Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Recap: Indie Art Show

Last friday, Fashion Forward had the opportunity to go to the second friday of the month art show at Indie Industries and Brownies Vintage. With a glass of wine in one hand and a chocolate dipped marshmallow in the other, we chatted with artists and mingled amongst awesome independently designed clothing.

A fellow celebrator of all things East Bay, Eric Brooks introduced us to his series "Un Dia mas en Calle 13," a tribute to the gradual rebirth of Richmond through oil and acrylic. With abstract shapes of dark buildings shading the violence below and bright sunbursts of growth above, the series illustrates the attempts within Richmond to surpass the violence within its city limits. Each canvas is a celebration of a city in transition. They also have really awesome names like "Smokehouse Surrender - Dry Dust Shifting Through Boards Jostling": they're all rearranged words taken from Cormac McCarthy's Suttree.

We also had a chance to chat with Sarah Beth Goncarova, a painter and ceramicist. Sarah Beth, as a sort of creative side project, also creates beautiful and often whimsical collages. 

Although they began as small presents created for absent friends and family members, Sarah Beth soon realized that these little gifts through the mail were not being fully appreciated by their recipients (she mentioned a few may have made their way into the trash). 

And so her "Correspondance" series was born and has morphed into small tributes to friends and moments. If you look carefully, you can craft a story within each small frame. 

We can't wait until the next second Friday to see what Indie Industries and Brownie's has in store for us! Don't miss it!

It's all happening at:
Indie Industries
2003 Milvia St

Brownie's Vintage
2001 Milvia St

Eric Brooks online studio

Sarah Beth Goncarova online studio

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