Sculpture and paintings by Chris Palmatier
and ceramic sculpture by Addiam Tsehaye
Opening Artist Reception April 30th, 6-9pm
with solo acoustic guitarist Tom Lattanand preforming live
Show runs 4/18/2011 through 6/04/2011
FLOAT, Floatation Center – Art Gallery
1091 Calcot Place, Unit # 116
Oakland, CA 94606
From vastly different experience there can be the surprise of commonality. Both artists come from disparate origins--geographically, culturally and artistically --but there is a profound similarity in their artistic expression, even though their mediums and styles seem at first to be very far apart.Chris Palmatier creates images that can both puzzle and punctuate our minds with new patterns leading us on an unknown path. Likewise, Addiam Tsehave turns our eyes and thoughts along new visual twists that we cannot resist, enjoy the journey.
Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Chris Palmatier has called the Bay Area home since receiving his BFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996. Working with both minimal, geometric abstraction and expressive gesture, Chris' work in sculpture and painting centers around the ways information systems and technology affect our concepts of memory, emotion, and language. Visual cues from graphic and industrial design, typography, and architecture combine to present the viewer with a stream of references and signs, a dare-to-decode as the primary motive.Chris lives and works in Oakland, CA, making art, doing design, and writing code.chispalmatier.com
Addiam TsehayeBorn in Asmara, Eritrea, Addiam Tsehaye currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Addiam received her BFA in Spacial Arts from San Jose State University in 2008. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Addiam's recent work reﬂects her childhood experience of the Eritrean civil war and her interest in the cultural arts of her homeland. She creates large scale ceramic sculptures referencing traditional crafts and objects used by indigenous people around the world. Addiam's recent work tells the stories of the displaced; exile, refugee camps, world hunger and the hardship these people must often face throughout their journeys. Clay is one of the oldest naturally occurring materials used throughout the centuries. She uses clay because it allows her to leave her mark on the objects she creates while expressing her thoughts and feelings about the subject. addiamino.com
About the opening night music:
Known for his captivating guitar style and compositions, Tom Lattanand brings forth a sound that is bold and expressive. His solo guitar performances display a unique mastery of the instrument while moving audiences through beautifully subtle and high energy music. tomlattanand.com
An urban art spa is the only floatation center and art gallery in the San Francisco Bay Area, floatation therapy is a unique and powerful tool that allows you to shut out the world, and drift into the deepest possible level of physical and mental relaxation. FLOAT offers new, public exhibits of local artists to stimulate and challenge your senses.
FLOAT, Floatation Center – Art Gallery 1091 Calcot Place, Unit # 116 (located in a store front loft of the historic cotton mill studios) Oakland, CA 94606
For more information and high resolution images please contact: Allison Walton, 510.535.1702