“follow me, don’t chase me!” Photography by Jan Watten & Sculpture by Benjamin T. Smith


Jan Watten
 
Benjamin T. Smith

follow me, don’t chase me!”
Photography by Jan Watten & Sculpture by Benjamin T. Smith
Art opening and Anti-Xmas party, December 14th 6 – 9pm
Dress up as your favorite dead celebrity
Show runs November 17th January 11h, 2014

FLOAT, Floatation Center – Art Gallery
1091 Calcot Place, Unit # 116 (located in a store front loft of the historic cotton mill studios)
Oakland, CA 94606
510-535-1702
 
Two Oakland artists capture the symbols that both surround and embrace us.
In order to offset the holiday madness,  we are making another anti Xmas 
event, and we are dressing up as dead celebrities just for the hell of it.
Please join us!

Photography by Jan Watten:
Born into an artistic family, photographer Jan Watten has a passion for expressing the essence and core of her subject's being.  Her work revolves around the idea of identity – capturing an aspect of her sitter in an isolated moment.  Intrigued by the concept of Self, Watten has been attempting to capture unique qualities and characteristics in her subjects for more than two decades.  Whether she is photographing an adolescent boy, the weathered hand of a gardener, the elegant face of a musician or a young girl clinging to a family portrait – she is attempting to portray identity through a small but very revealing and symbolic aspect of someone.Watten photographs her subjects in black and white, as it reduces an image into simple elements and without the distractions of color and extraneous information.  Her images are captured with film and are archival traditional darkroom prints.
Watten attended California College of Arts and Crafts, and has shown domestically 
and internationally, and was recently profiled in Black and White Magazine.


Sculpture by Benjamin T. Smith
Since the beginning, I was pursued by monsters in my dreams. Until one night I stopped 
short and said, “If you’re going to run behind me, follow me, don’t chase me!” 
Since then they have been my subjects.
 
   There’s the friendly monster story. 
Alternately, there is the horror of the momentum of our current trajectory. 
 My art is a static representation of hallucination. My favorite piece is a 
painting by Bruegel, The Blind Leading the Blind.
 
   When you see a face in a grain of wood where is that coming from?
I’m sure we have all also seen other things that are even harder to explain. Anyway I do, everyday, in every little piece of junk around me. Incessantly, they call out to be saved. 
-Benjamin T. Smith



 
 FLOAT
An urban art spa. FLOAT is the only floatation center & art gallery in the San Francisco 
Bay Area.  Floatation therapy is a unique and powerful tool that allows you to shut out the world, and drift into the deepest possible level of physical and mental relaxation. 
FLOAT offers new, public exhibits of local artists to stimulate and challenge your senses.

Celebrating our 7th year as an urban art spa, come for a float – stay for the art

FLOAT, Floatation Center – Art Gallery
1091 Calcot Place, Unit # 116 (located in a store front loft of the historic cotton mill studios)
Oakland, CA 94606

For more information and high resolution images please contact: Allison Walton,


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