Premonitions ||| Alan Grizzell ||| April 12th – May 4th

Alan Grizzell @ Naming GalleryAlan Grizzell is a painter originally from Cincinnati Oh, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2006. After graduating he found himself drawn to the neglected areas of the city, finding inspiration in places the may otherwise be ignored. In late 2011 he made a cross country trip to California; along the way he continued to find himself inspired by these forgotten places. A ghost town outside of Death Valley, abandoned convenience stores in the middle of nowhere and warehouses in neglected corners of cities are some of places explored in his past works. In early 2012 he completed an artist residency at LoBot Gallery. Since then he has continued to live and work in Oakland and now calls the Bay Area his home.

Currently he works out of Faultline Artspace in East Oakland and has exhibited locally at The Rare Bird, The 25th Street Collective, Awaken Cafe and The Compound Gallery.

Grizzell’s paintings are executed in oil on wood panel with an emphasis on capturing atmosphere and dramatic lighting using a rich palette and bold brush work. His paintings are framed using salvaged material found in the same urban environment he draws inspiration from. Currently his work explores Oakland in the late night hours seeking a quite beauty when most have gone to sleep. Signs of contemporary humanity are stripped from the majority of his paintings giving emphasis to the effect of light on the environment. Each painting strives to portray an elegance in decay and stands as a testament to the passage of time in our rapidly changing landscape. www.alangrizzell.com

Opening party Saturday, April 12th, 5pm – 10pm featuring music by Moira Scar, Healers, Waxy Tomb, and DJ Queer as Folk.

Oakland Drops Beats ||| Music Crawl ||| April 19th, 2014

oakland drops beatsBlock party on our block! Events on a main stage, other shows at Awaken Cafe, Le Que Vive, Imagine Art Lounge, Spice Monkey, Vamp Music, Moco Gallery, and Youth Radio.

Main stage on our block 2 til 6, then B. Hamilton, Ryan James Holzer, Mortar and Pestle, and Prozack Turner at the gallery.

Oakland Drops Beats is a community driven music crawl in downtown Oakland that aims to foster creative and community solidarity amongst Oakland’s artists, people, and youth via one full day of musical performance, multimedia productions and participatory activities. 

The inspiration and planning of this event came from a diverse group of musicians, and is centralized within a two block radius in downtown Oakland, turning non-traditional spaces including community non-profit organizations, art galleries, screen printing shops, and the streets themselves into music venues for one day.”

odb flyer

East Bay Express did a write up too.