75th Exhibition Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17 , 1-4 pm
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, October 8, 2 pm
Left: TaVee McAllister Lee, Forward Thinking, 2019, 13″ x 12″, paper fragment installation
Right: Bing Zhang, Subway-1, 2015, 36” x 48”, oil on canvas
GearBox Gallery is pleased to present Commuter, our 75th exhibition in Oakland! At first not obvious, artists Bing Zhang and TaVee McAllister Lee rely on similar strategies in creating their work, a combination of random interaction, multilayered process, and meticulous execution. Standing with the work in Commuter, one may experience this essential convergence, a combination of chance and intention that elevates the routine and marginal to heroic and meaningful, a reminder and reflection of values and value.
Bing Zhang came to the U.S. from Beijing, China in 2001 and received an MFA in 2011 from San Francisco Art Institute. Since graduation she has been painting in her San Jose, CA, studio. Recently Zhang was awarded a solo exhibition at Triton Museum in Santa Clara and has shown extensively in the Bay Area. Awards for painting include best of show at the Haggin Museum in 2016, among others.
TaVee McAllister Lee was born in South Dakota and grew up mostly in Oklahoma, after living in Laos as a little girl. With a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute she moved to California’s San Francisco Bay Area where she now maintains a studio in Martinez. A curator as well as an artist with an extensive exhibition record, Lee has been the director, coordinator or on the curatorial team for over 100 gallery exhibitions and recently juried exhibitions for Artworks Downtown in Marin and Arc Gallery in San Francisco. Currently she is the gallery manager for Transmission Gallery and Exhibitions Director at GearBox Gallery, both in Oakland.