In preparation for Jeff Canham’s exhibition My Fake Plants Died Because I Did Not Pretend To Water Them at Public Land Gallery, we visited Jeff at his studio “Woodshop” in San Francisco’s Sunset District.
It would be difficult to walk through San Francisco’s oceanside Sunset district without encountering Jeff Canham’s handy work. Having lived in this neighborhood for the past fourteen years, signs of his residency can be seen in the fonts on facades of countless businesses and public spaces which lure natives and travelers to its quaint streets. Summoning his surroundings as resource, Canham’s work is inspired by surf culture, old signage, and talented friends. His creative outlets have ranged from sculptural works such as crafting custom birdhouses, to executing graphic design work for various reputable companies; namely Patagonia, Stussy, Warby Parker, Vans, O’Neill, and Mollusk Surf Shop.
For his exhibition My Fake Plants Died Because I Did Not Pretend To Water Them, Canham partners his sculptural skills and sign painting expertise with a presentation of various flora constructed from salvaged wood and a selection of his signature sign painting works. Previously, he has applied his many talents as the art director of Surfer Magazine and as an on-staff painter at New Bohemia Signs –San Francisco’s renowned sign painting shop. His work has been featured in numerous publications and he has exhibited both domestically and internationally. This is Canham’s first solo exhibition in Sacramento and at Public Land Gallery. The exhibition will be on display from September 14th to November 12th, 2019.
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In collaboration with our current exhibiting artist, Trent Dean, we now offer one-of-a-kind hand patinated steel plant stands! Currently available at our Sacramento brick and mortar location.
Sacramento-based artist, Trent Dean, has constructed a new body of sculptural work inside Public Land Gallery in an exhibition entitled Standing Stone. Dean is an artist, designer and educator whose work transcends the traditional gallery setting. Locally, his art functions as practical pieces seen inside many homes and businesses that have requested his unique design approach, creating access to his craftsmanship through the production of operative furniture pieces.
While most who follow Dean’s work are familiar with his clean, sharp lines and geometric shapes crafted of wood and steel, Standing Stone poses as a complete departure from how his practice is typically defined. This new body of work is comprised of cementitious materials that are rendered with earthen pigmentation and utilize the traditional technique of Tadelkt. Dean’s discovery of these materials and his subsequent research into their historical and cultural significance are what have encouraged this shift in medium and presentation. Standing Stone not only strives to exercise Dean’s versatility, but to expand the perspective of his already loyal audience.
Trent Dean has presented works through public art projects such as Art Hotel and Art Street, along with a permanent, large-scale installation on the grounds of Southside Park in Sacramento, CA. He currently teaches design/build classes and welding to both adult and high school students.
Standing Stone will be on view at Public Land Gallery from August 16th –September 12th, 2019. For price and availability inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In preparation for our one-year anniversary show Climate Therapy opening on June 29th, 2019, we did some studio visits with a handful of artists who are participating.
Devin Troy Strother
In celebration of its one-year anniversary, Public Land is hosting a group exhibition that showcases a diverse collection of artists hailing from New York, Connecticut, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Louis Obispo, Nevada City and Sacramento. Several of these artists have shown in the gallery space over the past year, while many will be exhibiting for the first time in Public Land Gallery, as well as the Sacramento region.
In keeping with Public Land Gallery’s intention to facilitate a space that celebrates and also encourages positive engagement with the natural world, curators Austin McManus and Mel Eligon have selected a group of artists whose perspectives and works emulate such a connection–reimagining ways in which humanity witnesses, interacts, and experiences our surrounding environment. Using a variety of mediums, this eclectic body of work illuminates many differentiating depictions and renderings of the world we all inhabit.
Climate Therapy will be on view at Public Land Gallery from June 29th- August 13th. For price and availability inquiries, please email email@example.com. An opening reception for Climate Therapy will be held on June 29th, 2019 from 6-9 P.M.
