The Human Animal
Mar
1
5:00 PM17:00

The Human Animal

Opening Reception March 10th 2018

A year ago we left Oakland on a trip zip zagging through Asia. With no daily obligations, we were free to paint dilapidated structures and draw everyday. It gave us the opportunity to create more freely and without restraint. While trying to fully appreciate the strange and beautiful places we would end up, a growing sense of our conflicted and endangered world was on the rise. Watching Trumps inauguration in Vietnam, and trying to explain how and why it happened to the people we met over the next six months was daunting. This mixed with a confrontation of our relationship with plastic, as well as a disturbing and rampant form of colonialism that is western tourism, we left feeling some what disillusioned and slightly hopeless. 

The one constantly present element in our travels was dogs. We both felt a connection, if not representation of our human experience through them. This being the idea that the dog symbolizes our human version of the confusion of domestication while dealing with residual instincts. Like the dog, the cat, and other domesticated beasts we are caught in between. Then add in the modern dimension of dealing with not only the conflict between our animal brain and our “human brain”, but the introduction of the technological brain- our cellphones, our computers; the internet. The result is an uncertainty of whether we are doing things with intention verses at the will of our compulsions. Thus we call our show, The Human Animal. An accumulation of worldwide stimulation and inner reflection.

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Artist Talk by Christopher Martin
Mar
1
5:00 PM17:00

Artist Talk by Christopher Martin

Artist Christopher Martin will discuss his work and how it relates to the Black Lives Matter movement. 5pm

Christopher Martin is a southern raised artist from North Carolina who is currently based in San Francisco. His recent works are tapestry pieces that use cotton as a medium to display the experience of the African Diaspora. He continues to work in this medium alongside graphic design and photography.

Artist Statement:
My banners tell a surreal story of religion, slavery and freedom. The initial reason for Africans' role in America was for the cultivation of cotton. I use that same material to display my graphic designs on hand cut and sew banners. The process I use is categorized as appliqué. A lot of my images are inspired by past references yet are still relevant to today’s culture and conversation.

 

 

 

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Beats Give Back
Mar
1
3:00 PM15:00

Beats Give Back

  • This Saturday, March 3rd from 3pm-10pm is the first official Beats Give Back! #beatsgiveback is an event series that unifies a creative space with a community effort to raise awareness about houselessness in our areas and to help individuals in need within our communities. This event's donations are heading to Dream Catcher Runaway/Homeless Youth Services Shelter located in Oakland, CA, a non-profit that assists runaways, commercially sexually exploited youth, and at-risk ages 13-19 get off the streets to safety. Come enjoy some live music and art installations while giving back to your community!
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Frantz Jean-Baptiste, Nadair Asghari and Nick Wilkinson
Nov
11
to Dec 1

Frantz Jean-Baptiste, Nadair Asghari and Nick Wilkinson

Naming Gallery presents new work by Frantz Jean-Baptiste, Nadair Asghari and Nick Wilkinson on view October 13th - November 3rd

Opening Reception November 11th 6-9 PM
Closing Reception December 1st 6-9 PM

Featuring performances by:

EVIL TWINS (7:30pm)

TECHNOPAGAN (8:30pm)

Also don't miss:

PLAY PRESS ZINE RELEASE
UNITY PRESS POP UP
SEX POP UP (Technopagan clothing line)

 

NICK WILKINSON
One of the things that has always interested me is how painting as a language is referential to actual written language. As the last year has progressed, I’ve moved towards creating work with a greater sense of language intertwined; intuitively adding and layering shapes and marks as if I’m composing a sentence or paragraph. In my paintings I consider the many marks to be comparable to words or sentences, hieroglyphic symbols and signs, which are basically pictures, that over the years have become understood as words as they were deciphered. What I am constantly aiming for is that that weird space between where a symbol becomes something that can be disseminated or understood as some sort of written text yet is still a mysterious vessel that cannot quite be pinned down. It is communication at its most finite and it is within this frame of reference that I feel the work really takes hold.

NADAIR ASGHARI
My drawings are about the enjoyment of mark making. They are intended as light hearted escapes into abstraction. 

My acrylic furniture and objects reflect an appreciation of dated space age concepts, movements like Memphis Design, and toyshop aesthetics—Barbie in particular.

FRANTZ JEAN-BAPTISTE
Altered landscapes reveal both the intricacy of the earth as a system and the complexity of our response to the natural world, while retaining a sense of specificity and intimacy. I anthropomorphized animals and cast them as key players in an epic production, of which I too was a part. The natural world was enchanted and, although by no means idyllic, ethical in an unsentimental way. My love of Nature evolves into a fascination with biology and behavioral science. My current theme of work is borne of these ideas and questions, but also responds to our contemporary cultural and political climate: extremism and philosophical relativism thrive today, symptomatic of an ailing faith in reason and idealism; the global populace is increasingly uncertain and insecure; we embrace hybrid cosmologies, mixing our traditional stories and religions with science, consumerism and imported narratives.

