Friday, January 9, 2009

Mark Your Calendar: Laura Ball at Swarm Gallery

With the the holiday whirlwind and other commitments, I haven't had a chance to get out to many galleries lately. But I'm ready to see some fresh art, and am super-excited about Laura Ball's new show, Choose Your Own Adventure, which opens at Oakland's Swarm Gallery tonight. (Apparently, I'm not alone in my admiration. Celebrities snapping up Ball's pieces include Beck, Naomi Watts, Michelle Williams, Parker Posey, and Mark and Sunrise Ruffalo.)

Ball's work "has always addressed real-world battles, play, and competition. The characters in [her] watercolors and oil paintings are represented by her sisters, her mother, and herself, often engaged in play-fighting, struggling against a torrent of water, or battling swords." Choose Your Own Adventure "explores fantastical characters of our minds, examining the journeys and struggles we undertake both as mythological characters and as ourselves. The heroic journey of world myths and the events of the subconscious provide sources for conflict and struggle that move from the world into the depths of the psyche."

The opening reception is tonight -- Friday, January 9 -- from 6 to 8 p.m., and the show will be up through February 14. Swarm is located at 560 Second St. in Oakland's Ironworks District, and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. Check out more of Ball's work right here.

1 comment:

Kelly's Korner said...

Have fun at the gallery for all of us overseas admirers who can't be there! We get to hang out with her sister though, so we're ok! :)


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