The Joy of Limitations: Lisa Kokin Talks About Her Process
March 30th, 2-4pm
and Slow Art Day
April 6th, 12-3pm
Now at GearBox:
Featured in GearBox’s Inner Room this month is an installation by members Marsha Balian and Deborah Benioff Friedman entitled “About Face”. Most of Benioff Friedman’s work is abstract, but she enjoys making the tiny thumbprint faces that are on display here. Each face is a tiny ink drawing on a thumb or finger print. A few have a watercolor background. They are all faces from her imagination, but Deborah is pretty sure she has met each of them personally, at one time or another. Marsha Balian is a collage artist obsessed with faces. Incorporating found objects and ephemera, Balian’s compositions suggest personalities or narratives pertaining to the faces depicted. Her faces, however, are not specific, and, unlike Benioff Friedman, she can’t say that she has met any of them personally.
Marsha Balian’s fascination with faces has come with a bit of a price as she has been caught multiple times staring at people and has to be reminded by friends and family to stop. She is self-taught and admits to difficulty following instructions (unless she has to) so she frequently invents her own techniques, making use of anything at hand including what might be scavenged from the floor of her studio. The faces in the work presented in this show arrived on their own, no one posed, or was photographed, they just show up.
Deborah Benioff Friedman is a veterinary ophthalmologist and mixed media artist living and working in the Bay Area. She usually creates both two and three-dimensional pieces, some sculptures, some hanging or mobiles. She incorporates sewing and paper manipulation as well as encaustic, watercolor and joomchi in her artistic process.
Previously in the Inner Room:
Record of the Journey, special installation by Deborah Benioff Friedman
Small Works 2017, special small works by guest artists Angela Baker, Paula Boas, Carol Dalton, Lucia Dill, Jane Fisher, David Fitzgerald, Ann Holsberry, Daniel McClain and Robert Ray
Factotum, special installation by Jessica Eastburn
Off the Rails, special installation by Tamera Avery
At Home, photo etching series by Irene Nelson
Raku Sculpture by Danny Rosales
Mountain Roomers, an installation by Darrell Hunger.
Whispers & Screams, an installation by Gina Telcocci.
Entropy Corrlled by Darrell Hunger
Unlock Your Mind: Ken Gulley & the Upstairs Art Association
Blank Slate: an installation by Joseph Mele
The Princess Project: TaVee McAllister Lee
Work by Ruth Santee