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Mercury 20 Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Eli Geiser: Spilt Milk & Alumni Artists: Transits and Returns
Curated by: Joan Weiss
475 25th St.
Oakland, CA 94612

August 2nd, 2012 - September 8th, 2012
August 4th, 2012 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Spilt Milk, Eli GeiserEli Geiser, Spilt Milk,
2012, Acrylic on Canvas, 36 x 48"
© Eli Geiser 2012
East Bay
Thurs-Sat 12 to 6, First Friday openings from 6-9pm and by appt. call 510-701-4620
mixed-media, conceptual, abstract, modern, sculpture

Eli Geiser: Spilt Milk

Exhibition dates: August 2 - September 8, 2012 
Artists' Reception: Saturday, August 4th from 4-7pm
(with an Artists' Talk at 5pm followed by a performance by Chris Van Pelt)

Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: August 3rd from 6-9pm

Swiss born artist Eli Geiser shows two distinctively different groups of new works. The "language pictures" are strictly geometrical compositions with visual words written in an originally developed color-alphabet. These precise, conceptual paintings contrast sharply with Geiser's second group of new work -- carefully crafted assemblages of witty and evocative found objects. Although the two groups speak in different languages, the artist's tone consistently reveals a playful joy in collecting both words and materials.


Image: Eli Geiser "SPILT MILK" (2012), acrylic on canvas, 36"x 48" and 36"x40". Photo: John White

Eli Geiser was born and raised in Switzerland and has lived in San Francisco since 2007.

Eli was originally trained as a ceramics painter, before receiving her degree in Zurich as a teacher of handicraft and textile works. Her work has shown in galleries throughout Europe and the USA.

Group Show: Transits and Returns

Exhibition dates: August 2 - September 8, 2012 
Artists' Reception: Saturday, August 4th from 3-6 pm. Artists' Talk at 4pm.
Oakland Art Murmur First Friday: August 3rd from 6-9pm

Since our inception in 2006, Mercury 20 has drawn a diverse group of talented artists, whose work is contemporary and provocative. Some of these alumni return to catch us up with their current work, in a show curated by Joan Weiss, an original member of Mercury 20.

Image: Patrica Gillespie "Dandelion Fluffers" (a large kinetic sculpture  (5 ½ ft. diameter) suspended in air with each "seed" awaiting the breeze, each captured in the moment before flight. Photo: Patrica Gillespie

Arthur Huang documents time spent waiting for trains in Tokyo (where he now lives) in a series of drawings on rice paper scrolls. Patricia Gillespie creates a whirling world of dandelions in kinetic sculpture. Tarra Lyons meticulously crafts oil paintings in the Surrealist tradition, and David Seiler draws on his Mexican heritage to create visceral works of drama and mystery. Other artists include Lisa Rapaport, Therese Browne, Catherine Perillo, Laura Van Duren and Anna Vaughan.

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