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FIELDS OF VISION

Sandra Kelch and Laurence Elias

April 25 to May 25

Artists’ reception: Saturday, April 27, 1-4pm

Artists’ Talk: Saturday, May 4th at 2pm

First Friday: May 3, 5-8pm

Gearbox Gallery presents Field of Vision, featuring the work of Sandra Kelch (Gearbox Juried Show Winner, 2023) and guest artist Laurence Elias. In this exhibition of mixed media works, Kelch and Elias are in dialogue through their explorations of space, perception and geometric abstraction.

Sandra Kelch creates artworks that are abstractions of urban space. Drawing from both built and imaginary environments, Kelch has developed a visual language of geometric forms, grids and patterns derived from industrial form. Her compositions become metaphors for the city – with their complex layering of textures and voids.

Laurence Elias’s work, too, is formed from a geometric jumping off-point. In this current series, Elias creates work that is characterized by unusual color palettes, and quirky optical distortions of intricate patterns. Creating work that is photographically-based, Elias explores the active nature of perception, as opposed to seeing. These works’ lines, forms and shape present vivid cues of spatiality, which can be difficult to reconcile with their true planar nature.

On exhibition from April 25 to May 25 at Gearbox Gallery in West Oakland, Field of Vision is Kelch and Elias’s first feature show at Gearbox. 

About Sandra Kelch

Sandra Kelch is an Oakland-based artist and academic. Born in New York, she received her BFA from The Cooper Union, her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a Ph.D. in practice-led research in the Arts from the Australian National University. She currently teaches at the University of San Francisco’s Art + Architecture department, and has taught at the California College of the Arts, the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and the Kala Art Institute. Her artwork has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums both nationally and internationally.

About Laurence Elias

Laurence Elias is an abstractionist who works in various media including photography, painting, and weaving,  into his artwork. Laurence has had a former career as a physician/scientist with extensive experience in medical practice, cancer research and teaching. Art has been a lifelong interest for Laurence, sustained through art practice and study. He was able to take several undergraduate studio classes while a medical student at Stanford University.  It is easy to see the influence of his original career on his way of seeing.  He received his MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2018 and frequently exhibits his work.