"Spoke Art is pleased to present the latest solo show by Bay Area artist Matt Ritchie aka Matt136. Titled “Confero” the show is a collection of small hand cut wood pieces individually painted and assembled to create larger inclusive combinations. Matt’s new body of work pays homage to a plethora of cultural interests and subjects from the artist’s past. A child of the 1970s, Matt’s work surveys an eclectic array of different sub-cultures, including everything from Battle Star Galactica and The Micronauts to classic comic books, video games and cartoons. His range of interests are only matched by his encyclopedic expertise on each subject. Matt’s childhood memories serve as an endless catalogue for all-things-cool, listening to him explain his work is like having a docent into a limitless underground world.

Gauntlet Gallery, “Contemporary Contemporary” - http://sfartenthusiast.com/2014/08/photo-feature-gauntlet-gallery-contemporary-contemporary/


"Distortion, a group show including artwork by Evan Venegas, Gianluca Franzese, gilf!, John Breiner, Lori Nelson, Millie Benson, and Peter Daverington now on view at San Francisco’s Luna Rienne Gallery, examines the concept that all imagery is distorted because it is filtered through a person’s psyche. Interpretations of these images are manufactured by not only what’s presently in front of you, but also past experiences and future desires.

All of the artists in Distortion reveal this process in their work. Ideas, socialization, nature, and technology are the subjects they address. However they each recognize, embrace, and render the individuality of their experience.

Curator and artist Evan Venegas uses imagery that is loosely based on the urban, industrial landscape that surrounds him. It is rooted in the recognizable world but expressed by abstract shapes and vibrant colors. Born and raised in Queens, NY, Venegas temporarily relocated to San Francisco to complete a BFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute.”

Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall (KEFE) “Floating World: Part One” at Shooting Gallery: KeFe, the moniker under which San Francisco-based husband and wife artist duo Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock collaborate, illustrate their mutual admiration for Japanese traditions, aesthetics, and culture in the resulting artworks in their solo show, “Floating World” now on view at Shooting Gallery. This exhibit is the first to open in the two-part series; the second of which opened July 31 at Portland’s Antler Gallery, and features similar, but smaller works to those found at Shooting Gallery. Binding the two cities together while also being mindful of their unique characteristics, each of the two exhibitions include a series of paintings on panel which explore their interest in Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and a smaller set of works that reflect upon and respond to local popular culture and heritage of these major cities.

The second in a series of shows at Guerrero Gallery‘s home facilities “At Home With…” group show, featured an amazing array of contemporary artists – Alex Lukas, Steven “ESPO” Powers, Paul Urich, Jeff Canham, Erin M. Riley, Husk Mit Navn, Frohawk Two Feathers, Richard Colman, Victor Reyes, Ken Davis, Lucien Shapiro, Cleon Peterson, Ryan Travis Christian, A.J. Fosik, Hilary Pecis, Ben Venom, Adam Feibelman and Shepard Fairey.


"Way Out West (http://helloartcity.com/wayoutwest) is a celebration of the idea of California and its history as fertile ground for dreamers, pioneers, and counterculture. The exhibition reflects on the changing social landscape of the West Coast and explores the role of contemporary art in public spaces by transforming outdoor advertising into new space for art to live and breathe. 

This launch celebration will feature the original artwork used in the main public exhibition as well as limited editions (via Magnolia Editions) from artists: Brett Amory / APEX ONE / Pakayla Rae Biehn / Anthony Discenza / Double Zero (Annie Vought and Hannah Ireland) / Jeremy Fish / Casey Gray / Desiree Holman / Chris Johanson / Jet Martinez / Alicia Mccarthy / Alia Penner / Andrew Schoultz / Dave Schubert / Jen Stark / Zio Ziegler / Creativity Explored artists Andrew Li, John Patrick McKenzie, and Kate Thompson

Curated by Tova Lobatz and Jenny Sharaf”


JUL 12TH 2014 TO AUG 9TH 2014


Having previously pursued filmmaking as a side project, through script writing and the making of short films - including the Vimeo Awards 2010 shortlisted film ‘Outside’ – Roper has now chosen to integrate those ideas into his main body of work.

At first glance, Ropers drawings tantalize viewers with overlaid, seemingly transparent intricacies. Once the viewer is absorbed in his markings, a closer inspection yields the underlying scaffolding of perfect geometric ratios utilized in Ropers proportions and compositions.

James Ropers paintings demand to be visually dissected, but once the beauty of his work has been absorbed, they are left with an entire world that Roper has spent years cultivating from his avid interest in storytelling. The work provides insight to a vast narrative and array of characters ranging from an MMA fighter to homeless woman.

In The Inscending Spiral Roper will be using multiple mediums to depict various elements of this expansive narrative, including drawing, writing, painting, installation, graffiti and video, allowing the viewer to simultaneously delve into the story whilst attempting to piece it together.

Roper Himself Explains: “In 2005 I wrote a screenplay called ‘Nirodha Point’, a self-reflexive look at Hollywood, fame and material excess. With the intention of expanding the world created within ‘Nirodha Point’ I immediately started writing a prequel, but it’s sprawling narrative failed to fully coalesce. As a result I have chosen to produce a series of drawings that will explore those ideas in their current nebulous state entitled ‘The Inscending Spiral’.

Mirus Gallery


Lacey Bryant, “Lacuna”

In “Lacuna,” San Jose based artist Lacey Bryant’s creates a pervasive ambiance of both nostalgia and estrangement, and familiarity with undercurrents of the unknown through a collection of intricate paintings and an excellently handcrafted dollhouse. Within this environment, Bryant is able to, in her words, “explore the erosion of memory as well as the little things that stay with us over a lifetime.”