When: Fri., Aug. 15, 6-10 p.m. 2014
It’s difficult to say for sure that Laurie Shapiro’s paintings aren’t actually textiles, or even a cloth-like skin congealed at the surface of a marbled dream-pool. The Oakland artist sews together screen-printed cloth embellished with acrylic accents to create almost quilt-like compositions of bold figures and patterns. They represent Shapiro’s personal experiences, employing a psychedelic aesthetic that indicates what the world might look like though water-filled kaleidoscope goggles. Shapiro is also one half of the duo that runs the Grease Diner (6604 San Pablo Ave., Oakland), a screen-printing studio, art gallery, and gift shop that turns one year old this month. To celebrate the anniversary, Shapiro will be showing a number of her pieces in the space’s gallery, as well as transforming the studio space into an immersive installation of her work. With the smallest component measuring 5 feet squared, and the largest at more than 27 feet long, the installation will invite viewers to step inside Shapiro’s paintings as they drape together to form a fort-like shelter. While the works in the gallery will remain up through the fall, Shapiro’s installation will only be up through August 17. It will be unveiled at the Grease Diner anniversary party, which takes place from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, August 15.