It's not often that I venture into a gallery and immediately have that sense of wanting to acquire a piece of the show. Last Sunday, after walking curiously into the Oakbook Studio in Jack London Square, I found a must-have work titled "***". A collaboration between three artists Daniel Healey, Michael Cutlip, Darren Hawk aka Dealy Dawk Mutip, the work includes more than one hundred and twenty pieces that are a pandemonium of repurposed culture, packaging, fragments of media, and paint on top of found book covers (except for one unique piece). All three artists worked on each piece at different stages.
What I love most about *** is that so many things were deconstructed to serve a different purpose. This collection is a mixed media fanboy's dream come to life.
You really have to stand back a few times to really see the entire workbut those moments are are few and far between. Curiosity just beckons you to step forward, to internalize how a smaller subset of pieces fit. The colors, subject matter, and even orientation create seemingly infinite possibilities for how all of these pieces could relate to one another. Looking closer to a small group (at random, there are no defined subgroups) creates a new relationship. And finally zeroing in on a single piece continues the intensity of the entire work or sometimes provides a nice visual break through pieces that do not feature as much detail.
To my surprise each piece is sold separately and very easy on the budget. After picking my jaw up off the floor and wiping the drool from the corner of my mouth I worked with Daniel to pick out fifteen pieces. Much of the collection is still available to aspiring art collectors or those who appreciate fantastic deconstructive art.
If you are in the Bay Area drop what you're doing and head over to Jack London Square. Dealy Dawk Mutip will run till September 19th with a reception on September 4th from 6-9PM.