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July 14 @ 8:00 am - September 2 @ 5:00 pm


Paul Éluard wrote, “there is another world,
but it is in this one.”

The drawings are another world. The point isn’t to explain or define it. How would you explain the earth? If I could provide something more than a gross oversimplification, I wouldn’t. Questions are interesting. Answers are not interesting.
Places I’ve been and things I’ve seen get pulverized and mascerated with half digested themes from music, literature, and painting. The world of the drawings is some necessary by-product of how I think, how I remember and most importantly how I forget.
One question that comes up a lot I’m happy to answer: are the grim, eldritch scenes in the drawings a kind of a diary? Mostly no, and then again mostly yes.

Spike Milliken
June 28, 2023
Spike Milliken was born in Pleasant Hill, California, in 1972 and lives in San Francisco. He attended the Palmer School for Girls and Boys, dropped out of high school at 15, lived, died, and then earned his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He has worked as a product designer for Sony, as an artist-in-residence and exhibition designer at Zeum Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, and as a resident artist at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland. ​


July 14 @ 8:00 am
September 2 @ 5:00 pm
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Uma Gallery
3630 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609 United States
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