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Voicing Debris: Sound, Voice Experiment & Interaction
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

Voicing Debris: Sound, Voice Experiment & Interaction

VOICING DEBRIS: 
To Hold the Throat open when we are Voiceless
To Hold the Voice open when we are Throatless

An evening of Sound, Voice box experiments, Interaction and combinations thereof ...

Featuring :

**just added: CHRISTOPHER MOORE
Prayer/Poetry reading from "Blurring the Lines" a book of poetry by trans artists, with the accompanyment of an original musical composition on top by Chris!

KEVIN CK LO
( 1/2 of Drought Spa)
A Violist and Projectionist presents an integrated performative piece/


USERVOICE
(Waxy Tomb)
Jules LC explores the parsed natures dividing real-time vocalization or embodied voice, and the hyper-textual systems of identification through usernaming.


QUITE EYES OF AIR
(Syrinx + Synth Library PDX)
Alissa DeRubeis (S1 Synth Library Portland) and Yasi Perrera (Syrinx [bird anatomy] + Analog Synth Maker) weave together cryptic texts and vocal purging through circuits generating a shifted shadowy terrain.


ARC
(Black Hole Cinematheque)
The creator of analog films based on the live degradation of text, performs as the sound project ARC- an experience of abstraction in the form of drone.



There will also be two interactive sound pieces on display by Jules LC.

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OG Beat Meets
Jun
11
4:00 PM16:00

OG Beat Meets

Every 2nd Sunday musicians and producers of varying levels of expertise meet up for an exchange of music and ideas. OGBM begins with a workshop given by seasoned producer or musician and ends with three performances by local or traveling musicians. Bring up to 10 min. of original material to share between 3 curated sets. Musical Artists TBA

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Sludgepony's Secret Garden
Jun
3
4:00 PM16:00

Sludgepony's Secret Garden

Join us for a kid friendly art opening at the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt! We will be serving vegan snacks and offering face painting for kids with all proceeds going towards renovating the Bonsai Garden. Also featuring beats by cheflee (12:30pm) and many more secrets and surprises!

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GUMMIES Opening Reception with NO/YEAH! and Morning Hands
Jun
2
6:00 PM18:00

GUMMIES Opening Reception with NO/YEAH! and Morning Hands

Naming Gallery presents a new body of work from Ari Bird and Allegra Rush on view June 2nd through July 7th

http://aribird.com
http://allegrarush.tumblr.com

Please join us for an opening reception!

MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY NO/YEAH! & MORNING HANDS

https://morninghands.bandcamp.com/

Also featuring the unveiling of "The Gilded Age Project"

The Gilded Age was derived from writer Mark Twain's 1873 novel The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, which satirized an era of serious social problems masked by a thin gold gilding. We are living in another gilded age. Our world couldn't be more ironic. Income inequality, social justice, poverty, race, housing, the environment, simple fairness, all fester next door to places selling luxury goods to the wealthy. Dickson Schneider and Chris Rummell will create a beautiful micro thin layer of gold on the inside of the gallery window, manifesting these issues, drawing our attention to the great, weird, situation that is contemporary America. 

On view June 2nd - July 7th

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Circo Anto, The Corner Laughers, Karen Finlay, The Bay Area Brit
Mar
31
8:00 PM20:00

Circo Anto, The Corner Laughers, Karen Finlay, The Bay Area Brit

Please join us in the heart of Oakland at The Naming Gallery for a musical circus of word lovers and world travelers. Super spring early show out front, unfettered by electric amplification, cover charges and expectations.

Antonette Goroch
Antonette Goroch (Oakland, CA/Bologna, Italy) is a seasoned traveler and musician, with two decades of recordings and writings to her credit. 

Karen Finlay
Karen Finlay is a Bay Area author with aspirations to become the next Judy Blume or Dorothy Parker (or alternately, a skydiver). A graduate of Mills College, she has an MFA in Creative Writing and was a two-time recipient of The Marion Boess Haworth Prize, as well as The Ardella Mills Scholarship. 

The Corner Laughers
Clever wordplay, magical melodies and heartbreaking harmonies. Front and center are heavenly vocals, jangly guitars, delicate ukes, a thunderous rhythm section and crystalline production.

The Bay Area Brit
Matty Stone a.k.a “The Bay Area Brit” is an Oakland-based, but still British writer, award-winning cartoonist and humourist. As The Bay Area Brit, he has performed readings of his short, funny essays at events all over the S.F. Bay Area including the renowned LitQuake literary festival. 

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Let us Whisper
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Let us Whisper

An intimate evening of feminine contemplation and voice. Three different perspectives on honoring nature, ancestor, and loss.

