Joan Tanner, The Memorist Refutes, 2017
Pastel, graphite, chalk, oil stick, ballpoint on Sanded paper
24⅜” x 35½”
Jamie Treacy, The Structure We Give To Worry, 2022
Acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″
GearBox Gallery presents AKIN, an exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Joan Tanner and painting by Jamie Treacy. These artists share a connection as great-aunt and grand-nephew with a long running dialogue about their art practices. Tanner was an early influence on Treacy’s decision to become an artist, and after he moved to California in 2004 their discourse about the practice of art increased. Now exhibiting together for the first time, this show begins by looking at the role of bravery in the life of the artist and how kinship can shore up one’s boldness.
Joan Tanner’s recent body of work builds on five decades of painting, sculpture, and mark-making. Her drawings present contradictory forms that emerge from an indistinguishable and murky baseline. Her sculpture resists easy interpretation but seems related to its drawn counterparts in the way she transforms industrial materials into an awkward stance capable of imminent movement.
Jamie Treacy’s acrylic paintings beckon one into an uneasy terrain populated with fictional plants and vague architecture. After years of carefully observing real plants, Treacy began this new series with the idea of inventing his own entangled flora. In the spirit of world-building he interrupts his opulently drawn organisms with elements of city infrastructure with pylons, pipes, fractured walls and reckless wires. Combining his love of Brutalist architecture with the practice of teaching perspective drawing, Treacy signals the viewer’s journey through a turbulent, densely intermingled, internal world.
Joan Tanner, Crib for FLAW, 2021
plywood, corrugated fiberglass, wood & pencil rod element
26 x 12 x 18 inches
Joan Tanner, born in 1935 in Indianapolis, has lived in Southern California since the mid-1960s. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1957 and began her career as a painter. She has been consistently exhibiting her paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and site-specific installations since 1968. Tanner maintains a vigorous studio practice somewhat akin to a laboratory and is inspired by spatial contradictions, archetypal geometric forms and raw materials. Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections and in the following public collections: The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Special Collections; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Harvard University, Houghton Library, Department of Printing and Graphics, Cambridge, Massachusetts; New York Public Library, Spencer Collection, New York City, NY; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California. Over the years, Tanner has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California–Santa Barbara, Ohio University in Athens, Illinois State University at Normal, and most recently she was an artist-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Jamie Treacy, Improbable Beacon, 2022
acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches
Jamie Treacy, born in 1980 in Topeka, Kansas, is an Oakland, California-based visual artist, masters swimmer and art educator. He received his BFA at the University of Michigan and his MFA from CCA (both degrees in painting and drawing). He also holds a Single Subject Visual Art credential and a Career Technical Education credential in Arts, Media and Entertainment. Treacy’s artwork is imbued with themes of eco-justice, speculative fiction and exo-biology. He creates bodies of work in painting, drawing and mixed media that draw imagery from underwater worlds, the forest and his internal landscape. His philosophy as an art educator is that all youth deserve access to a high-quality arts education, and that creative inquiry is fundamental to solving the most pressing problems of our future. Treacy is the recipient of the William H. Lewis Watercolor award and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation fellowship. His work has been exhibited in the California Bay Area, Canada, Mexico and Japan. He currently works for the Oakland Unified School District as an arts instructional coach and is a member artist of GearBox Gallery.