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 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.
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.
Mallarmé is one of Gehrig's most significant sources of inspiration. Evidence of this can be found throughout Gehrig's body of work through his intentional use of language and text placement woven into many of his multi-media paintings. The pieces, Principles of Illumination and As If, are two of many examples.
Tom Gehrig and The Jazz Beaus at the Revolution Café in San Francisco.
TOM GEHRIG fine art