The office-meets-recording studio-meets-art gallery-meets-after hours lounge will be hosted its first group show this February. A Match Made in Oakland features artwork from a trifecta of contemporary Bay Area artists: Westart, Niki Escobar, and Suzie Borhan.
January’s BBU Gallery artist, Westart, showed new pieces created over the course of the month in their studio residency at the Blackball offices. Westart is comprised of twins Adahn and Ian Stewart whose collaborative, mixed-media works command one artist’s name, and a whole city’s attention. Mixing heroic narratives, comic influences and personal histories, this duo demonstrates a unique style that reflects a common culture.
Feminist and experimental poet Niki Escobar displayed mixed-media pieces which demonstrate her “training in poetry” alongside her “untrained obsession with visual art.” Smart, satirical and reflective, Escobar’s work explores the experience of women, and the history and mythology of the Philippines. Winner of the Frances Jaffer Poetry Award, and a consistently published poet, Escobar is currently furthering her visual arts “obsession” with a graphic novel.
Suzie Borhan paints, draws, collages and travels, living now in Oakland, hailing previously from Washington and Oregon. Her thought-provoking, mixed-media works explore an alternate world. Borhan’s recurring cast of characters occupy a space the audience explores visually and through text with her accompanying narrative poems.
A Match Made in Oakland was on display from February 1 – 23, with a first Friday artist’s reception at 7pm, and regular Saturday hours from 12pm – 4pm.