RYOKEN, Alex Smith
Our sixth annual Art in the Groves installation features two returning sculptors and five new. Our one permanent piece, Bruce Johnson’s redwood-and-copper North Star, presides over the Isaacs Family Grove. The other returning artist is Oakland’s Albert Dicruttalo, who last season gave us the jagged Epoch; though this year his work takes on a gentler form with the reflective, conical Truce, the cast bronze and aluminum piece still addresses themes of freedom, entrapment, and identity.
Another cast bronze piece is Ryoken, a whimsical, bright-blue creature by Berkeley-based Crucible instructor Alex Smith. More identifiable animals can be found in the 14-foot-tall, steel-and-hardware Giraffe by Shawn Hibma Cronan, also of Berkeley; and in Presence of Mind (Sheep) by Oakland’s Terry Mason, who made the pillow stuffing-and-concrete animals outdoor-ready with powder-coated aluminum. “The sheep signify a chimeric state,” he writes. “Their bodies are formed with pillow-stuffing: a material that aids the journey to sleep, a place where the head rests and the mind resides.”
Also existing in an alternate reality is the haunting Sailing in Celestial Skies, a ceramic-and-wood work by Benicia’s Derek Weisberg. And rounding out 2009’s Art in the Groves exhibition is Fire, an abstracted bonfire created from found objects and railroad spikes by San Francisco-based Danielle Satinover.
Most of the sculptures on exhibit are available for sale. A map and price sheet are available in the lobby.
To see all of the sculptures, their prices and other information, download the Art in the Groves flier or pick one up at the theater.
Contact Stefanie Kalem at 510.548.3422 x135 for more information.