Scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018, The Broadway is a high-rise residential tower in Oakland. For the public art requirement, Oakland based artist David Huffman is creating a 45 foot tall glass piece that will define the front entrance of the building. The glass piece entitled Ascension is based on Huffman’s painting practice, and will be accompanied by a site-specific painting to be hung in the lobby.
February 14 to April 29– Jay Heikes/ MATRIX 269 at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA): Many of the objects—paintings, sculptures, and drawings—presented in this exhibition were informed by time Jay Heikes spent at a residency in Marfa, Texas, in early 2017. The dry, crumbly terrain of the desert landscape and the site’s proximity to Mexico inspired his rumination and reflection on the significance of borders to our culture, a subject that has concurrently received much attention in the political sphere. The exhibition features two large-scale copper sculptures that loosely conjure fences. Yet instead of delimiting territory, the sculptures appear tenuous and ornamental, alluding to the fact that they define a metaphorical space rather than an actual one. The sculptures are complemented by a selection of paintings from Heikes’s Z series, which he developed as a way to signal the end of language, implied by his invocation of the last letter of the alphabet. Additional drawings and sculptures extend his application of similar motifs. Together, the works embody the artist’s longing for transcendence amid the deluge of negative media in the wake of the presidential election. BAMPFA is located at 2155 Center Street in Berkeley.
Artist Talk and Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 14, 6pm.