With Performances by: 
FERTILE VOYAGE (Oakland) 
KEY (Oakland )
TREE SKELETON (Sacramento)

And Transformed Space by Key

FERTILE VOYAGE: Diving deep into herself and resonating outwardly. A powerful voice with the chords to match, Fertile Voyage transforms singer/songwriter into emotional journeying.
https://soundcloud.com/stormy-king

KEY: is an electronic representation of ideas and emotions. It is about opening doors and unlocking deepness within ourselves. A reverence for nature as the path we all walk. Questions of time and dimensionality.
https://soundcloud.com/key

TREE SKELETON: Rising from the source. Expressed by voice & synthesizers. Grounded in nature and reaching out to the stars. Prayers for living in this world but not being of it.
https://soundcloud.com/tree-skeleton

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Real Vaginas Opening featuring Star Amerasu and Cali Rose
Mar
11
8:00 PM20:00

Real Vaginas Opening featuring Star Amerasu and Cali Rose

The title of our show, Real Vaginas, borrows its name from the reality TV show, Real Housewives. This provocative, intentionally problematic title is an invitation to recognize the ridiculous, to satirize, to make use of the absurd. After all, what does “Real Vagina” even mean?  How will artists express themselves in a time when minimalism is working to smooth out our complexities? How would an Islamic womxn represent their Real Vagina?  How should a transgender person’s Real Vagina be represented?  How are we ignoring and marginalizing our community? The show may not answer these questions, but it may make us feel more aware about the convergence of gender and put some “utopia” back in our vibes. Real Vaginas features artwork from 20 artists who wanted us to show you...their “Real Vaginas.”

We are pleased to welcome the following artists to our space: Shelby Rosabal, Charlotte Hacker-Mullen, Thailan When, Pleasurefaith, Michael Borel, Luna Francesca, Lucien Dante, Olivia Krause, Mary Lonergan, Becka Heikkila, Hannah Rubin, Samantha Thompson, Sarah Bowser, Olivia Nebins-Carbins, Margaret Fransee, Caldwell Linker

:: LIVE MUSIC ::
8 PM **STAR AMERASU**
9 PM **CALI ROSE**

Donation beverage bar with proceeds going to film project which will garner awareness for the current food crisis in Venezuela

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"Distrumptive" President's Day Closing Reception
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

"Distrumptive" President's Day Closing Reception

Come join us this #NotMyPresidentsDay in Oakland on Monday February 20th for a collective rejection of this brave new low in the history of the American President. We've painted the bottom of the barrel with a collection of Anti-Trump Art With Teeth that bites down bone deep. 

.:LIVE NOT MY PRESIDENT'S DAY PERFORMANCES:.
8pm :: C.O.A.M.B. (Cougar on a Meth Binge)
https://soundcloud.com/cougaronamethbinge
8:45pm :: Beerwine King
https://soundcloud.com/beerwineking
9pm :: Ambreezy BA AKA Fela Kutchi #felakutchi 
https://soundcloud.com/ambreezyba

Featured Artists: Dave MacDowell, Anthony Freda, Hal Hefner, Alex Schaefer, Lusky, Jilly Ballistic, Recycled Propaganda, Rob Collinet, J. Salvador, Nina Wright #Girlmobb, Zachary Seth Greer, Andrea Barros

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O.G. Beat Meet
Feb
12
4:00 PM16:00

O.G. Beat Meet

Every 2nd Sunday musicians and producers of varying levels of expertise meet up for an exchange of music and ideas. OGBM begins with a workshop given by seasoned producer or musician and ends with three performances by local or traveling musicians. Bring up to 10 min. of original material to share between 3 curated sets! 

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Sporting and Brian Tester
Feb
3
8:30 PM20:30

Sporting and Brian Tester

Please join us for an evening of experimental electronic sounds at Naming Gallery! 

Featuring:
Sporting  A newly formed Portland collaboration between Luke Wyland (from AU) and John Niekrasz (from Why I Must Be Careful)
https://sportingmusic.bandcamp.com/release 

Brian Tester  Local analog synthesizer wizard specializing in uplifting and meditative ambient acid drone
https://soundcloud.com/brian_tester

In addition, Venezuelan chef, Adriana Pérez Bonilla, will prepare a Venezuelan menu with proceeds going to support families struggling to eat in regions of conflict in Venezuela.

Not to be missed!

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Distrumptive: an anti-inauguration day show hosted by "Art with Teeth"
Jan
20
6:00 PM18:00

Distrumptive: an anti-inauguration day show hosted by "Art with Teeth"

Join us this Inauguration Day 2017 at Naming Gallery for a collection of the hardest-hitting anti-Trump art anywhere. Featuring the art of Hal HefnerAlex Schaefer, Nina Cuss (#GirlMobb), Anthony FredaDave McDowellLuskyJilly BallisticRecycled Propaganda, and Rob Collinet and music by Beerwine King, WVG Feat. Negroso Pelligroso and Vikram Babu. Let's gather in solidarity and let this screaming tyrant know that we're onto him from the get. 


 

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