Choice Parts

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Choice Parts

35 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
June 5th, 2009 - July 25th, 2009
Opening: June 5th, 2009 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tue-Wed 11-5; Fri 1-6; Sat 1-4; first Fridays 7-10


CJ Marmmarella:
These drawings center on perceptions of self and other with respect to the construction of gender and desire. The questions that compel me surround issues of vulnerability and intimacy and how these forces affect our corporeality and relationships. My drawings propose scenarios and ask questions that push notions of perception, voyeurism and responses to psychologically and erotically charged images.

Gale Hart:
A narration characterized by humor, angst and sarcasm presents itself through a constantly evolving cast of characters. Reminiscent of a candid snapshot, Hart captures an attitude at a particular place and point in time.
The specifics of a personality are not as important as the condensed essence or vitality of expression.

Shelly Cournoyer:
I create art in response to environmental, social, and philosophical issues with a focus on human-to-human interaction and human interaction with the environment. As a jeweler, blacksmith, and sculptor, metalsmithing is my primary means. I recontextualize found objects within my work, offering a point of departure for the viewer while creating a dialog between the finished sculptural form and the preconception of its parts. A portion of my work is created intuitively; the concept and form grows throughout the building process. Other times, my work is conceived and executed with a specific intent. I seek a balance between these approaches - giving my work the freedom to build upon itself or conforming it to a specific notion - and often relate that balance to that which I seek in other facets of life