Persistence of Light @ Vessel Gallery, Oakland [from 5 January to 17 February]

Persistence of Light

- 17
19:00 - 18:00

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Vessel Gallery
471 25th St, Oakland, California 94612
The opening of a New Year is one where we put forth our wishes, hopes, and dreams for the manifestation of something lasting and positive. Our new show will set us on a course of discovery for that which sustains the human spirit, the need for optimism, and understanding the universal draw to light. With intention and excitement we're bringing together the newest works by three artists whose work reveal light metaphorically, symbolically, and as an integral subject. The result is a quiet contemplative experience that allows for a meditative start to 2018.

The title of the show borrows from artist Cheryl Calleri's body of work «Persistence of Light.»


«Light is the subject and medium of 'Persistence of Light' I explore light as a physical phenomenon and a personal and universal symbol. This series is presented in three parts at Vessel Gallery.

The first part 'Optical Improvisations' concerns the interaction of light and matter. A prism is placed on a flat bed scanner. As the light passes through the glass, refraction gratings are produced on multiple plains of the prism. The clarity and elegance of visible light is captured by these enigmatic objects then translated into digital prints.

'Offering' is an installation composed of five mirrored bowls that rest on a 12 ft. self. These luminous objects employ reflected light as a focus for contemplation – a quiet place to gather one’s thoughts in an ever-amplified world of sound and images.
In a darkened room 'Balance' a 15 ft. installation stretches across the floor expressing light and darkness as an experience of rhythmical alternation or complimentary exchange.»

—Cheryl Calleri, exhibition statement


CLOUDS series in progress (perhaps forever)

«The sun reflects off and runs through the moisture in the air, changing it into immaterial visions for us earthbound viewers. The sun sends us light as wave and particle. Although light reveals everything we see, we often think of it as in the sky, and when we look up from our daily occupations we get a glimpse of endless space. We take it for granted.

Moving through this space, clouds use the light to reveal rivers of air above us. The motion of the atmosphere becomes evident through layers of moisture arrayed for everyone, or no one, to see. Clouds give us an ethereal view of the cosmos as well as tinting all our earthbound experiences. They produce dreamlike variations in the surrounding landscape and in our minds. For a while we can forget about humanity’s impact on nature, wherever we are, and fade into visions that need no explanation.»

—Irene Imfeld, exhibition statement


«My drawings are created by applying flowing forces of air and water to granulated materials in the effort to produce images that appear to be created by natural processes. My medium prior to this show was almost exclusively charcoal but lately I have also begun to use bone black and graphite and occasionally rust. Another recent change in my process is the addition of my use of thinned out sprays of acrylic mediums as a force to shape my images. As a consequence of these changes in technique I have been able to increase the tonal range of my work, allowing me to control the quality of light in my images as the textural qualities of both the lightest and the blackest areas are enriched. While the goal of my work continues to be the creation of spaces that feel real and natural while simultaneously being unfamiliar and mysterious, I have also made it more of a priority to enlist these imagined spaces to elicit complex feelings in the viewer.»

—Ron Weil, exhibition statement
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