Exhibiting artists: Devin Troy Strother, Lena Gustafson, Maria Schoettler, Mark Mulroney, Martin Machado, Daniel Gibson, Cody Hudson, Charlotte Beavers, Tahiti Pehrson, Joe Meade, Elizabeth Corkery, Maxwell McMaster, Swampy, Stephen Eichhorn, Greg Ito, Nick Wilkinson, Tyler Sharkey, Esther Marie Hall and Grady Gordon.
Thanks to all the people that came out on a very rainy night and drove from L.A., The Bay and beyond. We appreciate you all!
We took a road trip to Nevada to visit our next exhibiting artist, Mike Brodie, before his show opens on May 18th, 2019. Here are some highlights.
Every morning, Mike Brodie’s neighbor wanders over in a golf cart outside of Brodie’s single wide trailer to talk, and to fill him in on the upcoming days’ work. With his inability to physically walk, he honks, and waits patiently for Brodie to emerge. A diesel mechanic by trade, Brodie regularly assists this Winnemucca, Nevada native in fixing an array of aging heavy equipment and pick-up trucks that keep his drilling company afloat. “Sometimes Joe just rambles on and on and on, but I just listen,” Brodie tells me. “It’s a good relationship for me. He's been drilling water wells for 54 years. He's 80 years old. I keep his stuff running and he lets me borrow equipment and photograph anything I want.”
Brodie is fascinated by work, and is equally fascinated by photographing that work. "I couldn't do this at my old jobs," he says. "I couldn't photograph the work I was doing, I couldn't leave town, I couldn't ride freight trains, I was just a worker bee, trapped within a big business management structure that would not allow me to be creative or explore the world the way I wanted. Now I just barter. I trade. I like building community through sharing and helping out my friends." A 10-minute ride down into the valley of Pershing County, Brodie is putting this idea into practice, borrowing his neighbors’ backhoe, boom truck, and forklift to build a house on 20 acres of land he bought a year ago. He has chosen to build his home from the ground up alongside his wife, Celeste, a challenging and ambitious endeavor they both regard in a nonchalant and lighthearted manner. The land is raw, littered with sagebrush, rocky soil, ground nesting birds and silence. A stream can be heard nearby, mountains flanked on either side, and once in awhile in the far distance you can hear the faint sound of Union Pacific engines passing through as they make their way to Elko or Reno. Brodie loves it here, as does his wife, who works as a conductor on those railroad engines.
Brodies’ passion, curiosity, and appetite for creating images that are equally relevant and meaningful to his life are evident. Newly processed negatives are meticulously scrutinized over and over again. The photographs being displayed for this exhibit are provisional. It is current, but only acts as a prelude to the extensive long-term project Brodie has been working on that will span many years to come.
- Austin McManus
Mike Brodie has held solo exhibitions at Yossi Milo (NY), M+B (LA), Stephen Wirtz, Gallerie (SF) Les Filles Du Calvaire (Paris), and Needles and Pens (SF).
His work is included in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive.
Brodie has been featured in The New Yorker, Time Magazine, The Guardian, Huffington Post, NPR, DAZED, American Photo Magazine, The Fader and many more publications. Two books, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity and Tones of Dirt and Bone, have been published of Mike Brodie’s work through Twin Palms Publishing. Brodie was born in Arizona in 1985 and currently lives and works in Winnemucca, Nevada.
Come join us this Saturday in our gallery for an artist talk and monotype printing presentation with our current exhibiting artist Grady Gordon! This is a free event starting at 6 P.M.
Grady Gordon transcends to his native state of New Mexico in order to re-imagine the geography, fauna, flora and iconography of his childhood in a new exhibition entitled, If It Was a Snake It Would Have Bit You, inside Public Land Gallery. Detouring completely from his usual subject matter, the Oakland-based artist has created an entirely new body of work for this exhibition, employing his skills in both monotype printing and sculpture. “I was channeling a lot from what I saw as a kid exploring the desert, collecting objects and bringing them home to stack or assemble,” Grady explains. Using New Mexico as his muse, Grady sought to re-create snapshots of his memory, while exploring the consistent shapes and textures found in this arresting Southwestern region. When asked about the usage of snakes throughout many of the works, Grady explained, “I have always had a kinship and love towards snakes. The title of the exhibition is a saying I would hear [often] as a child. A saying many people would utter.”
