A solo exhibition by
Athen B. Gallery is excited to announce “Hinterland”, a solo exhibition by Troy Lovegates in Downtown Oakland. The opening reception is Saturday, November 11th at 7pm conveniently located from both 12th and 19th St. Bart Stations in Downtown Oakland. To receive a preview of the exhibition contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Troy Lovegates, widely known as "OTHER", is an artist currently based in Oakland, CA. His works are heavily patterned and saturated with hyper color. With a knack for the use of found materials and the unification of wildly disparate elements, both material and aesthetic, Lovegates uses everything from spray paint, oil stick, water color, acrylic, and ink to create works on canvas and paper as well as wooden sculptures.
A self-described "collector of lost souls,” the artist focuses on the figure as story, building motifs through heavily condensed mark making. The figures in his work are sympathetically drawn from equal parts caricature and realistic observation. Lovegates is constantly revising and adapting previous efforts, reintegrating them into current bodies of work that reflect the history of their making. His hand-carved wooden pieces bring his paintings to life as objects. The powerfully weathered people in his imagery are often real, captured through photographs and observation taken while on his travels over the years. Motivated by his own dreams and nightmares, Troy Lovegates works are emotive arrests of an awe-inspiring imagination.
What is a Hinterland?
What I get from this word is that it is the outer limits of a city, ground not yet covered. Quiet in the distance of a city, perhaps you can see the lights but you can not hear the traffic. Cut off and solitary, but yes the dislocated from the grid is what I think. On the peripherals of life. Somewhere my dog and I try to get to every evening.
You’ve been experimenting with wartercolor, lately. How has this new practice influenced your work? Why watercolor?
I am always looking for new ways to work on the road, so a lot of my work has slowly moved onto paper from wood. As lugging around wood is cumbersome and clumsy, watercolor blings out of paper something beautiful. So bright and quick to apply washes, ect. It can all pack away into a little box and come with me anywhere.
How has the change from SF to Oakland affected your work, if at all?
Well I think that the major effect has been that I was able to fix up an old garage and turn it into a wood shop. I also have a tiny balcony converted to a studio at home. In SF things were tight and cluttered. I feel lighter and more neighborhoody in Oakland. The effect is less time lost I think. I can step into my work zones in 15 seconds.
How does traveling influence your work?
I think my mode of travel influences my work more than anything. I tend to avoid planes I mean if I have to go across the world I will force myself on one, but I travel by train or boat ect if I can. It is slow but dense, you take in a lot more and meet so many people and see all the sunsets. My work is very detailed and I find this form of travel really gives me time to be cut off and doodling, thinking, reading, and watching so it influences my introspection.
What is new about about this series of works compared to solo exhibitions in the past?
Well I am excited about showing where I live, which is a rarity. I don't have to be concerned about size and shipping and delicate works and once I get in the space I can go large which I am really looking forward too. Getting a good week of exploration in the space should bring things together thighter than usual.