Metal, electricity, blood
Color us indecisive. On one hand, we’re moved by heavy metal, especially when fashioned into something resembling the elliptical orbit of a heavenly body. Ergo, “Virga,” above, one of the sculptures by Roger Berry that will be exhibited at Jayjay this month and next. These explorations of positive and negative space appear to be the kind that trigger intuitive flashes of usually hidden but deep truths.
On another hand, we’re moved by the oscillating pulses of electricity, something offered at Gallery Horse Cow this month—well, at least on Saturday, May 10, when DJ Itchy Scab provides the music. The scab’s alter ego, artist Joe Colley, won’t be showing, but two other artists working in the popular vernacular—Jay Howell and Mike Rodriguez—will. Howell’s work has been featured in magazines and on skateboard decks and record covers, and Rodriguez is a muralist-painter from the tagger tradition. Rodriguez also will paint a new mural on the front of the Horse Cow.
And on a third hand, if there is such a thing, we’re moved by the sanguine—specifically, blood, when mixed with other media, such as oil paint and sprayed polyurethane, as in the work of Noel Franklin. Some of her creations, which project an oddly creepy vibe, will be on display at Fort 17 at the Sacramento Farmers Market along with pieces by ceramicists and sculptors Ryan Sweatt, Evan Barton, Greg Paul, Jim Goodman, Marci Carl and Greg Lysander. And outside the space, Rhett from the Art Pimp Mobile Gallery will be backing up his temporary space to the loading dock, while inside, music will be provided by Elena Powell, with “performance art” by Corbett Cummins. There also will be photographs by Virginia Giles and Joshua Michael on display upstairs in space 15.