Julie Alvarado: Accordion Dreams


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Julie Alvarado

Accordion Dreams

Kathleen King

Slipping (Into Something)

Mercury 20 Gallery

25 Grand Ave. (at Broadway)

Oakland CA 94612

Exhibition dates: August 1ラAugust 30 2008

Opening Reception: Friday August 1 from 6:00–9:00pm (in conjunction with First Friday/Oakland Art Murmur). Live music by master accordionist Lou Jacklich.

Celebrating the second anniversary of the founding of the gallery Julie Alvarado and Kathleen King open exhibitions of new work at Mercury 20 Gallery on August 1st with a reception for the artists from 6:00–9:00pm.

The paintings of Julie Alvarado portray realistic landscapes derived from photographic images that the artist manipulates to form personal narratives. The intense realism rich color and small scale all reference a kind of postcard. These landscapes serve as a visual account of Alvarado’s travels as well as a starting point for the exploration of imagination memory and ideas. Western icons are contemplated in Alvarado’s work as she unravels the American cultural fabric.


Julie Alvarado Surfing Serenade 2008 oil on panel photo by Julie Alvarado

After hearing a friend play magical accordion music at a dinner party Alvarado was inspired to take up the instrument herself. Learning to play the accordion proved to be a transformative humorous and spiritual experience that has infiltrated her paintings and resulted in a body of work called Accordion Dreams .

Julie Alvarado was born in Whittier CA and has a BFA in Art from Cal State Fullerton and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited locally at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery Esteban Sabar Gallery Sanchez Art Center Oakland Art Gallery and is represented in numerous private collections.

In her latest body of work Slipping (Into Something) East Bay abstract painter Kathleen King experiments with ideas of fluidity and containment. Developments to the artist’s oeuvre include combining the punch of metallic and spray paint with the lush dimensionality of oils and refining a process of taping off portions of the paintings and aggregating marks in an improvised manner. Form is created through accident complex alternation and asymmetrical patterning. Structure is built and rebuilt in successive layers coming to rest on the painting’s fractured surface. A color palette pushed to excess connects with the juxtaposition of hard edge and rhythmic brushstroke. Relying on process personal experience and a gritty alchemy King produces emotionally resonant paintings that continue to explore the possibilities and promises of abstraction in a contemporary milieu of multiplicity and risk.


Kathleen King Slipping (Into Something) 2008 acrylic spray paint oil on wood photo by Peter Honig

Kathleen King was born in Oakland CA and has a BA in Art from UC Berkeley. Her work has been exhibited locally at Pro Arts Hang Gallery and 66 Balmy and is represented in numerous private collections.