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In Fort Gallery’s first solo exhibition\, Eliza Fernand fills each room with site-specific i nstallations of her craft infused abstractions.  With recycled material from clothing\, bedding and linens\, she has set out to fabricate the ephemeral and mystical formations that occur in the natural world. The se installations are crafted with familiar materials and familiar forms\, b ut the scenes are fantasy.  Crocheted stalagmites and flowery fabric boulders\, a cabinet of curiosities with geodes and shells handmade from clay\; each room in the gallery sets a mottled scene of contradictions —composed and organic\, material and immaterial\, intimate and encompassing .   These qualities are played out figuratively and literally throughout the show\, as Fernand is investigating atmospheric elements wher e the only constant is transformation.

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Eliza Fernand is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy i n Michigan\, and received her BFA form Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland\, Oregon.  Recently relocated from New York\, Fernand has been an artist-in-residence at Peter’s Valley Craft Center in New Jers ey\; 2Angles in Normandy\, France\; and Lobot Gallery in Oakland.  She has exhibited sculpture\, performance\, and animation work on both coasts and places in between.

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To see the artists work\, visit:  www.elizafernand.com

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Opening Reception  Friday\, March 6\, at 6-9pm\, F ollowed by live music by Beatbeat Whisper\, The Blank Tapes\, Paleo\, and M oot

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DTEND:20090329 DTSTAMP:20140421T065806 DTSTART:20090306 GEO:37.812713;-122.26833 LOCATION:Fort Gallery\,480 23rd St. \nOakland\, CA 94612 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:billow / ripple\, eliza fernand UID:43089 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20090306T210000 DTSTAMP:20140421T065806 DTSTART:20090306T180000 GEO:37.812713;-122.26833 LOCATION:Fort Gallery\,480 23rd St. \nOakland\, CA 94612 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:billow / ripple\, eliza fernand UID:43090 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR