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First Fridays at Gearbox | Proximity:2

June 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


GearBox Gallery
Proximity: 2
Featuring: Joni Marie Theodorsen and Brandon Larson
Dates: May 30 to June 29

First Friday: June 7, 5-8pm

770 West Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Contact: [email protected]


(510) 271-0822
Gallery Hours: Thursdays-Saturdays, 12-5 pm and First Fridays, 5-8 pm

Proximity: 2 features paintings by Gearbox Gallery artist Joni Marie Theodorsen and guest artist Brandon Larson. Painting in proximity for over 25 years, this exhibition of new work created in their shared Oakland studio highlights a dialogue that speaks of a mutual interest in process-based abstraction, and formal investigations, yet delves into their own respective painting languages.

Having met during their artistic formative years, these artists have relied on each other’s opinions, experience and mutual respect throughout their painting careers. While not strictly artistic collaborators, neither are their practices completely separate.

Both artists are concerned with line, surface and mark making, while taking different approaches.Theodorsen is interested in accumulation and calligraphic line assembled in more historical landscape constructs. Larson’s color-drenched paintings contain a more narrative line, creating personal iconographic compositions.

Proximity: 2 continues a conversation in painting last held in public 10 years ago at the now-defunct Fountain Art Space in Brooklyn, NY.

About the artists:
Joni Marie Theodorsen is a process-based abstract painter. Growing up in the Bay Area and central coast, she has been creating horizon dominated paintings and constructions for the last 15 years. Her work is created through accumulation of line, yet rooted in a reductive process. Theodorsen works cyclically, creating newspaper font oil paintings, black watercolors, and 3-D landscape models, each informing the next. Interested in open spaces and atmosphere, Theodorsen considers her work landscapes.

Brandon Larson is an Oakland based painter working in oil & watercolor, in modes both abstract and representational. In this body of work, Larson looks to the visual languages of archaic art and ancient forms, both human and natural, to establish his own painting dialect. Larson uses these sources and an examination of the process of improvisation to develop paintings that reveal a pictorial language idiosyncratic and personal, with the paintings approaching a narrative character despite their roots in abstraction.


June 7
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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