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When: Feb. 1-March 2 2014
After spending the day animating at Pixar, artist Erick Oh unwinds through a creative process that he likens to fishing. He sits down, sets his tool to the paper, and lets it follow the current of his mental sea until something emerges from the deep. What he continuously produces are cohesive watercolor compositions in a consistent black and blue palette. Having repeating this process since the summer of 2012, Oh has created a substantial series of these little watercolor worlds, which is now on view at FM Gallery (483 25th St., Oakland) in his solo exhibit, titled Blue. At the show’s reception, Oh described each bundle of organic forms and woven textures as a stanza in a poem that denies a fixed interpretation. Lining the gallery in two long rows, the works do present an emotional statement, but it’s one with an amorphous quality that invites viewers to attach their own meaning to their languid forms. To top off the show, Oh is also displaying “Symphony,” an animated short film that brings the organic shapes of his paintings to life with a clean, abstract aesthetic and the endearing personality of a Pixar film. Set to music by Vivaldi, the mesmerizing film is simultaneously a self-portrait and a testament to universal human struggle, according to Oh.
— Sarah Burke


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