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Transmission Gallery promotes primarily regional and national figurative artists with an emphasis on Expressionism, California Funk and Socially Engaged Art. Please stop by and visit us. Gallery staff Ruth Santee, Cameron Brian, and TaVee ...


Title: Joe Mariscal: MENAGERIE
Artist: Joe Mariscal
Dates: Feb 3rd - Mar 25th
Time: Check Venue listings.

Stop by Transmission Gallery to see two terrific exhibitions: Joe Mariscal’s “Menagerie,” featuring Mariscal’s latest ceramic work, and “A Few Social Coments” with paintings by Mac Mechem.

Birds, beasts, fish and bugs, Joe Mariscal serves up a menagerie of wildlife in this exhibition of his recent ceramic sculpture. Imbued with a gritty sense of power and wry humor, these pieces are intriguing in the territory they occupy. Beautifully crafted and bold, the work references folk art and clan totems with a nod to the long history of Bay Area figurative ceramics and a strong dose of anthropomorphism thrown in.

Mariscal is a veteran of ceramic sculpture, as he says, he has “slabbed, coiled and burnished clay for over 40 years.” His deft touch and fierce connection to the medium are evident in the work. Having lived in Mexico and traveled extensively, most recently to Vietnam, Mariscal expresses his feelings and experiences of the human condition through its animal nature as in these works now showing at Transmission in Menagerie.

Showing concurrently are paintings by Mac Mechem in A Few Social Comments