Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Realms Of The Oceans July 2010

I'm not sure about you guys, but I was in the middle of enjoying 4/20 when the BP oil spill happened. WHAT A NIGHTMARE! For weeks I was glued to the live leak view (which we actually featured on a huge screen in the gallery), and followed breaking news provided by the Center For Biological Diversity. Man, Miyoko Sakashita, oceans directer at The Center, was ON IT during the whole thing. They're the ones who do all our dirty work and sue the crap out of those huge corporations like BP.
The Big Picture by Octavian Florescu, oil on canvas, 30x40

We quickly changed our plans for our summer shows and decided to do a show to try and raise awareness to the devastating oil spill in the beautiful Gulf Of Mexico, and the response was amazing! Overwhelming! So many artists wrote back and  wanted to be a part of it (thank you guys SOOO MUCH for your emails!), some just wanted to help out, some donated their art which directly raised money for the Center For Biological Diversity, and we just got to meet and work with so many amazing, politically aware artists!

The Oil Dimension, Octavian Florescu, oil on canvas

Red Snapper, Beatrice Hunt, oil on panel

Fresh Sardines, Beatrice Hunt, oil on panel
Oil Bug, Martin Zuniga, tar, yes tar and wood

A Name Without A Box #2, Noah Ptolemy, acrylics on ceramic board

Egret by Shilo Ratner, oil on canvas

EnGulfed, by Rafael Bensuaski Vieira, lard, yes! LARD, many layers of it, cooked at diff. temps, then carved out! on aluminum cookie pan

This piece was donated to us by Andrew Greene of SF, and we raffled it off and were able to donate to the Center FOR Biological Diversity!
On July 15th, we had an awesome event with The Center For Biological Diversity, and Miyoko Sakashita herself gave an amazing presentation on the severity of the BP oil spill.

Miyoko Sakashita, Oceans Director for The Center For Biological Diversity
silk screened tee's by Alexander Schaffer Czech

Will Philz of Hapa SF made it out! Their food is amazing, and they even donated a portion of their proceeds to The Center as well!

We went all out for this party!
LOL, so our printer and everything broke right before this event, leaving me no choice but to collage stuff together, run to Office Max, and try and make it happen!

Overall though, it was such an amazing experience and I truly loved putting this show together.

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