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With foreground and background largely erased, each artist leaves it to the viewer to choose the topsy-turvy direction. Here's one storyline. Here's another. Here's an endless number of storylines vibrating on the surface. Kaye's granular drawings are seasonal, even hourly, depictions of light and intimacy. They blanch in the yellow California summer. They fold in, purple and blue, at twilight. The borders disappear as her shapes meander across one another, building conversational layer upon layer.
While this close-ness is front and center in Kaye's waxy colored pencil drawings, Girard's series of 'groundless' paintings and collage work retain an anthropologic distance. They look in on a make-believe landscape of make-believe palm fronds and make-believe humans. They push the limits of restraint in color, focusing on the stark contrast between black and white. Precise as woodblocks, Girard's paintings nod to the design work of his legendary grandfather, Alexander Girard, but they refuse to be still, vibrating in a jubilant song and dance.
ALEXANDER KORI GIRARD | BIOGRAPHY
Alexander Kori Girard was born in Santa Fe, New mexico in 1979. The grandson of Alexander Girard, he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with degrees in both graphic design and illustration in 2001. Since then he has been both maintaining his own artistic and design practices, as well as working closely with his family to protect and promote the legacy of his grandfather. He is in the Berkeley Art Museum’s private collection and currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.
RACHEL KAYE | BIOGRAPHY
Rachel Kaye was born in 1981 and resides in San Francisco. She graduated with her BFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. Kaye has exhibited nationally and internationally in Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco, Oakland, New York, Los Angeles & Palm Beach. Kaye has collaborated with her husband, artist Jay Nelson on exhibitions as well, blurring the line of artistic ownership and site specific sculpture. She recently completed a large scale mural for the Hook Fish Restaurant in the Outer Sunset of San Francisco. And has completed murals for Chandran Gallery and Facebook (Menlo Park CA). Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Refinery 29, Artsy & East Bay Express.
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