Loakal is a gallery and boutique collaboratively founded by Oakland-based fashion label fiftyseven-thirtythree and East Bay Express. Located near Jack London Square, Loakal carries unique, handmade clothing, jewelry, home décor products and more created by independent designers. The boutique is adjoined to a gallery space that hosts many vibrant art shows focused on emerging and mid-career artists, concerts and other events that foster collaboration in the East Bay’s creative community.
Loakal is proud to present our latest exhibition, “Between Light and Paint,” featuring L.A. based painter Gregory Siff and photographer 2wenty. Gregory Siff has become one of the most prolific and exciting forces in the Los Angeles contemporary art scene. His work and personality has been popping up all across the city; most recently at ACE Museum where Gregory painted a mural for a charity art auction held by renowned auction house Christie’s and non-profit The Art of Elysium. Interview Magazine called Gregory’s 30 foot painting of the over 75 donating artist’s likeness “Epic.”
Gregory is truly a contemporary American artist. Creating images that blend Pop Art and Abstract-expressionism, Siff’s work is vibrant and arresting, with an emotionalism normally absent in urban art. His distinct handmade style merges unique elements of abstraction, street, and fine art; his technique coalesces the voice of a fearless child with the wisdom of a seasoned warrior.
Los Angeles street artist 2wenty, known for Facebook Social Cigarettes, expands his oeuvre into light painting photography. Through long exposures, the camera captures not only the subject, but also the source of light the artist moves across his “canvas” Within these detailed images there is a depth and other worldliness that records both place and passage of time.
Please join us Friday May 3rd at Loakal Gallery & Boutique for the opening reception of “Between Light and Paint.”