Quarterly at Latham Square
Featuring the work of Diane Abt
1611 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
August 3 – December 4, 2007
Artist's Reception: Friday, November 2, 2007, 6-8pm
Japan Memento no. 5, 2006, monoprint on
Japanese paper, image courtesy of the artist
Having lived, worked and studied in Japan for seven years, Diane Abt's work
reflects the Japanese aesthetic of line, balance and emptiness. The artist
combines the elegance of Asian calligraphy with unconventional mark-making
inspired by the stuff of everyday life: from kitchen junk found in thrift shops
to nature's refuse gathered during morning walks in the woods. This juxtaposition
of ancient brush writing and the mysteriously beautiful design embedded in ordinary
objects is a central element in Abt's work. "I'm intrigued by the marvel of making
from the common the uncommon," Abt said.
Diane Abt worked for more than 35 years as a journalist before making art her
full-time endeavor. She was born in Chicago, and received her B.A. from the University
of Illinois. Her artwork has been exhibited in Tokyo, San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley.
The artist now lives in Oakland, California.
The exhibition is on view
weekdays from 9 am til 5 pm in the Latham Square lobby located at 1611 Telegraph
Ave., Oakland. Admission is free.
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