My artwork references the human condition—the fact that we alter the surface of the planet in both strange and beautiful ways.
Bay Area artist, Tom Gehrig, was one of 8 speakers that presented at the inaugural Tiny Talks event, "People Connecting with Place", held at Scout Hall in Mill Valley, CA on April 26, 2019. Co-produced by Linda Graf and Lucinda Otto, the mission of Tiny Talks is to provide a platform for passionate speakers to share their wisdom, stories and perspectives.
The theme of Gehrig's presentation was "What Lies Within: Inside the Mind of an Artist". His presentation provides an insight into his inspirations, artistic process, and how the world and events influence his artwork.
Tom Gehrig artwork featured in the Tiny Talks presentation:
Two of Tom Gehrig's pieces have been selected for The 2019 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibit at Sanchez Art Center: Suspended Apparatus with Water Collection Cistern and Reconnoitering Confusion Hill. Both pieces are oil paintings that incorporate mixed media elements.
Sanchez Art Center
Exhibit: April 12 - May 19, 2019
Opening Reception: April 12, 7–9 pm
Juror's Talk and Gallery Walk: April 13 at 2 pm
Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum, served as juror for Left Coast Annual this year. Shields selected 50 artworks from the nearly 900 entries by artists from the left coast states of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. The works chosen span a variety of media, from painting, photography, etchings, and archival inkjet prints to mixed media and installations, both large and small.
Tom Gehrig's "Rock Fishing by Moonlight" Awarded Best of Show in Gallery Route One's Annual Juried Exhibit
The opening reception for the 79th Crocker-Kingsley Exhibit on January 19th at Blue Line Arts was a great time had by all! It was a very well-attended event, celebrating and enjoying the work of California artists.
It's always an honor to be included in the biennial Crocker-Kingsley. My recent work, Reconnoitering Deception Pass, was selected this year. I was also invited to give an artist's lecture as part of the reception. Thanks to everyone who attended to hear more about my artistic process and to learn more about my body of work – including my early years doing performance and installation pieces.
If you weren't able to make it to the reception, there's still plenty of time to go see this exceptional show. The exhibit closes on February 23, 2019.
One of my recent works, Reconnoitering Deception Pass, has been selected for the 2019 Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition, which is being hosted by Blue Line Arts. Chosen by juror David Pagel, the exhibit features over 80 works by California artists.
I've been fortunate to have my work included in previous shows: 1998, 2000, and in 2012 my piece Fourth of Five Attempts to Attract A Mockingbird was awarded 2nd Prize. This year I will also be giving an artist's lecture at the opening reception on Saturday, January 19th.
As with past exhibits, the 79th Crocker-Kingsley at Blue Line Arts promises to be a fantastic show. It's a diverse showcase of living artists working throughout California. I hope to see you at the reception. If you can't make it on the 19th, please plan a visit to the gallery to enjoy all of the art—the exhibit runs through February 23rd.
I had the opportunity to view Catherine Wagner’s exhibit, Archaeology in Reverse, at the Mills College Art Museum. The show was brilliant. Utilizing both the interior and exterior space of the gallery, Wagner deconstructed the bones and the living history of the museum through photography and aperture installations.
I received my Master of Fine Arts—Intermedia from Mills College in 1973, and it was great to be back on campus. As Wagner's exhibit intended, the walls were indeed talking! So many wonderful memories of being immersed in the Mills creative community and studying with legends like composer, Robert Ashley. Here are a few photos, past and present:
Click here to view more of my early installation and performance work, including some additional pieces I did at Mills.
Thanks to everyone who attended the reception for the Altered Landscapes exhibit at the MPC Gallery on the 18th. It was a great turn out and the gallery team did a wonderful job hosting the event. It's a thrill to have the extra floor space to do a full installation of my piece, The First of Five Attempts to Deconstruct Jolley Jack's Dream.
The show runs through October 31st. If you're in the Monterey area, please stop by.
The MPC Gallery in Monterey, CA initiates art exhibits that focus on contemporary issues which fosters critical discussion. Their new exhibit, “Altered Landscapes”, invites viewers to examine how humanity impacts and shapes our environment through the artwork of Tom Gehrig and T.C. Moore.
In addition to a large collection of Tom Gehrig's paintings, an installation of his interactive sculpture, "The First of Four Attempts to Deconstruct Jolley Jack's Dream", will be showcased.
The show opens October 1 and runs through October 31. The opening reception on October 18th is open to the public and guests will have the opportunity to hear Gehrig speak about his body of work and preview works for sale.
Click here for more details on the show, including Gehrig's work that will be on display at the gallery.
Tom Gehrig's piece, "Reconnoitering Confusion Hill" is included in the upcoming exhibit,
"After Nature", at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael, California.
The theme for the exhibition was inspired by conversations about the blurring of the line between what we consider natural, and what we consider unnatural. At this time in history we're at a point where nature is inseparable from human influence–we have entered the geographic footprint and forever changed ecosystems, the landscape and the climate–leaving the nonhuman life of the planet to respond and adapt, or perish. This is where the line begins to blur.
April 20–June 1, 2018
Reception: May 11 • 5–8pm
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-5pm
"Reconnoitering Confusion Hill", 14" x 56" ©Tom Gehrig
TOM GEHRIG fine art