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Gale Antokal Works Biography

Artist’s Statement

Still Life Objects

I often draw from ordinary objects to interpret or reinvent them. I’m always intrigued when something small and unexpected presents itself because in my experience, the most authentic work germinates from a simple notion or impulse, which then can transform into something more extraordinary, ineffable or abstract. I discover a world of complexity in one pictorial idea. In the process of working with repetition of form and multiple variations, the meaning of the object begins to emerge. As this happens I am engrossed in the generative relationship between the circumstance of the single image drawn on the picture plane, and the shift of meaning with the subsequent assembly of many.

 

CURRICULUM

BORN:  New York, New York , lives in Berkeley, California

 

EDUCATION

1984 MFA                              Painting, California College of the Arts, Oakland, California

1980 BFA                                Painting, California College of Arts, Oakland, California

1972 BA                                  Long Island University (CW Post College), New York, New York

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 “Drawings in Flour and Ash”, Cabrillo College Gallery, Aptos, CA

2014 “EXO” Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California (Octe Nov. 2014)

2012 “Blossom” Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California

2012 “The Spill” (DVD)  Installation, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC  Berkeley

2011 “Some Drawings” Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010 “Out of the Blue” Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008 “No Vanishing Point” Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California

2007 “The Messengers” Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2005 “We Are So Lightly Here II” Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2004 “We Are So Lightly Here I” Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California

2001 Blumenstock   Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2000 Past Accounts Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1999 Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California

1998 Recent Drawings, Weintraub-Thomas Gallery, Sacramento, California

1997 Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California

1997 Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1996 The Four Worlds, Weintraub-Thomas Gallery. Sacramento, California

1991 100 Pots, Untitled: A Gallery, San Francisco, California

1989 Sun Gallery, Hayward, California

1986 Pro Arts, Oakland, California

1984 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery, San Francisco, California

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2018 “On Your Left” San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA

2018 “Material Matters” Seager-Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

2017: Powder and Smoke, Seager-Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

2017 SJSU Pictorial Arts Faculty Exhibition, Natalie & James Thompson Gallery, San Jose, CA

2017 “Detritus” San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

2016: Powder and Smoke, Seager-Gray Gallery, Mill Valley

2016 :Drawing The Line” Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2015: “12 Spheres” Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2015 “Nourish” Napa Valley Museum, Napa , CA

2015 5 from 415: Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, Connecticut

2015 Dorothy Saxe Invitational: “Tzedakah” Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA 2014 Group Show, Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014  “EXO” Art Market San Francisco, Patricia Sweetow Gallery

2014 Sky: A National Juried Exhibition, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California

2013  MIAMI PROJECT ART FAIR, Patricia Sweetow Gallery

2013 Faculty Show, San Jose State University, San Jose California

2013 “Group Show” Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012 “Blossom” MIAMI PROJECT ART FAIR, Patricia Sweetow Gallery

2012 “Eye Candy” Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2012 Breaking Rank: Fall Group Exhibition, Taylor Piggott Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming

2012 “Do Not Destroy”, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California

2011 Group Show, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California

2011 Group Show, Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2010 Beyond the Arches: Selected Works from McDonald’s Corporate Art Collection

Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN

2010 Secret Drawings, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, California

2010 Flashbacks, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, California

2010 Pictorial Faculty Show, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

2010 Winter Solstice, Group Show Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California

2009 From the Celestial Latutude of 45 degrees, ending at the Longitude 60 degrees,

Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California

2009 Drawing: The Probity of Art, Arts Benicia, Benicia, California

2007 Stop e  Pause e  Forward, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California

2007 Figuratively Speaking, The Heritage Bank of Commerce, San Jose, California

2007 Faculty Show, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

2007 Group Show, Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2006 Group Show, Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2005 Group Show Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2004 Group Show, Patricia Sweetow Gallery , San Francisco, CA

2004 Group Show, Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003 Faculty Show, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

2002 Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California, CA

2002 Orange, Hey! Gallery, Oakland, California

2002 Quiet Traces, Mt. St. Antonio College, Walnut, CA

1999 Gallery Artists, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999 Faculty Show, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

