Resurrection: Dead Spaces

Six dearly departed Oakland galleries enjoy a second life.

The large number of new East Bay art galleries is cause for local pride, but despite the highly visible enthusiasm of First Friday Murmur crowds, not all these spaces endure. Resurrection: The Dead Space Show at Adam Hatch’s LoBot Gallery revisits six galleries now closed — Auto 3321, Boontling, Liminal, Magnolia, Papa Buzz, and 33 Grand — and the fifty artists they showed: Becky Alprin, Marc Apablaza, Emilio Banuelos, Ben Belknap, Joshua Blake, Angie Brown, Will Buzzell, Elena Carrasco, John Casey, Alika Cooper, Shannon Corr, Rita Coury, Chantal de Felice, Bruk Dunbar, Jeremy Ehling, Mike Eli, Joe Enos, Tara Lisa Foley, Dustin Fosnot, Arthur Gonzalez, Eric Groff, David Hamill, Martha Sue Harris, Jon Herschend, Sue Higo, Scott Hove, Amanda Hughen, Rich Jacobs, Faye Jaime, Steve Johnson, Rusty Jordan, Obi Kauffman, Ross Kennedy, Josh Keyes, Jeremy Kirsch, Uri Korn, Mike Lay, Dan Lewis, Alex Lukas, Marty Lund, Nathan Lynch, Marco Mejia, Jordan Mello, Andy Mills, Crystal Morey, Peter Morgan, David Muller, Seth Mulvey, Alex Munn, John Nagel, Brendan Nakahara, Jamie Nelson, Jay Nelson, Darsi Obekata, Juliette Oken, Hilary Pecis, Joey Pizialli, Meadow Presley, Kyle Ranson, Matthew Reamer, Caleb Rogers, Catherine Ryan, Sham Saenz, Peter St. Lawrence, Diana Sanchez, Ekatherina Sautchenko, Andrew Schoultz, Hector Serna, Lucien Shapiro, Brad Silverstein, Shawn Smith, Savana Snow, Emma Spertus, Molly Springfield, Kirk Stoller, Lisa Stoneman, Deth P. Sun, Kevin Taylor, Mark Taylor, Joe Teplitz, Thesis, Zefrey Throwell, Lucrecia Troncoso, Tara Tucker, Dave Urban, Melissa Vandenberg, Ben Venom, Robin Ward, Jake Watling, Morgan Wick, Paul Wingert, Jesse Wright-Jackson, and Jeong-Im Yi. In addition, Tim Martinez of Papa Buzz is showing two collaborative paintings.

Theo Konrad Auer’s companion ‘zine, illustrated by John Casey and published by Obi Kauffman, provides a good overview of these gone-but-not-forgotten galleries. Petra Bibeau lauds the creative programming of “fourth-tier exhibition spaces” — “empty rooms, garage spaces, office spaces, hallways or closets.” Auer values the “fruitful abundance” and “transient beauty offered by such temporary zones,” praising the 99-Cent Show at Mike Simpson’s and Derek Weisberger’s Boontling and the lake installation, including mechanical dragonflies, at Robert Monk’s Liminal. Alex Munn recounts the history of 33 Grand, which he founded with Sue Higo and Dave Munn; although it was a victim of rising rents (as was Billy Kroft’s and Tracy Timmins’ Auto 3321), Munn recalls 33 Grand as “a great experience” blessed by “incredible artists.” Caleb Rogers similarly recalls Magnolia, which he founded with David Muller and Jay Nelson — “definitely good times.” Through October 31 at LoBot (1800 Campbell St., Oakland).

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