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CURRENT EXHIBITION




FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
May 7 – 27, 2016 

new paintings by:


JACQUELINE COOPER

GABRIELE BUNGARDT 





Opening Reception: SATURDAY, May 7th, 6-9PM

Closing & Conversation: FRIDAY, May 27th, 6-9PM 



“Friends with Benefits" is a visual meditation on the Welfare State, - a poem, if you like, built out of the icons and imagery that make up the trenches of poverty in contemporary America.  
                   
The exhibition introduces new paintings by Jacqueline Cooper and Gabriele Bungardt - two renown Bay Area artists whose artwork addresses the social issues we face today, and offers the artists' unique perspectives, observations and interpretation. 

  


GABRIELE BUNGARDT

Gabriele describes the world as she sees it, the people, animals and objects who inhabit this world and the situations that they find themselves in, through paint. In her artwork the manipulation of paint as a material that can hold a narrative is essential. Broad brushstrokes suffused with energy and intent cover the canvas building complicated social scenarios and intimate still-life commentary with consummate skill and complete sincerity.


Her artwork focuses on contemporary life viewed through that most historic of lenses, painting. Whilst remaining relaxed and painterly her images bring objects and relationships encountered routinely into sharp focus as they become meditations on social and economic values. Her treatment of light suffuses the paintings, drawing attention to minute detail and rendering figures, both isolated and in groups, through the interplay of light and shadow as it wraps around subject and environment. Although her subjects are, for the most part, humble and unassuming, the physical pleasure and tactile sensibility associated with the act of painting is essential to her artwork. Gabriele Bungardt’s skilled handling of her medium leads the viewer to both a thorough understanding of her particular point of view and appreciation of the history and sensuality associated with painting.


"Long way home"
(acrylic paint on canvas)
Gabriele Bungardt




JACQUELINE COOPER

“Friends with Benefits’ is a visual meditation on the Welfare State, - a poem, if you like, built out of the icons and imagery that make up the trenches of poverty in contemporary America. 

At first I thought I was being ironic, but as I researched and painted I reflected on how the interconnected web of labels, GI, SSDI, EBT, EDD, directed commerce, Walmart, Kmart, the Dollar Store, Cash Checking and Payroll Advanced Loans, keep the poor impoverished with very little time, or vision, for anything above basic survival. I wanted to find some nobility and glimpsed it in painted nails, cherished pets and innocent children. I wanted to find hope and looked for it in AP inner city schools and the dreams of kids whose parents came here as immigrants. And I wanted to find beauty but I couldn’t. 

So I made paintings/drawings instead and I hope that there are elements within the work that fulfill an aesthetic requirement (at least for me). It’s hard to see those things when you spend all day in line at Welfare. But hopefully there’s an inherent beauty to the commentary I’ve provided. We all have friends with benefits but we may not recognize who they are."

Jacqueline Cooper

      
"Yeah, sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees"
(detail, oil and spray paint on paper)
Jacqueline Cooper






Gallery hours: every FRIDAY & SATURDAY from 6-9PM
and by appointment



"Passage"
(acrylic paint on canvas)
Gabriele Bungardt