The Passage – new art from Oakland – at the Orinda Public Library – June 2014



The Orinda Public Library
26 Orinda Way
Orinda, California

Group show, Exhibiting artists:

  • John Casey

  • Patrick Dunaway

  • Obi Kaufmann

  • Crystal Morey

  • Lauren Napolitano

  • David Polka

  • Jake Watling


Show dates:  June 2, 2014 to July 1, 2014
Artist reception:  Sunday, June 8th, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Press Contact: Obi Kaufmann, organizer,, cell 925-951-7501

Co-organizer: John Casey,
Exhibit designer: David Polka,


In this ambitious show from an ensemble of prolific and visionary artists, all of whom live and work in Oakland, the world is imagined as a space between locations, a line between two points, a journey and not a destination. These seven artists have set out to tackle disparate, even transient, notions of mystic identity through the use of their professional craft.  It could be said that what holds this group of artists together, most obviously, is the use of the powerfully-graphic line in the employment of the human figure. Whether it is Lauren Napolitano’s lyrical use of patterns across gentle renderings of human hands, or Jake Watling’s whimsical sense of character balanced against subconscious, narrative stories, all of these artists understand the media-power of the beautifully-made image and its ability to convey underlying meaning. This show represents a huge swath of the recent work from all the included artists, and all of it will be for sale directly from the artist.

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