes and terrains.