ATHEN B. GALLERY
“MY SENTIMENTS ABSTRACTLY”
A SOLO EXHIBITION BY
Opening Reception - November 14, 2015 at 7pm
1525 Webster. Oakland, CA. 94612
OverUnder’s work explores the relationships people have with the things that can be overlooked. In this exhibition, OverUnder takes notice to the tenacious weed, the abandoned building, the quiet worker, the personal story, to continue his dialogue with public space, and those that struggle to better it.
His textured and tetris esque assemblages of weathered wood and pigment reinterpret the abandonment he seeks for his street art. However these gritty recreations of properties in a state of purgatory become backdrops for his stage of weeds, the story of the past and the heritage we leave behind. With the passing of his father and the birth of his daughter, OverUnder often questions his own legacy and what is important for him to pass on. He continues to explore the stories of others, the relationship between public space and society, while discovering his own story and the mark he will leave behind.
INFORMATION ON OVERUNDER:
Erik Burke lives in Reno, NV and creates art throughout the world under the name OverUnder. His latest work can be seen in Halsnøy, Seattle, St. Louis, Baton Rouge, Mexico City, and closer to home in Reno. His work has been published in the book 'Street Art; The Best Urban Art from Around the World' , 'Outdoor Gallery', 'Street Art New York', the NYTimes , and a couple police files. He currently runs The Big Little artist residency and prefers to live where there are NO mosquito's.
My exploitative nature has taken me to places surreal and commonplace. I use these opportunities to learn from our built environment, and the people and history that make them unique. I also like the souvenirs. I believe painting and traveling inform one another. Painting in public allows me an admission or a reason to transcend tourism and explore citizenship. It begins a dialogue with these places, and more so, the people that make them unique. Collaborations in this regard are extremely authentic and invaluable to artists as well as communities in need of some sort of catalyst.
My paintings reflect a deep interest in history and the narrative power of images to reactivate space. Through a culmination of iconography, portraiture, ecology, and the creative use of urban spaces I hope to tell the untold. Or at least unravel it a bit. Past works have included building and living in a cabin in the heart of Brooklyn, running an alleyway gallery for 4 years, biking across Europe while creating work for an exhibition at the final destination, and seeking out weathered and decommissioned spaces for wheat pastes and murals. Throughout that time I have continually returned to the inspiration of geography and identifying a sense of place.
Once it was my goal to bring art from the pedestal to the people. Now I just try to remember to take the oil bars out of my pockets before doing laundry. I am an American painter and geography is my muse. -OU
INFORMATION ON ATHEN B. GALLERY:
A curatorial focus on process and cross-pollination, Athen B. aims to exhibit unique process driven exhibitions by collaborating artists from different areas. From Urban to Contemporary, our project is dedicated to representing the best of our Bay Area community and our extended family abroad through exhibitions on our walls and the walls of the neighborhood.
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