Erik Bakke

Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal - October 29, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007

Art exhibit takes a novel approach

Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

Oil and water.

The governor and teachers.

Art and politics

Some things just don't seem a natural fit. But then that's what makes the upcoming show at the Pacific Art League so delicious.

"We are very excited about this exhibition. After all politics is central to life -- even here at the Art League," said Stephanie Demos, Executive Director of the Pacific Art League.

Seventeen local artists will offer works representing political and social views in "Opposite City Hall: Art and Politics in Silicon Valley." Curated by Gerald Brett of Site Creations and Paula Kirkeby of Smith Andersen Editions, the works provide commentary on war, global crises, gender issues and religious conflicts.

The Art League describes the exhibit thusly:

"Los Gatos artist Erik Bakke chronicles the political landscape after Sept. 11, 2001 through tiny portraits of principal players who guided, and some may say misguided, America through the aftermath of the terrorist attack.

"Palo Alto painter Lucy Trager depicts the idea of universal and unending combat -- war is the same, just the dates and places change. Stanford professor Enrique Chagoya examines the impact of American culture and politics on the world, while Palo Alto artist Kathryn Dunlevie offers a layered photomontage penetrating the complexities of modern culture.

"Combining painting, mixed media and collage, San José artist Karen Gutfreund explores conflicts spurred by religion in 'War.'"

Sounds like an exhibit worth the trip. It opens Nov. 2, at 688 Ramona St., Palo Alto, and runs through Nov. 28.