GearBox Gallery is pleased to present All You Is Brimming, an art exhibition featuring work by artists Michele Foyer and Patricia Sonnino.
When the world became more still, Foyer and Sonnino paradoxically delved into work that explores multitudes of variations which brim over boundaries. Both artists work without plan, adding one element to another to create an aggregate. The exhibition title, All You is Brimming, evokes the bubbling up which occurs before codification into systems and language.
Sonnino’s large-scale graphic drawings cluster red-hued shapes into dense crowds that often press against the edge of the paper. The positioning on the almost-square white page creates a surface tension between figure and ground. The shapes appear to escape the paper, as if transformed into Sonnino’s actual hand-sized felt sculptures displayed in groupings in the gallery. For Sonnino, red summons “heartbeat, anxiety, loss and love. The last alchemical stage. What I see when I close my eyes.”
Foyer tapes, cuts, paints and gathers various pieces of paper in no set sequence to make her hybrid sculptural paintings. Her idiosyncratic collagist approach departs from notions of pre-existing form and enables the individual and the whole to both maintain a strong presence. For Foyer, “Colors flirt and go for walks. They are oscillating frequencies. Invisible but palpable. Never static.” Each work floats two inches from the wall, allowing the painted back side to reflect a traveling chromatic glow. The colored light forms an immaterial “ground” for the entire piece and fluctuates in different light conditions.
March 31 – April 30
Artists’ Reception Saturday April 2, 1 to 4 pm
770 West Grand Ave, Oakland CA
Gallery Hours: Thursdays -Saturdays, 12 – 5 pm