Monthly Archives: October 2011

Venue Spotlight: The Compound Gallery & Studios, Oakland

The Compound Gallery

The Compound Gallery. Photo courtesy of Lena and Matt Reynoso.

I moved to Oakland about a month ago, and I’ve been doing my due diligence to find what the art scene in the East Bay has to offer. One particular trend I’ve observed is the flourishing presence of collaborative artist studio spaces. The Compound Gallery & Studios takes that a step further by creating a hybrid artist studio and exhibition space, and you would be remiss to pass up a visit. It’s  a welcoming space that is home to some of the most robust programing I’ve seen in the Bay Area.

Lena and Matt Reynoso founded The Compound Gallery in 2008, and the space is comfortably nestled in North Oakland near the intersection of 65th and San Pablo. The Compound Gallery nearly bursts at the seams with everything it has to offer. Here are some of highlights:

Exhibitions
In their efforts to provide high quality exhibitions, Matt and Lena review submissions, visit studios, and actively seek out emerging artists with strong points-of-view to feature at the gallery. The latest show, He-Charmers: Katherine Sherwood, opened October 15th and runs through December 4th. He-Charmers is a continuation of Sherwood’s mixed media Healers from the Yelling Clinic series in which she uses images of neural-anatomy from the 16th century to the present.
Additionally, The Compound Gallery reserves a portion of the space to feature works by artists working on-site. Alison O.K. Frost curated the current show in the Artists Gallery, Ex-Corpse, which features work by 18 Compound Gallery artists.
Artists Studios
Matt and Lana have always been interested in creating an interdisciplinary workspace. They strongly believe “that having high caliber artists working at The Compound helps enliven the space and keeps the energy alive.” During exhibition openings, the artists’ studios are open to guests, and you can see a variety of intricate works in-progress.
Art in a Box subscriber package

Art in a Box subscriber package

Art in a Box
Art in a Box was born about three years ago from the seedling of an idea inspired by Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.  You can purchase a CSA membership in exchange for (often times weekly) deliveries of local organic food. Art-on-a-Box reworked this framework and applied it to art. Art-in-a-Box subscribers pay a monthly fee in exchange for  the delivery of an art work crafted by a local artist.
In essence, Art in a Box gives individuals the opportunity to own original artworks in an accessible way that not only speaks to your tastes, but supports local artists and this local business. Additionally, it’s another outlet for new or seasoned collections to introduce new artists to their collections.
Art in a Box continues to evolve and expand with the introduction of a new campaign called “The Art in a Box Great Trans-American Art Campaign,” which will focus on obtaining a subscriber in each of the 50 states. Posters, stickers, promotional cards, pins, and shirts currently being disseminated to art centers all over the nation.
Special Collections and Print Lounge
The newest addition to the Compound is a Special Collection & Print Lounge. The special collection lounge is dedicated to works by resident Compound artists and frequent contributors, and the collection is open to the public to browse during gallery hours. Matt and Lena agree that it’s enjoyable to have a more casual space at The Compound to showcase work outside of formal exhibitions.

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Artist Feature: Erlin Geffrard aka Kool Kid Kreyola

“My name is Erlin Geffrard aka Kreyola Kid and bitch I paint!” – Erlin

Rae: Let’s begin, do you have an alias?

Erlin: In a way yes, I have a project named “kool kid kreyola” which is an art persona that I create work under

Rae: Tell us about your artwork? Do you challenge the world’s thinking with the art that you make?

Erlin: umm wtf….that is a lot of pressure…the world could suck it man, I am creating work for fun!

Rae: How many hours a day do you create?

Erlin: Depends on the day. I stay painting, I don’t focus on the time, I just paint.

Rae: What is your most favorite medium at the moment right now?

Erlin: Booty? I paint on butts….it’s fun!

Rae: Is there anything you consistently draw inspiration from?

Erlin: I love ancient art all over the world: Egyptians, Nubians, Mayas

Rae: Any books you’ve been reading at the moment that has been inspiring towards your artworks?

Erlin: Hero With A Thousand Faces, and The Alchemist

Rae: How do you recharge when your creativity hits the wall?

Erlin: I hit the crack pipe jk. I just relax the mental and go back to the basics!

Rae: Describe the process within yourself when you are creating a new piece?

Erlin: Shit, I just keep it nasty like I get it wet, then I put it in, ya feel me!

Rae: Yeah, I understand how that process is. Any upcoming new projects, shows, or travels?

Erlin: I got a show coming up at the Luggage Store Art Gallery! Feb 9, 2012.

Rae: Nice! Looking forward to that! What percentage of your work is collaboration vs. say, interactive? Or are the terms in your work interchangeable?

Erlin: Awww man like 50%- me, 50% colab i think more community art projects are the future. Less ego art world b.s., more rainbow togetherness…I worked with Spencer Keeton, Rye Purvis, Moe, Triple Mike the Shooter, D-nice, Quin Arnason, Quinn Arneson, Camus revel, the list goes on dude

Rae: Studying at SFAI, what have you learned most about there?

Erlin: no comment

Rae: Which cities have you lived in?

Erlin: I grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida and then moved to sf, dats all!

Rae: Any artists you would love to collaborate with in the near future?

Erlin: R. Kelly, and John Baldessari

Rae: What do you like most about the art in San Francisco?

Erlin: The growing interest in new artists. I feel like their eyes are on us now.

Rae: Favorite place traveled? Why?

Erlin: my dreams cuz I travel nonstop

Rae: Has your art style changed at all during the years?

Erlin: kinda

Rae: Working on any new series of work?

Erlin: yeah um urban hieroglyphs

Rae: If you were to stop making art, what would you replace it with?

Erlin: pimping

Rae: Any artists that you admire, that influences your work?

Erlin: Spencer Keeton

Rae: What type of music or bands are you listening to right now?

Erlin: Whale Cries

Rae: Finally, What has been your most exciting moment as an artist?

Erlin: smoking out with Carlos Villa

Rae: Thanks for the interview Erlin, looking forward to seeing more of your works in the upcoming future.

Check out Kool Kid Kreyola’s website: http://bitchipaint.com/