Your weekend: ‘Body work
Colin Herrick and Jacqueline Cooper’s hip little art gallery, Autobody Fine Art, has got a brand-new show opening Friday. The show, “id:ENTITY,” opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The gallery sits on the second floor of an old auto body shop at 1517 Park Street.
The show explores identity through a host of cultural markers, with photos taken across the Bay Area. And Autobody’s openings are typically ripe with fun little activities, live music and more.
Here are the descriptions of each artist’s work:
In her “American Carnival Portraits,” Linda Kramer photographs subjects who exude a strong presence that brings into focus the drama of each person’s life. The images are printed large to transmit the attitude of the subject, and to highlight the compelling details that convey something different to each viewer examining the photograph.
Lisa Levine includes images from “Past-Tense,” a series in which she uses old photographs from family albums and other found photographs as a starting point for digitally constructed images. Levine sees photography as a powerful mechanism for constructing and/or reconstructing identity and memory. These works explore ideas about the identities of the people and the stories of their lives based on their photographs.
Peter Tonningsen draws from his project “Paper Dolls” featuring women wearing dresses imbued with significant personal history in a series of enchanting vignettes. These pictures are portraits in the traditional sense, but they are also collaborative fictions; a cast of characters choreographed to masquerade everyday identity in favor of playfully pretending or enacting some type of enigmatic personal drama or flight of the imagination.
Jan Watten’s photographs of youth culture in “Parts” are abstract and isolated fragments of young people who are childlike yet on the verge of forming into the adult they will soon become. The images depict components of their identity that reveal a much larger story about the search for personal identity in a time of transition, revealing that time of flux between innocence and maturity, and portraying the last strands of childhood and innocence that reside just below the surface.
The show is up through June 28. Autobody’s phone number is 865-2608.