MQuan’s California Dreaming

June 20, 2017
by Alexis Adams
Celebrated Brooklyn-based ceramic artist Michele Quan has created over 30 wall plaque ‘portals’ inspired by the beauty of the West Coast and the imagery of the dream of California in her mind. Created specifically for installation in the setting of ESQUELETO los angeles, Michele has approached the beauty and mythology of the Golden Coast as filtered through the eyes of a New Yorker. Drawing from her extensive library of symbols that she has curated over the course of her career, Michele has crafted a language of images that combine to describe the ocean, mountains and energy of Los Angeles in visual form. I was able to chat with Michele while she was installing these gorgeous... Read More

Staff Picks: The Stargazer

June 12, 2017
by Mari Feldman
This month is all about duality. June plays host to the winter and summer solstices, revealing two faces depending on our position to the equator. To honor this theme, I’ve chosen pieces with conceptual contrasts, and elements of balanced opposition. Inlay Skull Studs by Anthony Lent Skull studs made with 18k yellow gold inlaid into oxidized sterling silver. Coat of Arms Ring Vintage Signet ring from the early 1900’s. 18K yellow gold shank with platinumn seal: coat of arms. . Diamond Shark Tooth Necklace by Pade Vavra One of a kind. 50 million year-old Mako shark tooth pendant with .54 carats of diamonds set on a 14K yellow gold... Read More

Kreh Mellick in Oakland

June 5, 2017
by Danica Stamenic
Kreh Mellick’s new gouache and cut paper works unfold (literally and figuratively) like entrancing fables on the wall. Using imagery and pattern work that draws from ancient through contemporary folk art traditions, these pieces seem both timeless and very much grounded in the present. The fantastical subjects of these paintings a( tower of happy animals or a winged female head,) take on a mythology of their own. None of them reference a known story, but all seem familiar- empowering the viewer to craft their own tale. Her use of the inky gouache is nuanced and varied, creating a range of tonalities that make her work feel incredibly colorful and dynamic, even in grayscale. Most of... Read More