San Pablo City Gallery
“Ubiquitous World of Small Screens” work by Gabriel Navar & Byron Spicer. Exhibition runs from November 1 – 30, 2014. Reception November 8, 2014.
What: Two-Person Art Exhibition
Title: “Ubiquitous World of Small Screens, Paintings by Gabriel Navar, Byron Spicer”
Where: San Pablo Art Gallery, 13831 San Pablo Ave, Maple Hall, Bldg 4, San Pablo, CA 94806
http://www.sanpabloca.gov/artgallery ; Gallery Hours: Sat & Sun, 12 – 4pm
Contact: Anne Austin, 510.882.8673
When: November 1 – 30, 2014.
Artist Reception: Saturday, November 8, 1 – 3 pm, Free and Open to the Public
“In Navar’s paintings that he has been working on for the last few years, he has been inspired by the internet platform as a way of investigating relevant current events as well as the human condition as it relates to and is tightly interwoven with our inner, cyber, natural and urban landscapes. His paintings are a critique as well as an assimilation and celebration of the multiplicity and disparate abundance of visual information often intended to side-track, seduce and/or sell something to the public. His work is based on the visual realm of popular and often infamous imagery that permeates our social consciousness through the media, especially the internet (specifically youtube.com). He has been, over the years, intrigued, amused and informed by the phenomena of youtube, apps and, most recently, “selfies”. These techno-gadget-oriented “arenas” have been fodder for him through a creative lens for many years.”
Dr. Jose Rodeiro
Professor of Art and Art History, New Jersey City College, New Jersey
“Byron Spicer was born and raised in San Francisco during the 1960’s and 70’s. Growing up in the media age and in a city known for its diversity, his paintings celebrate a world of many voices and encourage active and imaginative interpretation. Spicer’s works are created using a distinctive technique involving the application of acrylic paint to small sections of acid free paper and wood panel, employing color and imperfect lines to create something immediate and essential. Despite themes and imagery that may initially appear childlike, Spicer’s work invited viewers to take a deeper look at what joy means in their own lives.”
David Huff, Exhibitions & Programs Coordinator/Curator Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland CA