When: July 30-Sept. 8 2008
The closing of the gap between art and life has been one of modern art's holy grails, so making interesting art necessitates living an interesting life.Keba Armand Konte's art testifies to his engaged, omnivorous sensibility. Growing up in the Haight during its glory years, he became enamored of photography, and later worked as a photojournalist focusing on music and politics. He also traveled extensively in Africa, Japan, Jamaica, and Europe. The photomontages on wood with collage comprising 888 Pieces of We: A Photo Memoir at Oakland Art Gallery reflect his journey, depicting "protests and portraits, street moments and political movements, dignitaries and ditch diggers, hip-hop heads and mothers, continents and cultures, as well as freaks, friends and family members." His use of "wooden [furniture] fragments that had a previous life," along with old books and used printing plates commemorates and ennobles the ordinary. Through September 8 at OaklandArtGallery (199 Kahn's Alley,Oakland).510-637-0395.