Born in Sante Fe, New Mexico, Grady Gordon is an artist and teacher who resides in Oakland, CA, and has received a BFA from CCA. His previous showings include Athen B. Gallery in Oakland, Flatcolor Gallery in Portland, Superchief Gallery in Los Angeles and more.
If It Was a Snake It Would Have Bit You will be on view at Public Land Gallery from March 30th – April 17th, 2019. There will also be a zine published in conjunction with this exhibition and available for purchase. For price and availability inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Install and exhibition photographs from Trevor Wheatley and Cosmo Dean’s art exhibition “Listen Close” at Public Land in Sacramento.
Artists Cosmo Dean and Trevor Wheatley create Listen Closely, an instillation on view inside Public Land Gallery in Sacramento, CA. Based in Toronto, Canada, the two have produced works for companies such as Nike, Stussy, Topshop, Converse, Nordstrom and OVO.
Motivated by one of those often overlooked LED signs perched atop church lawns, the two found inspiration for the chandelier instillation in one of these scrolling messages which read “bad news is time flies, good news is you’re the pilot.” The partners were amused that this was the message the church used to advertise its service, but also thought it would make a nice text piece. “Simple and positive, a call to enjoy the moment” says Wheatley, a concept he notes that is often lost by our tech-driven generation. Though simple in message, the instillation is striking, and the work and precision of Dean and Wheatley’s pieces can easily be seen and admired. From concept to execution, it is no surprise that the two are called upon by business giants for commercial employment, as their creations leave a lasting imprint on the minds of their viewers.
While the chandeliers will be available for viewing purposes only (e.g. not for sale), Dean and Wheatley have chosen to offer a photographic print of a previous work entitled “Shrug.” This piece was erected and photographed on land outside of Joshua Tree, CA and will be for sale through Public Land store and online. 100 percent of the proceeds from these sales will be apportioned and donated to the California Native Plant Society and the Mojave Land Trust in order to further support their efforts of environmental conservation and education. Both are non-profit organizations.
Listen Close will be on view inside Public Land Gallery from January 19th- March 11th 2019. The “Shrug” print will also be available in store and online throughout the exhibition’s duration. For inquiries please contact us at email@example.com.
For additional information in regards to the artists and the organizations:
Trevor Wheatley and Cosmo Dean - http://www.tfdean.com/
California Native Plant Society - https://www.cnps.org/
Mojave land Trust - https://www.mdlt.org/
Makers Mart is an annual event and bazaar held in Sacramento, California featuring a range of creatives from around the region. This year, Public Land was asked to participate in the event that was held at the Sacramento Convention Center.
Greg Ito will present one of his tailored installations for his exhibition Time Traveler, inside Public Land Gallery opening Saturday, December 1st from 6-9 P.M. In his first ever solo exhibition in Sacramento, the Los Angeles-based artist presents a group of new paintings and companion objects that study a surreal world where time is exposed of its basic phases of day, twilight, and night. Ito's exploration is recorded through bold, crisp renditions of his lexicon of symbols, settings, and color-coded compositions, all of which take the viewer along his journey through time, space, and adventure.
Greg Ito is an artist who works and resides in Los Angeles, California, and received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. His past exhibitions include Los Angeles galleries Artcubed, Club Pro, and Shulamit Nazarian, New York’s Jeffrey Deitch gallery, Andrew Rafacz in Chicago, IL, and Et al. in San Francisco, CA.
Time Traveler will be on view at Public Land Gallery from December 1st – January14th, 2019. For price and availability inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacramento Magazine featured Public Land in their Holiday Shopping guide.