My artwork references the human condition—the fact that we alter the surface of the planet in both strange and beautiful ways.
It's been nearly 50 years since I've performed, The Unexpected Always Happens, an ongoing mixed media work started in 1972. It was first performed at the Museum of Conceptual Art in San Francisco (Tom Marioni's place) and then at the Mills College Concert Hall as part of "works in progress" by music and art graduate students. I have kept adding to the piece over the years, as it informs the paintings that I do. On Sunday, July 28, 2021, I was thrilled to perform a segment from this work at the O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, CA during their Sunday evening Salon. I was accompanied by Kenny Blacklock on violin.
The live performance was an extension of my piece, The Unexpected Always Happens: Black Crowned Night Heron at Five Brooks Pond, which is featured in the exhibit, LOCAL INSPIRATIONS, at the O'Hanlon Center of the Arts. The show was curated by Natasha Boas Ph.D. and features the work by artists in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. The exhibit runs through August 13, 2021. CLICK HERE for more information about the show.
The 2020 Left Coast Annual Exhibition at Sanchez Art Center was juried by Carin Adams, curator of art at the Oakland Museum of California. Over 1,000 entries were submitted by artists that live and work on the west coast of the USA.
The opening reception for Left Coast will be held on Friday, April 10, 7–9pm. Closing the show will be a juror's talk and a gallery walk on Sunday, May 17, 3pm.
The Arts Guild of Sonoma's annual National Juried Exhibition, entitled "ALCHEMY", runs from October 3 - November 3, 2019. The juror for the exhibit is Jenny Gheith, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Tom Gehrig's piece, The First of Four Attempts to Deconstruct Jolley Jack's Dream, has been selected for the show. This 3 dimensional piece chronicles the journey of the imagination, mysterious detours and the interconnected realites that shape perception.
Measuring 16" x 8" x 8", viewers are able to interact with the various components of the piece, which include individual oil on board plates.
Click here for more info and details on ALCHEMY.
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.
TOM GEHRIG fine art