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Double Vision 

When: March 7-April 1 2014
For years, Bay Area-based artist Sam Grant has been seeing the world through two distinct artistic lenses: painting and photography. Grant’s paintings are big, bold compositions of pop-surrealist vintage imagery that resemble painted collages made from 1960s magazines. They’re vibrant bursts of whimsicality, like blown-up postcards from a world in which contexts have collapsed into a sea of juxtaposed meanings. His photographs, on the other hand, offer small windows into the past. By employing a dramatic depth of field and hand-coloring technique, Grant produces tiny dream worlds within his photos — like magical dioramas. The imagery of his photographs is less bizarre than his paintings, but his technique renders them eerily unreal. Although Grant has chosen to keep his work in these two media separate in the past, they are being displayed together for the first time in the show Double Vision at Loakal Gallery (560 2nd St. Oakland). The combination highlights how his pieces in both media encapsulate an idealized nostalgia through imaginative remembering and exceptional execution. The result is a remarkably fun foray into a playful past.
— Sarah Burke

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