Grady Gordon's "If It Was A Snake It Would Have Bit You" @ Public Land

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 info@publiclandstore.com

Grady Gordon art show in Public Land Sacramento

Trevor Wheatley + Cosmo Dean's "Listen Close" @ Public Land

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.

Trevor Wheatley and Cosmo Dean art exhibition at Public Land Gallery in Sacramento

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 info@publiclandstore.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/