1998 Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1998 CCAC Alumni Exhibition, Mills Building, San Francisco, California

1998 Gallery Artists, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, California

1998 Illusion: Tromp L’oeil & Sleight of Hand, Riverside Museum, Riverside, California

1997 Alumni Exhibition, Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University , Brookville, New York

1996 Drawn Conclusions, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside California

1994 Slice of Life: Contemporary Still Life, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside California

1994 Faculty Show, San Jose State University, San Jose California

1992 Recent Work, Untitled, San Francisco, CA.

1991 Free Hand: Drawing Loosely Defined, Euphrat Gallery, Cupertino, California

1990 Faculty Exhibition, San Jose State University

1989 Waterborne: Swimmers and Other Bodies of Water, Simon James Gallery, Berkeley, CA

1989 Faculty Show, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

1989 CSU Faculty Artists, California State University, Long Beach, CA,

1987 Faculty Draw, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

 

AWARDS

2014 Jury Award: SKY: A National Juried Exhibition, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California

2005 Dean’s Award for Distinguished Artistic Achievement, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

1991 National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship

1985 Roselyn Swig Artsource Purchase Award, San Francisco Arts Festival

1984 Drawing Division, “California Works” California State Fair, Sacramento, California 1982 First Place, Fine Arts, San Francisco Arts Festival

 

SELECTED PRESS

Gale Antokal at Patricia Sweetow, Daivd Roth, Square Cylinder.com, September  19, 2011

Gale Antokal “Out of the Blue” Erin Goodwin-Guerrero, Artshift.com December, 2010

Luxe Magazine, Vol II, Issue IV, 2009

Harpers Magazine: February 2009

Gale Antokal: “No Vanishing Point”  Timothy Buckwalter, KQED May 16, 2008

Evanescence and Fragility, Natalie Stanchfield, Artslant May 11, 2008

Clouds in Fog , Hiya Swanhuyser, SF Weekly May 2, 2008

Gale Antokal at Couturier, Victoria Martin, ArtWeek November 2007, Volume 38, Issue 9

“The Messengers”  Essay by Craig Buckwald

“We Are So Lightly Here”  Essays by Craig Buckwald and Laura Richard Janku. Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2004

ZYZZYVA, Volume XXI, Number 1, Literary Catalog Spring 2005

Moments that aren’t so fleeting, Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2005

Gale Antokal, Suvan Geer, ArtScene of Southern California March 2005

Picture This: Jessica Holt, The Daily Bruin, UCLA. March 10, 2000

Gale Antokal/Mari Andrews, Art Pick, Sarah Coleman, San Francisco Bay Guardian April 21, 1999

Multileveled Beauty, Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee June 16, 1996

Drawings with Spice, Sculpture with Exuberance, Dorothy Burkhart, San Jose Mercury News

November 15, 1991

Drawings with the Look of Paintings, Charles Shere, Oakland Tribune, March 1986

Critics Choice, Pam O’Connell, East Bay Express, March 21, 1986

Gallery Roundup, Charles Shere, The Oakland Tribune, October 27, 1984

Local Artists at Their Best, Suzaan Boettger, San Francisco, Chronicle, June 26, 1982

CATALOGUES AND MONOGRAPHS

2018 Forthcoming: Works + Conversation June issue

2017 Powder and Smoke, 2017 Seager/Gray Gallery

2015 Tzedakah Box Dorothy Saxe Invitational Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

2013 New American Paintings Volume 109, West Coast Painters curated by Janet Bishop (SFMOMA)

2012 Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art and Jewish Thought An Exhibition and the Dorothy Saxe Invitational

Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco, CA

2011 New American Paintings Volume 91, West Coast Painters curated by Lawrence Rinder

2008 Extraordinary Lives: Members Since 1958  American Express Co. “Out of the Sky” by Jerry Adler, drawings by Gale Antokal

2007 “The Messengers” Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2005 “We Are So Lightly Here” Patricia Sweetow Gallery San Francisco, California

 

 

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