SEE THE ART
Saturday, July 9, 2-4pm. Second Saturday art opening.
Friday, August 5, evening hours. First Friday art closing.
Oakland-based art curator duo “Femme Cartel” has assembled a provocative poster art show that promises to move hearts, minds, and feet. This show — at Naming Gallery on 15th Street from the Second Saturday in July through the First Friday in August — represents an inspired and conscious look at the current cultural moment, as our beloved city of Oakland struggles with violence and gentrification and, yet, hope; as the nation grapples with its largest mass shooting ever; and during the summer of an extremely controversial presidential primary.
This Graphic Design Art Show features screen printing, street art posters, silk screening, woodblock prints, illustration and general graphic designery in printed poster form. While the themes are indeed diverse, the 18 carefully-selected pieces that comprise the show are connected by the theme of artists who convey political, uplifting and/or powerful messages that insist on a better world. Tender messages that whisper sit alongside forceful messages that demand.
“We specifically sought out work that would be stunning to look at from an art perspective as well as truly inspiring from a political and human standpoint,” said Christina Bohn, one half of the Femme Cartel curatorial duo.
In spite of themes that can push viewers to grapple with harder issues, Femme Cartel art openings are known as bustling, upbeat, and diverse events. “It really doesn’t get any better than a Femme Cartel art opening,” says Leanne “Elrod” Rodriguez, an artist who has shown with Femme Cartel, “The audience range is massive and the vibes are sensational. I can’t get enough of it.”
While the quality of the art always comes first, Femme Cartel highlights female artists front and center. In June 2011, Femme Cartel formed to celebrate female artists, diversity, and contemporary urban art. “In the mainstream art world, male artists are given a disproportionate share of the press attention, financial backing, and art shows,” explains Emily “Femily” Howe, the founder and co-curator of Femme Cartel, “we’re changing that—and much, much faster than anyone could have imagined.” Since their beginnings, Femme Cartel has highlighted the work of over 200 female artists (plus youth artists as well as a few male artists with strong, relevant work.).
Femme Cartel is beyond thrilled to have selected the following artists:
- Brittany Luby
- Design Active Collective
- Emily Cruz
- Kelly Autumn
- Krissy Teegerstrom
- Lost Boy Illustrations
- Mer Young
- MF Urbi
- Mimi Williams
- Monica Magtoto
- Oree Originol
- Renee Castro
- Vanessa “Agana” Espinoza
See the list of all artists who have shown work with Femme Cartel.
Femme Cartel: Emily Howe & Christina Bohn, femmecartelLOVESyou@gmail.com