09-09-2011 09:19 AM CET - Arts & Culture

Johansson Projects presents Circlesaints featuring Yvette Molina + Mike Meyers

Press release from: Johansson Projects

In his drawings Leonardo Da Vinci explored the cosmography of the microcosm, showing how the workings of the human body can be traced in the workings of the universe. Johansson Projects' upcoming exhibition, Circlesaints by Yvette Molina and Michael Meyers, takes a similar line of inquiry. In their respective work, explorations of plant life and architecture investigate the whole from its parts. Yvette Molina employs a microscope's view of plants on painted aluminum rounds. From this perspective, Molina unveils a world of plants possessed of super-powers. Her delicate renderings of nature's minutia align detail with expansiveness; coalescing into something grander, true sight with a supernatural realization. Michael Meyers' drawings present a similarly captivating blueprint of the universe, as patterns emerge out of themselves, exuding a silent mystery. Meyers' forms simultaneously inhabit the realms of real material and speculative sketch. They are part tool and part ritual altarpiece, conjuring an analogy to some cosmic clockworker. When life's intricacies are examined and nurtured, the material and immaterial world reveal they are made of the same patterns, the same stuff, the same parts.

Show runs October 20- December 10, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday October 22, 3-5pm

Johansson Projects is a contemporary art gallery that functions as a curatorial laboratory, creating exhibitions that pair established and internationally-recognized artists with up-and-coming locals. Its moss ceiling by Misako Inaoka and unique architecture allows for innovative exhibitions in a fully immersive viewing environment. With no show confined purely to gallery walls it prompts viewers to actively engage with artists who explore the mysteries embedded in modernity often using unorthodox materials and methods. Johansson Projects is a locus for curators, collectors, and artists to connect and engage in dialogue with the larger art community both regionally and nationally.

Johansson Projects
2300 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
Matthew Draving

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