Sunday, July 8, 2012

Spotlight on Local Artist | Hadas Tal

Escape in Blue, Oil on Panel, 24" x 30"
July's Art Murmur, Oakland's bustling friday of the month art walk, proved once again that Oakland is a great destination to find amazing art! Despite all the stimuli (ie. the street vendors, food trucks, block parties) stealing my attention away from the art, the Galleries prevailed at peaking my interest. The Wall Gallery on 25th Street, though really a glorified hallway, made the biggest impression on me. What really blew me away were modest sized, oil on panel paintings by Hadas Tal.
Escape, Oil on Panel, 24" x 24"
Tal, a 2012 graduate of the Academy of Art University MFA Program, is making a splash on the Bay Area Art Scene. Hailed by California Home & Design as a Top Ten Artists to Watch in 2012, Tal has nabbed 1st and 3rd place Awards in Landscape Painting at the Academy of Art Spring Show, exhibited (and won awards) at the deYoung Museum, and garnered representation at the Paul Thiebaud Gallery in San Francisco. Born in Israel and raised in New Jersey, Hadas Tal currently lives and works in Emeryville, California.
Violet Door, Oil on Panel, 20" x 30"
What really strikes me about her urban buildings are their harrowing presence and mood. I should note that there she did show a portrait in this solo exhibition, two if you count a dog painting as portraiture, but her strengths are more clearly articulated in her paintings of crusty city structures.
The compositions are grid-like, the buildings are depicted frontally, often dominating the entire picture plane. The in-your-face view of the buildings makes them intimidating, coupled with the fast and loose style, darkened, hallowed windows, these images are downright creepy. While the structures (and often titles) are menacing, they are also beautiful. The images are detailed and loose, buttery and grimy, alluring and repulsing. Such dichotomies add a richness to the work; disparate elements emulsify to form arresting works of art. I look forward to catching more works from this up and comer!
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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Shaved ice never looked so fun! Thanks for intoducing me to this shave ice teddy Oakland Chinatown! It's eyeballs move back and forth as it shaves!

Friday, July 29, 2011


Aaaarg Teddy by Whiskers and Tea
Aaaarg Teddy, a photo by Whiskers and Tea on Flickr.

I have been neglecting my blog! I am working on moving out of town, ack!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thrift Store Thursday

Cats are the focus of this weeks Thrift Store finds!  Cat people rejoice!  That is, if you like freaky cats you would avoid on the street if they were actual flesh and fur rather than ceramic.  Enjoy!

Cat Nap
I'm not the only one who hates waking up.  Mad cat hates being woken, almost as much as he hates your face.

Pet me Cat
This cats body language says, "Pet me," but I have a feeling it will scratch your eyes out if you try.

Demon Cat
Maybe this ceramic piece would he cute if it had pupils, and not evil minions.

Voluptuous Cat
This curvy cat is just adorable! The least evil thing I found to post this week!  Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin' world go round.