When: Fri., April 3, 7-11 p.m. 2015
David Polka’s drawings are like visual spells for conjuring allegorical dreamscapes. He forms them using a potent blend of personal storytelling, social critique, American tattoo aesthetic, and folklore from around the world. The local artist often works into the wee hours of the night, bent over at his desk, turning cut pieces of cardstock into small, self-contained worlds. In his new zine, Night Songs, he presents a collection of 31 cleanly executed drawings that catalog his developing language of archetypes and symbolism. For the zine release event, which will take place at Good Mother gallery (408 13th St., Oakland) on Friday, he will also be showcasing 24 new drawings for one weekend only, as well as a site-specific mural. These pieces touch on themes of loss, betrayal, struggle, and redemption — offering glimpses into an unfinished story, like stars in the sky ready to be made into an endless number of constellations. Zine presales will be available up until the event for $15 at DavidPolka.BigCartel.com, or at the release party for a slightly higher price.