When: Oct. 5-Nov. 22 2013
Neu Folk Revival is an eclectic constellation of mostly small, intricately rendered artistic gems curated by Max Kauffman. The group show, now on view at LeQuiVive Gallery (1525 Webster St., Oakland), features more than forty artists, hailing from all over the West Coast and beyond. It is a simple celebration of the tedious techniques employed by those who can’t help but make things with their hands. “Half Awake,” an ink drawing by Cannon Dill, depicts a frail baby bird wrapped in wet feathers within a translucent egg. Meanwhile, Brett Flanigan’s painting “Still Alive” offers a surreal topography of the mind made up of distorted geometric landmarks. Other standout artists include Linsey Levendall, Troy Lovegates, Hari and Deepti, Yellena James, Jennifer Davis, and Matt Leines, to name a few. Despite the wide variety of statements made in the show, there is a distinct aesthetic that pervades every piece — a dynamic distillation of urban contemporary folk culture that bursts with color and intimate imperfections. These are the myths, rituals, and deities that we worship in our historical moment of mass culture and spiritual skepticism.